LAST Friday, at Loch Harray in Orkney, a week of really hard work was finally over for Brechin’s Jock Craig and his Scottish team-mates.
It was more than disappointing to find that they had missed out on the Home Countries International title by some 13 fish in a total of 383.
The full result was as follows:- 1, Wales, 125 fish for, 97.4 lbs; 2, Scotland, 113 fish, for, 87lbs; 3, Ireland, 81fish, for, 81lbs; 4, England, 63 fish for, 63lbs.
Jock had his team’s heaviest basket of six trout for 5 lbs 14 ozs.
NB: Any additional trout taken were returned to the water.
Jock said that it was the hardest weeks fishing he had ever experienced, with three days of practice followed in the evening with a briefing meeting.
His day’s commenced at 6.45 am for breakfast, then on to the bus at 8 am, into the boats from 9.30 am and on the water until 6 pm, with a short mid-day break.
A full eight hours solid fishing every day was, however, to take its toll and Jock had to fish the latter part of the week with a sore hand, something he has never experienced before in over 50 years of casting a line.
However, he said it was all forgotten to be in the silver medal team and to have done so well on what was his second appearance in the Scottish team.
The famous Brown Bowl for the heaviest basket went to Alec Dixon of Wales with 18 trout for 14lbs.
Heaviest fish in the final was to Arden Pollock of Ireland at 1.5 lbs
In the overall singles reckoning Jock was to finish 19th in a field of 48.
I am sure all Jock’s clubmates at Brechin Angling Club will be delighted that he did so well and that the people of Brechin would echo these sentiments.
It is only too seldom that we have someone in Brechin reach such heights, but I am afraid it will not be an angler next year as all have failed to qualify
Well done Jock from us all.
A good run of sea trout entered the South Esk last week and beats from the sea to Glen Clova have had some excellent sport, notably on the middle and upper beats of Kinnaird.
by Bill Balfour.