Kirkcowan fishing competition draws competitors

A handful of the entries in this year's fishing competition
A handful of the entries in this year's fishing competition

THIS year’s annual Kirkcowan Fishing Competition took place on Saturday.

Similar to the previous two years, the river was mostly in flood but this did not deter eager anglers, ready at 8 am for beats to be drawn across the Tarf and Bladnoch. Clugston Loch was also on offer this year particularly for the juniors, of which there were four. In total, around 30 anglers entered.

The rain stayed off for the duration of the competition and a great buffet greeted anglers returning for prize giving at 5 pm. The winning fish was a salmon of around 8 lbs, caught by Lesley Drysdale on Shennanton in the upper Bladnoch. Winner of best bag went to Hazel Johnson for her two pike and a perch. Second and third adult prizes went to Speedy McGaw and Mick Howson who each caught trout of up to a pound and a half. In the junior section, all prizes came from the Peter Greasley Memorial fund and as the only junior to come home with any fish, Connor Wright picked up both awards the Bill James Shield for 1st Junior and the Peter Greasley Cup for Best Bag) with his array of trout caught up the Tarf. A selection of fishing tackle including Sharpes and Shakespeare rods and reels in part donated by Jonathon Haley and Robert McCreadie, made up the winner prizes.

Some superb prizes were also on offer in the tombola which included a days fishing on the Bladnoch, fishing tackle, a hotel meal for two and supermarket vouchers donated by a number of Newton Stewart, Wigtown and Kirkcowan businesses. John King was winner of the Sharpes fly rod in the five pound board with Howard taking home a Ron Thompson Rod and Shakespeare reel for second, Andy McCreadie a side of smoked salmon (donated by Sir Michael Wigan) and bottle of Port for third, Scott Pagan a landing net for fourth and Rowan Armstrong a sack of tatties (donated by D. Pagan) for fifth.

Galloway Fisheries Trust would like to thank Tina and Kevan of the Craighlaw Arms for a tremendous buffet and organising sponsorship from Belhaven Best. To Paul Greasley for additional funds to the Peter Greasley Memorial fund; Jonathon Haley for main and tombola prizes; all River Tarf and Bladnoch proprietors who kindly donated use of their beats for the day and in particular, Robert McCreadie who also made Clugston Loch available for the event. The day would not have been possible without much organisational help and Galloway Fisheries Trust would like to thank Jonathon Haley, Colin Richardson and the Craighlaw Arms proprietors Tina and Kevan who made the day a great success, raising in excess of £666 for the Galloway Fisheries Trust combined with Guess the Weight of the Salmon competition at Wigtown Show (won by Lesley Drysdale who guessed the correct weight of 4 lb 12 oz) and Catch a Salmon competition at Wigtown and Dumfries show.