John Mair and Ross Wilson head to the Lake of Menteith to see if the young guns could out fish the old guard on their annual opening week trip to the Trossachs…
Every year I look forward to opening Monday on The Lake of Menteith. We always book for the following year and the anticipation of hooking one of Menteiths infamous over-wintered trout is the reason why we go.
Myself, Ross Wilson, Uncle Billy and Papa Joe are up early (did we even get any sleep the night before?) travelling from Dumfries it doesn’t take us long to drive up the M74. We all meet in Stirling for breakfast and to discuss the day ahead. It’s not written in stone but it’s the old guys against the young-guns in our usual early season friendly competition, Ross and myself take on the Uncle Billy and Papa Joe.
Arriving at Menteith there is always a buzz around the place. You walk through the large double doors at the main entrance; the water and boats are in front of you with anglers tackling up for the days fishing ahead. A quick chat with fellow anglers and more importantly a catch up with the boatmen Douglas and Quint, we make our minds up as to where to fish and what tactics to employ. We will find out later in the day if our chosen tactics were right or wrong.
The opening Monday of the 2018 season was blessed with better weather than at the weekend. The day started off flat calm but a westerly breeze got up later in the day, which fluctuated in strength, but on the whole it was a very pleasant day to be on the water.
Success On The Sweep
We found success with DI3 lines with slowly fished Boobies and Cormorants. The DI3 Sweep and pink Snakes also worked well. On several occasions we had double hook-ups and having only one net to the boat made getting the fish in very interesting.
By late afternoon it was time to head back to the boat house and get packed up after another great opening Monday.
The best area was from Tod Hole down into Lochend Bay. The fish were moving around in tight shoals with some of the boats surrounding us getting into two fish at a time. When Menteith is on, it’s on.
By late afternoon it was time to head back to the boat house and get packed up after another great opening Monday. With 23 trout to the boat it was straight to the shop to book for next year.
Oh… the results from the old guys versus young guns? Well the old guys just pipped it! The young guns will get revenge next year! Roll on the season ahead.