Alex takes best basket awards in Loch Watten All Night competition – JohnOGroat Journal

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By Contributor Published: 20: 00, 24 June 2021 Get the Courier and Groat sent to your inbox every week and swipe through an exact replica of the day's newspaper Loch Watten All Night competition winner Alex Donald (left) and George Robertson, who had best fish. Picture: Aivis KreslinsFrom the report on Dounreay Fly-Fishing Association’s previous All Night competition on Loch Watten two years ago, the conditions were very similar for this year’s event held last Friday.As the 15 members (including three tackling their first All Night event) prepared their boats for a 10pm start there was barely a ripple on the loch and a hatch of caenis completed the similarities with 2019.In the calm conditions, few rising fish were showing until it warmed up a little after sunrise. A light wind did appear during the final hour of fishing to give a nice south-east breeze by lines up at 7am.The check-in procedures took place in the Brown Trout Hotel car park with the weigh-in delayed a little as the anglers enjoyed bacon rolls.George Robertson was first to the scales with two trout weighing 3 lb 3.2 oz, with his best one at 2 lb 7.25 oz turning out to be the bonus-point fish of the night.The best basket awards – the Hugo Ross Trophy and 15 Boat League points – were claimed by Alex Donald for his five fish weighing 5 lb 14 oz. He had started fishing near Sandy Point and then into Kiddies’ Corner, without success, before moving to the Lynegar shore area and then, late on, over to Laid Bay, taking trout in both areas with claret or natural deer hair-coloured Sedge Hog flies on a Midge Tip line.Alex’s boat partner Robbie Hawken took second place (13 points) with three trout weighing 3 lb 13.25 oz after using a floating line and Irish Hopper and Peach Half Hog flies.Third place and 11 points fell to Toby Bracey, who caught three fish (for 3 lb 3.5 oz) during an extensive tour of the loch using a DI 6 line and self-tied Shuggie flies.The top six was completed by George Robertson in fourth (10 points), Bill Robertson with two for 3 lb 2.75 oz and nine points and Ian Cannop taking eight points for his bag of two for 2 lb 10.25 oz.After three Boat League events Toby Bracey has maintained his two-point lead with 42 points, while George Robertson is on 40. They are followed by Alex Donald (38), Neil Clyne (24), Ian Cannop (22) and Kevin Imlach (19).DFFA’s next event is the Loch Calder boat competition on Saturday, July 3. Do you want to respond to this article? If so, click here to submit your thoughts and they may be published in print. Get a digital copy of the Courier and Groat delivered straight to your inbox every week allowing you to swipe through an exact replica of the day's newspaper - it looks just like it does in print! SUBSCRIBE NOW
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