Highland & Islands and Western Isles Open 2015

by David Proudfoot

Well, that’s the Western Isles open competitions over for another year, a huge thanks to everyone who took part in the competition, especially all those who made their way across the Minch to Stornoway, making sure it was a fantastic event yet again. The weather tried its hardest to stop us getting out to enjoy the fishing, but we still managed to get out over all three days as the venue provides some great sheltered locations. The anglers landed excellent numbers of fish and a wide variety of species including a potential Scottish Record tub gurnard of over 6 lb which fell to Derek Yuille.

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Well done to all the winners over the three days, especially local angler Joe Campbell for winning the Highlands and Island Open on the Thursday, with a fantastic catch of flat fish and rays, and to visiting angler Scott Gibson for winning the main event the Western Isles Open over the Friday and Saturday putting in excellent very solid performances as usual on each day.

A big thank you to our main sponsor for the event Abhainn Dearg Distillery, providing us with bottles of their superb Hebridean whisky as prizes, and to everyone who helped contribute in making the competition the success it was, the boat skippers, the markers, the clubs committee, caterers and bar staff, everyone involved who helped in some way.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again next year, thanks.


Highlands and Islands Open

1st Place – Joe Campbell

Highlands and Islands winner Joe Campbell

2nd Place – Steve Souter

3rd Place – Scott Gibson

Ladies Winner – Nikki Thompson

Heaviest Fish – A thornback ray of 7lb 12oz caught by Gillies Mackenzie

Western Isles Open

1st Place – Scott Gibson

Western Isles Open winner Scott Gibson

2nd Place – Derek Yuille

3rd Place – Gillies Mackenzie

4th Place – Steve Souter

5th Place – Peter Redshaw

Ladies Champion – Nikki Thompson

Top Lady Nikki Thomson

4 Man Team Winners – Steve Souter, Scott Gibson, Stevie Burns, Ally Campbell

Team of Four winners, Scott, Steve, Steve Burns and Ally Campbell

4 Man Team Runners Up – Gus Mackenzie, Peter Redshaw, Alasdair Forsyth, Gillies Mackenzie

2 Man Team Winners – Scott Gibson, Steve Souter

Pairs winners Scott and Steve Souter

2 Man Team Runners Up – Gillies Mackenzie, Peter Redshaw

Rarsdan Trophy Winners – Stornoway – Angus Macdonald, Iain Maclean, Gillies Mackenzie, John Nicolson

Specimen Fish Winner – A 6lb 9oz tub gurnard caught by Derek Yuille

Heaviest Fish Winner – A cod of 8lb 3oz caught Eddie Hughes

Top Visiting Angler – Scott Gibson

Highest Local Score – Gillies Mackenzie

The trophy winners

Highest Aggregate Score – Gillies Mackenzie

Top Boat – SYSAC 2 skippered by Robbie Bell

Boat with Heaviest Fish – Nimrod skippered by Jimmy Macintosh

Derek Yuille with his potential Scottishish record tub gurnard

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