Angling competition nets charity haul
THE ANNUAL Inverawe angling competition raised more money than ever for charity.
A total of 17 competitors, mainly from Argyll but with others from as far away as Jedburgh and Stirling, took part on the Hydro and Inverawe lochs.
Lochgilphead anglers have always been to the fore in the event, but this year the honours went back to Oban with Brian Todd winning the Inverawe Fisheries Shield with the heaviest bag of 17lbs 3ozs, followed by Allan Hendry of Inveraray with 16lbs 3ozs and Dugald Mac Gilp of Lochgilphead with 15lbs 10ozs.
The Inverawe Challenge Shield for heaviest fish was won by Michael Slaven, Arrochar Tearoom, with a weight of 6lbs 9ozs.
This year his prize included a bottle of Talisker malt whisky, donated by Andrew MacDougall in memory of Ross Binnie of Oban, a keen angler, contestant and friend of the Inverawe competition.
Boxes of hand-tied flies created by Gavin MacLean of Ganavan Sands were the most popular prizes in the raffle.
During Sunday’s event, 59 fish were caught with a total weight of 137lbs 13ozs.
‘We have raised more than £ 800 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The raffle alone raised more than £ 300,’ said Robert Campbell-Preston, of Inverawe, who hosts the event.
Dugald MacGilp, Brian Todd, Robert Campbell-Preston, Michael Slaven and Allan Hendry.
Youngest competitor Anaru MacDougall from Oban and Willie Hamilton at the weigh-in.
Oban’s Brian Todd, winner of the heaviest catch.
Dugald MacGilp with his big fish.