Neilston FF (B) Scottish Club Champions 2019


Neilston FF ‘B’

L to R: Engineer Brian MacKenzie, Phlebotomist James Litster and Angling Shop Retailer Tam Burnett.

Neilston B landed 46 fish, 4 more fish than their nearest rivals Rothes Oak (Gary Ormiston, Paul Cushnie and Willie Simpson) in 2nd place. In third place with 36 fish was Alba Orvis A (Gregor Fleming, Calum Crosbie and Steven Welsh). Top rod in the competition was James Litster (21 fish) and 2nd top rod was Willie Simpson of Rothes Oak with 19. James felt the fish were high in the water so persevered with the floating line (two diawls and a booby on the tail or suspender buzzer). He got most of the fish on the diawl bachs. James is Youth director of SANACC and is currently temporary Youth Team manager whilst the position lies vacant. This was his third win with Neilston B (he had a 4th win with Grizzlecats). Each time Neilston B have won the Championship James has been top rod in his evening heat and in the semifinal…….The 60 anglers weighed in 117 fish for 283lbs and returned a further 406 fish giving a total catch weight of 523 fish for 1256lbs. Rod average 8.7 fish for 21lbs.

Prior to the match Championship Secretary Dennis Splaine announced his attention to step down after 4 years in charge due to work commitments. Dennis has been a steady hand at the helm. We now have another position vacant and the potential for some changes.

Next up is the Champion of Champions final on 4th October where the top rods from the heats will commence battle for the coveted title.

October Fishing

We are in our last month of the main season and we have plenty of fish available and there are some belters – to make the end of season another good one. We will be announcing a date for opening up Gateside Bay shortly. The two last Sundays of October 20th and 27th start at 11am and finish at dusk with prorate cost depending on the hours available. Remember the Kirk and School Fundraiser on Sunday 3rd Nov (book online). More details on this shortly.

Winter Fishing

We will as usual keep boats available midweek all winter. We need some time off, so weekends are not open to the general public. We do intend to make some weekend fishing available to two or three competent anglers who wish to have regular weekends on the Lake during the winter. The fishing will be more or less self-service with no staff in attendance or break down cover. If you are interested please email the fishery at for further details or to apply.