The annual Kirkcowan Fishing Competition took place on Saturday 23rd August. Even with the river height low and poor rod catches this year so far, an impressive 38 anglers entered the competition to fish across 13 Bladnoch and Tarf river beats which owners kindly provided for the day.
The overall competition was won by Jock McDowall who, despite the low water, caught an 8lb salmon at Kenmure on the Tarf. The fish was photographed and then released. All salmon caught in the Kirkcowan Competition must be released to help conserve stocks. The second prize (adult) was won by Garry Brown with a good Brown trout from Clugston Fishery (beat 4). The ‘John King Cup’ for best overall bag (adult) was won by Anthony Ryman with a number of pike, largest 15lb, from the deep water at Torhouskie. In the junior section, all prizes were donated by Paul Greasley, Jonathan Haley and Colin Richardson. Connal Sinclair took first prize (junior) and the Peter Greasley Cup for four pike, six roach and three perch from Barness. Abbie Ribbens took second prize (junior) for a catch of pike and perch. Connor Wright won best bag (junior) for his catch of perch from Shenneton - he should give his dad (Alan Wright) a few lessons who has fished in the competition every year for the last 24 years but has never won it yet!
Some superb prizes were also on offer in the tombola, generously donated by many Newton Stewart, Kirkcowan and Wigtown businesses (as listed on the GFT website). In the five pound board, Jamie Stewart was winner of the Sharpes Belmont fly rod. A bottle of whisky, side of smoked salmon (donated by Sir Michael Wigan) and an array of fishing rods, reels, bags and a Home Hardware voucher made up prizes for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th places.
Galloway Fisheries Trust would like to thank Tina of the Craighlaw Arms who once again hosted the event and provided a tremendous buffet and organised sponsorship from Belhavan Best. Many thanks to all River Tarf and Bladnoch proprietors who kindly donated use of their beats for the day, organised by Colin Richardson. The competition successfully raised just over £500 for the Galloway Fisheries Trust.
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