Fraser on Fishing: Scotland make it a record seven golds

Team Scotland gold medal winners from left to right back row: John Hood,  Dave Stewart, Stuart Fraser, George Bell,  Neill Barrett, Jim Crawford, Wullie Leach and Dave Malcolm. Front row left to right: Glenn McHattie, Ossie Smith and Willie Brash (pic courtesy of Thomas Vallely).

Team Scotland gold medal winners from left to right back row: John Hood, Dave Stewart, Stuart Fraser, George Bell, Neill Barrett, Jim Crawford, Wullie Leach and Dave Malcolm. Front row left to right: Glenn McHattie, Ossie Smith and Willie Brash (pic courtesy of Thomas Vallely).

0
Have your say

Going for a record of seven gold medals in a row, Scotland played hosts in the recent home internationals.

Held on the Lake of Menteith, teams from the four home nations battled it out.

Team Scotland met up two days prior and, under the stewardship of manager Wullie Leach, formed a well-oiled squad. Hard work and gaining information on the two practice days really gelled the Scots.

Day one started out well but the weather deteriorated as the session wore on. However, early indications were that the Scots were out in front. The cages were one of the best areas, as was International bay where Jim Crawford excelled with ten fish on dries by close of play. Day one finished with the Scos taking a lead of nine fish.

Day two held no surprises and the boats made for the same areas so it was going to be close. Over the week the fish remarkably stayed on the surface and the floating line with dries were the top tactics. Even during the cold, wet and windy days they remained on the surface and could be picked off easily.

The difference in the end was the fact that all the Scottish rods landed fish as opposed to the other teams who had blanks. It was a decisive win for team Scotland with Wales putting in a strong finish to come second followed by England then a plucky Irish team.

A huge thanksto Neill Barrett the main sponsor who gave up his time and advice for the squad and must be applauded.

• Fraser on Fishing is sponsored by 7 Plus 7 Construction Ltd. For more info, go to www.7plus7.co.uk