City angler reels them in at Orchill Loch

Neil Barratt of Edinburgh, left, won the competition at Orchill Loch with 18 fish in the catch-and-release match
Neil Barratt of Edinburgh, left, won the competition at Orchill Loch with 18 fish in the catch-and-release match
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Another fundraiser – and this time for the Commonwealth team who are representing Scotland out in Canada later this year.

The venue was Orchill Loch at Braco near Perth and a fantastic venue it turned out to be.

Many well known anglers were in attendance as well as the team representing Scotland. A good start was essential because you had to move three platforms every 45 minutes.

I landed a good draw on peg six that was at the burn mouth on the far bank. Having seen several fish moving on the surface I opted to go with a floating line long leader and a single scruffy Damsel. A boat was anchored out in front of me but they were having little success. I was casting to the left of it on a very slow figure of eight retrieve but I hd no action for the first five to ten minutes.

However, that was about to change as I locked on to what I thought was the first fish to be caught, only to lose it a few minutes later. For the rest of the period I was getting pulled and tugged until one eventually stayed on. With the blank off I landed fish number two and thought I was in with a chance. Eventual winner Neil Barratt was on my next platform and he was pulling them in just as fast using a Damsel on the point and an Apps Bloodworm on the dropper. I managed two in quick succession and was going great guns until the wind changed direction to the north.

That said Neil continued to pick up fish on nearly every peg after that to land a very deserved victory. The organisers raised almost £500 towards their funds and I wish them good luck in their efforts.