It’s been a busy time for the shore and boat anglers around Donegal. Stefan Martin from Killybegs Mariners SAC has all the news…

landing a ray

06 July: Our Isle of Man friends enjoying a weeks shore fishing in sunny Killybegs before the Killybegs sea angling boat competition this weekend, here Stanlee Cooper releasing back a nice spotted ray to the bay nice one fellas.

Tope – on the road to the IGFA shark grand slam #CPRsavesfish
Blue shark
Blue shark – nearly there…  #CPRsavesfish
Porbeagle – Mike wins Catch of the Week for this unique hat-trick #CPRsavesfish 

07 July: Well done Mike Sherwood on catching a Tope, Blue shark and a Porbeagle all in one day in Donegal, great stuff! It looks like this is the first ever IGFA shark grand slam in Ireland, tope, blue shark and porbeagle in one day.

Overall winner Michael Callaghan
Overall winner Michael Callaghan

08 July: Huge congratulations to Michael Callaghan winning the Killybegs sea angling club competition this weekend. It’s Michaels first time winning this comp (usually skippering his boat) and well done fresh after winning gold medal with the irish team at the home nations. Top 5 were Michael Callaghan, Mark Diver, Michael Patton, Pat Cunningham and Gavin Dorrian. Winning junior was Conan Slater. Most species Mark Diver. Best team overall Cameron Sayle, Gerry McBrearty and Aidy Herrity Well done to all.

Spooted and Thornback rays about to be released
Spooted and Thornback rays about to be released #CPRsavesfish

09 July: Spotted and Thornback rays, rest and recovery session in an oxygenated rock pool before sliding off with an incoming wave, great to see the fish go back nice and healthy.


10 July: A nice one for the species list with the good weather letting the boats out to the bank for the Bluemouth. Mariners member Brian got this one along with 16 to the boat on a day out with Adrian Molloy. Very nice catch.

Next Mariners outing

Next Mariners summer league outing will take place this Friday evening on Narin strand far side of the island from 19.30pm – 23.30pm and everybody welcome to fish with great prizes on offer it’s like an open comp every outing with 1st, 2nd and longest fish money prizes. Non members can fish (membership only taken if they win) Plenty of angling competitions as always both boat and shore and also taking place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday is the Master angler boat competition out of Mullaghmore and we wish our 3 anglers Gavin Dorrian, Cormac Burke and Michael Callaghan all the very best in that this weekend