South Shore Sea Angling Club had catches boosted by a good showing of dogs recently. Paul Mason reports…

Morriscastle beach

14 January: Well well well…..after an absence of some time in competitions on the east coast the Dogs decided to put in an appearance last Sunday on Morriscastle Beach. South Shore ran the first leg of our inaugural winter league on a near perfect day. 34 anglers entered and were not disappointed. Calm seas had anglers wondering at the start would there be good numbers of flounders in the gulley. Alas they were absent and anglers who plumped for close in lobbing were on the back foot.

The (Great White) Thomas Keogh had three hooks clipped and bombed out on his first cast and was rewarded with a double of a flounder and undersized whiting. Eamonn Bermingham was also into some fish early on getting some undersized whiting with the odd sizeable one.

Anglers were scrambling in their tackle boxes for clipped rigs when a Doggie was brought ashore on peg 1. Game on as daylight departed and all hell broke loose. It was survival of the fittest with lads tearing up and down the beach getting cards marked. Good sized whiting mixed with dogs had cards filling up in double time. The Great White was in his element and secured a zone A win with 33 fish. Zone B was fishing even better and trough to form (Lanky) Paul Whelan was emptying out the sea around his peg. Paul finished with 43 fish just pipping Joe Byrne on his big comeback.

Junior angler Jake Melly had a great bag of 31 fish and won the junior section.

A big thank you to all who attended and we hope to make this a successful yearly event with a good payout.

South Shore SAC