Young fishing enthusiasts will have the chance to make a great catch in Barra this summer, as the hotly contested Barra and Vatersay fishing competition becomes the latest event to go virtual.

There’s been no announcement as yet on the status of Barra’s other great competitive event – the Barra and Vatersay potato competition – but at least the fishing will go ahead.

But instead of the adrenaline-fuelled smell of competition at all ages this year, there’ll be a spirit of co-operation from the older generation as just one single category of the contest puts youngsters first.

The slimmed-down event, on Saturday 8 August, is working within the current guidelines to prevent sizeable public gatherings in one place.

It offers first, second and third prizes for the heaviest fish landed, but only under-16s are eligible to enter.

Competitors under 16 years old can take to the water at any point during the day and boats can head out from anywhere around Barra and Vatersay, rather than congregating at the usual departure and landing points.

Entries should be submitted via private message to the competition’s Facebook page at

There must be clear photographic evidence of the weight of the fish, which must have been caught on a handline or rod. Entrants are being advised not to eat their catch until winners have been confirmed, just in case there’s a photo-finish!

Boat skippers will be responsible for ensuring compliance with Scottish Government guidance on social distancing, hygiene and mixing household groups as well as for safety equipment and behaviour.

Entries must be submitted by 5pm on Saturday 8 August – and may the biggest fish win!

Pictures show competitors heading out to sea during last summer’s Barra and Vatersay fishing competition.