Edinburgh angler Billy Murray narrowly won the EFSA Scotland Cod Festival title after two hard days of fishing.
Coloured water contributed to lower than normal fish numbers but Billy Murray’s eight fish total saw him win his boat and go into day two on 100%. Twice winner Joe Edward, Willie Carr and Lee Chesterman also scored 100%.
But for the third year in a row none of Saturday’s winners could repeat their first day success, and it took the computer to identify the winner. Back at the quay, it looked to be a close thing between Joe Edward and Billy Murray who both missed out on Sunday boat wins by a single fish.
In the closest contest since the event switched from Pittenweem to Arbroath three years ago, Billy Murray shaded the victory by just 0.3 of 1% to lift a whole host of trophies and prizes.
The Pairs event went to Billy Murray and Steve Burns, while Four-man Team honours went to Billy Murray, Steve Souter, Steve Burns and Scott Gibson.
1/ Billy Murray 191.9%
2/ Joe Edward 191.6
3/Lee Chesterman 183.2
4/ Willie Carr 178.7
5/ Robbie Robertson 163.3
Billy Murray & Steve Burns
Billy Murray, Steve Souter, Steve Burns & Scott Gibson