Danny Wyse reports on the West Cork and District SAC match fished on the Slob Bank at Youghal over the weekend…
11 April: A big onshore wind put plenty of swell and white water onto Youghal beach as I drove past on the way to the competition. I hoped this would push the fish up into the harbour where our fresh peeler crab baits would be waiting.
Only eight anglers made it for this one as the Slob’s popularity continues to wane. The tackle hungry mussel beds on the venue continue to grow and make this particular matter worse.

Lines went out at 6pm and a reasonable flurry of flounders came in over the first couple of casts. Terry had a quality double shot with the biggest of them measuring 37cm, this put him in an early lead.
Those afore mentioned mussel beds were creating problems on the middle pegs as anglers lost fish and end tackle to the snags.
The odd fish was being landed but it was very slack really and I guess we all hoped things would improve once darkness set in. Bizarrely though, and for the third competition running, darkness made no difference at all, and again if anything the fishing was actually worse – very confusing !
Our new member Greg from Northern Spain got off the mark with a 35cm flounder to go onto his score card , well done Greg and welcome again to the club.
What I hadn’t realised, as I struggled to find fish with the 10pm finish fast approaching ,was that Stevey (aka Sod) was giving us all a lesson in how to catch fish . He absolutely hockeyed us all and if you’d have asked him how the bank was fishing , he would of told you it was fishing well.
Well done Steve great fishing lad !
Nobody blanked and we collectively caught 14 flounder, 9 codling and 2 dogfish. (Sod caught most of them smile emoticon ) My 38cm flounder won the pools.

  • 1st Stephen O’Donovan 12 fish
  • 2nd Danny Wyse 3 fish
  • 3rd Mikle Carlton 3 fish
  • 4th Barry O’Rourke 2 fish
  • 5th Terry O’Donovan 2 fish
  • 6th Killian Murphy 1 fish
  • 7th Gregorio Becares 1fish
  • 8th Stan Topolewski 1 fish

The fishing seems to be quiet all around at the moment but we know April can be a poor month. Things should be improving from now on as the summer species arrive, well let’s hope so anyway…
Danny Wyse
West Cork and District Sea Angling Club

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