47 anglers from all over Scotland fished the championships over Thursday, Friday & Saturday last week in weather which could only be described as perfect . Once again 'catch and release' was incorporated so a points system could be used .

Five boats were involved : 'Charles Ann' owned and skippered by Harvey Groat ; 'Girl Kilda' owned by Neil Matheson and skippered by Terry Todd; 'Jean Elaine' owned and skippered by Andy Cuthbertson; 'Crusader' owned and skippered by Kenny Peace; and 'Welcome Home' owned by OISAA and skippered by Ronnie Tait and crewed by Arthur Cook.

Thursday 27th September:The day started with a slight swell and a northerly wind veering north-east. All boats went south as far as The Old Man, with the Welcome Home venturing to Rora. Catches were mainly ling, cod and Pollack.

Top points: 1 Scott Gibson (223), 2 Mark Duncan (191), 3 Kenny Laurenson (156).

Heaviest Fish: 1 Peter Redshaw (Cod 5.85kg) 2 George Brown (Ling 4.7kg)

Best Junior: Paul Firth (136)

Total Number of Fish - 789

Friday 28th September: Winds were light north-easterly veering east later and calm seas. Cod and ling were the only species to earn points on Friday, with bigger fish receiving bonus points. 2 boats fished well off Rora, another 2 fished Rackwick and The Yellow Kist, while the last boat went north to The Brough. One good Torsk was caught weighing 3.1kg.

Top points: 1 Robert Duthie (192) 2 John Scott (154) 3 Willy Orrock (150).

Heaviest Fish: 1 Kenny Thompson (Ling 6.45kg) 2 Jimmy Smith (Ling 4.95kg)

Best Junior: Paul Firth (125)

Total Number of Fish - 599

Saturday 29th September: Near flat calm conditions encouraged all boats south past Rackwick. The Jean Elaine went to Skaill and caught dabs and red gurnard, . One spurdog, octopus and squid were caught at the Berry. Girl Kilda was surprised by a Minke whale which swam under her at The Old Man.

Top points: 1 Gus Mackenzie (198) 2 Lawrence Williamson (197) 3 Scott Gibson (192)

Heaviest Fish: 1 Vicky Duncan (Cod 4.9kg) 2 Kenny Thompson (Ling 4.5kg)

Best Junior: Paul Firth (170)

Total Number of Fish - 817


Top points : Overall Champion -1st R. Graham Forbes ; 2nd Lawrence Williamson ; 3rd Jimmy Reid

Overall Heaviest Fish: 1st Kenny Thompson (Ling 6.45kg) 2nd Peter Redshaw (Cod 5.85kg) 3rd Jimmy Smith (Ling 4.95kg)

Best Lady Angler : Nikki Thompson

Best Junior : 1st Paul Firth 2nd Mark Laurenson

Best Specimen Fish : Derek Yuille - Cuckoo Wrasse (0.8kg - 58.7% of Scottish Record)

Best Senior : R. Graham Forbes Best Local Angler : Paul Firth

Best Individual Score : Scott Gibson 223 points -Johnny Duncan Trophy

Best Skipper (Over three days) : Terry Todd (Girl Kilda) - Dan Mackay Trophy

First 2-man Team : R. Graham Forbes & Willy Orrock - Oldershaw Shield & David P. Wilson Cup

First 4-man Team : Mark Duncan, Lawrence Williamson, Barry Ward & Jim Reid - Norland Trophy

Total Number of Qualifying Fish Caught - 2205 (Average 47 fish an angler)


1.SHETLAND -972% Barry Ward , Kenny Laurenson , Robert Duthie , Jim Reid

2.ORKNEY -782% Brian Thomas, Andrew Spence (jnr), Paul Firth (jnr), Ali Clouston


ORKNEY PRIZES 2006 - 2007

Best local Angler over 6 Days - Paul Firth - Scottish & Newcastle Brewers Cup

Best local Angler over 3 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 - Bertie Robertson (Ling 13lb 4oz) - Whales Tooth

Best Junior - Paul Firth

The boat skippers each will receive a bottle as a thank you for their great work.

Mrs. Elizabeth Bown representing Jolly's Fish & Farm Produce who sponsored 'The Big Fish Competition' presented the all prizes including excellent hampers 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 also to Mr. Colin Corse for this electronic scoreboard, and to Mrs. Inga Rendall for hospitality on the pier.

Dates for 2008 have now been chosen as 11, 12 & 13 September 2008 - for your diaries.Here is Paul Firth with his Orkney Young Sportsman of the year Trophy and medal.







Here is Paul Firth with his Orkney Young Sportsman of the year Trophy and medal.  
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