People:Keith Murphy,JP Molloy,Ruairi Coleman,Donal O’Neill,Donal Domeney,Gordon Hardiman,John Diamond
Tide: In at about 1830
Weather:Some showers, strong south westerly(!)
Rigs: Flappers mainly
Results: 33 fish total (me – blank ) Coalie,Flounder,Codling
Report: I left Dublin just before 10 am, and arrived into a fresh but dry Youghal just before noon. Walking down the road towards the Walter Raleigh I surmised that I was probably the first arrival but was charmingly disabused of that by a shout from a car parked at the side of the road. So there he was, JP, the “Rampent Wreckfish”, premier national athlete, slurping down his coffee and keeping up with the important girls^H^H^H^H previous days news in some red top or other..
Anyway we checked out the beach and it seemed fairly free of weed. The breeze was picking up faily quickly though. We went into the hotel to meet the others, having a quick chat about the year ahead and grabbing a bit of lunch. Jp found out they no longer do “a savage curry”. Donal Domeney arrived and it was time to head to the Ferrypoint. You need someone who can infallibly peg a beach from left to right….
Down at the venue the breeze was picking up. The beach looked well, beautifully pegged. We looked at each other a bit sheepishly, scratched our heads and eventually someone piped up that maybe the conditions wouldn’t be the most comfortable. Most of us quietly concurred. Donal Domeney was delighted. There’s nothing more he enjoys than a good pegging and off he went…
So we ended up fishing in the opposite direction, with the wind at our backs, more or less from our cars. At 2:30 pm the baits went into the water. Ruairi was quickly into codling, and I thought he might just run away with it pegged as he was near the end of Ferrypoint, able to cast into the channel.
That’s not quite how things worked though, as Keith started getting into fish, as did JP on my right. JP started with a flounder and then some codling and as it got darker some coalie too. I knew Keith was getting some fish, but we weren’t sure quite how well he was doing. I dropped a few fish on the ledge, but that was my own fault really. Cue JP, “What the *** do you mean you’re not bothered changing that flounder rod for that GB3 you have in the car. East Coast Anglers. I’m the only one not allowed to give a ****”.
At 7:30 pm it was time for lines up.
In the end Keith Murphy had 13 fish to JP’s 11
. Peg Name Fish Pts MA Pts 1 4 Keith Murphy 13 458 30 2 7 JP Molloy 11 411 29 3 1 Ruairi Coleman 5 224 28 4 5 Donal O'Neill 2 73 27 5 2 Donal Domeney 1 57 26 6 3 Gordon Hardiman 1 37 25 7 6 John Diamond 0 0 10
Largest Round Cod 52 cm Donal Domeney
Largest Flat Flounder 39cm Keith Murphy
All the competitions were sponsored by Henry’s Tackle Shop
Well done to Ruairi, winning the club master angler in his first year with us.