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Fishing: Lana McCormack makes her Bass Rock Shore Angling League debut

Lana came in with member Shaun Gardner who finished eighth with an 18cm fish and she is in fine form after landing a hat-trick on her first cast at another local beach this weekend.

The members were thrilled that she made the effort and hope other women can join them in the remaining rounds.

Keith Forbes of Musselburgh comfortably won the event fished in calm, flat conditions with just a light breeze around 3 mph.

Chris Empson, leading the Bass Rock Summer League race, fishing on Musselburgh beach. Photo: Nigel Duncan

Forbes had ten fish for 235cm with Grant Oleskey second with four fish for 83cm. He’s from North Berwick.

Third was Scottish international Chris Empson of Dunbar with two fish in 54cm and fourth was Alan Brown (Dunbar) with two fish in 45cm.

James Ogilvie (Haddington) was fifth with a 26cm fish with McCormack seventh and Stewart Fairbairn (Haddington) seventh with a 22cm flounder.

Empson had the biggest fish, a 31cm flounder and James Ogilvie, the organizer, said: “Bravo to Lana who is a quick learner.

Lana McCormack fishing in East Lothian. Contributed

“She was concerned about her casting but we all have concerns about it and we don’t mind, we are delighted to have a female join us for a match. We look forward to welcoming her back in a week’s time. when our next game is scheduled. Venue will be confirmed on our Facebook page.”

He added: “There must have been about 150 cars in the parking lot. I’ve been fishing this beach for about 50 years and have never seen it so crowded. The good weather must have brought people out.”

Empson leads the hunt for the Summer League title with 36 points with Gardner second 13 adrift and Ogilvie third with 20 points.

Edinburgh’s William Stafford is fourth on 17 points and Forbes fifth on 14. Robert Mackness (Edinburgh) is on 11 points and seventh with Scotland international Barry McEwan (Port Seton) eighth with Oleskey on nine points and Alan Brown ninth from eight points. Stephen Biskup (North Berwick) has two and is tenth with three legs to fish.

Elsewhere, the popular Clyde and Western Region, in association with Ticklers Tackle of Helensburgh, hold an open land draw and a junior shore open on Sundays. August 28.

Fishing is from Greenock Esplanade from 1pm to 5pm and registration is between 12pm and 1pm at the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club, Esplanade, Greenock, PA16 7SW.

There are three areas of 50 anglers and pre-booking is strongly advised. The match is three hooks and counts for the Penn Sea League. Contact Lindsay Wilson on 07751 051782 (after 7.30pm) for details.

Other matches scheduled include the Scottish Anglers Federation (SFSA) event at Erskine Walkway on Sunday 18th September, the Loch Ryan Open on Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd October and the SFSA Open on Elliot Beach near Arbroath on Sunday, October 9.

The Scott McNicol Memorial Open will take place in Castle Douglas on Saturday 22nd October and the Iain Reid Memorial Open will take place in the Leven area on Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th November.

Finally, St Serfs hosts its big annual event on Sunday December 18 from noon to 6 p.m.

The Scottish Surfcasting Association is holding a meeting in a field near Dunbar on Sunday August 21 from 9.30am.

Scottish international Chris Empson, who lives nearby, said anyone interested should look for details on the Scottish Surfcasting Association’s Facebook site.

Still on sea fishing and Gill Coutts, one of the Scottish team’s silver medalists at the recent Home Internationals in Weymouth, is excited about a new rod from manufacturer Akios.

The Airlyte (cor) rod is claimed to be ideal for ladies and juniors due to its balance and the kit is now in stores.

This is a two piece 11.5ft / 3.5m rod made with a high modulus unmilled carbon blank with a hybrid tip that is claimed to produce a crisp action ideal for easy shooting up. to 4 oz of sinker and bait.

The PR blurb added: “There’s plenty of spine along the butt and midsection to make way for a responsive tip offering superb bite detection and feel.”

The Airlyte can be fished with a fixed reel or light multiplier and weighs 390g and is suitable for fishing in the surf or touch ledgering with a peeler crab near seagrass.

It is also good for worm bait fishing for plaice or bass in a flooded estuary tide or a rolling sinker across sandbars.

Close match fishing, live bait, float fishing or feathering are also good with this rod priced at £199.99 (standalone retail price).

On Coarse Fishing and Darrin (horn) Ferguson is through to the Knockout Cup Final hosted by the Edinburgh and Lothians Big Game Fishing Club after beating John Perella in the semi-finals.

Darrin scored 10.lb 6oz and John 8lb 6ox but lost a big carp during the session and Ferguson will meet Stewart Ritchie in the final.

In the summer league, evergreen Tommy Lauriston took first place in the tenth round of 12 with 20lb 4oz at Orchill near Auchterarder.

Second was Bruce Lawrie at 16lbs 7oz and third was Roz Cassidy at 14lbs 8oz.

The match was fished in glorious sunshine with barely a breath of wind but the fish were nibbling on bait and reluctant to feed well and but of the 14 anglers had weights ranging from over 8lbs to over 20lbs.

Good catches were reported at Drumtassie Coarse Ponds near Blackridge with an early angler catching 17 in a single session and on nearby trout fishing Derek Paton won the week’s bait pond competition -end last.

Meanwhile, fly fishing sites are being impacted by the recent warm weather report that water temperatures are dropping.

Allandale Tarn boss Iona Allan hopes to reopen and she continues to regularly monitor the temperature after the closure of her popular fishery near West Calder.

Air temperatures peaking in the 30C zone triggered the shutdown. Andrew Weir, co-owner of Stenhouse near Burntisland, said the warm, bright weather and minimal rainfall means they are once again battling an algae bloom. They plan to reopen Saturday and Sunday to test the waters. Best to call and book. Their agenda for 2023 is now open and reservations would be arriving quickly.

Meanwhile, Billy Wilson caught 17 fish, including a 10lb 20z rainbow, during a session at Bowden Springs near Linlithgow. The black and white ring patterns did the trick for the Bowden regular.

Nearby Linlithgow Loch says fish take buzzers, crunchers, sedges, floating fry patterns and boobies, as well as diawl bach, FAB and various tumbles with good bags reported. Nigel Muckle and his partner landed ten fish, a number also recorded by Mr Graham. The bosses continue to stock up regularly.

Lake of Menteith reports buzzers have proven productive with fish in some parts of the lake sitting between 30ft and 40ft and 20ft in others.

Glencorse in the Pentland Hills above Flotterstone is taking tentative bookings for the 2023 season while Tweeddale Millennium says fishing remains good with a club in Consett in Northumberland hitting its catch limit before lunch. Black mamba works here with Yellow Dancer.

Nearby, Markle manager Jimmy McLachlan said the water was getting colder and the Black Pennell and Diawl Bach designs worked with a sink tip line.