Burns event at Lochter Fishery

A bitterly cold north wind failed to put off 28 hardy anglers who were competing in the Robbie Burns Pairs event at Lochter Fishery on Sunday.

Despite conditions which were further exacerbated by the cloudy condition of the water, fish were regularly coming to the net.

The traditional lunch of haggis, neeps and tatties was welcomed by all and as the day progressed so the weather improved and the event finished in sunshine.

When the scores were added up the winners using the SANA points scoring system were John Brown and Kevin Neri with 28 points closely followed by the real Mackays, Ernie snr and Ernie jnr, who pipped the pairing of Andy Barrowman and Brian Chalmers on countback.

The first fish of the day was caught by John Brown and the last by Mike Shewan.

During the week the fishing has been steady and with the water being slightly cloudy anglers using flies or lures which showed up in the water did best.

The Blobby boys, Doug Mair and Billy Ferries, had 18 between them, Chris Fraser had ten using a mix of lures and Russell Jenkins netted eight using a variety of lures.

Robert Still used Cormorants and Buzzers and was well rewarded with eight to his name, with his best at 4lbs. Bob Campbell and Jim Robb fared well using WSW`s and George Watt had half a dozen using a black lure.

At the time of writing, the lochs are very high but in contrast with this time last year they are all ice-free.