Battle was well worth the effort.Peter Sorrie had a gruelling battle with a 7lb 14oz rainbow to qualify for the final of the Daily Record/ Tennents Champion of Champions competition
The biggest rainbow caught so far in the competition also helped put Peter's three man team, Greenock & District Angling Club, into the semi- finals of the Scottish Club Championship.
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taxi driver taxi n → Peter, 36, from Greenock, caught the rainbow near the Lake of Menteith's fish cages after having a practice session there earlier in the week, during which he took 10 rainbows for a total of 21lb 8oz
On his return visit, Peter just had five casts when he connected with the big rainbow.
The powerful fish took him out to the backing five times.
To avoid disaster, Peter's partner in the boat had to row him away from the reeds and the fish cages in case the fish got tangled up in them.
The taking fly was an international sized 10 Booby booby, common name for some members of the family Sulidae, large, streamlined sea birds. Tropical and subtropical members of the family are called boobies; those of northern waters are called gannets. .
Peter said: "When we started fishing, we just couldn't get a take. I put on the Booby and after just five casts had the big one."
Peter's technique was to cast 25 to 30 yards with a Hi D line and start stripping as soon as the Booby sank. The pattern for the killing fly has a white marabou marabou: see stork.
African stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus). Standing 5 ft (1.5 m) tall with a wingspread of 8.5 ft (2.6 m), the marabou is the largest of all storks. wing overlaid with peachy peach·y
adj. peach·i·er, peach·i·est
1. Resembling a peach, especially in color or texture.
2. Informal Splendid; fine. orange marabou. The body is white seal's fur with sparkle in it, and the tail green marabou.
Peter, who has been his club champion for the last seven years, caught two other rainbows on a size 10 Cat's Whisker.
Overall, the 16 three-man teams competing landed 56 rainbows weighing 95lb 5oz.
The four finalists for the Champion of Champions final at the Lake of Menteith The Lake of Menteith (Scottish Gaelic "Loch Innis MoCholmaig"), or, until the 20th century, the Loch of Menteith, is a loch in Scotland, located on the Flanders Moss, the flood plain of the upper reaches of the rivers Forth and Teith, upstream of Stirling. are: Peter Sorrie, Greenock & District Angling Club with three fish for 11lb 2oz, David Wallace David Wallace or Dave Wallace can mean:
Newton Mearns is a small suburban town 7 miles southwest of Glasgow, Scotland on the main road to Ayrshire. It has a population of approximately 22,637, and is 410 feet above sea level. Fly Fishers' with four for 6lb 9oz and D. Bonnington of North Berwick Angling Club with three for 6lb.
The three teams for the semis of the Scottish Club Championships are: Newton Mearns Fly Fishers' with eight fish for 15lb 9oz, Alloa Angling Club with eight for 13lb 3oz and Greenock District with Peter's three for 11lb 2oz.
The clubs competing in this week's heat are: Arbroath Angling Club, Banchory Royal British Legion Angling Club, Bearsden Angling Club, Busby Angling Association, Dows Angling Club, Duns Fishing Club, Caley Liners Fly Fishers, Clackmannan Angling Club.
East Berwickshire, East Kilbride Angling Club, Elgin & Dist. Angling Association, Gadloch Angling Club, Gala Angling Association, Gartmore Club, Kelvinside Academical Angling Club, Kelso Angling Association, Saturday Angling Club (Edin), St. Fillan's and Loch Earn Angling Club.
Second Chance, the charity for children who need special help, are holding a fly fishing contest on June 28 at the Watch Reservoir.
A specially-tagged Rainbow Trout rainbow trout
Species (Oncorhynchus mykiss) of fish in the salmon family (Salmonidae) noted for spectacular leaps and hard fighting when hooked. It has been introduced from western North America to many other countries. could land you pounds 5000.
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Former Edinburgh angler Gordon Lyall made the long trip from his new Northampton base to Arbroath for the North East Region Open Boat Festival.
And he went back down the road with top honours after dominating his boat to finish well clear, with his Leith Vikings clubmate Bryce Watson in second place.
Gordon and Stevie Souter took the team section, too.
The Scots didn't fare so well in the final of the National Sea League.
Ayr Nomads, fishing as West of Scotland
World title bait
Scotland are in World Championship action in Hungary this weekend. The event is fished on Lake Valence, an international rowing venue near Budapest. Manager Ronnie Macleod's squad of Stephen McCaveny, Tam Campbell, Dean Irving, George Glen, Rab Crossan and Chris Paton will do well if they finish in the top eight.
The main quarry is likely to be skimmer skimmer, common name for certain sea birds resembling the related tern. Skimmers (genus Rhynchops) have long, laterally compressed bills of which the lower mandible is one fourth longer than the movable upper mandible. bream bream: see sunfish.
European food and game fish (Abramis brama) of the carp family (Cyprinidae). Found in lakes and slow rivers, the bream lives in schools and eats worms, mollusks, and other small animals. , probably on the long pole, with England, France and Italy heading the betting.
Nearer home, Hillhead Basin on the Forth and Clyde Canal The Forth and Clyde Canal crosses Scotland, providing a route for sea-going vessels between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde at the narrowest part of the Scottish Lowlands. is providing great sport, with nets of tench up to 60lbs.
FISH OF THE WEEK
Proud Gerald Gath's 25lb salmon is believed to be the biggest from Loch Lomond for three years.
Gerald, from Dumbarton, took the fish on a trolled red sprat sprat: see herring.
Species (Sprattus sprattus) of edible fish in the herring family. Sprats are silver marine fishes that form enormous schools in western European waters. Less than 6 in. on the famous Endrick Bank.
But as a member of the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association, he's always careful to replace stocks.
The day after he caught this beauty, he was on the Luss Water stocking it with 35,000 salmon fry.
Congratulations Gerald. You're the winner of this week's pounds 100 rod and reel prize courtesy of Fish of the Week sponsors Daiwa.