Galway Bay Sac held the first leg of the 2024 Winter League at Renvyle on Saturday 17th. After a wet morning, the weather cleared up nicely to leave a mild, overcast evening. The beach is very sheltered, so even though paddle surfers could be seen in the distance riding some nice waves, the venue itself was almost flat calm.

Kevin O’Hara with a dogfish

Fishing was quiet early on, with just single dogfish coming for Gary and Danny Harty. As darkness fell, hopes were high that fish would move in, but fishing continued to be slow.  Further down the beach, Brian Reidy was picking up a couple of fish, and Kevin O’Hara was getting the odd dogfish.

Brian Reidy with a double shot of flounder and a coalie

The third hour saw Kevin Crowley hit a run of dogfish, having blanked the first 2 hours. Brian Reidy down the beach was also getting a few fish, including flounder, coalies, rockling and dogs.

Brian Reidy had a shore rockling for the species hunt

However, Kevin landed another couple of dogs and a coalie in the last hour to take the win with 10 fish for 481 points. Brian Reidy was second with 6 fish for 202, and Kevin O’Hara third with 3 dogs for 150 points. Danny Harty and Rian McDermott were first and second in the Junior section.

Kevin Crowley and club chairman Brian Reidy

There are 3 more legs of the winter league to come, and with the best 3 of 4 scores to count, there is still time for anyone to join in.  Check the club info below for details.


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