Weather Calms down for Midnight Cup

Top Rod Sandy Mconnachie

A strong north westerly wind had hampered the angling effort on the run up to the Midnight Cup, with many anglers making their first trip out on the Boardhouse loch for the season. Whether it was the change in the weather to light winds, or light angling pressure, but Boardhouse certainly fished well on the night for some.
29 anglers signed on for this competition, and were greeted by a steady stream of Caenis drifting off the loch, encouraging signs for the 7pm start. By the time the boats had settled in to their first drifts, the wind had dropped even further, encouraging swarms of flies to hatch. This immediately brought fish to the surface to feed, and if you were in the right place fishing the right flies, then fish could be taken, and regularly by some anglers. Others struggled to find fish and consequently finished well down the list.
It's been a great week for Sandy McConnachie, last Tuesday he was the top rod in the SANAAC National semi final at Lintrathen, and he added the Midnight Cup on the night with a cracking bag of Boardhouse trout, 12 for 9lb 9ozs. Some of the magic must have rubbed off on boat partner for the night Neil Chalmers, who was third with 10 for 7lb 9ozs. Splitting the pair was Thorfinn Muir in second place with 10 for 8lb 5ozs, with other  success coming to James Bews with 7 for 7lb, including the heaviest fish of the night, a topper at 1lb 14 ozs.
Winning tactics were varied really with some anglers doing well with mini lures, others on wets and some on Suspender buzzers, but all top of the water as you would expect. White Cat, Hulk, Merkister Maid, Ace of Spades, Snatchers and Hogs were all mentioned in the confab afterwards.
The stunning sunset added to the night, but the main topic of conversation was the quality and condition of fish on the go, with some really heavy specimens hooked but unfortunately lost and many 1lb+ fish weighed in, all good news for the rest of the season.
Harry beckons next week, rumour has it that it has finally switched on, welcome news.


Many thanks to Sandy for donating his winning fly patterns








Lb oz


MCCONNACHIE S 12 9 Lb. 09½ oz 16
MUIR THORFINN 10 8 Lb. 05½ oz 15
CHALMERS N 10 7 Lb. 09¼ oz 14
BEWS J 7 7 Lb. 00 oz 13
LESLIE S 7 6 Lb. 11½ oz 12
IRVINE N 8 5 Lb. 15¾ oz 11
KENNEDY K 5 4 Lb. 13¼ oz 10
HARCUS JIM 6 4 Lb. 11 oz 9
MACLEOD K 6 4 Lb. 09 oz 8
ADAM K 7 4 Lb. 05 oz 7
MORGAN A 5 3 Lb. 13½ oz 6
RENDALL M 5 3 Lb. 09½ oz 5
MILLER RAYMOND 5 3 Lb. 08½ oz 4
MUIR KEVIN 4 3 Lb. 03 oz 3
GRANT J 3 2 Lb. 07¾ oz 2
THOMPSON BRIAN 2 2 Lb. 06½ oz 1
RUSSELL M 3 2 Lb. 00 oz 1
LEASK J 4 1 Lb. 15½ oz 1
MOAR D 3 1 Lb. 11¾ oz 1
MUNSON J 2 1 Lb. 10¾ oz 1
SUTHERLAND C 2 1 Lb. 09½ oz 1
MILLER H 2 1 Lb. 09 oz 1
WOOD S 2 1 Lb. 05½ oz 1
CRAIGIE A 2 1 Lb. 04 oz 1
HARCUS MICK 2 1 Lb. 02 oz 1
THOMSON BILLY 2 1 Lb. 00½ oz 1
WALKER S 1 0 Lb. 10½ oz 1
MILLER LESLIE 1 0 Lb. 10 oz 1
FOREMAN B 1 0 Lb. 09 oz 1