Terry O Donovan reports on the West Cork and District SAC match at Bantry…

25 July: The Westies were back in action on Saturday last at the infamous Bantry Airfield. 16 anglers made the journey to the absolute marmite of venues on our fixtures list. You either love Bantry or hate the place with a passion, there is no middle ground. The weather was a mixed bag with bright skies for most of the evening but a dirty onshore wind gusting to 25/30mph from the West, pushing heavy weed through the venue from the word go.

Ray and a dogfish
Not a bad double – dogfish and thornback ray

Tom Collins on peg 12 found the fish from the first few minutes with a lovely little thornback ray. JP on peg 10 also had his card marked early enough finding the dogfish. Balls of long stringy weed was tormenting everyone along the beach with a few snap offs for good measure. The fishing was slow by anyone’s standards with Tom and JP leading the pack all the way through.

Another ray

Sully on peg 8, who took a wrong turn on the way to the comp and ended up taking the scenic route around the Sheeps Head only to arrive late, got straight down to business and found a dog and his very first ray.

A late burst by Sod on peg 2 got him in the across the line and into the prizes with 4 fish.

As the whistle went the man of the day was Tom Collins with 7 fish, a massive well done to Tom, a well deserved win in tough conditions.

It finished:

  • 1st Tom Collins 7 fish
  • 2nd JP Molloy 6 fish
  • 3rd Steven Sod O Donovan 4 fish
  • 4th Mark Sully O Sullivan 3 fish
  • 5th Steven Hurley
  • 6th Pete Davis
  • 7th Lee Mieklejohn
  • 8th Colin O Sullivan
  • 9th Jason Convery

Biggest Round Pete Davis 81cm Conger
Biggest Flat Sod 76cm Thornback.

A total of 27 fish were caught and catches were made up of Thornback Ray, Dogfish, Whiting, Grey Gurnard, Scad and Conger Eel.

Terry O’Donovan
West Cork and District Sea Angling Club

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