In keeping with the long-standing custom, the traditional first box of fish landed by the new Wick seine-netter Boy Andrew WK 170, in this case a box of monkfish, sold for £700 when auctioned for charity by Dominic Knight of John S Duncan/Don Fishing on Scrabster market last week, reports David Linkie.

After a successful maiden shakedown trip of four days’ fly-shooting west of Shetland, Boy Andrew returned to Scrabster harbour on the morning of Valentine’s Day to land 900 boxes of whitefish.

The 40kg box of large monkfish was bought by William Thomson of Thomson International Ltd, with a generous winning bid of £700.

The Bremner Fishing Company matched William Thomson’s bid enabling the Wick Macmillan Nurses to receive a donation of £1,400 in memory of the late Mrs Jean Bremner.

Tradition was again kept when William Thomson was presented by Andrew Bremner (Snr) with a beautiful hat donated by Wick fishing tackle specialist Hugo Ross.

Skipper Andrew Bremner and crew reported that Boy Andrew performed extremely well in all regards from the first shot, and that they were delighted with the level of performance the vessel returned on her maiden trip.

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