Terry O’Donovan reports from Youghal for West Cork and District SAC…

The Westies were back out in force for the beginning of the 2020 season on Youghal Beach on Saturday 18th January. Some new and some old faces made up the 18 anglers that braved the bitter cold to test their luck on the front strand. The conditions were perfect and the scenery stunning as darkness fell and the first of the fish were taken.

Youghal Beach
Youghal Beach

Despite the perfect conditions the fishing was far from hectic with many anglers only finding 1s or 2s all night. Word of some nice Cod spread along the beach and new member Micheal Coleman was showing no signs of shyness pulling the biggest fish of the night to win himself a few bucks on his first outing with the club.

A better cod beside a couple of smaller fish

As the last hour approached JP was the man in the lead with Gearoid hot on heels on peg no 5. As the whistle went it was business as usual for JP Molloy who had done enough to stop Gearoids gallop and take 1st place. Well done to JP for the win!

A massive welcome to new members Rob Roring, Colin O Sullivan, Brian Barry, Lee Meiklejohn, David Lordan and Jason Hamilton Foott.

It finished:

1st Jp Molloy
2nd Gearoid McCarthy
3rd Stephen SOD O Donovan
4th Barry O Rourke
5th Micheal Coleman
6th Lee Meiklejohn
7th Steven Hurley
8th Terry O Donovan
9th Jason Hamilton Foott
10th Sean Óg McShane.

Biggest round: Micheal Coleman 55cm Cod
Biggest flat: Gearoid McCarthy 30cm Flounder.

A total of 54 fish were caught and catches were made up of Cod, Pouting, Whiting, Rockling, Dab, Flounder, Pollock, Coalie, Dogs, Poor Cod.

Terry O Donovan
West Cork and District Sea Angling Club

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The club was formed on march 19th 2009, in the small picturesque harbour town of  Kinsale County Cork. We’re an inclusive club, this can be seen in our membership profile; from anglers who are new to match fishing all the way up to members of the Irish World Shore Team 2010, two of which are in the club! The club holds circa 10 competitions per year, members are encouraged to practice a catch and release policy in the interests of conservation. Anybody wishing to join our club is always welcome, just use the contact us page and we will give prospective members full details.
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