Boat Angling Ireland member reports:

Headed out this morning, with the hope of hitting Gurnards – all 3. There was a bit of a swell from the last few days but it was ok. Caught the required Mackeral in the harbour, shouldn’t have bothered stopping for them as they were in plague proportions outside, feast or a famine. Got to the mark which has produced specimen sized Reds and Greys in the past along with Tubs to 4lbs, albeit later in the year but it was worth a shot.

Luke with Plaice and nice Dab
Luke with Plaice and nice Dab

Philip was into a nice Megrim on the 1st drop, same as the last day. I got a nice grey, close to the lb mark, but then it became almost impossible to reach bottom without hitting Mackeral either on the way to the bottom or on the bottom itself. We persevered, as on the odd occasion we did mange to get our baits to the bottom we caught some good Gurnards and Whiting. After a frustrating hour we headed to another mark which produced Pollock, Coalies, Cuckoo’s and a few small Cod. We decided to head inshore and go the anchor for a change. We got some super Dabs to 1.30lbs, Plaice, Dogs, Thornback Rays, Grey Gurnards. Another good day to be out with a nice mix of species.

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