Conor Mountaine from the Galway Buccaneers SAC sent in a report on their latest boat competition, held last Sunday aboard skipper Kevin MacGabhann’s boat, the Mighdean Mara, from Spiddal.

Congratulations to Steve Turner on winning the 5th leg of our Boat Master Angler series, sponsored by Galway Bay Fishing. With the weather forecast giving light South Easterlies and persistent rain we were prepared for a tough day at the office, thankfully the rain never materialised bar one solitary shower lasting all of 5 minutes s and we were basking in sunshine and light South Westerlies for most of the day.

Fishing was good from the start with plenty of different species coming to the boat, with competitors trying to outdo each other with higher scoring species. Steve was quietly picking off species after species and building a nice lead which he managed to maintain despite the best efforts of the chasing pack. We were joined on this trip by visiting anglers Al Marsden and his son Jordan Colwell from Belfast who had won a voucher which was kindly sponsored by Galway Bay Fishing earlier in the year at our RNLI fundraiser. Jordan managed to catch his first ever haddock and cuckoo wrasse so well done Jordan.

Once again many thanks to our skipper Kevin MacGabhann and his crew for looking after us.  The total species count finished at 13 and included pollack, coalfish, pouting, ling, red and grey gurnards, dogfish, poor cod, cuckoo wrasse, ballan wrasse, haddock, mackerel and bull huss.