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Clyde and West Open and Junior Championships:
Always a "must do" match, this year's Clyde and West lived up to expactations with well over 100 entries and almost 30 young pretenders. The highlite of the day for some was seeing young Bobby Thomas land his first ever fish, a wee cod and then a not so wee flounder, a very well done to Bobby and his trip to the prize table was a great reward for his efforts.
The weather was kind with just a short shower of light rain but the fish were a bit on the thin side (numbers that is).
Unexpectantly, the dogs put in an apearance at the far end of the match length and Ticker Hart was soon
on the leader board with 4 fish but apart from that, only odd dogs showed throughout the rest of the day but
small stuff came ashore with regular monotony.
Back at the Headquarters, the prize table looked in top order.
First business was the Juniors, leading the way for a second year and retaining his Clyde and West crown, young international Darragh Magginis with 24 fish for 393 pts. Second was fellow internationalist Aimee Clarke, 16 fish for 310 pts. Third spot on the podium was for Shelly Main with 14 fish for 290 pts.
The senior champion, winning the title for a third time, big hitter Iain Graham.
Iain had 12 fish for 333 pts.
Second placed was Ticker Hart, 5 fish for 302 pts.
Third, Gareth Gardner, 11 fish, 283 pts.
Fourth, Neil Cutler, 8 fish, 280 pts.
Fifth, Scott McCartney, 5 fish, 254 pts.
The longest fish, a 69cm dog went to Willie Man off peg 143.
A big well done to Ian and the rest of the winners bit it has to be said that this was a day for the kids. It was a pleasue seeing the wee faces light up when they caught a fish, admin can still remember his fist fish and I bet most of you guys do as awell. Definately a red letter day for the army of youngsters on the Esplanade.
A good turnout of 30 plus rods for the latest SFSA Individual members championship at Riverside Drive, Dundee. Pegged behind the airfield, every rod had fish, a lot of undersized but a healthy contribution from the bigger stamp also helped. Fishing most of the flood with just an hour or so of the ebb, Scott McCartney set the early pace and continued throughout the day to take top spot with a creditable haul of 27 fish closely followed by Chris Horn on 25. The longest fish of the day, a 39cm flounder was caught by Louise Foster. A very well done to the winners.
Results of today's SFSA Erskine Open, plenty of fish for everyone but the measuring stick wasn't used too much as double and treble shots were all returned undersized but for the top trio, Davy, Billy and Kenny, it was a hard and rewarding day.
1st David Neil 898 points 37 fish
2nd Billy Buckley 894 pts 37 fish
3rd Ken Greason 752 pts 31 fish
Junior winner Georgie Murdoch
255 pts 11 fish
2nd Darragh Maginnis 199 pts 8 fish
Longest fish Alan Combe 31cm flounder.
Species included flounder, cod, whiting, haddock and gurnard.
Scott McNicol Memprial Match 24/10/15
A terrific turn out of over 70 rods showed their respects for the memory of one of Scotlands greatest angling characters who was tragically killed in a motoring accident three years ago. The annual memorial match has gained popularity each year due mainly to the persuasive talents of Scott's parents, Ruth and Stuart. The recipients of the cash held a very dear place in Scott's heart, the junior and youth squads of the Scottish Federation who are able to compete on the national stage all the better for this cash legacy. This year's winner of the memorial trophy which is awarded for the landing of the heaviest fish, was Dalbeattie "old un" Willie Watson with a terrific huss weighing in at 13lb 08oz. The heavy bag competition was won by the Federation's Mike Horn with a mixed bag weighing 19lb 15oz, second was match maestro Billy Buckley with 19lb 05oz and third was Willie Watson, 18lb 12oz.
Ladies winner was',Pauline Wilson 9lb 9oz, second Karen Prichard with 6lb 11.5oz and third Tasha Little, 5lb 3oz.
Junior winner Jack McGarva with 4lb 1oz. second Calum Culbert, 2lb 15.5oz and third Abi McGarva 1lb 4.5oz.
It has to be said though that this match isn't all about winning, it most definately is in the taking part and supporting a great cause. The real winners were the junior and youth teams who are better off this week to the tune of £3,414.50!
On a lighter note, the Federation's Ladies Captain Jackie McGarva decided to cool off by taking a wee paddle in a rock pool!
Central Region, East of Scotland Open Shore Championship, Dysart. 22nd Nov. 2015
A total of 65 anglers turned out for this year's East of Scotland Open Shore Championships at Dysart, including ladies and juniors. Weather conditions were great, sunny from the start but maybe a little too bright given the lack of movement in the water which in turn resulted in a low scoring match. Top rod on the day was Killy's Alec Bell with 3.72kg, 2nd, Jimmy Connell with 2.38 and third was Stephen Graham, 2.34. Ladies champion and retaining her trophies for a second year, Louise Foster with 1.48kg. Junior champ was Darragh Maginnis, 1.14. The heaviest flat fish went to David Neil with a cracker weighing in at .82kg and the heavy round went to Jimmy Connell with a cod at 2.38. From the field, 35 anglers weighed in.