RAF anglers finish season on a high

THE RAF Boulmer Game Angling Club has finished the season on a high.

Competing in the RAF Competitive Game Angling Association Northern League, the club’s A Team finished in second place out of 14 teams competing.

In the individual league, the RAF Boulmer Club’s highest-placed angler was Sgt Brian Salt, who finished in fourth place, while Sgt Duncan Ayre won the Willie Edmund Trophy for the best novice.

Leading Firefighter Steve Mullen and Firefighter Phil Embleton also represented RAF Boulmer in numerous team competitions throughout the season.

Trophies awarded to the team this season were: Inter-League Champions, Northern Boat League Champions, Best Individual, Best Novice and Heaviest Fish.

The final competition of this season was the RAF Northern League Boat Championship held at the Lake of Menteith, near Stirling.

On possibly one of the most difficult fishing days of the season, 18 league anglers and two guests braved the horrendous weather conditions.

They endured strong south westerly winds in the morning, continuous torrential rain throughout the day and very low temperatures.

A few fish showed early on, but anglers struggled to induce any interest. By early afternoon, with a poor catch rate and deteriorating weather conditions, some boats retired and made their way back to the fishing lodge to dry out and warm up.

For those who decided to persevere, the afternoon proved to be slightly more productive. With all boats due back to the dock by 5.30pm, it was evident by the empty fish bags that the catch rate was going to be poor.

Of the 20 anglers taking part in the competition, only nine caught fish, 18 in total with a combined weight of 48lbs.

Sgts Duncan Ayre and Brian Salt of RAF Boulmer won the competition with a combined bag of six fish for 15lbs 9oz.

Brian also won the best individual with four fish for 11lbs 15oz and the heaviest fish, a nice 3lb 15oz rainbow trout.

Sgt Salt said: “We have had a great season and I am grateful to all the members of the club who regularly competed, travelling as far as Perthshire to Cambridgeshire.”