Sunday, 7 May 2017

Game on!

Photo 01 - Davie with a cracking 1.75lbs Brownie in the WHITE BOAT!!

Game on!

Well over the last few weeks we were swithering over whether our population of Pike had carried their spawning for the year. Member Stewart Grieve and a visiting angler midweek have answered that question with a high degree of certainty when a 14.75lbs Pike caught by Stewart and an 11.50 lbs Pike caught by the visiting angler showed both had the classic signs of spawning.

Yes a flaccid abdomen and a reddened vent on both fish displayed both and couple that with Pike being caught in numbers indicates to us that the yearly event has taken place! After concentrating on producing our future sport the Pike are invariably hungry for food to once again build up their reserves to complete the cycle once again so it’s game on!

When Davie or Stewart phone for a boat they always stress the green Lomond in the one they want. I asked why they always ask for the green one thinking there might be a problem with the white one.  Their reason, the colour! They thought the green one is more camouflaged well on that Trout above I'd go for the white one!

Photo 02 - Bumbles working Willow blossom yesterday!

Lowes boat!

Yesterday due to the fact that heavy winds made boat angling an unsafe proposition Gordon, Mike, Brian, Colin, Les and me turned our attention to moving forward our Lowes boat. The first and not inconsiderable task was to flip her over without removing the newly applied two pack paint. With all hands deployed and foam blocks in position we flipped her over with relative ease.

With the boat right way up all the exposed woodwork could be treated which includes the rim of wood around the boat and the seats. We ruled out varnish because of the bits of filler here and there and we decided on a black gloss finish which would sit nicely with the blue body and hide the imperfections.

The process would be a coat of primer followed by a coat of undercoat finished off with 2 coats of black gloss. Now this would have cost a pretty penny but Gordon brought with him all the paint required kindly donated by Gordon, Colin and Brian thanks lads most kind of you. So it was on with a coat of primer after thorough degreasing. The rest of the cycle will be completed midweek and the oar brackets bolted on and with a bit of luck she could be returned to her home on Saturday! Happy days!

Lost net!

Yesterday a walker kindly handed in a large landing net in very good condition. I won’t describe it here or give the location where it was found but if the angler who lost it gets in touch with a description of the net we will put in place the framework for it to be returned. Simply call or mail us and we will take the required action.

Go Outdoors!

I was speaking with one of our members in Hawick recently and he was very enthusiastic in telling me of this outlet and the value for money it offers. As the name suggests they cater for all the common outdoor activities including fishing. They stock loads of products many from top manufacturers such as Shimano, Okuma and Shakespeare.

 I think you have to be selective and compare prices but undoubtedly there are super bargains to be had. Remember also that if you become a member (£5.00/year) you can get up to a further massive 60% discount of the RRP which is a tremendous saving! Click the link to see the offers in store and thanks to Alan for the pointer much appreciated!

Road Closure!

On departing the loch yesterday we were turned back by Police just before the Gordon Arms Hotel due to a serious (fatal) accident having taken place at the crossroads involving two motorcycles. It is reported that a female pillion passenger was fatally injured and the two riders are very seriously ill in city hospitals. How sad yet another fatality on this road has occurred. All we can say to drivers car or motorcycle is to drive to road conditions and be aware that animals may be wandering on the road.

 The wider world in my view!

Choices to be made!

If there was doubt before Wednesday there is now none! Theresa May is a dud but much worse than that she is playing us all for fools! Of course there was going to be public posturing , snide remarks and nasty rumours  but instead of thinking her strategy she jumps in like a bull in a china shop and starts accusing EU officials in a manner that would make Walter Mitty pale into insignificance!

If you had any doubts Brexit might turn out to be a complete disaster then start worrying – it is and worse! This lightweight woman impersonating a Prime minister is sinking any chance we had of securing a good deal! Without really trying she has made enemies of the remaining EU members and astonishingly before the real negotiations start!

Blaming the EU for trying to affect the election outcome does not really tie into her “strong and stable government” sound bite! It rings of paranoia and rank ineptitude, traits that are becoming more apparent as she ploughs ever onwards into the mire! We are already in a weaker position, she has issued threats with regard to defence cooperation with Europe which exposes us and our good neighbours in Europe!

She has admittedly been very good at one thing and that is pulling the wool over the people of England! There are massive cuts to come for the less well off and still she rides high in the polls. Most of this is due to Labour’s most incompetent leader since the party was founded.  People who earn less than 50K have nowhere to place their vote the choices are vote for a lying incompetent (May), an out and out loser (Corbyn) or go to the pub and watch reruns of the 1966 world cup final!

This country has never before been in such a perilous position any influence we once had has been lost by May trade opportunities look to be a forlorn hope as our relations with our European friends are destroyed by these tragic fools!  May rather pompously described herself a a “bloody difficult woman” the public however see her as a bloody fool of a woman completely out of her depth!

This woman (who would be better suited to serving tea in the WRVS) and her party have our public services on their knees, our education and health services crippled! And its no use blaming the Scottish Government they can only distribute what they get and that is being cut to the bone by Westminster!

How any working class man could squander a vote on what must be the most inept government ever is beyond me! However my feelings aside it is happening and its all down to Jeremy Corbyn a man who is living in the past! If you needed any evidence to support this just look to the disastrous council election results!

It must now be clear to Scots its either more of the Tories and their stripping of our public services and more punishment for the poor who have already borne the brunt of the cuts to public spending or go forward our own way building a new future! That is the choice; there is no in-between it’s no future or a difficult road to a new future for those who come later!

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