Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club reports on their first competition of 2023 fished at the weekend…

A wet and miserably windy forecast forced a change of venue for us away from the planned Rossbeigh. This was very disappointing, but in the end, it was the right call in the interest of safety and comfort.

We still managed 15 anglers in the depths of a November Storm. So that was a huge positive. With savage gusts of up to 50mph forecast, we headed for the relative safety of Ballyquinn, better known as Brandon Beach next to the pier. This can be a prolific venue for flounder, whiting and coalies, but some wicked weed on the edge meant targeting some of these just wasn’t possible.

We fished 3pm to 7pm in order to avoid the worst of the forecast but the fish missed the start time and didn’t really show up for the first hour. Then Clodá was off the mark, followed by Barry with a fine flounder and Connie with a Whiting. Chris got going with a whiting, followed by a flounder and it looked like things were going to kick off when David hit 4 fish in about 25 minutess.

Liz McMahon beat off competition from 11 international anglers out of a field of 15 fishing to win comfortably and take the pools to boot.

Down the low numbers it seemed quiet with Alison and Chris Sanbak getting a few between them. Liz, Shane and Paddy didn’t seem to be having much luck but that changed rapidly as the tide pushed us up the steep beach. Liz burst into life racking up 10 fish in 90 minutess to stun the beach and give Shane no chance even though he managed 7 fish himself. Indeed not for the first time Liz made Shane’s head spin when she landed a brute of a flounder, 39cm and festively plump.

In the end, I think it’s fair to say we were all happy to be heading home.

Results Brandon Beach 19/11


  • 1st Chris Sandbak 3 fish 83 points


  • 1st Liz Mc Mahon
    10 fish 236 points
  • 2nd Shane McMahon
    7 fish 153 points
  • 3rd Chris O Sullivan
    6 fish 141 points

Best flat

  • Liz Mc Mahon, 39cm flounder

Best round

  • Liz Mc Mahon, 22cm whiting

A dominant performance by Liz on a night where I counted 11 international anglers out of 15 fishing.

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