Neil Spellacy sent in a report on some family fishing in Kerry over the weekend. The extended Spellacy clan, including their Twomey cousins, spent the weekend in Ballyheigue, North Kerry. On Saturday, the younger members of the clan, aged from 6-15, dug their own lugworm bait and fished an evening session into darkness, in hopeful anticipation of first ever bass.

Sun setting on ocean horizon, rod on tripod in foreground
Sunset on Ballyheigue beach

It was young Darragh Twomey (age 9) who was first off the mark, landing his first ever bass. Darragh has been practising his fishing all summer back home in Clare, fishing with his grandad and catching his first pike, perch and mackerel. But as the young man himself said, “the bass topped them all!”

Young angler on beach holding a bass
A very happy Darragh Twomey with his first ever bass

Tomas Spellacy (aged 12) was next to score, also landing his first bass. If he’s anything like his dad, we’re sure we’ll be hearing plenty more about his angling exploits in years to come.

Young angler holding a bass
Tomas Spellacy with his first bass


After sunset, the youngsters fished on, landing a further 3 school bass and 2 good flounder, including a nice fish of 35cm. The Spellacy clan are certainly proof that the tackle box beats the X-box hands down for entertainment, and I’m sure the memories made on Saturday will last a lifetime!


A flounder