Victory for Steve in the Western Isles...

The 44th Western Isles Open Boat Championships was fished out of Carloway, Isle of Lewis on July 25th & 26th in scorching heat.
Steve Souter collecting his trophy.

Daiwa man Steve Souter won his boat on both days amassing 364 points to lift the Western Isles Open Boat Champion title. Top local angler Gillies Mackenzie also recorded double boat wins, as did Alistair Forsyth from Inverness to finish second and third respectively.

Species caught included megrim, spotted ray, dab, cod, ling, scad, mackerel, herring, launce, spurdog, lesser spotted dogfish, red and grey gurnard, haddock, whiting, pollack, coalfish, ballan wrasse, cuckoo wrasse, poor cod.

The Ladies Championship was won by Mari Macdonald of Stornoway. The Two-man team title went to Steve Souter and Gillies Mackenzie, while the Four-man event was won by Gus Mackenzie, Alistair Forsyth, Steve Souter and Gillies Mackenzie. Heaviest fish winner was islander John Nicolson with a 9lb 11.5oz spurdog.