Poorest entry ever for club championships

Members of Stornoway Sea Angling Club fished the annual club championships on Saturday, with one of the poorest entries ever — just eight anglers fishing and only four actually weighing in.

Unfortunately, this year the competition coincided with the Hebridean Celtic Festival, causing a number of people to drop out and not fish the competition as usual — so next year the club will have to make sure that such dates do not clash!

It was a blustery day, with a stiff south-westerly, giving choppy conditions and a fair swell, which gave the boat a good roll all day.

The fishing was pretty quiet with haddock present on the soft patches in reasonable numbers, but the hard ground yielded little but lots of coalies, the odd lythe, wrasse, ling and cod.

This year's club champion is CJ Buchanan with 123.1 points, 100 per cent and 35 fish, with Paul Akister second on 102.8 points, 83.5 per cent and 29 fish, and Alistair Campbell third with 89.1 points, 72.38 per cent and 24 fish.

The lady winner was Mairi Montgomery with 76.2 points, 61.9 per cent and 15 fish, and Paul Akister had the heaviest fish - a cod of 8lbs.

Our next competition is the Western Isles Open on July 30/31.

At the time of writing there is a healthy entry for the Open, with only one boat place left to be filled, and probably that, too, will soon be gone.

Hopefully this present spell of unsettled weather will improve and we will get some nice weather for the competition, which always makes it more pleasurable for all those taking part!