Due to the cold and unsettled weather, the Loch Ryan Sea Angling Association decided to hold back its opening match until May 5.
Despite being reasonable conditions on the day, the windy weather leading up to the match had made water clarity poor. Despite this, all anglers managed to land something on the day but ensuring fish met the minimum landing size was another issue.
This year the association has made a decision to assist with conservation and has now adopted a one fish of each species rule. This means the days of killing numerous fish of any species are a thing of the past.
This match was a roving competition with boundaries stretching from the Morroch to Knock Bay. The heaviest bag was won by local tackle dealer Eric McLean at 2lb 11oz, second was Paul DeLooze with 2lb 6oz and third was Kevin Hamilton with 1lb 15oz
The heaviest fish went to Eric McLean with his pollock at 2lb 11oz, second was Paul DeLooze with another pollock of 2lb 6oz.
The heaviest flatfish was caught by John Higgins with his 12 1/2 oz plaice. John also weighed in a dab, meaning he takes an early lead in the most species section.
The next match will be a pegged match, held at Innerwell on June 1, fishing from 5pm-9pm, registration at the venue.
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