Colin Harty reports on the fifth and final leg of the Galway Bay SAC Master Angler competition at Doughmore beach, Doonbeg.

The final leg of the GBSAC Master Angler competition was held in Doonbeg, Co. Clare on May 7th. The competition saw a great turnout with both juniors and seniors participating in the event. The weather conditions were clear and sunny to start, with the rain arriving halfway through the competition, there was a light breeze blowing from the west. The temperature was around 18° in the earlier part of the day and got cold as the rain came in over the bay – making it a great day for fishing!


The tidal conditions were ideal, with high tide occurring around midday. Anglers took full advantage of this and fished to match the conditions – there were high hopes of bass in this beach but due to the lack of a surf they evaded the Anglers for another day.


Mila Harty stole the show in the junior category, catching 5 flounder and winning the title of the overall Junior Winner. She showed great skill and expertise, leaving the seniors impressed with her performance.

Mila Harty taking first place

Daniel Harty, with his impressive catch, came in second and was awarded the overall junior master angler prize for his effort throughout the year.

Daniel Harty Receiving his prize

In the senior competition, Brian Reidy emerged as the winner, catching the most fish and earning himself a voucher from our Sponsors Wild Hunter Galway. Colin Harty came in second with 2 fish, and Gary Harty secured third place.

Brian Rediy Taking 1st

Colin Harty won the overall Master Angler in Galway for 2023 and now qualifies to fish in the National Manster Angler later this year. Well done Colin

Colin Harty Receiving Master Angler plate from Chair Brin Reidy

Overall, it was a great day for anglers, with many impressive catches and a friendly atmosphere. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the participants who made the final leg of the Master Angler competition a success.

A cracking 43cm flounder for Colin

Looking forward to the summer and winter outing ahead for the rest of the year!



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