Amazing sport on Harray for the Tommy Thomson Trophy

Top Rod Stewart Wood


Any of the 28 anglers who arrived bleary eyed and still half asleep for the 7am start were soon shocked into reality by the strong, gusting, cold northerly wind, definitely not July weather!
Most anglers headed north to the shelter of Kirkness, Merkister Bay and Bankhead right away, with only a couple of boats dropping off at Ballarrat and Nistaben. They soon followed the other boats as it was pretty much unfishable with the north wind building a big wave offshore.
There was a 50/50 split I would say, of tactics, with the choice being Hedgehogs on intermediate lines over the shallower water and sinking lines on the open water drifts, the weigh in would show the better method on the day. It was about 11am when the wind dropped slightly and turned very slightly to the NE, giving some shelter along the east shore, with many anglers taking the opportunity to fish fresh ground at Biggings, Nistaben, Ballarrat and beyond.
Back ashore at 1pm and it was obvious it was going to take a very good basket to take the spoils as there were obviously plenty fish caught. Topping the scores, and there was nobody even remotely close, was Stewart Wood with 24 fish for 20lb 6ozs, a tremendous effort, winning the Tommy Thomson Cup. It was also the best way possible to christen his new boat, the Angel’s Share. Everyone had a good day, but others who excelled included Thorfinn Muir with 17 for 14lb 2ozs, Andrew Morgan with 17 for 14lb 1oz and Sandy McConnachie with 16 for 13lb 7ozs. The heaviest  fish was a beauty at 1lb 15 ozs for Brian Thomson, with Jason Gillespie also netting a nice one at 1lb 10ozs.
The sinking line was the most productive on the day, but the fish were holding not to deep, with the Sweep 7 being the stand out line. Wooder fished a drift across the mouth of Merky Bay, sticking there all day, while Thorfinn Muir fished there but shot down to Ballarrat as soon as the wind abated. Black and green had to be on your cast with a Erlends Cat the stand out fly, with Hulks and Viva Muddler also doing well. In the shallower water the hogs worked their magic, with Claret, Peach, and Madeira the best colours.
It’s back to Boardhouse next weekend where there is a draw for boat partners, the result of which which can be seen on the OTFA FB page for those who weren’t there at Harray when the draw was made.











Lb oz


WOOD S 24 20 Lb. 06¼ oz 16
MUIR T 17 14 Lb. 02¼ oz 15
MORGAN A 17 14 Lb. 01 oz 14
MCCONNACHIE S 16 13 Lb. 07¼ oz 13
MUNSON J 14 12 Lb. 00 oz 12
KENNEDY K 15 11 Lb. 11¾ oz 11
CRAIGIE A 12 10 Lb. 12½ oz 10
HARCUS J 13 10 Lb. 10 oz 9
IRVINE N 14 10 Lb. 08 oz 8
GRANT J 12 10 Lb. 01½ oz 7
SUTHERLAND C 11 9 Lb. 04 oz 6
PHILLIPE 11 9 Lb. 03¾ oz 5
RUSSELL M 9 8 Lb. 12 oz 4
CHALMERS N 10 8 Lb. 02¾ oz 3
MILLER LESLIE 9 8 Lb. 02¾ oz 2
MACLEOD K 9 7 Lb. 12 oz 1
ADAM K 8 7 Lb. 01 oz 1
THOMPSON BRIAN 9 6 Lb. 14 oz 1
STANGER S 8 6 Lb. 11¾ oz 1
THOMAS BRIAN 8 5 Lb. 14¾ oz 1
GILLESPIE J 6 5 Lb. 14 oz 1
MILLER HAMISH 7 5 Lb. 09 oz 1
FOREMAN B 7 5 Lb. 03½ oz 1
ADAMS J 5 4 Lb. 12½ oz 1
MCCONNACHIE A 6 4 Lb. 12 oz 1
HARCUS M 4 3 Lb. 11¼ oz 1
LEASK J 4 3 Lb. 07 oz 1
BROWN G 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0
SINCLAIR B 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0