Twenty-five anglers joined the competition this year, hopeful of landing a winning salmon despite the Bladnoch river level being low and sitting around the one foot marker at Malzie. Reports received during the day were no surprise, with a majority of coarse fish being landed. But in the final hour, to much surprise a salmon was landed to win Abbie Ribbens best fish in the junior competition!
Abbie was ecstatic with her 3lb grilse on Torhouskie near Mochrum Park. This was Abbie’s first salmon ever and she quickly returned it to the water once the catch was documented on camera. The icing on the cake came at prize giving where Abbie received a fabulous bag of goodies kindly donated by the recently formed Kirkcowan Angling Club, as well as the Peter Greasley Cup.
In the adult competition, Anthony Ryman took home best fish with an impressive day’s catch of two 25lb+ pike and a 5lb pike from High and Low Barness. Anthony received a bottle of Pure Scot Whisky, kindly supplied by The Bladnoch Distillery. Best Bag and the Chink Memorial Cup went to Colin Richardson for three pike (one measuring 38 inches) and a 2lb perch – all from Torhouskie beat.
In the junior category, the 2015 winner Thomas Scott took home second prize – a fantastic fishing rod and reel, kindly donated by Colin Richardson along with the Bill James Shield - for four trout and an eel caught upon the Kirkcowan Angling Club water of the Bladnoch between Barhoise Dam and the junction. Third placed junior angler Cairn Parks received Galloway Angling Centre vouchers from Paul Greasley for three pike (weighing 12, 5 and 2lbs) and a perch.
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A Galloway Fisheries Trust spokesman said: “All in all, the Kirkcowan Fishing Competition continues to be a fun family event. Please join in next August if you can. Galloway Fisheries Trust would like to thank the many donors of prizes from local businesses in Newton Stewart, Wigtown and Kirkcowan; to Jonny Haley and Colin Richardson for donations and organisational help, to Paul Greasley, Dick Scott and Sir Michael Wigan, the Bladnoch Distillery, Sharpes of Aberdeen and especially to Tina at the Craighlaw Arms, who’s support year on year with venue, food and drink, is greatly appreciated by the trust and all who participate in the competition. In total, this year’s competition raised £445 for the Galloway Fisheries Trust.”