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Angler Joanne Barlow is set for her Scotland debut just seven weeks after Dundee car crash

Joanne Barlow (fourth from left) with the Scottish Women’s Fishing Team in the Tay Estuary near Dundee during a training session

The captain of Scotland’s Brighton-based carp fishing team suffered sternum and muscle damage in the incident near Dundee station as she returned from Tayside after a weekend of fishing training with Scotland in the Tay Estuary.

And she only resumed beach fishing last week.

The 57-year-old admitted rehabilitation has been difficult and she continues to get stronger as she cycles around her home on the south coast.

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Chris Empson at Musselburgh Beach. Photo by Nigel Duncan

The injury prevented the Australian-born fisherman from traveling to Weymouth – 124 miles one way – for a casting call, but she has joined the five-person team, which has a mix of new recruits and experience, who met yesterday (FRI) in Weymouth ahead of three days of match beach training.

There is a rest day on Monday when the opening ceremony of the shore championship takes place before the two-day competition on Tuesday and Wednesday. The closing ceremony will take place on Thursday.

Barlow, who qualifies as his mum is Scottish, said: “It took a long time to recover from the crash. I’m not 100 per cent but close to it and I went out this week to my beach local trying different things.

“I spent my recovery time building rigs to use in competition and I really didn’t expect to do that a few months ago. I had to buy everything, rods, reels, tripod, terminal gear , everything.

“Yes, it’s been expensive, but it’s been an exciting journey and I’m so glad to be part of such a great group. The five girls get along so well and the support of our manager, Kevin Lewis, and Philip Pape (horn), his assistant, was so good.”

Buffy McAvoy from Edinburgh and Barlow are the newbies to the team with Gill Coutts from Largs, who is a regular competitor in the mixed events in Scotland, as well as Lesley Maby from Penrith, Cumbria, the experienced anglers, with Karena Duffy, based at Egremont, Cumbria, having fished in two competitions previously.

The women fish alone in special areas alongside their English, Welsh and Irish rivals, and the team leader is the only person allowed into this area. No mobile communication is allowed.

Barlow added: “The game is between 10am and 2pm both days so there’s not much room for error and our manager could be the busiest member of the team as he walks on. the beach and give advice. It’s a great beach.”

Meanwhile, Chris Empson (horn) continued his preparations for the Men’s Home International in Weymouth by taking part in round six of the Bass Rock Shore Angling League at Fisherrow Beach in Musselburgh.

The 36-year-old was one of only two anglers to catch on a difficult night and the Dunbar-based angler is one of two Lothians-based members of the five-person squad. The other is Barry McEwan from Port Seaton who is also a member of the club.

Empson, a carpenter, has never been to Weymouth before, but said: “I fished around building as often as I could, trying different things and different techniques.

“I have also prepared rigs. The key factor is the weather. It changes the way you fish and the species we will try to catch there are different to those here, so there is a lot to learn.

“Training days will help us and the boys in the squad will share information before the game, but I’m really looking forward to my debut for Scotland in a major competition. We’ll see what happens.” Scotland is sponsored by Ultima.

The Scotland junior team is also on duty at Weymouth. They are traveling on Monday to cut costs and team principal Lindsay Wilson said they have been training hard in Scotland.

The youngest member is nine-year-old Jay Stoker from New Abbey in Dumfries and two other family members, Abbey and Holly, are also in the pool along with Cupar’s Scott Henderson, Wishaw’s Callum Strang and Ayr’s Callum Brown. Wilson said: “They can all catch fish and the future looks bright for Scotland with this group.”

Back home, the popular Stewart and Alan Summer Contest takes place on Sunday, July 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Carnoustie limits in Auchmithie, three miles north of Arbroath, and registration is at Victoria Park, Arbroath, between 7:45 a.m. and 8 a.m. The weigh-in is at 3 p.m. sharp.

Information from Stewart on 07759 379978 or Alan on 07872 899791.

Derek Anderson of Aquamarine Charters confirmed that the mackerel is with feathers which do the trick. Squid has proven to be a good cod bait bet and is now running mid-week trips if he has the numbers. Call 07860 804316 for details.

Meanwhile Markle in East Lothian fished well, particularly in the early morning and evening when there were big surges, with daddies, hoppers and buzzers in production. Bags of seven or eight were registered.

Nearby, moss beetles and the CDC wreaked havoc on Tweeddale Millennium near Gifford despite the wind, with brown trout topping the list of recently recorded fish.

Glencorse in the Pentland Hills produced large numbers. David McAdam and his partner recorded 30 on the boat, all dry, including some beautiful brunettes.

Nearby Loganlea hosts evening sessions on Wednesdays in July. Book on 01968 676329 or 07412 079031 after 5 p.m.

There was some good sport at Harlaw Reservoir with GP Goh (horn) in double digits, also in the dry.

Cobbinshaw, near West Calder, holds its open day on Sunday, July 3 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) when anglers can view the facilities and fish for three hours for free as a guest on a catch-and-take basis. of a release.

Bowden Springs near Linlithgow was busy with Mr Johnstone landing three, including a 14lb trout on a buzzer and lures and Mr Raeburn snagging seven fish, the best of 11lbs, on a black rabbit on an intermediate line .

Good catches were reported at Linlithgow Loch with Nigel Muckle returning eight using a Di3 with diawl bach and crunchers. Ian McLaren and his teammate had 14 fish. Small flies were the best.

Black Loch, near Falkirk, reports 58 rods were hauled out in the past week, with several fished from shore, and favorite fly patterns included buzzers, damselflies and sedges. Dry flies also caught. Night fishing has now started, but you must book on 07527 254811.

An angler on a trip with the Pike Anglers Alliance for Scotland landed a pike at over 21lbs despite testing and windy conditions.

Edinburgh and Lothians Coarse Angling Club host round seven of their Summer League at Orchill near Auchterarder today (SAT). Scott McGhee has a good lead in the table with Darrin Ferguson second and Mark Gleave third with Tommy Lauriston fourth.

Finally, Drumtassie Coarse Fishery near Blackridge continues to produce and Istvan Varga (horn) attempting a 20lb 12oz carp in a 48 hour session which was edged out by David Smith with a 25lb and 21lb common carp in a night and Christopher Reilly attempted one of the over 20 lbs, a personal best.