Danny Wyse sends us the Banty Bay Match Report:

We held our annual trip to Bantry Bay on July 14th for an afternoon competition under the balmy sun. It was so hot that shorts and t-shirts were the out-fit of choice.

With conditions so warm and settled, plus the onshore breeze, all talk before the match was along the lines of “If it didn’t produce fish today then we would never be able to predict the prospects on the venue and might even drop it from next years fixtures list!”

Among the 18 anglers present were Rory O’Connor and Rauri Ganley fresh from fishing the Home International Shore Championship in Wales for Irelands Youth and Junior teams.Well done lads! Keep up the good work.

With pegs drawn , cool boxes carried and suntan lotion applied , it was then down to business.

James Kiniry on lucky peg number 7 made a great start with a couple of double-shots of  Dogfish in his first few casts. Every time I looked around he was returning another fish to the water. Myself on peg 9 , Derek Kenrick 10 and Sean Matthews 11 were picking up the odd Dogfish to sand-eel and mackerel baits as were a few others along the beach. Generally not a bad start although the end pegs were struggling to find any fish at this point.

Dereks Double at Bantry Bay Match
Dereks Double at Bantry Bay Match

Around the halfway stage in the competition Derek landed a fantastic Bantry Bay double-shot in the shape of an angry  Bull Huss and a  Thornback Ray !

Now that was an achievement to land the two fish and it put Derek in control of the leader-board . As we took a quick photo the Huss gave Derek  something to remember him by in the shape of a bloody forearm, Derek was still smiling when he returned the fish to the water though.

Just after this James O’Donoghue on peg 8 made his first catch of the day , a what ? A Scallop ! ……How the ?….It obviously wasn’t going to be James’s day, in fairness though his sense of humour was well intact and he carried on fishing away, enjoying the lovely afternoon that it was.

2 hours sleep after night-shift wasn’t my preferred preparation before the match but eventually I started to find a bit of a rhythm and began putting a few fish onto the card. A 5lb+ Thornback Ray lifted my spirits, then a treble-shot of Dogfish really got me going , I was coming into contention and just had to keep trying hard.

Bull Huss and Rays were turning up amongst the dogfish right along the venue and in fairness it was a decent competition . Paudie O’Driscoll at the far end of the line-up made a late surge taking 5 Dogfish in two casts to add to his card.

Derek and I looked to be out infront coming into the last half an hour. He managed another Dogfish while I caught nothing , had I done enough or would that Dogfish give him first place I wondered,as we walked back to the check-in to tally the points.

I still don’t know how I managed it but it turned that my catch of 10 Dogfish 1 Ray and 2 Whiting had beaten Derek’s 2 Ray 2 Whiting 6 Dogfish and his Bull Huss.

1st Danny Wyse, 2nd Derek, 3rd James Kiniry, 4th Paudie O’Driscoll, 5th Sean Matthews, 6th Gearoid McCarthy, 7th Stephen O’Donovan, 8th Cliff Gallogley

9th Joe Ganley, 10th Denis Morley.

Fish Total; 60 Dogfish , 9 Whiting , 6 Bull Huss , 5 Ray , 1 Dab, 1 Scallop

Danny Wyse
West Cork and District Sea Angling Club

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