Galway Bay SAC held the second leg of their winter league last week, with a report below:
For the second leg of our Winter League we travelled down to Black Head in search of shelter from the Westerly wind and rain that was battering Galway Bay. We had 6 anglers competing with us, all with hopes of catching the end of the white fish schools that occupy the bay during the colder months.
The rock platforms of Black Head offer access to deeper water
The competition commenced at 6pm, just before the tide began to drop. Fishing was slow from the start with no fish landed during the daylight hours. The crabs were causing issues to anglers on pegs 1-3 retreiving their baits stripped after less than 10 minutes of soaking. Once nightfall came the fish began to feed more.
Ailbhe Hartnett with a whiting
Conor got off the mark with a Flounder, followed by a Whiting soon after. Chris who was sharing a peg with his daughter Ailbhe pulled in a flounder to save the blank and place him second in the senior division.
Chris Hartnett with a flounder
Conor finished the session off with a fine Dab of 31cm.
31cm dab for Conor Murray
There wasn’t much activity reported by the other anglers along the rocks for the rest of the evening
Overall the fishing was poor, however it was good to be able to get out considering the recent weather on the west coast. The club plans to return to this mark during the summer months.
Results –
Conor Murray – 3 fish – 91pts
Chris Hartnett – 1 fish – 27pts
Conor Murray (Right), Senior Winner
Our next Competition is Leg 1 of our Master Angler league. This will be held at Lettergesh on the 20/21 April. More details will be confirmed closer to the weekend

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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