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Old 01 September 2014, 06:38   #31
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Kaman,

Sounds like you have a better "plotter" than me! I use a handheld Garmin as a backup - theory being if the boat battery dies, the "trusty 12" will switch to it's internal AAs. Hence having a set of "join the dots" waypoints to get me back in the fog that sod's law says will come down at that very moment!

I think C-map do an Electronic chart of the Loch - I've never botherd to buy it as it wont work on my plotter, and the Garmin doesn't do charts!

I did read on the Navonics page last year that they are "plotting fresh water bodies like Windermere & Loch Lomond" (or words to that effect) Having had a quick look at their online thing - the bodies of water seem to show up along with jetties & pontoons - inifinitely more than my current maps don't show, but still no mention of depth. Interestingly also now shows the Forth & Clyde Canal (no names etc), and the river Forth to slightly beyond the M9 overbridge (by which point you are in canoe territory anyway!) again with no depth beyond the old bridge at Stirling.


In the meantime:
View: Loch Lomond (upper section) including Loch Sloy an... - Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897-1909 - National Library of Scotland
View: Loch Lomond (upper section) including Loch Sloy an... - Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897-1909 - National Library of Scotland
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Old 01 September 2014, 08:44   #32
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Thanks for posting that map it may come in handy.
I phoned the rangers at the loch and they state they only sell a paper map but due to large degree of interest in a downloadable map that something is 'in the pipeline'
My makeshift plotter works a treat.
MX Mariner app is loaded with lots of handy features.
My favourite being the snail trail which shows what water and distances you have covered.

I posted a thread on here ealier in the year when I added the plotter to the Sib.
It's cheap and cheerful and has served me very well.
I intend to buy a paper loch map. I've downloaded a map of the loch and the surrounding area.
It doesn't have depth / hazards but does show a fair bit of detail around the waters edge and islands etc.
Most importantly it shows where the campsite and the pub are!
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Old 01 September 2014, 08:45   #33
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Here's link to chart plotter thread



Chart plotter on a Sib
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Old 04 September 2014, 15:13   #34
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Thanks to those who offered up advice on this thread.
Sitting at the pier at Milarrochy Campsite with a beer having clocked up a wonderful 74 miles around Loch Lomond in the sib.
Sib has felt fresh water for the first time lol!!!
Probably one if the best days sibbing I've had!
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Does life get any better than this? ???
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Old 04 September 2014, 16:04   #36
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I wondered if you would be playing in there today Kaman..I passed Loch Lomond early in the morning on my way to my favourite loch.. and thought of you in the passing :-D

It sure was a great day on the water..but give me the sea lochs any day.. cheap n cheerful and the fishing in Loch Etive was fantastic today

This is the first of four bad boys with spurs sticking out their dorsal fins. All around 5lb mark.



Too many codling to count as I was catching them as easy as the mackerel..and several times had two on the one set of lures. A couple of gurnard and a bucket full of mackies.

Only a sea trout would have made a better day.. they were showing ..but I was on the bottom the whole day

How did Loch Lomond fish ?
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Never even wet a line. I was going to try for pike but decided just to take in the scenery.
That was my sibs first fresh water excursion and probably not its last.
Cooked up lunch on a white sandy island beach to boot!
Yep I agree Loch Etive does take some beating.
Where did you launch?
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Beside Kelly's pier at Taynuilt.. a four wheel drive can go right to the waters edge even at low tide. Just park the car and trailer on the beach..there is plenty room..even at weekends when the hardshell boats arrive ..good pub in Taynuilt too although it been a year or two since I drank in it

The joey mackerel would be good pike bait
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I was hoping to get up a do a tour around Rhum Egg and Muck etc as mentioned earlier.
But weather weans and work conspired against me!
Good to hear Etive is fishing well might try and squeeze a trip in up there before santana comes!
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I'm loving this. 350 mile trip tomorrow for a week based on Loch Sunart followed by a week on Loch Lomond.

And the fish are biting
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