District News, September 10 2021

Which way to turn for Bryan Ferry?

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KENNACRAIG

Which way to turn for Bryan Ferry?

Full marks for creativity to whoever came up with this slight amendment to the road sign on the A83 at Kennacraig.

While the Courier cannot, of course, condone the defacing of a trunk road sign and these foolish things, it’s hard not to admire the skill – right down to the choice of font style to match the official lettering.

In fact, it’s difficult to tell how the person behind it could have done more than this.

CARRADALE

Councillor calls for recycling bins to be emptied

A Kintyre and the Islands councillor is calling for overflowing glass recycling bins at Carradale Harbour to be emptied.

Councillor Alastair Redman took action after being contacted by numerous concerned members of the community after bags of glass began to build up outside the full bins.

‘These bins need to be emptied as soon as possible,’ said Councillor Redman. ‘I have contacted the council about this and have asked for the council to stay in contact with the hard-working East Kintyre Community Council with regular updates.

‘Our council and the general public must do all that we can to keep Argyll and Bute beautiful.’

The overflowing recycling bins are causing concern in Carradale.
The overflowing recycling bins are causing concern in Carradale.

SOUND OF JURA

Anglers hook record fish haul in Sound of Jura

A record-breaking haul of skate left a group of anglers on a big-fish challenge in the Sound of Jura exhausted and broken.

They smashed the current boat record, landing 45 flapper skate with a combined weight of an incredible one and a half tons.

The six lads travelled from the Glasgow and Elgin areas to fish aboard the Tayvallich-based charter boat Seadog and for five of them, who had never caught a flapper skate before, it was definitely a baptism of fire.

Ricky Scott with one of the record-breaking skate landed on Seadog.
Ricky Scott with one of the record-breaking skate landed on Seadog.

Skipper Paul Timoney said: ‘The boys almost doubled the boat’s previous daily record of 23 skate.

‘It was an outstanding achievement and beyond a red letter day for us. It just goes to show the quality of fishing here on the west coast.’

He said that it was non-stop action all day with numerous triple and quadruple hook-ups.

The heaviest skate weighed in at 180lbs with the combined weight amassing an impressive 3,309lbs.

Paul said that as far as he was aware no other charter boat had caught as many skate in one day.

Once measured and photographed, all the skate were safely returned to the deep via a purpose-built ramp at the stern of the boat.