Competition News – Archived From Old Website

Champions Cup – Sunday 16th September, 2.30pm to 7.30pm at Soulseat Loch (Fly Only)
Champions Salver – Sunday 16th September, 10am to 4pm at Soulseat Loch (Bait Only)
Terry Flower Memorial Shield – Saturday 8th September, 2.30pm to 7.30pm at Dindinnie (Fly Only)
William Whorlow Memorial Cup – Sunday 2nd September, 10am to 4pm at Soulseat Loch (Bait Only)
Agnew Salver & Junior Bait Trophy – Sunday 19th August, 10am to 4pm at Soulseat Loch (Bait Only)
Robert (Rab) Crozier Cup – Saturday 11th August, 10am to 4 pm at The Black Loch (Pike Only)
Alf Steel Rosebowl (incl OAP/Ladies Trophy) – Sunday 5th August, 10am to 4pm (Any allowable method)
Gordon McGuire won this trophy for the fifth time on Sunday at Soulseat with Ron Collison in second by only 1oz and Wilson Cloy in third. Juniors and bait fishers failed to make any impact at all.
The next competition is Saturday 11th August for pike at the Black Loch. Registration from 9am. Looking forward to a good turnout for this one.


Scotrail Trophy – Saturday 21st July, 10am – 4pm at Loch Magillie ( Bait, Peg & Keep Net competition)
Stewart Fiddler Shield (incl Ae Fisheries Pairs Trophy) – Saturday 30th June, 10am – 4pm at Loch Magillie (Bait Only)
The Stewart Fiddler shield was held at Magillie on Saturday with few wanting to brave the baking heat!
The winner, on this occasion, by a country mile was George Wellman followed in second place by the inevitable Thomas Copeland and in third David Hardie jnr. All anglers weighed in fish with no blanks for a change. Thanks to Bobby Greenhill for his donation of tackle to the junior winners and to Lidls for the bottle of wine to the winner who, by the way, did not offer to share it!

McRoberts Cup – Saturday 16th June at Burns Fishery
Devoy Cup – Sunday 3rd June at Alderneuk (Fly Only)
Devoy cup held over two legs due to demand for places was held at Alderneuk Fishery at Dumfries. We were welcomed on both occasions by hosts Wilma and Wullie who then proceeded to treat us to a couple of great days out. They fed and watered us and just about organised everything to perfection although they did fail a wee bit on the weather front as a bit of cloud cover would have been welcome!
On the first day Robin McLean won hands down with four fish but on the second day in even more difficult conditions junior member Thomas Copeland beat that by landing five rainbows which meant he wins the Devoy cup and a new rod being donated by long serving member Wilson Cloy to whom many thanks for encouraging juniors.
As a little add on club secretary took the prize for biggest fish on the day first ever win of anything fishy all though others may disagree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thomas receiving prizes from Eric McLean
Ron’s 4lb der

Billy trying to get into act but now has the nickname Mick as in Jagger!

Beautiful day at a superb venue

George Cup (incl Q. McDonald Shield for Juniors) – Sunday 27th May, 3pm to 8pm at Knockquhassen (Fly Only)
The Rob McKie Memorial Trophy – Sunday 13th May, 10am to 4pm at Soulseat Loch (Junior members only, Fly Bait or Spinning)
The George Morrison Trophy – 28th to 29th April
Stranraer & District Angling Association held the inaugural 2 days species hunt on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April in memory of former member, friend and past chairman of the club, George Morrison.
The format of this competition was the first of it’s kind for the association, with a complete catch and release approach being adopted.
Entrants were tasked with catching as many of the 6 nominated species as possible over the two days, on any of the association waters, using any of the permitted methods as per association rules.
The nominated species were Pike, Perch, Roach, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Blue Trout. With entrants being issued with an ID tag and measuring mat to verify their catches via photograph.
A total of 21 anglers took to the waters over the 2 days with weather being kind to competitors both mornings but soon turning wet and colder in the afternoons.
Most anglers managed to get something onto their score sheet with decent catches of Pike, Roach, Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout being recorded. Other target species were proving difficult such as perch, where there were only 2 landed and the elusive solitary Blue Trout that was caught by George Wellman.

Twelve anglers recorded catching a pike, with the longest of this species going to Alan Hughes with a fine 102cm fish. Out of the two perch caught, the longest was caught by Kevin Hamilton, measuring at 29cm. The longest roach was shared between Andrew Knotts and Buff Smith with both fish reaching 24cm. A total of seven fine Brown Trout were recorded with George Wellman landing the longest measuring a cracking 54cm. John Langdon managed to take the top Rainbow Trout out of the eight recorded with a nice 46cm fish, and for the last nominated species it was once again George Wellman who was on the score sheet and managed to be the only angler to land a Blue Trout with his 43cm fish.
Using the nominated points system, in the junior Section third was won by Ryan Allen with 15 points, in second place was Thomas Copeland, recording 32points and the winner of the juniors and beating his brother in the mix was Bruce Copeland with a well deserved 47 points.

In the senior section and third place with 78 points was Buff Smith, in second place was organiser and grandson of the late George Morrison, Stuart Fitzsimons with 86 points. But after a cracking 2 days of fishing and crowned as the first ever winner of the memorial trophy was George Wellman.

The organisers and committee would like to thank everyone who attended and to the sponsors of the event – Ruddicot Hotel, Springwater Fishery, AH Access and Rescue, Mr W Parker, Mr G McGuire, Mr D Hardie, Glenluce Gun Room, ACPC Stranraer Ltd.

In other news for local angling, 3 members of the Stranraer & District Angling Association travelled to Lake of Menteith to represent the club in the Scottish National Fly Fishing Championships. This event seen them face some of the top anglers in the country at high level of competitive fly fishing.

But it was local angler Kevin Hamilton who managed see himself into the semi finals of the championship. Kevin managed to land a cracking 7 fish in this competition, despite never having fished this Lake before. The committee would like to wish Kevin all the best in the semi finals which will take place on Carron Valley Reservoir.

Hay Cup and Junior Fly Trophy – Sunday 22nd April, 2pm to 7pm at Penwhirn (Fly Only)
The Topping Trophy – Saturday 21st April, 10am to 4pm at The White Loch (Pike Only)

The Hans Topping pike trophy was fished for at the White Loch on Saturday with the overall winner being Kevin Hamilton, a Trout man, who decided to show the Pike men how it should be done! The heaviest fish at 9lb14 oz went to “Big Fitzy” who managed to go one oz better than Gordon Spiers. To those who only understand kilos and grams that is equivelent to “no very Much!”

Soulseat Cup – Junior Trophy – Sunday 15th April, 10am to 4pm (Fly, Bait or Spinning)
First competition of the season 25 participants over 40 fish caught and most returned. Biggest fish 4lb 4oz brownie by Danny Love, heaviest bag new member Nicky Longdon, 2nd Harry Wilson and finally David Hardie jnr. Junior Adam Molyneux.

Sadly two members misjudged and were too late for the weigh in but believe they had done really well so a bit sad.

The new rules of keeping first fish only caused some controversy but seemed generally welcome as it helps preserve fish stocks. It will be interesting to see how it goes this season and will no doubt be a good subject for debate at the AGM, it has already been subject to good natured discussion on our Facebook page.

J Langdon winning pike
The second winter pike competition was held at the Black Loch on Saturday 20th and fortunately the weather was kind to us which resulted in a fair turnout for this event. A good number of fish were caught and returned with the heaviest fish going to Rab Rennie at 12lb 14oz. The heaviest bag of the day went to John Langdon who was then presented with the trophy donated by himself!! He was also the winner of the two legs of the competition with a total combined bag weight of 63lbs, so was also the recipient of the club trophy.
We would like to thank Lord Stair for permitting us to hold this out of season competition and are pleased to say that another £250 will be winging its way to the chosen charity of Combat Stress.

The first of this years winter pike competitions was held at the White Loch on Saturday 18th with the heaviest bag and second heaviest fish going to Wullie Langdon with the heaviest fish and second heaviest bag going to George Wellman. Thomas Copeland was best junior again with 4 fish for 32 lbs. The second competition is to be held at the Black Loch on Saturday 20th January. Details to follow.

Lots of activities have been taking place since the close of the season with teams of volunteers restoring our boats under cover in a byre at Maharr by kind permission of Duncan Little. Other members have done a tremendous job of clearing fallen trees at Soulseat and Magillie so thanks to all.
Stranraer & District Angling Association
Two Winter Pike Matches
Lochinch Castle Chosen Charity
(combat stress)
Open to all members of S&DAA from the past year and our friends from Newton Stewart angling association. Senior members, OAP’s and associate members may bring one guest.

White Loch Date – Sat 18th Nov 2017

Black Loch Date – Sat 20th Jan 2018

In both matches the angler with the heaviest catch will receive an engraved crystal glass trophy.
An annual trophy will be presented to the angler with the heaviest overall catch over both matches.

£10 seniors
£5 juniors
Optional Sweeps
£2 heaviest catch, 1st place 60%, 2nd place 40%
£2 heaviest fish, 1st place 60%, 2nd place 40%
£1 heaviest overall catch over both competitions (winner takes all)

8 – 8.45am
White Loch – White Loch car park
Black Loch – Black Stables car park

Walk Off
Anglers will be drawn to walk off in pairs starting at 8.45am

White Loch – From Gull Island (graveyard) along the front of Crow Island over the fence, along the whins and stop at the edge of wood.
Black Loch – From the canal through the field, into the wood, round to the boat and 500 metres up the back road.

Fishing times
9.30am – 3.30pm. Anglers must be back at their registration point with their card by 4pm.
Weighing of fish
Anglers will be issued with a card. Pike to be weighed, recorded and signed by a steward located at graveyard, Crow Island and the whins.

One rod White Loch
Two rods Black Loch
Dead bait fishing only and single bait traces must be used. Tight lines