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

It was a big weekend of sport in the Kingdom with the Dubs in Tralee for the football and another raiding party headed west to Ventry for the Tralee bay competition. To say that the weather was interesting would be fair. 30mph winds combined with driving rain and occasional 60mph gusts meant there would be plenty of gear tested to the max.

There were dogs, flounder and coalies from the off with a slew of people on 3 fish after an hour. Paul Whelan fresh from his success at the winter beach was off to a flyer with treble after treble getting him to double figures while the rest were only warming up.

Things slowed down over high water where Richard Rutland on Peg 1 tipped away to 8 dogs and a fine coalie of 36 cm to knock Chris’s 35 off the big fish board. Fiona and David Griffin added 36cm coalies to move to the top too.

Final results

Troy Francis took fifth, Richard 4th. Chris managed 9 dogs, 2 coalies and a fine huss of 100cm to take 3rd and the round fish pool too. Ciaran Fogarty, back on familiar turf after a few years wandering, knocked off the rust to hit 16 dogs and take 2nd place. 1st place went to Paul Whelan with a magnificent haul of 37 dogs and a poor lost pout of 19cm (that the dogs probably tried to eat). Does anyone remember a score of over 1850pts? Could that be a club record?

David Griffin took the flat fish pool with a Plaice of 24cm. His first ever Plaice was a valuable one.

Well done junior anglers

Special mention goes to the juniors on the night who all caught fish on a horrific night. There were plenty of seniors who changed their mind when they saw the forecast, but not them boys. Khalid and Caiden tied with a dog each for 2nd and winner on the night was new member Chris Sanbak from Killarney with 4 fish for 178 pts.

Congratulations lads on fishing in extremely testing conditions and getting fish.

Also a big thanks to Cian and Andy for making the trip down and joining us.

Go fishing

Next competition is the 19th of March on Inch Strand fishing 6 to 10pm

Chris O’Sullivan

Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club

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