The Auchinleck Angling Association juvenile competition was held at the loch on Saturday 15th of June a healthy turnout of 28 youngsters took part and all had a great day.
The winner of the under 16s was Kyle Hoffin with 5 fish weighing 16lb 9oz, runner up was Dillon Frew with 4 fish weighing 13lb 12oz. The under 12s was won by Adele Galbraith with 9 fish weighing a hefty 24lb 10 oz, the runner up was Reece Wylie with 1 fish weighing 2lb 8 oz. The heaviest fish in the competition was caught by Dillon Frew and weighed 3lb 14oz. A total of 39 fish were caught Silver Wilky watch out. Well done to all.
The Angling association would like to thank the following sponsors for there support, ATH, Beech coast Homes, Billy Blackmore Driving School, Donsport, Market Inn, and Scott Catering.
There has been an enormous improvement at the loch with paths and picnic areas installed thanks to a grant of £27000.418 from the Minerals Trust.
The committee would like to thank John Duncan of RS Duncan and Sons for all his hard work and providing the loch with a much needed bait pond which will keep the youngsters safe while fishing.
Unfortunately it`s not all good news the loch has been plagued with poachers and we are disappointed to find out that the culprits are all Auchinleck boys. The names of these boys are known, some names have been given to us by concerned parents and on one instance a parent was observed dropping three boys off at the loch. All these names have been given to PC Lennox. Should any person be caught fishing without a ticket their fishing equipment will be confiscated and they will be banned from every Angling Association in the district as well as being prosecuted.
We are providing a place for the young people of the area to go, it is them you are stealing from and we will prosecute you.