Galway Bay SAC held a parents & kids mini-species fishing outing on Sunday, which proved a great introduction for some young anglers. And some of the parents learned a bit too! Ros a Mhil harbour was the venue, with easy access to deep water and plenty of small fish to keep everyone happy. Light rock fishing, or LRF, with light gear and targeting smaller species, can be a great way to introduce children to fishing, with catches almost guaranteed to keep boredom at bay.

Donnacha Miskell with the best fish of the day, a nice ballan wrasse
Ailbhe Hartnett with a wrasse
Aidan Crowley was a happy little man with his first ever fish.
A beautiful corkwing wrasse
Ronan Hartnett with a double shot!
Odhran Miskell with a wrasse

Along with the fishing, which was great fun, the club organised a barbecue, with Chris Hartnett (aka Bear Grylls) cooking venison (!) and chicken for everyone who attended. The food was delicious, thanks Chris!

Smiles all round!

At the end there was a small prize for the angler with the most species, won by Donnacha Miskell with a fantastic 7 species. Everyone also received a goody bag with treats!

Some of the young anglers with their prizes and goody bags

Go Fishing

Galway Bay Sea Angling Club is a progressive club based in Galway, but fishing competitions along the west coast. New members are always welcome, and every level of experience is catered for, with social outings right up to competitions held throughout the year. If you’re looking to get into sea angling in the west, check them out here