Belmullet Sea Angling Club hosted its 41st Annual two day International Boat Angling Competition on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August. Over 40 anglers took part, with participants from England, Northern Ireland and the length and breadth of Ireland. Species caught during the competition included pollack, coalfish, dogfish, ballan wrasse, cuckoo wrasse, red, tub and grey gurnard, whiting, dab, flounder, megrim, ling, thornback ray, pouting and cod. Belmullet S.A.C. would like to thank all those who took part in this year’s competition, as well as the numerous sponsors who generously provided prizes.


The greatest variety over two days was won by Pat Ruddy, Belmullet S.A.C., 2nd place went to Sylvy Sweeney, Belmullet S.A.C. and in 3rd place was Anthony Matterson, Belmullet S.A.C. The greatest variety for the out of state section was won by Billy Turtle, East Belfast S.A.C. The juvenile section for greatest variety was a tie, with Liam Carey and Diarmuid O’Donnell taking the honors. The Ladies section also had joint winners, with Lorraine Devlin, Killala Bay S.A.C. and Cora Talbot, Belmullet S.A.C. sharing first place.


The heaviest fish on Saturday was caught by Kevin Conway, Belmullet S.A.C. and on the Sunday this award went to Chris McEleay, East Belfast S.A.C.

Finally, the best specimen fish over the two days was caught by Gavin Dorrain, Donegal, who had a nice 5.85lbs tub gurnard.