Tope Fishing Festival 2009 -Second time Lucky

The Tope eluded us all in August, a result of the amount of freshwater entering the Loch Indaal in Bowmore and the stormy conditions. Undeterred StormCats organised another days fishing from a different venue, Port Ellen and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.

Dave Williams from County Durham was the winner with a 38lb Tope, which he caught from his Stormcats boat Jessica -Sian. He won £500 cash and a bottle of Lagavulin, so it was worth the long journey from the North East-Well done Dave.

The other prize winners were: Both second and third Tope prizes were safe for another year despite everyones efforts.

Heaviest Bag
First prize – Hugh Campbell £50 cash and bottle of Bowmore
Second prize John Macdonald £25 and bottle of Bruichladdich
Third prize – Dugald MacKerrel £10

Heaviest fish other than a Tope
First Prize Hugh Campbell £50 bottle Jura
Second Prize Ashley Hock £25 and bottle Ardbeg
Third Prize Dugald MacKerrel/John Macdonald £10 and bottle of White Horse

Ladies Prizes heaviest fish other then Tope
First- Julie Stitchell who took away some tablet and £50 from An Gleann Tablet
Second- £25 Karen Cracknell
Third- £10 Alex Williams

Junior Prizes
First Prize- Johnathan MacArthur Rod and reel donated by Stormcats and £25 cash
Second Prize Lyle Heads £10 cash and MacTaggert 10 swim voucher
Third Prize- Millie Mitchell £10 cash
Booby prize donated by Islay Heads to Graham Harrison for jumping ship.


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