International angling is a family affair

Sam and Jackie McGarva will represent Scotland.
Sam and Jackie McGarva will represent Scotland.

The McGarva fishing dynasty rolls on with no fewer than three family members now representing their country in the shore division of sea angling.

The latest international angling star is Castle Douglas mum Jackie, who follows sons “Coco” and Sam into the Scottish international teams.

Older son Coco has represented Scotland at both junior and youth levels and is currently in the transition from youths to seniors.

Sam is in his fifth year as a junior, gaining the captain’s blazer for this year’s home nations competition in July at Arbroath. Sam was a member of last year’s home nations squad that lifted the junior gold in Port Stuart, Ireland.

For the first time, Scotland will be fielding a ladies’ squad this year and the final selection was made last week after a series of get-togethers and fish-offs resulting in Jackie being given the nod and, to cap it off, the captain’s position as well.

No stranger to shore fishing, Jackie has been the ladies’ champion within the Peever Club for the past six years. When asked how she felt on hearing the news she answered: “Quite chuffed, really.”

The whole family will be heading up to Arbroath this July to cheer Jackie and Sam on to gold.