Charter skipper Donie Geary reports on deep sea fishing in Cobh:

What a fantastic week this past week has been!
Monday morning we kicked off the 48th Cobh International Sea Angling Festival with 35 anglers taking to the water in beautiful sunshine and slack winds.
The Chairperson Mary Geary flaged the boats off at 10am. to fish the Smiths area South of Roche’s point. Fishing was scrappy all day and the Charter Boats had to move about to try and locate fish, we had a pretty slow start on “John boy” but things improved as the day went on, with local angler Frank Burke best on the boat with 400 points and third overall.
On Tuesday morning we opted to fish the same area as the previous day and the skippers had to work very hard to find fish, at the end of the day the best on “John Boy” was a regular visitor to the Festival Gerard Gerjes from Holland who finished in second place with 390 points.

John Boy Charter Boat
Wednesday was a well deserved restday.On Thursday it was decided to change tack and send the boats East of Power head, we started on a mark which I call Dolly Parton but commonly known as twin peaks, the Pollack and Conger were coming on board at a steady pace, early afternoon things slacked and we moved about a mile further east and again this proved to be a good decision as local restaurant owner and current Irish lady Champion Angler Sandra O’Shea topped the boat, and won the day with 770 points mainly good pollack with a few conger.

We also had Ger Richardson in third place with 655 points which included a lovely pollack of 5 kg. and Frank Cronin with the heaviest fish of the day with a 13.5 kg. Conger.
On Friday we returned to the same area and Milo Burke was best with 705 points enough to make him the 48th Cobh International Champion 2014.
The week was rounded off with the presentation of prizes and beautiful dinner in the Commodore Hotel followed by music by the very lively “Celtic Brew”.

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