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Next fishing meting - West Coast Trophy - Sun 29th Oct, 0900-1500hrs. No boundaries, but generally centred on the Ballachulish area where the meeting ends at the marina / tourist info centre car-park.

This meeting will again feature pre-registration. Members should contact Darren Thistleton via darrent66@hotmail.co.uk  

Catch-and-release, with scorecards available from Darren.

 

Reminders

 

Remember that membership dues have to be with the Treasurer Ian Sammons at least 7 days before the first meeting when your membership becomes active, plus you'll need to complete an Application form (to confirm emergency contact details). The form can be downloaded from the Forms and Maps page, or to request a form by post call Bob Blocksidge on 07836 646678.

 

The Species Challenge this year will include a Century N-Sure rod prize. Entry forms can be downloaded, or collected at meeting registration.

 

On Facebook ... Shaun Conlane has started a page for the club. If you haven't seen it yet try searching for Aberdeen Thistle Sea Angling Club on facebook.
 
Very important club rule ... once registered to fish at a meeting, if for any reason you will not be attending the weigh-in you must let someone know by the weigh-in time.
 
 
2017-2018 Season
 
Summer Championship ...
 
Somers Trophy
Ten members fished in mild, calm conditions. Despite some colour in the water results were disappointing with only three finding size-able fish. Gary Rezin was first with 59 points, Tony Watters second on 45pts. Cod and wrasse were recorded; Wayne Frost's 1.1kg cod was the biggest.
 
This concludes the Summer Championship with Gary Rezin the winner on 155 points. Tony Watters is runner-up with 125 points.
 
Spooner Trophy
Nine members took part in this competition south of Stonehaven. Only three weighed-in, with T Watters taking first place, 39 points. Joint second (33pts) went to D Thistleon and C Booth, who also took the sweeper with a wrasse of 0.8kg. Mackerel and wrasse were landed.
 
Summer Cup
On a day of mild weather, clear water and settled conditions which gave rise to swells as the day progressed eleven members took part, of which 9 weighed-in cod, mackerel and wrasse. I Sammons took first place with 69 points, G Rezin was second with 59pts. Ian's 1.5kg cod took the sweeper for the biggest fish of the day.
 
Beach Trophy
Fourteen members fished Scotstown beach over high water in fairly calm conditions with less weed problems than on previous visits, enjoying mild dry weather. Twelve caught fish - mostly flounders with a few small turbot. D Tate came first with 47 points, A Forman and A Hunter were joint second with 42pts. Mark Milne took the sweeper with a 35cm flounder. This was a catch and release meeting, and it was noted that if conventional size limits applied most of the fish caught would not have counted.
  
Spring Championship ...
Neta Brooks
Gusting winds led to a lively sea with some colour, when 14 members and a guest met for this final event of the Spring Championship in rain, drizzle and largely overcast conditions. Size-able fish were hard to find - only five weighed-in. W Frost took first place with a two-species bag for 69 points, second was B Blocksidge on 44pts. Cod and mackerel were recorded. Gary Rezin's 1.78kg took the sweeper.
 
The Spring Champion is Gary Rezin (143pts), just beating runner-up Wayne Frost (139pts).
 
Findon Cup
Eleven members plus a guest fished the Blowup Nose - Portlethen area in fairly mild but uncomfortable showery conditions. Only five found fish big enough to weigh-in. T Watters had 64 points to narrowly beat I Sammons on 63pts. Cod, wrasse and pollack were recorded, of which Ian's 1.6kg cod was the biggest.
 
Thistle Cup
Eleven members enjoyed fine summer weather, early gusting winds dropped leaving the sea lively in some areas, but with clear water and a backgoing tide. Only five weighed-in. G Rezin came first with 66 points, just beating T Watters on 63pts. The sweeper prize was split between Gary Rezin and Shaun Conlane who both had 1.6kg cod. Cod, saithe and a wrasse were recorded.
 
Spring Cup
Sixteen members, including some welcome new members, got the season underway in dry weather conditions with stiff offshore winds. Good for blowing cobwebs away, but too soon to expect great results. Only five returned with fish; cod and a couple of saithe were recorded. The clear winner was D Thistleton whose two-species bag earned 79 points, with W Stuart runner-up, 35pts. Darren's 1.2kg cod was the biggest.
 
 
 
Previous seasons' results:
2016-2017 Season ...
 
Winter Championship ...
 
Aberdeen Open
The 12th Feb meeting was cancelled due to adverse weather and an Open re-arranged for 5th March. This meant that no club championship points could be accrued (club rules say that if a meeting is cancelled it cannot be re-scheduled), so the 5th March meeting was a simple Open. Unfortunately the date clashed with other meetings (including football), which might explain why attendance was down this year - 18 took part.
Fishing conditions were good - dry weather, swells and coloured water the result of a couple of days of easterlies. On the day we had gentle easterlies and mild, dry weather. Not everyone found fish - 10 returned to weigh-in. First place went to Tony Watters (7.8kg), with Peterhead's Mark Summers second (5.6kg) and Gary Rezin third (5.2kg). Tony's 3.68kg cod took the top prize. A total of 33.8kg of fish, all cod, was weighed-in.
 
Millennium Cup
Stiff gusting winds had switched to southerly the week before this year's Millennium Cup meeting, giving relatively small swells which did nothing for the fishing. Only seven members took part, two weighed-in with the rest taking small fish only. Ian Sammons got first place with 47pts for a two species bag - cod and saithe. Charlie McDonald had the biggest cod at just over1kg, for 35pts.
 
Winter Cup
Despite a good turnout of 17 participants the fish didn't co-operate. Weather on the day was mostly sunny, winds were slight and the sea calm with only a touch of colour following more than a week of gentle westerly winds. Six weighed-in, mostly cod but with single wrasse and saithe. Wayne Frost took first place with 73 points, Gary Rezin's three species bag took second place, 52 pts. Wayne again took the sweeper with a cod of 1.4kg.
 
Festive Escape
Eleven members fished in calm, clear water conditions. Only five weighed-in, cod and saithe. Darren Thistleton took first place, 47 points for a two-species bag. Alan Hunter was second with 39 points, all cod including the day's biggest at 0.98kg.
 
Autumn Championship ... 
 
Law Trophy
Eleven members fished in mild, dry weather. Sea condition was flat calm, with very little colour to the water. Six found size-able fish, a mixture of cod, saithe and a wrasse.
Wayne Frost took first place, with a two-species bag for 66 points. Darren Thistleton was second with 56pts.
Wayne's 1.4kg cod was the biggest weighed-in.
 
The Autumn Championship ends with Wayne Frost the winner, 177pts. Runner-up is Darren Thistleton with 148pts.
 
Vance Trophy
Persistent high pressure the previous week gave us settled weather, cold but dry, for this year's Vance Trophy meeting. Calm seas had the usual effect on the fishing - of the 12 anglers who took part, only 5 weighed in. Darren Thistleton took first place with 49 points, Gary Rezin was second with 46 points for a two-species bag (cod and wrasse). Biggest fish was Darren's 1.7kg cod.
 
Autumn Cup
Despite chilly winds and sharp showers 14 members and a guest turned out for this year's Autumn Cup meeting. With winds predominately N-NW the previous week we weren't expecting a bonanza, but found the sea fairly lively and with swells building as the afternoon progressed. This was a day for small and undersized fish. Seven weighed-in, all cod. Andy Forman took first place with 48 points, Gary Rezin was second with 42pts. Ian Sammons again took the sweeper; his cod weighed 1.36kg.
 
West Coast Trophy
This year's event was again well-attended, and enjoyed mostly dry, calm conditions. 17 members and guests registered to fish, of which 11 returned scorecards. A total of 9 species were recorded - cod, pouting, lesser spotted dogfish, wrasse, mackerel, dab, ling, pollack, and thornback ray.
Wayne Frost took first place with 72 points (3 species), narrowly beating Ian Sammons on 71 points (4 species). Ian's 69cm dogfish was the longest and took the sweeper.
 
Summer Championship ... 
 
Spooner Trophy
The final meeting of the Summer Championship saw 15 members and 2 guests fishing the 'Bervie to St Cyrus area in bright calm conditions. Only two weighed-in - Kenny Sangster had flounders for 56 points, ahead of Wayne Frost's mackerel for 30 points, which also took the sweeper cash.
 
The Summer Champion is Wayne Frost, 212pts. Tony Watters is runner-up with 182pts.
 
Somers Cup
Thirteen members tried their luck in mild, bright breezy conditions, to enjoy a fine day out but with few fish around. Only 4 weighed-in, taking cod, wrasse and mackerel. Joint winners were Ian Sammons and Tony Watters, with 58 points. Wayne Frost was close, with 57pts. The biggest fish was Ian's 1.2kg cod.
 
Findon Cup
Ten members enjoyed calm, bright summer fishing conditions when they tackled the Findon area. Thankfully the forecast showers didn't appear until weigh-in time. Eight weighed-in cod and mackerel, with wrasse also recorded. The Findon area maintains its reputation for better quality fish, with several nice cod of which Gary Rezin's 2.6kg sweeper winner is the best this season so far. Gary took first place with 93 points, just beating Wayne Frost on 90 points.
 
Summer Cup
Mild, dry bright weather with calm conditions met the 12 members when they got the Summer Championship under way. Cod, wrasse and mackerel were presented by the 7 who weighed-in. Tony Watters took first place with 77 points, Ian Sammons was second with 69 points. Wayne Frost again took the sweeper, with a cod of 1.46kg.
 
 
Spring Championship ...
 
Neta Brooks
Another good turnout - 15 members and 2 guests - enjoyed mild calm conditions for this final meeting of the Spring Championship. There were few cod about, but thankfully a few 'summer species' turned up. Pollack, mackerel, wrasse and cod were recorded. The day belonged to Wayne Frost who took first place with 113 points, plus the sweeper for a 2.4kg pollack. Gary Rezin was second with 55 pts. Ten anglers weighed-in.
 
The Spring Champion is Gary Rezin (157pts), with Wayne Frost runner-up (123pts). All scores are now set to zero for the start of he Summer Championship!
 
Beach Trophy
Sixteen anglers - 12 members plus 4 guests - met at Scotstown for this year's beach competition. Conditions were calm, with none of the weed problems which made previous attempts to fish the venue impossible. Participants had only frequent showers to contend with. Those who don't fish Scotstown much noted how the profile of the beach has changed.
Flounder dominated, plus a few turbot and a weever. The best fish was Paul Conlane's 38cm flounder. First place went to J Biggins, 76 points, narrowly beating Bert Rennie's 73 pts.
 
Thistle Cup
Worthwhile fish continue to prove difficult to find. This year's Thistle Cup was contested by 10 members, most of whom managed to catch only undersize fish in calm, dry and overcast conditions. Only one participant weighed-in - Gary Rezin had a cod and wrasse bag for 62 points. His biggest cod was 1.4kg.
 
Spring Cup
The new season started with a good turnout - 14 members and guests - but with calm conditions leading up to the Spring Cup there were few fish about. Weather on the day went from mild and sunny, to heavy downpours which prompted some early finishes.
Only four members weighed-in. Tony Watters took first place with 37 points, and the sweeper for a cod of 1.22kg. Darren Thistleton and Gary Rezin were equal second with 33 points. Only cod were landed. 
   
 2015-2016 Season ...
 
Winter Championship ...
 
Millennium Cup
Eleven members fished the last meeting of this season. They enjoyed clear bright weather, cold but warming during the day. A dead flat sea with patchy colour and lacking fish was the result. Only one angler weighed-in, a single fish. Tony Watters took first place with a 0.8kg cod for 32 points.
 
This win seals the Winter Championship for Tony. His 121 points beat runner-up Wayne Frost on 82pts.
 
Aberdeen Open
Twelve clubmembers were among the 29 participants in this year's Open and for the first time in eleven years members managed to take the top three bag weight prizes. They may have been helped by weather conditions, with fierce SSE winds producing rough seas which made many marks barely fish-able so local knowledge played a key part. Tony Watters came first with 84 points, just beating Wayne Frost on 82 pts. Andy Kemp took third place with 79 pts. Only cod were weighed-in, the biggest for the club at 2.4kg for Andy Forman (the best on the day was a 3.1kg fish for a Peterhead angler).
 
Winter Cup
A turnout of 15 anglers - 11 members and 4 guests - were hoping that the storms of recent weeks had brought cod within range. Starting with frosty conditions and a fairly flat sea, the day progressed to include some sunshine, cold biting winds and roughening sea conditions. Nobody would have predicted the results - only one angler weighed-in. Alan Hunter scored 54 points, his biggest of two cod weighed 1.94kg
 
Festive Escape
This meeting was cancelled.
We got our wishes when Easterly storms finally arrived, but on the day drizzle and winds gusting at over 50mph were producing turbulent seas and foam. A few high marks might have been just fish-able with care, but in the interest of safety it was considered more prudent to conserve bait and wait for conditions to become less fierce. We have to consider the increased potential for disaster in turbulent conditions, alongside responsibilities to ensure our own safety plus that of any services which might be called to help if disaster struck.
Strong easterlies are forecast to continue for a week or so. Here's hoping we'll benefit from the stir-up bringing more cod within range as sea conditions settle.
 
Autumn Championship ...
 
Law Trophy
Unseasonably mild weather, but with strong winds sometimes gusting gave the sea good colour and some squally rough conditions - just what we have been hoping for. However, with changing wind directions and calmer spells the rough conditions have not yet been sufficiently sustained to tempt cod within range. From a turnout of 15 participants only two found size-able fish. Andy Forman came first with a two-species bag for 68 points, Kenny Sangster was second with 43 points. A cod of 1.8kg took the sweeper for Andy.
 
With 184 points Andy Forman adds the Autumn Championship trophy to his hoard, ahead of Ian Sammons on 120 points.
 
Vance Trophy
Twelve members and guests enjoyed a dry, cold crisp day on the rocks. The sea was bouncy with some swells, and coloured water in some areas only, other areas clear. Unfortunately conditions are still not sufficiently changed to bring cod within range - there were fish about, but just babies. Only three anglers weighed-in. First placed was Alan Hunter, 60 points and the biggest fish at 3.5kg (the biggest weighed-in this season, so far). Tony Watters was second with 49 points.

Autumn Cup
Stiff winds drove persistent rain and drizzle at the eleven members and guest who fished this meeting. The previous week's stormy westerlies gave way to easterlies on the day, creating a nicely coloured bouncy sea but lacking the rough conditions we're hoping for. Only three anglers weighed-in fish - cod, wrasse and pollack. Darren Thistleton took first place with 77 points, Andy Forman was second with 67 points; both had two species bags.  Andy took the sweeper with a nice 2.5kg pollack.
 
West Coast Trophy
Eleven members took part in this year's event, centred on Ballachulish and fishing marks on Lochs Linnhe and Leven. They enjoyed spectacular scenery, calm seas and bright mild weather with most getting a 'practice' on the Saturday. On the day of the competition 8 caught a mixture of cod, thornback rays, dogfish, dab, mackerel and gurnard. Ian Sammons won the trophy with 74 points, Andy Forman was second with 49pts. Biggest fish was Andy's 65cm cod.
 
Summer Championship 
 
Spooner Trophy
This year's Spooner meeting was fished into darkness, to check whether night fishing produced better catches. The nine members taking part found that it didn't - five weighed-in, with most fish caught during the daylight / dusk hours. High pressure the previous week led to continuing calm weather conditions, thankfully with no fog, making the fishing easy.  However, the results from this meeting suggest that fishing in darkness doesn't produce many more fish, and weather / sea conditions probably have a greater effect at this time of year. It's perhaps unfair to draw firm conclusions from one meeting, but it seems that until there's a change in the weather to create conditions which bring fish inshore it doesn't make any difference when we fish. Market reports continue of good numbers of fish offshore, just waiting for easterly blows to stir-up nearshore areas to tempt cod to move.
Saithe, wrasse, dab and cod were recorded. Winner was Darren Thistleton, whose three-species bag earned 85 points. Andy Forman was second with 72 points. Andy's 1.74kg cod took the sweeper.
 
The Summer Champion is Andy Forman, 145pts. Gary Rezin is runner-up with 127pts.
 
Somers Cup
Stiff westerlies and northerlies the previous week ensured calm sea conditions (but with some colour to nearshore areas). Fishing in bright, warm weather we had to expect another day of scratching for small fish. Of the eight members who took part, only three weighed-in. Gary Rezin took first place with 34 points, Darren Thistleton was second with 31 points. Cod and wrasse were recorded, of which Gary's 0.9kg cod was the largest.
 
Findon Cup
Calm conditions meant tough summer fishing continued for the seven members who took part in this year's Findon Cup. Only four weighed-in. Gary Rezin took first place with 48 points, Alan Hunter was second with 35 points. Alan's 1.04kg cod was the biggest. Wrasse and cod were recorded.
 
Summer Cup
The Summer Championship started with calm, bright fishing conditions which did little to tempt good numbers of cod within range. Of the eleven who fished the Summer Cup only 5 weighed-in. Andy Forman took first place with 68 points, Gary Rezin second with 45 pts; both had two-species bags. Cod, wrasse and mackerel were presented, with the biggest cod 1.3kg for Shaun Conlane.
 
Spring Championship
 
Neta Brooks Trophy
Another meeting where fish were difficult to find saw only four weigh-in out of a field of eleven. Sea conditions remained largely calm, with drizzly weather giving way to bright sunshine. Darren Thistleton had the best catch for 75points, with Gary Rezin second on 57 points. A cod at 1.4kg cod for Darren was the day's biggest fish. Cod, wrasse and mackerel were recorded.
 
The Spring Championship ends with Andy Forman the winner on 181 pts, with Darren Thistleton runner-up on 107 pts.
 
Not Beach Trophy
Nine turned out for this meeting, fished within Aberdeen-Stonehaven boundaries. They saw driving rain which gave way to bright sunshine, a lively sea which flattened during the day but still with clear water. Four weighed-in,  Andy Forman taking first place with 50 points, narrowly beating Wayne Frost's bag of good flounders for 47 points.
Cod and flounders were recorded, with the biggest cod taken by Shaun Conlane, 1.58kg.
 
Thistle Cup
Bright sun, warm conditions and an uninspiring flat sea produced typical early season results - only 3 out of 12 participants weighed-in. The day went to Andy Forman, returning after a rest. His two species bag took first place with 100 points, and included the biggest cod at 1.7kg. Bert Rennie was second with 37 points. Cod, wrasse, dab and mackerel were recorded.
 
Spring Cup
The first meeting of the new season rarely produces great results, and this year's was no exception. It was good to see a better turnout - 11 members - but only four found fish. Darren Thistleton again took first place (27 points) and the sweeper for the biggest fish at 0.7kg. Equal second were Ian Sammons and new member Shaun Conlane (25 pts). Small cod, flounder and a wrasse were recorded. Conditions were mild, overcast with sunny spells, and fairly calm. Water colour ranged from clear to only slightly coloured, previous easterlies having given way to changing wind directions which flattened the water.
There are market reports of good cod catches offshore, but that's where the fish are likely to stay until we get rough conditions to tempt and hold them within range.
 
2014-2015 Season......
 
Winter Championship
 
Millennium Trophy
Overcast weather with strong gusting SE winds produced a rough sea when 9 Members met for the last meeting of the club's 2014/15 season. Swells increased during the day, making many marks un-fishable. However, this was a stir-up following a couple of weeks of westerlies, the sea was not very coloured, so despite the rough conditions there was not a cod bonanza. Five members weighed-in, cod with a single flounder. Alan Hunter took first place with 100 points, plus the biggest cod at 1.6kg. Darren Thistleton was second with 51 pts.
 
Aberdeen Open
This year's Open attracted 30 anglers, despite poor travel conditions in the south. A week of change-able weather dominated by NW winds meant a strong colour to the sea, but with only moderate swells and waves. Weather on the day comprised stiff sharp winds with alternating bright sunshine and snow showers. Of those who took part, 19 weighed-in, all cod. There were several contenders for the main prize for the biggest fish, with several over 1.5kg, but Alan Hunter's 2.56kg cod took the honours. The competition's biggest catches again went to anglers from outside our area. Of the 11 clubmembers who took part six weighed-in; Alan Hunter got 79 points with Ian Sammons second on 49 pts.
 
Winter Cup
A week of fierce westerlies did nothing to bring fish close when 8 members contested the Winter Cup. While there were plenty of undersized fish around, including more sea scorpions than usual, only three members weighed-in. Alan Hunter took first place with 60 points, Gary Rezin was second with 42 points. All cod were presented, the biggest at 1.4kg for Darren Thistleton.
 
Festive Escape
Nine members managed to get the Winter Championship underway, but most found the cod were busy elsewhere. Sustained westerlies the previous week left the sea choppy, with localised areas of coloured water but did little to tempt decent fish within range; undersize fish were a pest.
Only three members weighed-in, cod and a saithe. Gary Rezin took first place with 61 points, Alan Hunter was second with 36 pts. Gary's 1.4kg cod was the biggest.
 
 
Autumn Championship
Law Trophy
Eleven members and a guest had high expectations following a good easterly blow the week before this year's Law Trophy meeting. On the day gentler westerlies and dry conditions were welcome, while the sea retained some 'bounce' and a good colour. Seven weighed-in, mostly cod plus a couple of flounders. Andy Kemp again scooped first place with 115 points, Gary Rezin was second with 105 points. Dean Tate's cod of 2.86kg was the biggest weighed-in.
 
The Autumn Championship ends with Andy Kemp the winner with 396 points. Gary Rezin is runner-up with 243 points.
 
Vance Trophy
Nine members fished in dry, bright conditions with a strongly-coloured sea and swells the result of winds the previous week. Some low marks proved tricky as the tide rose, but those who found fish had a good day. Five weighed-in, with the clear winner Andy Kemp whose all-cod bag was a reminder of times past, 141 points. Gary Rezin took second place for 88 points, Bob Blocksidge had the biggest cod at 1.52kg.
Cod, dabs, flounder and a sea scorpion were recorded.
 
Autumn Cup
Strong gusting south-westerlies gave us a rough, nicely coloured sea but made some marks un-fishable when ten members and a guest tried their luck. It turned out to be a day when size-able fish were scarce. Only 3 participants weighed-in, all cod. Gary Rezin was first with 50pts, Andy Kemp second with 32pts. Gary's 1.22kg cod was the biggest.
 
West Coast Trophy
Nine members travelled to the Glencoe area to enjoy stunning scenery, pleasant dry weather and very light winds for this year's West Coast Trophy meeting. Most also got a 'practice day' on either Loch Leven or Loch Linnhe. On the day of the meeting six found fish.
Eight species were recorded - cod, dogfish, thornbacks, whiting, saithe, pollack, mackerel, dab. In particular, the rays were of a good size and several members took personal bests.
Andy Kemp took first place with seven species for a massive 140 points. His 69cm dogfish was the biggest fish by length. Runner-up was Dean Tate with 68 points.
 
 
Summer Championship
Spooner Trophy
Ten members fished Montrose-Arbroath but only one had fish. Gary Rezin scored 75 points with a five cod bag, biggest 1.1kg.
 
This clinches the Summer Championship for Gary, with a total of 152 points. Runner-up was Dante Dupitas on 129 points.
 
Somers Trophy
Nine members took part in this year's Somers Trophy meeting, fishing in calm conditions with clear water. It rained all day, with a stiffening westerly. Despite seemingly poor conditions there were more fish about - everyone caught, with seven finding fish big enough to weigh-in.
Ian Sammons took first place with 70pts, Darren Thistleton was second with 55pts. Ian's wrasse was the biggest fish at 1.6kg, one of several cod and wrasse of a similar size.
It's worth noting the variety of undersize fish seen on the day, including ling, dab, coalfish, pollack, whiting, haddock.
 
Findon Cup
The weather stayed mild and dry, but it was another day of poor results for this year's Findon Cup. Only two out of eight participants weighed-in. Dante Dupitas again took the sweeper with a cod of 2.0kg, which also earned him first place and 45 points. Gary Rezin was second with 36pts.
 
Summer Cup
Only seven members turned up for this year's Summer Cup, fished in fairly calm, bright and dry conditions which gave way to overcast skies towards the end of the afternoon. It was a day for small fish, with only three participants registering size-able specimens. Darren Thistleton took first place, 40 pts, with small cod, ahead of Dante Dupitas whose wrasse was the day's biggest fish at 0.96kg and 34 points.
 
Spring Championship
Netta Brooks Trophy
Eight members braved fog, rain and drizzle in this concluding meeting of the Spring Championship, fished on a falling tide. Despite a fairly lively sea, with some colour, only two weighed-in. Ian Sammons was first with 46 points, just beating Gary Rezin on 45 points. Both had two-species bags - cod and wrasse - with Ian's 0.76kg cod the biggest.
 
The Spring Champion is Gary Rezin, with 140 points. Ian Sammons is runner-up with 112 points.
 
Beach Trophy
Six members met at Fraserburgh to contest the 2014 Beach trophy, found the beach area shallow and un-inspiring. With reports of poor fishing lately, those present voted to switch the venue to our regular stand-by - Peterhead south breakwater.
Fishing catch and release in bright, mostly overcast conditions we noted a strong tide with some strong swells. Those present avoided the temptation to target tiddlers, although most fish caught were undersized. Half the field had fish - cod, wrasse and ling (but no mackerel - a few were reportedly caught on the day, but are still very sparse). Darren Thistleton took first place with 58 points, Ian Sammons was second with 29 Points. Longest fish was Darren's ling at 50cm.
 
Thistle Cup
Better weather prompted 8 members to take part in this season's second meeting. Conditions were windy, but warm and sunny and more fish showed. Half the members weighed-in a mixture of cod, wrasse and a sea scorpion.
First place went to Gary Rezin, 85 points, with Bert Rennie second on 46 points. Both had two-species bags. Biggest fish was a 1.26kg cod for Ian Sammons.
 
Spring Cup
The 2014-2015 season started with a chilly, overcast and drizzly day with light NE winds and fairly clear water. Only 4 members decided to try their luck, and only one found fish. Darren Thistleton opened his account with a couple of cod, biggest 1.2kg, for 44 points. His catch also included a big lobster!
 
 
How the points system works:
For each 100gms weighed-in - 1 point
10 points per species
10 points for a catch to weigh
5 points for attending the weigh-in having fished
For Measure-and-Release meetings points are awarded based on length and species - see scorecards for details. Minimum size limits do not apply. Fish not being released should, of course, be bigger than the usual min size limits and should be marked by cutting the tail fin.