People: JP,Keith, Al, JD, Ruairi, Lumpy, Dominator, Dan, Garrett, Gordy, Jay
Tide: Low water was about 5:30 pm
Weather: Sunny, calm enough
Bait: Lud, wraps,maddies, sand eel, mack etc
Rigs: Flappers and clip downs
124 fish, Flounder, Whiting, Rockling, Dab, LSD, Bass
Place Peg Name Fish Total Ma Points 1 3 JP Molloy 17 344 30 2 5 Keith Murphy 15 303 29 3 11 Al McGrane 14 290 28 4 10 John Diamond 12 250 27 5 4 Ruari Coleman 12 227 26 6 1 Neil Burrell 12 223 25 7 7 Donal Domeney 10 181 24 8 8 Dan Prunty 10 175 23 9 6 Garrett Flynn 8 122 22 10 9 Gordy Hardman 8 120 21 11 2 Jay Fowler 6 77 20
22cm Rockling – Jp, Keith,JAY: Bass – John D
29cm Flounder – John D
Well I woke up in Dublin to a lovely sunny day. There were just two problems with that:
1. I had meant to drive down to Wexford previous night
2. Bright, calm , end of February. Some fishing in daylight..YEAH!
I loaded up the taximobile (octavia) and 100 minutes or so later I was at Joe Carley’s house. Bait as ordered, A1, and then over to the folks. The dinner I was meant to have the previous night was popped in the microwave, lunch sorted, and I was good to go.
Back on the N11.
I arrived at Dodd’s rocks as a few lads were unloading their gear from their cars. They were having a small comp between themselves and were happy to stick to the north side of the beach, with us to the right of the entrance. I walked down to the beach to check it out finding dominator and Keith were already doing so. Donal sorted out the pegging (left to right) and Keith and I went back to the car park to sort out the check-in.
Preliminaries sorted, 11 of us were just about ready to go on the beach at 4pm. First cast for me was a flounder rig to about 40 metres or so. 20 minutes later I retrieved to find my bait untouched . Al had a double followed by a counting whiting. Second and third casts, still nothing for me. I went for a wee flounder walk, bumping into Joe Byrne on his own wee walk. Good to see him about, and some welcome advice for the conditions too.
When I got back to my rod I found the line had run up to the left! What the feck! 2 minutes later and a little Bass was in the bucket. An angry little Bass. Swimming around. With Joe looking after it. “Would you look at that. A Bass”. Another flapper out, fish measured, and a raincheck.
At ths stage Al had four fish, Jp had and Lumpy had similar and there were 2s and 3s spotted across the beach.
I picked up a flounder, then flounders and whiting. When it got dark I tried for a dog, getting a 29 cm flounder on the top hook (wrap and mack). Things went quiet for me, but after a while I picked up some under-size whiting. I decided to try for a LSD, picking one up on Maddi^H^H^H^ sand eel, with an undersize whiting on the top snood. My last cast was a disaster, I left the line slack and it broke pulling it through the gravel.
Anyway it was good to see new members, well done to JP on winning the first competition of the year and thanks to everybody who turned up.