|Simon and I with a couple of modest pike from Loch Ascog, Isle of Bute.|
Happy memories from our first trip to Scotland in May 1982
|De ja vu - older and uglier, once again, Simon and me with a brace from a Scottish loch.|
|Dawn on Loch Awe - looking up Glen Orchy|
|A very familiar scene during our trip - Benno bent into a hard-fighting Kilchurn Bay pike.|
With the aid of the bait boats (we had three), baits could be fished at ranges in excess of 150m. This caused a few problems with boat anglers who couldn't believe we were able to cast(?) that distance. A little demonstration of radio controlled casting was enough to highlight our technology and the vast majority were perfectly happy to give us a wide berth. Quite why boat anglers, on a loch that is 26 miles long, need to fish directly opposite a bunch of guys who are bivvied up on the bank is a mystery; but that's another post!
|Loch Awe magic - Simon with a superb pike of 19lbs 12oz. |
It doesn't get much better.
Our use of fish oils and colour dyes, ensured that we were fishing baits to a population of pike which hadn't been caught on this type of presentation with any regularity. One of our blue dyes is unique to us, of that I'm 100% certain. We dyed baits, we flavoured baits, we "popped" them up, we fished them flat on the bottom; whatever we did, we did it for a reason and regularly ringed the changes as the week progressed. One thing that became increasingly obvious, as the days passed, was the fact that our baits were losing their attractiveness. We don't, yet, have the ability to keep baits frozen - our Norwegian Army cool boxes are excellent, for a week - something to work on during the next twelve months! My Yanmar generator kept the batteries for our bait boats, cameras and phones well charged, so there is a possibility that we might be able to utilise this technology to keep our baits frozen in the future?
|Simon admires a nice mid-double, taken by yours truly.|
We promised Davie that we'd keep the venue secret (not) - so an undisclosed southern still-water!
I have to end this post with my heart felt thanks to Alan Gray, the sprightly 84 year old land owner, who has made us so very welcome during the past three years. His hospitality is only matched by his wry humour and ability to spin a yarn - a wonderful man - many thanks Alan, it was some holiday!
|Another nice brace - 13lbs 9oz & 14lbs 14oz|