Pete Davis of West Cork and District SAC put together this great report of their recent club match on Caliso Bay beach in west Waterford…

Our latest club fixture was held in Caliso Bay. This was a new venue for us. It’s a sandy beach with a reef running the full length of the beach at casting distance.

6pm-10pm was the match time so darkness would come into play in the last couple of hours.

The weather worked in our favour for this competition and fish showed from the first cast.
Troy Francis, consistent as always pulled a few Corkwing Wrasse from the reef but the early leader was Mark Gargen with 6 wrasse at the halfway stage. As dusk kicked in Scad made an appearance.

Mark, Troy and Stephen O’Donovan took advantage of their appearance and were quick to add a few to their match cards . It was close between the top 3 Anglers going into the last hour, unfortunately for Mark a fine Mackerel of 43cm did not count. Sean Healy and Gavin O’Connor also had a late burst of fish.

Gavin would eventually win the pools with a 59cm Conger. Two Dogfish in the last hour and a Scad would eventually seal the win for Stephen. The winning card had a mix of Corkwing Wrasse, Scad, Pollock and Dogfish.

Mark took second place and Troy third.


  • 1st Stephen O Donovan – 14 Fish – 433pts
  • 2nd Mark Gargen – 12 Fish – 319pts
  • 3rd Troy Francis – 9 Fish – 209pts

Species caught on the day consisted of Conger, Scad, Corkwing Wrasse, Ballan Wrasse, shore rockling, 3 Bearded rockling, Pollock, Dogfish and Mackerel.

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Pete Davis
West Cork and District Sea Angling Club

All about West Cork and District SAC…

The club was formed on march 19th 2009, in the small picturesque harbour town of  Kinsale County Cork. We’re an inclusive club, this can be seen in our membership profile; from anglers who are new to match fishing all the way up to members of the Irish World Shore Team 2010, two of which are in the club! The club holds circa 10 competitions per year, members are encouraged to practice a catch and release policy in the interests of conservation. Anybody wishing to join our club is always welcome, just use the contact us page and we will give prospective members full details.

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