The Ballybunion Angling Festival provided the perfect venue for our club competition held on Sunday 25 March. Not only did our members swell the massed ranks of anglers taking part the sponsored Festival event the excellent prizes on offer swelled the potential prize pool – a definite win-win situation.

The weather on the day was without doubt the best we have fished in so far this season. A beautiful day with clear blue skies, a light breeze and unbroken sunshine. The sea state reflected the overhead conditions with only a slight ‘lap’ at the water’s edge.

These are of course not the ideal conditions for daylight angling in March and this was reflected in the tally of fish recorded and returned. Of the 53 anglers who took part half unfortunately blanked with the remainder ‘scratching’ for fish on a beach where fish presence was at best patchy.

Nevertheless fish were caught and Tralee Bay anglers were well represented on the podium. The overall response of the anglers was that the event – and the festival as a whole – was a great success and one which will surely be repeated in future years.


1st Aidan O’Halloran

2nd David O’Sullivan

3rd Eugene Farrelly


1 Denny Morrity
John Tobin
Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club