Disappointment for Midlothian pair in Fastmail Pairs

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Stevie Whitehead and Eck Moffat were first back to the harbour at Glencorse near Penicuik in the Fastmail Pairs but they failed to qualify for the final as they were beaten by weight.

Whitehead and Moffat returned to the harbour at 12.54 with 28lb 8oz of fish, however, they were beaten on weight by two pairs.

David Carr and Billy Braithwaite finished at 13.36 and won with 29lb 10oz. Paul Gilbertson and Gordon Renwick docked at 14.11 and had 29lb of fish in their bag for second position.

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Bill Taylor, Glencorse owner, said the anglers enjoyed favourable conditions with a chilly wind and blue skies for the day-long event.

Glencorse Reservoir from the harbour at the fishery.Glencorse Reservoir from the harbour at the fishery.
Glencorse Reservoir from the harbour at the fishery.

Sea fishing now and Scottish international, Barry McEwan, won the opening leg of the summer league organised by the Bass Rock Shore Angling League.

The Port Seton-based angler hooked into seven fish for 151cm to win from Jamie McHale (Gifford) who had eight fish but they only measured 126cm.

Third was Chris Empson (Dunbar), another Scottish international, with eight fish for 122cm with Keith Forbes (Musselburgh) fourth on four fish for 76cm, Stuart Fairbairn (Haddington) was fifth with three fish for 61cm and Graham Meadows (St Boswells) sixth with one fish of 17cm.

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Fairbairn landed the biggest fish, at 23cm, and flounder, dabs, coley and rockling were hooked on a freezing cold night with heavy rain behind the old power station at Cockenzie.

The second round is on April 17 at a venue to be decided. Consult the club's Facebook page for details and new members are always welcome.

Elsewhere, Mike Kyle from Easthouses, the recent winner of the Edinburgh New Year Sea Angling League, was second in zone three of the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers (SFSA) match at Riverside Drive in Dundee on Sunday.

Gus Brindle from Dunfermline, chairman of the Scottish Federation for Coarse Angling, was first in the zone with 201 points.

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Zone One winner was Chris Barrett (Edinburgh) with 217 points and second Chris Horn from Kirkcaldy with 138 points while James Duncan from Angus recorded 205 points to win Zone Two with Gordon McLeod second on 164 points. The longest fish was recorded by Pete Smalls (Rosyth), a 33cm flatfish.

The annual meeting of St Serfs Sea Angling Club had to be postponed and the new date is Wednesday, May 8 (8pm) at The Elbow Room at 131-137 Rosslyn Street, Kirkcaldy KY1 3HT.

Secretary George Harris has confirmed 19 fixtures for the coming year, including a midweek league, and he encouraged any anglers keen to take part in the matches or to join to come to the meeting or contact him through the club Facebook page.

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