Danny Wyse reports that 13 members of West Cork and District SAC fished Ballybrannigan beach for their latest competition at the weekend…

The easterly cross-wind put up a bit of a surf and conditions looked good on what was a cold enough Saturday night. As expected fish came from the off with flounders and turbot showing in the first casts, once it got dark though the fishing went very quiet and pretty much stayed that way .

Ballybranigan Beach
Ballybranigan Beach

The odd coalie and rockling put in an appearance but not enough for our liking. Nearly two years to the day we had had a great competition on this same venue with some bags of fish in the mid teens and everyone getting amongst the fish. Numbers were well down this year for whatever reason. I suppose March is just a tricky time of year as a lot of fish can still be off-shore spawning .

The western side of the beach seemed to fish better on the night as the bigger bags came from this end. A few extra fish were caught in the last half hour but by the end of the comp we were glad to get off the beach and call it a night.

The biggest fish caught was 39cm flounder and there were two of them so Mike and Derek shared the Pools money.


  • 1st Danny Wyse – 11 fish
  • 2nd Mike Carlton – 6 fish
  • 3rd derek Kenrick – 7fish
  • 4th Terry O’Donovan
  • 5th Denis Morley
  • 6th Rauri G / Barry O’Rourke
  • 7th Joe Ganley
  • 8th Stan Topelewski
  • 9th Stephen O’Donovan
  • 10th Killian Murphy

Thanks for turning out lads even though I had clashed the day with the rugby. Roll on the warm weather now.

Danny Wyse
West Cork and District Sea Angling Club

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