Terry O Donovan reports on the West Cork and District SAC match at Ballinwilling on Saturday…


First of all we would like to say a huge welcome to our two new members Mark and Denis who made the trip to East Cork to fish with us and also welcome back to some familiar faces from past seasons, James Kiniry and SOD.

Another mishap with the weather saw the back up venue being brought into play, with Ballybranigan having been the original venue but having come out a bit worse for wear from recent storms was unfishable. Ballinwilling was the back up venue and 16 anglers turned out for check in and we were greeted by perfect conditions. A cold off shore breeze with some colour in the water and no weed.

Fishing started at 6pm and it was patchy from the off with anglers struggling to find any rhythm to their catches. Rory on the end peg put some good numbers on his card in the first 2 hours with Derek hot on his heels. New member Mark certainly wasn’t showing signs of shyness by getting straight down to business putting double figures on his score card. Oskar was also into the swing of things from the off in the middle of the beach. In the last hour SOD had found some numbers and put some double shots on his card that would see him do well.

Biggest fish went to Danny O Riordan for a 72cm Painted Ray
Biggest fish went to Danny O Riordan for a 72cm Painted Ray

As the final whistle went and lines were reeled in the early lead that Rory had enjoyed had been eaten into by Derek and it finished very close with not even an undersize fish between them.
A huge well done to Derek!

The top ten

  • 1st Derek Kenrick 14 fish 419 points
  • 2nd Rory O’Connor 14 fish 411 points
  • 3rd Stephen SOD O’Donovan 12 fish
  • 4th Mark O Sullivan
  • 5th Oskar Derdowski
  • 6th Mike Carlton
  • 7th Gearoid McCarthy
  • 8th Graham Flanagan
  • 9th Barry O Rourke
  • 10th Stan Topelewski

Biggest fish went to Danny O Riordan for a 72cm Painted Ray. Well done to Danny.
A total of 102 fish were caught and released and catches were made up of Coalies, Whiting, Codling, Flounder, Rockling, Dogfish and Painted Ray.

Terry O’Donovan
West Cork and District Sea Angling Club

Join the club…

The club was formed on march 19th 2009, in the small picturesque harbour town of  Kinsale County Cork. We’re an inclusive club, this can be seen in our membership profile; from anglers who are new to match fishing all the way up to members of the Irish World Shore Team 2010, two of which are in the club! The club holds circa 10 competitions per year, members are encouraged to practice a catch and release policy in the interests of conservation. Anybody wishing to join our club is always welcome, just use the contact us page and we will give prospective members full details.
Web: http://westcorkanddistrict.webs.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Cork-and-District-SAC/201776589958897

Ballinwilling -getting set up
Ballinwilling -getting set up