The third Scott McNicol memorial shore angling competition was held last Saturday and once again a staggering amount was raised in Scott’s memory and went straight into the coffers of the S.F.S.A. to help fund both the junior and youth international squads for next summer’s Home Nations Championships which will be held in Norfolk.
Scott, from Castle Douglas, was one of only two Scottish internationalists to win gold at all three levels, junior, youth and senior, his legacy lives on in the form of the angling competition.
Over 70 anglers turned out this year in what at first was described conservatively as “wild” conditions but as the morning wore on, the sea state dropped away to make way for much more comfortable conditions.
The match was won by the very popular Willie Watson from Dalbeattie with a massive bullhuss and not content with that, Willie also scooped third spot with the bag weight.
The anglers attending read like a who’s who of the greats with international representation from all the Scottish squads, junior, youth, senior and ladies, and the evening prize giving held at Monty’s, Castle Douglas is fast turning into a “must be there” event. At the end of the night, a terrific amount of £3,414.50 was raised.
The match organisers and the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers would like to express their sincere thanks to the sponsors of the event for their very generous and continuing support, Monty’s Bar, Castle Douglas, Colmic Rods, McCowan and Sons, The Sports Shop Stranraer, Galloway Angling Centre , Ultimate Angler, Girvan, Anyfish Anywhere, Reelemin, Auchenlarie Holiday Park, Lagan Outdoor, Co-op Castle Douglas and CC Services, Scotland.
Heaviest Fish and winning the championship trophy, Willie Watson, Dalbeattie with a bullhuss at 13lb 08oz
Bag weights, 1st, Mike Horn, 2nd, Billy Buckley, 3rd, Willie Watson.
Ladies, 1st, Pauline Wilson, 2nd, Karen Pritchard, 3rd, Tasha Little.
Juniors, 1st, Jack McGarva, 2nd, Calum Culbert, 3rd, Abi McGarva, 4th, Marcus Watling.