Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club reports on their Christmas Competition fished at Fenit…

08 January: The John Lacey memorial is always our first gathering of the year on Fenit Pier and without a doubt it’s one of our most prestigious events and the memorial Cup is some seriously coveted silverware.

This year we fished 3 to 7 to try and get in with the better tides and we almost pulled it off except for the wind not reading the script. A horrendous east wind blew up the bay from Tralee making the bayside of the viaduct practically unfishable. David O’Sullivan made a good start locating some rockling on slack water. John Osborne was feeling the spirit of the holidays and released a fine Coalfish even without measuring it. Rosaleene Donna and Phil were unlucky to draw the middle of the pier but were adding fish all the time. Josh Corbett Connie and Leonard had some fish just as the tide started to push in. Sean Fitz making his long awaited return landed a treble shot of Whiting as the cold and dark really started to descend on us.

This is when it became hectic with double and treble shots coming in from all angles. It seemed to be the people that coped with the cold did best during the speed fishing part of the comp. Eugene landed a plump winter flounder at almost the same time Connie swung a fat Coalfish over the pier the second best one landed that day but given that John was on the Conservation trail earlier that day. And so the car horn rang out, Coalies flounder dab rockling and whiting made up the catches on the day.

I doubt there was ever gear cleared away so quick and a burst was made back to the West End bar and restaurant where Brian has always taken great care of us. Thankfully the fire was on and Brian had the food out for the hungry anglers so with full bellies and warm bones eagerly awaited the results.

Top of the pile in the junior section was top young angler Paddy Mc Mahon with a fine score the seniors were jealous of.

Presentation of Prizes

In the senior category Troy Francis continued his fantastic form in the John Lacey memorial adding a 3rd to his previous 2 wins.
Craig Corbett in his first senior comp did well throughout the day and ended up with 20 fish for 2nd
In first place was James Allman with 19 fish but his greater length put him top of the pile on the day. A great win and well deserved.

Connie took best round with a 38cm Coalie while Eugene took best flat with a 27cm flounder. Jack managed to make his way out of the sick bed in order to present the prizes and we were all delighted to see him. Next time out is 18th of February on Ventry see you all there

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