A Largs fisherman has been shortlisted for a prestigious honour at the Fishing News Awards 2024. 

Ian Wightman, who brings in his catch at Largs Pier, has been nominated in the Under 10 Metre Fisherman of the Year category. 

The prize is awarded to a UK or Ireland based fisherman in the under-10m sector who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the industry in 2023.

Clyde fisherman Ian began his career as a ‘pier pest’, catching ropes from boats tying up and getting paid in fish – which he would fillet and then hawk around to his neighbours.

An active member and branch chairman of the Clyde Fishermen’s Association, Ian bought his first boat in 1984, when he was just 20 years old.

Today, he works the Eilidh Anne GK 2, targeting Nephrops.

Ian is also heavily involved behind the scenes in promoting the industry, from working with local schools to helping showcase Scottish langoustine overseas. 

Additionally, he collaborates with Stirling University, participating in a number of projects, including work to get langoustine removed from the discards ban and supplying samples for research into sentience.  

In his nomination, Ian was described as having a ‘great track record for trying his best to further the reputation and marketing of langoustine in both the UK and continental markets’.

On hearing of his nomination, Ian said: “Somebody has thought highly enough of me to send in a nomination – so thank you very much!

“I’m in my twilight years now, but I try to put a bit back. I’ve not made any fortunes from the fishing, but it’s looked after me – so it’s time to put something back in.”

You can vote for Ian at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FNVOTE24/.