Chris O’Sullivan reports for Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club and their latest competition fished at the weekend…


Unusually good conditions greeted us on what was a good day for the kingdom. As Kerry made their way to the all Ireland final we made our way down the hill into the wind to try tempt out a few fish on Barrow beach. With club stalworth Phil Ord moving to greener pastures he came down to say a goodbye to the anglers. Phil and Val are moving back to the UK and judging by the new motor will be doing it in style. We wish them all the best in their new adventure.

Down the beach 6pm arrived and we were off. The ladies burst out of the gate with Martina, Liz, Fiona and an uncharacteristically quiet Alison all getting fish early on. Paddy Ned and Finn all landed bass early on as Liz, David and Troy all tipped along nicely. David and Finn had drawn the hot-spot, so it was widely thought they would win and the rest would fish for 3rd. But fishing is a funny game and mother nature decided to level the playing field by adding some seaweed into the start and finish of the pegged area.

It seemed like the fishing would not match the conditions when mostly undersize fish started to arrive on the shore. About halfway Liz seemed to be out in front with 4 counting fish. Ned or Alison were possibly in 2nd but as with fishing you can never believe anyone. What I do know is that the weever came out in force around now Finn, Barry, Troy all had them and Chris even managed a treble shot which slowed him down nicely.

As the darkness started to envelope us it became clear that it was anyone’s game. Chris had a run of flounder while the hot pegs became almost unfishable. Some of the middle pegs suffered after the water ebbed and they were left trying to scratch fish over the sandbanks. We have all been there and this time it was Bobby and Martina that were very unlucky to draw those pegs. After visiting Listowel until 4am Alison was enjoying a mini ‘Revival’ of her own hitting a Plaice and flounder in quick succession. Little did we know that the bass had landed en masse and there was a serious move on. Ned, Paddy, Shane and Ivan all were on the bass trail and Troy had a fine double shot. Chris had crept into a nice lead and it was widely suspected that the roast beef sandwich Jennifer brought to the beach was the secret weapon. As 10 pm loomed the lads in the middle were in hot form landing bass and troy had another more than the thoughts of the hill were making Chris sweat.

As it was late David totted up the scores at home and the prizes will be presented after Cappa next week.


1st place Paddy Mcmahon
2nd place Bobby Fitz


1st Chris O’Sullivan 11 fish 183 pts
2nd Troy Francis 8 fish 178 pts
3rd Shane Mc Mahon 6 fish 160pts

Longest round

Troy Francis /Ned Fitz 44cm bass

Next match is next Sunday 4 to 8 on Cappa we will be entering from the dDelis side because of the river change. Hope to see you all there.

Chris O’Sullivan

Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club

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