Skipper of the Leah, Donal Kennedy, netting a fine thornback ray,  caught on a recent trip on Killala Bay.
Skipper of the Leah, Donal Kennedy, netting a fine thornback ray, caught on a recent trip on Killala Bay.

Skipper of the Leah, Donal Kennedy, reported on a recent successful trip out on Killala Bay. A party of anglers left Killala Harbour on Saturday the 1st for a short trip in relatively calm conditions. The weather was dull with some sunny periods and light winds. Crossing the Killala Bar, it was a delight for the party to view close up a young basking shark, not more than 2m long, feeding in only 3m of water.

The first part of the day the Leah drifted over sand and this produced some fine thornback ray, the best was up to 8lbs. A nice variety of fish were caught including, pouting, poor cod, red gurnard, grey gurnard, whiting and the ever present lesser spotted dogfish. The party then moved to another part of the bay and a number of ling up to 5lbs and pollack (up to 8lbs) were caught. There were also plenty of mackerel caught, with a large number of these being the smaller ‘Joey’ mackerel.
Donal Kennedy
Leah
36′ Ocean Tramp. 180 HP Turbo Ford
Base: Enniscrone Operational area: P5. From Enniscrone and Killala within a 30 mile radius.
Notes:
Reef, shark wreck and general deep sea fishing.
Address:
‘Atlantic Mist’, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.
Telephone: +353 96 36644 or +353 86 8174509 Fax: +353 96 37731
Email: dak@eircom.net Web: www.dkennedyangling.net