Killybegs Mariners report on a great weekend fishing some Belmullet shore venues…

Another fantastic club trip away with a great crew funded by the club from takings at our league outings as 17 anglers headed for a weekend’s fishing to Belmullet.

17 anglers lined up

The weather gods were on our side after a midweek storm and we headed to Mayo with blue skies and old glory the American flag wavering from the telegraph poles as we dreamed of the big fish we would all catch over the weekend ahead.

It’s like coming home now the great welcome we get in the Western Strands and McDonnells Bar when the fishing is done!

Day one and fish of the day was from John Burke with a flounder of 42cm among lots of small turbot for the rest of us and a few decent flounders to mid 30s.

42cm flounder for John Burke

Day 2 targeting more decent flounders on the North Erris beaches and some incredible trout hit the baits as a mad half an hour saw a big shoal go by and a 56cm fish was landed and released by Aaron and followed next cast by a new club record length fish of 63cm which wasn’t easy landed as it had such power in the surf. Quick pic and measure and away it went. At the same time a fish of similar size got off the hook at the feet of John B. Also a shore Brill was a nice wee catch although small in size for Stefan.

New club record length trout of 63cm for Aaron Vambeck (C.P.R catch photo release)
Fantastic sea trout for Aaron Vambeck (C.P.R.)
Double haul for Stefan
Shore Brill for Stefan Martin
56cm. Such fine condition fish. C.P.R. catch photo release

Also great to see our junior angler Cormac Duddy getting double hauls of flatfish and a few trout also. Plenty of turbot and flounders for all anglers kept things interesting as we all moved about trying different beaches and meeting up in the evenings for food and refreshments to discuss the day’s past and the day’s fishing ahead.

Cormac Duddy on the double
John Burke double

Hopefully we will get another few trips in before the summer is out.. can’t wait!

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