Lad(y)s and Dads Charity Day

On Sunday 30th September we hosted our annual Lad(y)s and Dads Charity Day in aid of St Abbs Independent Lifeboat. This was the seventh year of running the competition and once again all the boats were taken, the weather was kind to us (compared to what the forecast said it might be) and a great day was had by all and we raised a good pot of money for the Lifeboat.

Whilst it is a competition it’s not to be taken too seriously, however as always everyone got involved and each new arrival of fly pattern was inspected with great interest by those about to fish. There is a photo of the fly patch on the gallery below.

Weather wise we were glad that the forecast of a few days earlier didn’t come right as it predicted strong winds all day, and we were pleased that the morning was dry and breezy and the whole loch was perfectly fish-able. By mid afternoon a strong wind showed itself which made the fishing trickier but thankfully didn’t spoil the day.

So the anglers set off with their patch of 12 flies and a total of 78 fish were caught with the ‘Lads/Ladys’ landing 45 of them and the ‘Dads’ landing 33. The ‘Lads/Ladys’ total measured 782 inches and the ‘Dads’ was 554 inches. So  it was the ‘Lads/Ladys’  that managed to win the coveted ‘L’ of a Length Trophy this year meaning that they now nudge ahead by 1, having won 4 of the seven and the ‘Dads’ have won 3. A special mention goes to Pauline Cooper as she was the only lady angler this year, and landed 83 inches worth of fish to the boat ( beating her boat partner we think….).

The top ‘Lad’ was young Corben Skene whose fish measured 122 inches and several contenders nipping at his heels. The top ‘Dad’ was Steve Kelley whose fish measured total length of 129 inches. They are in the photo gallery below holding the ‘L’ of a Length Trophy along with Jack Metcalfe who was the other junior on the Lads team.

The best fly pattern on the day was a pink apps bloodworm presented by Alistair Crowe and tied by Corben. The diawl bach, cormorant and booby flies also did well that day. Well done to all the fly tiers.

As we all know by now, the main reason for holding the day is to try to raise as much money for the St. Abbs Independent Lifeboat as possible and we are delighted to announce that once again we managed to raise over £1000 pounds. The total was £1095 and with a kind gesture of another £5 from Bill Ferguson, this topped it up to £1,100. This is a great sum of money and we would like to thank everyone who supported the event through the purchase of raffle tickets and boat flies, or who took part on the day itself. There were a number of Lifeboat members there fishing on the day and Gus Skene thanked everyone on behalf of the charity for their support and I know they would like to extend this out to those of you reading this that weren’t able to be there on the day but supported it through buying raffles tickets etc.

The day itself now runs very smoothly and this is in no small way due to the extra support that we receive from our regular team of volunteers …. Gordon and Glenys,  (unfortunately Alison was unwell so could not come) who were joined by Dave and Christine Whalley. Dave has taken all the photos seen in the gallery below and Christine made two fantastic fruit cakes one which went in the raffle and one which was devoured that day. Once again, many thanks to this merry band which we couldn’t do without, your help is very much appreciated. And also many thanks to all those who have donated raffle prizes and other bits and pieces to help make the day the success that it is.

We have already booked next year’s event into the diary, which as always, will be held on the last Sunday in September – 29th Sept 2019. We strongly advise anyone wishing to take part to book early to avoid disappointment. We will be taking bookings at the start of next season and will be announcing the event in the loch reports.

Please note our next normal loch report will be posted on Monday 22nd Oct

Thanks to Dave Whalley for taking all the pictures in the gallery below – click on the photo to enlarge and then use the arrows to scroll through


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