Troutmasters brave the conditions

ON Sunday, In conditions which would have tested Ernest Shacketon, a troup of intrepid anglers filed out of the cosy bothy at Lochter Fishery, Oldmeldrum to compete in the competition to represent the fishery in the Troutmasters Final at Grafham Reservoir later in the year.

With an East wind blowing that would have cut the face off you, and intermittent flurries of snow, fishing was exceptionally hard and all credit to the fishers including some juniors for sticking to their task literally to the bitter end.

When the bones had thawed out and the scores were totted up it was Willie McRobbie from Aberdeen who was declared Senior Winner with Ryan Easton from Perth going forward to represent Lochter in the Junior Final.

Earlier in the week fishing was much curtailed by snow and ice. The boys from BT did venture out with S Argo top scorer with eight all on a white WSW.

Although the forecast for the week is not great perhaps it is time to cast off the winter gloom and look forward to the Spring Season of competition. Entries are filling up fast for the SANA Stillwater Heat on Sunday, April 7, so to ensure your entry contact the fishery without delay. Also coming up is the Spring Doubles Competition on Sunday, April 21, with £500 in prize money on the day. In place of the normal Summer League the fishery r are running a new Lochter Summer Series. A series of heats will be held throughout the summer starting on Sunday, May 5. Four anglers will go through from each heat to a Grand Final Sunday, October 6, offering prize money of £1000, thanks to generous sponsorship by E-M Diagnostics. This is a terrific new singles competition which will give anglers plenty of opportunities to enjoy their fishing and at the same time have a chance of getting through to the final and win a nice prize. Fishery contacts are (01651) 872787 or 872000, or e-mail