Galway Bay Sea Angling Club held the latest leg of their Master Angler league on Whitestrand beach, near Louisburgh, Co. Mayo recently. Club PRO Tom Keal has a report on how it went:

For the third leg of the Master Angler, we travelled North to Mayo. Whitestrand was the chosen venue for the day, and it was the first time many of our anglers had been fishing there.
The first lines were cast in at 11am, all with the hope of a few fish early in the match. Tom Keal picked up from where he left off at Leg 2 and landed a decent 15cm weaver fish. However, since weavers must be recorded as undersized, it only counted for 5 points.
Soon after, Brian Reidy got going by landing a turbot. A latecomer to the day’s party, Chris Hartnett plucked a bass from the surf to put him in the top spot.
A nice surf bass for Chris Hartnett. Love the hat Chris!
Ailbhe Hartnett, the leading junior of the Master Angler, once again worked tirelessly and was rewarded with a turbot.
A turbot for Ailbhe
Before the high tide, Kevin O’Hara made his presence known by getting the largest flounder of the day, which set up a tight second half of the match.
A nice flounder for Kevin
The bites dropped off at high tide, allowing the members to catch up, take in the view and learn from each other by sharing tips and info about local marks. Planning for our club BBQ was also discussed, along with our species hunt and the possibility of a camping trip.
Whitestrand
The weed became an issue across the beach after high tide. The abundance of seaweed was blown in by the fresh onshore breeze. However, fishing through this proved fruitful as Brian landed another turbot, and Ailbhe caught a nice-sized flounder. Tom also got in on the action, landed a small turbot, and then got a double shot of two good turbot to throw him up the leaderboard.
Two fine turbot for Tom
On the last cast of the match, Tom Keal and Kevin O’Hara secured their 1st and 2nd place positions with one final fish each.
It was good to see all anglers getting in on the action and, for many, to get a new venue under their belt.

Results

Senior
1st – Tom Keal (124 pts)
2nd – Kevin O’Hara (66 pts)
3rd – Chris Hartnett (59 pts)
Junior
1st – Ailbhe Hartnett (34 pts)
Brian Reidy presents Tom Keal with his winner’s prize
Ailbhe receives the Junior prize from Brian

Our next outing will be our annual club BBQ on the 14th of July. The venue is Rossaveel Harbour, an area with abundance of mini species, perfect for junior anglers and species hunt competitors.

The club also wishes best of luck to members Brian Reidy and Danny Harty at this year’s Home Nations competition in Scotland. They will be competing for Ireland against England, Scotland and Wales this week. Brian is on the Men’s Senior team, while Danny is fishing for the Under-16s. Go n-eirí libh!

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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