Fish, pig and ambulances. A whale of a time!

As an intern, I was perplexed when I was told I’d be attending a fishing competition during my first week with the Chiene + Tait Marketing team. Fishing, at an accountancy firm? As I started to reel in more information, this unusual event started to appear far more genius than bizarre.

Top to toe in waterproofs, waders and welly boots, the attendees filtered into the Lake of Menteith Fisheries. The venue is situated within 700 acres of forestry which is abundant with wildlife and the want to explore. The 13th century Inchmahome Priory is situated in the middle of the loch, adding to the truly breath-taking view.

After a bacon roll and a battle with some tackle, boats numbered 1 to 18 left the shore with the hope of catching more than a cold. The loch is largely populated by rainbow and brown trout however on the day pike and minnow were also caught. The Fisheries operate a catch and release policy so after a few boastful photographs the fish were returned to the loch.

The attendees started to return to the shore around 5 hours later, some with glory and some just happy to have tested the durability of their waterproofs. Fishing can be hungry work so they were welcomed back to the fishing lodge to enjoy a hog roast and a well-earned drink.

We then welcomed Carol Anne McMahon, a representative from the chosen charity, the Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA). SCAA provide fully equipped medical helicopters with the aim of assisting the Scottish Air Ambulance Service (SAAS) with time-critical emergencies. Their base is at Perth Airport and they deploy helicopters across the length and breadth of Scotland. Their tagline; saving time, saving lives is a great representation of the work they do.

After the presentation from SCAA we moved onto our raffle draw and prize giving. With 10 fish caught, boat number 10 was the lucky one on the day. Little bit fishy if you ask me.

With the aim of raising more money for SCAA an auction was then held featuring two very interesting items. First up we had a very rare, 18-year-old bottle of whisky called “The Glover” which was kindly donated by Graham Langley. The whisky is a hybrid of Scotch and Japanese single malt and was made to celebrate Thomas Blake Glover. This was followed by a formula one car part; the part was from the winning car driven by Lewis Hamilton and was signed by him and the F1 Championship runner up, Nico Rosberg. Thank you to Colin Aitken for kindly donating this.

Still a bit damp, with bellies full of pork and hands full of prizes everyone started to leave and it was clear that this was an event enjoyed by all. The atmosphere and excitement on the day highlighted just why this event is now in its 3rd year, not only do the attendees have an opportunity to network and to raise money for charity but also to simply enjoy their hobby.

If you can think of any fish puns for next year’s update, let minnow.

Until then, get practicing for next year’s competition. Details to be cast very soon!