Colin Sutherland, Ken Kennedy (top rod) and Norman Irvine

A field of 18 anglers fished the National Qualifier last Sunday the 21st , in what is the first step on the road to representing Scotland in next years home internationals. Light winds and clear blue skies were the forecast which proved to be correct until about midday, when the SE breeze strengthened into a good blow.
Harray had been fishing well when there were light winds, which encouraged midge hatches, this  in turn switched the trout right on the feed, but as soon as the wind increases, the fish can prove very difficult to tempt. Finding feeding trout  was the key, and many anglers finished there day without having found many, while others had fared well. The boats were well spread out all day from Kirk Bay in the south end to Scarataing and Decca in the north and at times you would be forgiven for thinking you the only boat fishing with no others in sight.
It was very close for first position with 4 anglers on 11 fish, but ultimately it was Ken Kennedy who took top spot with his total bag weight of 8lb 7 1/4ozs, closely followed by boat partner for the day,  Norman Irvine whose total was 8lb 4ozs, Colin Sutherland with 7lb 15ozs and Kenny McLeod with 7lb 10ozs. The other qualifiers were Leslie Miller, Ian Hutcheon, Andrew Morgan, Malcolm Russell and Frank Watt.
Ken and Norman fished just round the corner from the site in Bochan where they found feeding fish in very shallow water right at the start, with Ken netting his first two fish with his first couple of casts before Norman proceeded to catch the next 6 in a row by 1130 fishing midge hogs and snatchers. They then changed to pulling when the wind increased with DI3 and mini lures, especially Erlends Cat did very well. For Colin Sutherland it was a floating line and small flies, especially Rogan’s Midge and for Kenny McLeod it was a fast glass and Lures with Viva his top pattern in the very shallow water in Nistaben.
Andrew Morgan organised the heat on SANACC’s behalf and the officials on the day were Brian Forman and Fanta.
All the very best to all the qualifiers in their semi finals at the Lake of Menteith.

Brodgar League 2017

1. Monday 1st May  Swannay.  Thomson Cup for heaviest basket. Dowell Quaich for heaviest
fish. 12 noon - 6pm. Weigh-in 6pm - 6.45pm at Site Hut. Cancelled due to weather

Resceduled for Saturday 24th June

2. Saturday 13th May  Hundland for the Taffy Allan Trophy. 12 noon - 5pm.
Weigh-in 5pm - 5.45pm at Site Hut. Cancelled due to only five anglers entering

Resceduled for Sunday 28th May

3. Saturday 3rd June  Harray for the Pomona Cup. 12 noon - 6pm.
Weigh-in 6pm - 7pm at the Pomona Inn. (11 inch limit).

4. Sunday 11th June  Boardhouse for the Barony Cup. 12 noon - 6pm.
Weigh-in 6pm - 6.45pm at the Barony Hotel.

5. Friday 16th June  Harray for the Wm Shearer Plate. 6.30pm – 10.30pm.
Weigh-in 10.30pm – 11.15 pm at the Site Hut (11 inch limit).

6. Sunday 2nd July  Boardhouse for the Nick – Nick Trophy. 12 noon - 6pm.
Weigh-in 6pm - 6.45pm at the Site Hut.

7. Sunday 16th July  Swannay for the Miller Cup. 2pm - 8pm.
Weigh-in 8pm - 8.45pm at the Site Hut.

8. Saturday 29th July  Harray for the Clydesdale Bank Cup. 11.00am - 5pm.
Weigh-in 5pm - 5.45pm at the Site Hut (11 inch limit).

9. Saturday 19th August  Any Loch for the Loganair Cup. 11am - 5pm.
Weigh-in 5pm - 6pm at the Harray Site Hut. (10 inch limit all lochs other than Harray where an 11 inch limit will apply)

Cancelled Competitions - In the event of any Brodgar League competition having to be cancelled the next available date below shall apply. Sunday 28th May; Saturday 24th June; Saturday 22nd July; Sunday 27th August.



The stromg north westerly winds forecast on Saturday 19th August reduced the field for the final Brodgar League outing of the 2017 Season, the Loganair Cup, any loch competition. Harray was the loch of choice for all anglers with the Merkister Bay, Ballarat, Spences Skerries and Burrian being the preferred starting locations, with some deciding to ditch the boat and wade the sheltered shorelines. Persistent squally showers early on was too much for several anglers who decided the comfort of the fireside or bar was a far better way to spend the day. For those who persisted there was some good quality baskets presented at the weigh in with Tiny Barnett’s big move to Bankhead paying dividends and producing 13 fish for 12lbs 6 ½ ozs including the day’s heaviest fish at 1lb 6 ½ ozs. Runner up with 15 for 12 lbs 6 ½ ozs also was Alan Brough who’s boat partner Jack Leslie secured the Loganair Cup and 10 points with 18 fish weighing 13lbs 14 ½ ozs. Intermediate or floating lines were the choice for most although faster sinking lines fared well as the skies cleared later in the day. The fish were mainly found in the channels between skerries or the drop - off at the edge of shallow water with many takes missed due to the speed of drift and the Harray fish’s uncanny knack of taking the head of the worm. With the season’s competitions complete and aggregate points tallied, Jack Leslie once again secured the Brodgar League fisherman of the year trophy with 57 points from a possible 60, his 12th in succession. Runner up with 46 points was Davie Summers and in 3rd place was Stewart Flett with 45 points.


Competition 9 - Loganair Cup




Any Loch



Lb oz


LESLIE J 18 13 Lb. 14½ oz 10
BROUGH A 15 12 Lb. 06½ oz 9
BARNETT A 13 12 Lb. 06½ oz 8
SUMMERS G 14 10 Lb. 09 oz 7
MILLER P 8 5 Lb. 15½ oz 6
SUMMERS D 6 5 Lb. 00½ oz 5
LINKLATER D 6 4 Lb. 11 oz 4



Final League Points Table On 11/09/2017

Place Names 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Aggregate Points
5 LESLIE J 9   9 5 10 9 10 9 10           57
6 SUMMERS D 7 7 8 10 4 3 8 6 5           46
7 FLETT S 5 9 7 9 1 7 6 7             45
8 BROUGH A 8   3 8 6   2 8 9           42
9 MILLER P 10 6 6 4 0 0 3 5 6           37
10 BARNETT A   5 10 0 2 10 5 0 8           32
11 SUMMERS G   3   6   6   10 7           32
12 CAMERON D 2 4 5 1 0 8 9 3             31
13 FLETT E 4 8   0 8 2 7 1             30
14 CHALMERS K 3 2 4 7 0 4 4 4             26
15 BARNETT C   10     7 5                 22
16 BARNETT E 6       0 1 0 0             15
17 MILLER L         9                   9
18 LINKLATER D 1 1   0 0       4           6
19 MacDONALD W       3 0     2             5
20 DREVER R       2 3                   5
21 FLETT A         5                   5