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Jim Crawford of Ayr. The 2016 SDFFA National Champion who landed 11 fish to win the title at the Lake of Menteith

Jim Crawford of Ayr. The 2016 SDFFA National Champion who landed 11 fish to win the title at the Lake of Menteith

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I made a welcome return to the Lake of Meneith near Aberfoyle for the SDFFA national championships, writes 
STUART FRASER.

I made a welcome return to the Lake of Menteith near Aberfoyle for the SDFFA national championships.

Having fished in a club outing the day before and only managed to net three fish I was not too confident when others were coming in with bags well into double figures. However, after recieving sound advice from one of our club members I stuck to his tactics the whole day and they came good in the end.

Heading out I made for the hotel bay and the shallows to and was rewarded early on with a nice rainbow. Fishing a floating line with a fab on the point and two buzzers on the droppers left static was my tactic. The fish are hard fighting and refuse to be bullied.

Although I landed that one quickly and had a few other offers it went quiet. Taking a longer drift my boat partner, who was pulling, locked onto what looked like a good fish and a second later I was in. Whilst I landed mine my boat partner lost his, possibly being too hard on it. We moved up and down the bay and picked up another couple of fish before a change was called for. We headed for the Malling shore where I picked up two in quick succession and my partner landed one. With 45 minutes of the competition remaining we decided to head back to hotel bay where I landed a further two. The latter was a real slab of a fish, which had to be returned as I had my kill limit. At the weigh-in I was fortunate to have had enough fish to qualify for the Scottish team next year at Llyn Brenig in Wales.

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