32 anglers, including 25 visitors, fished the Northern Marine Orkney Ltd sponsored championships over Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10, 11 & 12 September in weather poor enough to spoil all fishing plans. A ’catch and release’ points system was used, and anglers were drawn on different boats each day.
Three boats were involved - ‘Charles Ann’ owned and skippered by Harvey Groat; ‘Triton owned by Stevie Mowat and skippered by Roy Seatter and ‘Welcome Home’ owned by OISAA and skippered by Ronnie Tait and crewed by Arthur Cook.
Thursday 10 September:
The day started with strong southwest winds, which made for very uncomfortable fishing with a bad backwash from previous storms. All boats braved Hoy Sound and Charles Ann ventured furthest south to Rora, with Triton and Welcome Home trying St. John’s Head. Mackerel were plentiful, and one tiny 10cm octopus coming on board. The best specimen cuckoo wrasse was also caught then. Catches were mainly ling, cod and some pollack.
Top points: 1 Paul Firth (77) 2 Mark Laurenson (63) 3 Jimmy Smith(63).
Heaviest Fish: 1 Alan Davis (Ling 5.4kg) 2 Paul Firth (Pollack 3.65kg)
Total Number of Fish – 167
Friday 11 September: Ling & Cod only
Strong south westerlies had all 3 boats fish Scapa Flow, sometimes drifting at 3.5 knots on a gentler sea. Mackerel was thick at Cava, then Charles Ann and Welcome Home ventured to Brimms and Cantick Light. Triton had drifts at Stinger Head, Nevi Skerry and The Calf.
Top points: 1 Paul Firth (61) 2 Alan Umphrey(59) 3 Jimmy Smith (53).
Heaviest Fish: 1 Mark Duncan (Cod 4.25kg) 2 Mark Laurenson (Ling 3.15kg)
Total Number of Fish – 141
Saturday 12 September:
Continuing strong westerlies had the fleet try Scapa again, but with an eye to the worsening sea. Welcome Home and Charles Ann tried Cantick, Switha, and Flotta as Brimms was too rough, and Triton opting for wreck fishing north of Cava. Some good fishing was had, with the day’s winner having 6 trebles of pollack.
Top points: 1 Alistair Fullerton (102) 2 Alan Umphrey (63) 3 Mark Duncan(63)
Heaviest Fish: 1 Eddie Hughes(Ling 4.0kg) 2 Laurence Williamson (Ling 3.7kg)
Total Number of Fish – 214
Top points: Overall Champion -1st Paul Firth 267%; 2nd; Alan Umphrey 264%; 3rd Mark Duncan 258%
Overall Heaviest Fish: 1st Alan Davis(Ling 5.4kg) 2nd Mark Duncan (Cod 4.25kg) 3rd Eddie Hughes(Ling 4.0kg)
Best Lady Angler: Nikki Thompson
Best Specimen Fish: Joe Dent - Cuckoo Wrasse (0.45kg - 33% of Scottish Record)
Best Senior: R. Graham Forbes Best Local Angler: Paul Firth
Best Individual Score: Alistair Fullerton 102 points - Johnny Duncan Trophy
Best Skipper (Over three days): Roy Seatter (Triton) - Dan Mackay Trophy
First 2-man Team: Gus Mackenzie & Alistair Forsyth - Oldershaw Shield & David P. Wilson Cup
First 4-man Team: Gus Mackenzie, Alistair Forsyth, Laurence Williamson, and Mark Duncan - Norland Trophy
Total Number of Qualifying Fish Caught - 522 (Average 16.3 fish an angler)
INTERCOUNTY 2009 ORKNEY V SHETLAND
Shetland team of Kenny Laurenson, Mark Laurenson, Laurence Williamson & Barry Ward were winners and scored 705%.
Orkney team of Paul Firth, Bertie Robertson, Gerry Wilson & Billy Blance were runners-up and scored 605%.
ORKNEY PRIZES 2008 - 2009
Best local Angler over 4 Days - Paul Firth - Scottish & Newcastle Brewers Cup
Best local Angler over 2 Days - Paul Firth - W. E. Knight Cup
Best Individual Basket on any one day - Paul Firth - David Goldsmith Memorial Quaich
Heaviest Fish of the year – Roy Anderson (Pollack 14lb 6oz) - The Whales Tooth Trophy
The boat skippers each received a bottle as a thank you for their great work.
Mrs. Judy O’Connor presented the fishing tackle prizes supplied by Aurora Jewellery on Saturday evening. The Stromness Hotel followed this with a great carvery/buffet dinner and thanks must go to both for all their help again this year. Thanks again to Mr. Davie Guthrie for this excellent score calculator, the patient Orkney Fisherman’s Society for the use of ‘The Lobster Pond’ for the weigh-in, and The Coop for donating prizes for our Inter-county 2010 raffle.