Angling sea­son kicks off as Mal­loch tro­phy is pre­sented to John

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE 2016 win­ner of the FishPal Mal­loch Tro­phy, John MacIsaac, has re­ceived his tro­phy.

The suc­cess­ful an­gler is a gillie from the River Lochy in Lochaber, who caught the fish of a life­time in the River Spean last Septem­ber. The sal­mon was es­ti­mated as weigh­ing be­tween 38lb and 41lb and it was just un­der 47 inches long.

John was pre­sented with his tro­phy last Fri­day from the pre­vi­ous year’s win­ner, Tom Buchanan.

John said: ‘I was on the point of go­ing home at the end of the day when I de­cided to try a cast on the Spean as I had not fished there this year.

‘My first cast splashed into the tail of the Long pool. The heavy fly I was us­ing brought the fish to the sur­face where he hit the fly, turned and rolled.

‘Now at­tached, the fish took a cou­ple of runs dur­ing which I had the chance to see its belly – I then knew at once that it was very big fish. How­ever, it was only when it came closer to me that I re­alised I was go­ing to need some help.

‘For­tu­nately, the fish then dived and stayed deep, hardly mov­ing, un­til as­sis­tance came.’

John’s name will be en­graved on the Tay Foun­da­tion’s tro­phy, join­ing an il­lus­tri­ous list of pre­vi­ous win­ners which stretches back four decades.

And last weekend the In­ver­lochy Angling Club blessed the river with a quaich of whisky for the start of the 2017 sea­son.

Sec­re­tary of the club Andy Donaldson handed over the reins to new sec­re­tary and chair­man Chris Cairns. Andy, who has been in the role for the past 20 years, was given a bot­tle of whisky and thanked for his ser­vice to the club.

Chris told the Lochaber Times: ‘I have been in­volved with the club since I was a boy re­ally, the past 20 to 30 years. I have been on the com­mit­tee and the sec­re­tary be­fore, but be­com­ing chair­man is a whole new job for me.

‘The club will fish sal­mon, mainly on a catch-re­lease ba­sis, from now un­til mid Oc­to­ber.’

Pic­tures: Abright­side Photography.

Top: In­ver­lochy Angling Club mem­bers met at the weekend. Right: Fish­ing tro­phy win­ner John MacIs­sac re­ceives the award from last year’s win­ner Tom Buchanan. Far right: Chris Cairns gives a bot­tle of whisky to Andy Donaldson for­mer sec­re­tary for his ser­vice to the club.

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