Stefan Martin reports from Mullaghmore, where the Killybegs Mariners fished the 7th leg of their winter league…

Bright lights…

Winter League outing number 7 took us across to the south shores of the bay and the adrenaline junkies paradise of famous big wave surf venue Mullaghmore. A stunning venue and credit to the lads choosing the beaches this time of year; finding a sheltered beach with no weed is not easy and it was a pleasure to fish.

There were lots of coalfish, but many were undersized. This 35cm coley was taken on the first cast

First cast of the night saw a nice 35cm coley for Stefan set the mark and the lads at each end of the beach were finding some counting flounders through the masses of undersize coleys. Most of the 15 anglers had counting coleys and flounders including a nice 36cm flounder for Darren which the lads laughed was his pet Francis the flounder again that he whistles ashore during competitions. John and Pat were on the fish furthest over the beach but near the road section Cormac was on a good fishing also.

Back at the van and scores between the top 4 were very close with one fish points separating. Longest fish money prize was won by Darren Rawdon with a 36cm Francis. 2nd place money was won by Cormac Burke and the winner with most points was John Cunningham with a fine fishing of coley and flounders. Well done to all.

Charity Open Beach Competition

Mariners will be hosting a fundraising event in aid of Killybegs Community hospital patient’s comfort fund. An open to all beach competition on Rossnowlagh beach Saturday December 15th fishing from 13.30pm – 17.30pm (check in from 12.30pm – 13.15pm) Entry is €20 for seniors and €5 Juniors (€20 to enter for the overall main prize) which includes longest fish prizes and two zones that are pegged. Many thanks to the sponsors who donated prizes a Tubertini rod from Shannon tackle Jamestown, beach rods and reels plus tackle box from Mooney Boats in Killybegs, full suit FishComm wet gear from FishComm Ltd Killybegs plus a €180 voucher for western strands hotel Belmullet from Cormac Burke of FishComm Ltd, assorted coloured leads from Scottie’s lead weights Killybegs plus many more prizes. Please come out and support this great service to the community of South West Donegal.

Stefan Martin
Killybegs mariners SAC

Go fishing…

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