Boat Angling Ireland member CianFisher had a good start to the small boat angling season last week in Cork Harbour which included what he hopes was a small shark but might just be a regular seal…

Intentions were to check the boat after the bad weather expecting it to be full of water, batteries dead, rods soaked or tackle box flooded. As ever I decided to bring a little bit of bait just in case…

Got to the boat and found it to be bone dry,  batteries kick started the engine first time and for once no gull crap on the deck  and sure before you knew it I had to take it for a test drive just to check out the electronics and radio . Soon enough I reached Turbot Bank and Buoy no 6 and decided to test out everything down to the rods and reels to made sure everything was ship shape.

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The reliable dogfish was the first fish to be caught on the small boat Cianfisher this year

With lines down into water that looked as if light wouldn’t get past two feet there was not much sense of hope and the tide was well on the way out –  the amount of junk that passed me was nobody’s business. But it didn’t take long for my old friend the dogfish to appear, first on the three up and then on the three down. God it was good to be back on the water.  Next to appear was the whiting and nice sizes they were as well.

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A nice sized whiting for the new year…
What did this - tope or seal?
What did this – tope or seal?

Dinner was sorted out after an hour when one of the uptide rods screemed and the line took off -“TOPE” I prayed,  but after a blazing run and a great fight it suddenly went slack but no there was still something there but not as big and what comes up but a big whiting chomped in half. No seals or dolphins were in the area so I’m sticking to Tope on this issue.

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Storm damaged boats in the channel

After two hours my small bit of bait was gone but the rods had a good workout and the dinner was sorted so decided to call it a day. On the way in I took a few photos of boats damaged as I made my way up the channel. I don’t know how some of them are still floating.

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