Angling: Broken, beaten but unbowed
One of my favourite competitions has to be the Scottish Club Championships.
The three-man team event is held on a Saturday evening on the Lake of Menteith. Windy conditions had hampered most of the day session anglers, making poor returns; one boat reported having a good session in the cages area, so I headed in that direction.
Several boats were in the same area and I went with floating line and two dries. Although fish were showing I could not get any interest so I changed to a couple of Cormorants and a Cat Booby and drifted along the rope. As the wind subsided I began to get offers and my first came to the Booby on a fast figure eight retrieve.
It was game on I thought as, with my next cast, I was in again. Unfortunately it broke me and I lost the whole cast. I managed to get another cast in before the end of the drift andwas broken yet again. I cursed my luck, thinking this may have scuppered our chances of qualifying.
With only a few drifts left to end the session I managed to pick up another three fish before we had to head back to port and the weigh-in.
We failed by only one fish to qualify, but we all enjoyed our match and vowed to return next year and hopefully do it next time.
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Monday 20 May 2013
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