Calm sailing for the Sea Angling Club

Stornoway Sea Angling Club fished the last senior monthly competition of the year from Kirkibost, Bernera, on Saturday.

After the winds of the last few weeks it was a welcome pleasure to sail out at 8am on a flat calm sea with no wind at all!

However, it was an indication of the amount of rainfall over the last while when the brown peaty freshwater could be seen clearly on the surface of the sea, well out to the mouth of the east loch.

Unfortunately, though the weather was good the fishing was most certainly not, with the nine anglers taking part struggling to catch fish all day, with just the odd wrasse, coalie, lythe, whiting, gurnard and mackerel coming in.

After trying all the usual marks, from off Dalmore over to Masgeir, we finally saved the day with a bit of lythe bashing at Berisay, with some nice quality lythe coming aboard, caught on jelly worms.

Donnie Morrison, unusually on jelly worms, caught a cracking ballan wrasse of 3lb 10ozs, which may be a new club record.

Donnie was also the winner on the day with 91.50 points, 100 per cent and 22 fish for 18.25kg.

In second place was CJ Buchanan with 78 points, 85.24 per cent and 16 fish for 14.50kg. Gillies Mackenzie was third with 68 points, 74.31 per cent and 15 fish for 9kgs.

This Saturday (October 16), we hope to get our junior anglers out for the day. As usual there will be a list up in the club.