South Shore SAC were on Kilcoole Beach at the weekend for their first shore competition of 2023. 75 anglers turned up, eager to shake off the post Christmas cobwebs and maybe test out some new gear that Santa might have brought… The weather forecast looked good for the day, and with rumours of coalies putting in a show in recent catches, all were enthusiastic to get the baits out there.

It quickly became apparent that the very fine weed suspended in the water was going to cause problems, as it stuck to mono and then gathered on the tip ring on the retrieve. Some anglers got their teeth into the problem, finding their choppers the most efficient way of dealing with the nuisance.

On the fishing front, there was a good variety of fish with whiting, coalies, dabs and codling all on the roster. But it was a familiar face that emerged at the top of the pile, as Alby Alan continued his scintillating form from the end of last year to top the table with 30 fish for the day.

Full report and results are available on the South Shore SAC Facebook site.