Stefan Martin from Killybegs Mariners SAC reports on the fishing around Donegal Bay…

Being prepared to break from tradition makes all sorts of catches possible…

11 October: It’s great to have so many friends with similar interests and out exploring the Donegal coast together figuring out techniques and species and all different forms of angling together be it bait or lure, sand or rock. Messaging around yesterday afternoon the incoming weather system was driving in very warm air and made for a glorious balmy evening with good surf for the bass fishing. Johnny and Christopher headed off to the rocks with the lure rods and spent the evening casting plugs and soft plastics and metals catching and releasing some lovely bass in over shallow reefs carrying very light gear and covering loads of new ground.

Gavin and Stefan set up on the beach for sunset and it was a real gem burning the sky red which silhouetted the surfers catching the last few barrels before nightfall which the four of us sat enjoying. Fishing was hectic with shoals of fine coley and flounder to 38cm and Gavin visiting from Kerry for his first few bass of the year. With fish coming every cast we continued fishing on into the middle of the night catching and releasing loads of bass until the bait ran out and the choice was made…. a great session all round 

pollack ballan wrassepolack, ballan

15 October: Glorious sunshine this evening on the shore watching the birds work the bait balls that the tuna have gathered up on the horizon and catching some beautiful coloured fish cuckoo wrasse plus Ballans and a few dozen pollack on the sprat shads among the kelp. Very nice

Next outing


Next winter league club outing will take place this Friday evening on our local Fintra beach 19.30pm – 23.30pm. There were 4 different winners of the first 4 outings so far so competition is good and everyone has a chance on the night, new anglers always welcome as usual to enjoy the fishing.

Club gear

soft shell jacket

Also some new club gear out – Regetta soft shell jackets with club crest front and back €50 and also warm hoodies with club crest front and back €30 for anyone interested we will take samples to Fintra on Friday evening

Stefan Martin
Killybegs mariners SAC

Go fishing…

Mariners sea angling club Killybegs Co Donegal. The club runs a shore league and boat comps and angling trips around Ireland doing the sport we love. Get in touch at