On Thursday 17th Sept, a party of anglers from Austria went sea fishing in Killala Bay with charter Skipper Donal Kennedy aboard his boat Leah. The group of anglers, which  was staying at Mt. Falcon Estate had previously fished a number of lakes and rivers in North Mayo for pike and salmon and was keen to try their luck at something different – sea angling!

The anglers left Killala harbour around 9.30am with the weather a little overcast and some light showers promised. Winds were light from the South West and the wave movement was from the North West. This was to change in late afternoon.

The skipper wasted no time in heading out to the first fishing spot after catching plenty of fresh mackerel for bait.  Donal decided to fish a sandy area out in about 35m of water because of the brackish water that was in the bay from all the recent floods.

On of the many Killala Bay thornback ray

The party was not disappointed by the skipper’s choice because on the first drift a couple of fine thornback ray were caught and released. The second drift produced a number of lesser spotted dogfish and these were ever present during the day. As the day moved on, the catch included a couple of nice turbot.

Happy Austrians on board the Leah
Happy Austrians on board the Leah

The weather changed late afternoon with the wind moving out the North West and the wave motion getting stronger making it very difficult to have a stable drift. However, in the end the group enjoyed a cracking day’s fishing with Donal. In total, 24 ray were caught with all but 2 being thornbacks. All ray were returned.

Go fishing…

To book a day’s fishing in Killala Bay contact Donal Kennedy on +353 (0)0868174509 or visit www.dkennedyangling.ie.