Conor Mountaine from the Galway Buccaneers club reported on their first boat competition of the year, which was fished in Galway Bay aboard the Maighdean Mara skippered by Kevin MacGabhann.

Congrats to Danny Sweeney on winning our first Boat Master Angler competition for 2012 with an impressive display. Danny got off to a good start, building up an early lead with pollack which he maintained throughout the day. He continued to add a few different species and ended any chance of being caught with a lovely thornback ray while anchored over sand on the last drop to win by 70 points . In second place was Steve Turner, just a point ahead of Noel Griffith, with Conor himself in 4th. The heaviest pollack was landed by John Peel at 8.9lbs, almost bigger than himself! Conor Mountaine had the heaviest ray at 6.2lbs.

Many thanks to skipper Kevin MacGabhann of Galway Bay Fishing and his crew for keeping us all well refreshed with tea and coffee and ensuring we were on fish for the day, with a good variety of fishing from drifting over reefs to anchored over rough ground, mixed ground and sand. Species landed included  pollack, coalfish, poor cod, pouting, haddock, cuckoo wrasse, grey gurnard, dogfish, thornback ray, launce and mackerel.

Kevin Crowley IFI