A Largs man has landed a top prize at the UK's annual Fisherman of the Year awards.

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

And after waiting two months for the awards ceremony to take place, Ian shared his delight at the news he'd won his 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.

As we previously reported, 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.

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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, catching 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.  

Announcing his win, Ian said: "Well after a long and hard campaign I only went and won. I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me (if you ever see me in the pub again feel free to cash in for your pint for a vote voucher).

"Thanks again to Fishworks, Largs People and my campaign managers Jason Thomas and Andrew Dickson for all their ideas and help."