Brian McCall reports on an outing by some paddlers from to the waters off Donegal…

a small ling was the first fish to the yak

Graham Smith and some friends made a couple of trips out in the waters off Donegal last week, making the best of the more settled weather. Conditions for the last while have proven difficult with wind and swell hampering attempts.

The ling was soon followed by a rockling

Persisting, he finally got the break. On the first day, Unable to find fresh bait in the waters, last years stock of frozen mackerel were deployed on ledgered rigs. After a quiet spell the first knock on the rod came with a small ling surfacing. Continuing on, this was followed by a good sized bearded rockling. One of the party managed a string of 4 coalies.

A few coalfish also showed up …

On the second day, using a home made spreader rig, he had more success with a range of species caught. But probably his biggest surprise was a nice plaice caught on a ledgered large mackerel fillet meant for something bigger. Mackerel proving the best bait for the couple of days, other species caught were dab, whiting and pollack. No doubt with the weather settling, the fish in numbers will be located and the bigger ones too.

Day 2 saw some flats taken including a plaice on a large mackerel bait intended for something bigger

Heres an interesting video Graham made of flatfish feeding

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Kayak angling in Ireland

Irish Kayak Angling is Irelands on-line Kayak Angling club. The Club is open to all to enjoy, it is free and they welcome both the experienced and new comers to the sport of Kayak fishing. The forum is the club room and meeting place and great place to get in touch with other to get guidance, share tales and talk tactics…