Norman Storms Home in Smithfield Sheild

Smithfield Shield winner Norman Irvine

Perfect conditions for a change on Swannay for the penultimate competition of the year last Sunday, with a steady breeze from the NE and full cloud/fog for most of the day. 28 anglers left the shore for the 10am start, with most heading west of the Muckle Holm, Ernie's, Long Points and the Dale shore being the most popular for their first drift.
Many, but not all anglers reported early fish, with the Long Points obviously fishing right at the start. As the day warmed up and the wind dropped slightly, fish started to feed and were being caught steadily by some anglers on the right drifts.
The weigh in was a very close affair with many anglers catching similar numbers but quality varied with a couple of good fish in your basket making all the difference.
Top of the shop, securing the Smithfield Shield on the day, was Norman  Irvine, with a cracking bag going 10 for 8lb 4ozs, which also included the best fish, a beauty at 2lb 2ozs. In second place was Kenny Adam with 9 fish for 7lb 2ozs and third was Stewart Wood with 7 fish for 6lb 10ozs.
Location was very important with the successful anglers but tactics varied, with Norman doing well with a DI3 in the shallower water around Loudenhill, and Kenny, Stewart and a few others doing very well with the fast sinking lines out in the middle of the loch drifting down towards the island.
Flies which made a difference included the inevitable Ace of Spades, Erlends Cat, Christmas Tree, Montana and various other mini lures. Dries also caught well for some anglers with Hoppers and small Hedgehogs doing the business.
The spread of points on the day secured a few positions in the league, and opened out others chances, with only the last “Any Loch” competition to go next weekend.
Unofficially, this is how I see it. Norman can't be caught at the top following his win, with only two places in the top six left up for grabs. It's a similar scenario for a place in the second team, with Kenny Adam and Stewart Wood bringing themselves right back in the frame  with their big points on Swannay.
I suspect there will be a lot of prospecting around the four lochs over the coming week, with some big decisions to be made on Saturday morning. Great stuff, and always an exciting end to the league season, tight lines!


Norman's winning cast of flies








Lb oz


IRVINE N 10 8 Lb. 04 oz 16
ADAM K 9 7 Lb. 02 oz 15
WOOD S 9 6 Lb. 10¼ oz 14
MUIR KEVIN 9 6 Lb. 01 oz 13
THOMSON BILLY 7 5 Lb. 13 oz 12
CHALMERS N 7 5 Lb. 04¼ oz 11
HUTCHEON I 7 5 Lb. 01¼ oz 10
FOREMAN B 6 4 Lb. 15½ oz 9
MCCONNACHIE S 5 4 Lb. 12¼ oz 8
RENDALL M 7 4 Lb. 07½ oz 7
KENNEDY K 6 4 Lb. 01 oz 6
WATT B 5 3 Lb. 15½ oz 5
CRAIGIE A 4 3 Lb. 15½ oz 4
LESLIE S 5 3 Lb. 14¼ oz 3
GRANT J 4 3 Lb. 09½ oz 2
RUSSELL M 4 3 Lb. 08¼ oz 1
MACLEOD K 4 3 Lb. 02½ oz 1
MORGAN A 3 2 Lb. 15 oz 1
SUTHERLAND C 3 2 Lb. 13 oz 1
MUIR THORFINN 5 2 Lb. 09¾ oz 1
MUNSON J 3 2 Lb. 09 oz 1
STANGER W 2 2 Lb. 07¼ oz 1
HARCUS MICK 2 2 Lb. 06¾ oz 1
LEASK J 2 2 Lb. 02 oz 1
THOMAS B 2 1 Lb. 07 oz 1
MILLER LESLIE 2 1 Lb. 06 oz 1
HARCUS JIM 2 1 Lb. 05 oz 1
ADAMS J 1 0 Lb. 15 oz 1
MILLER H 0 0 Lb. 00 oz 0