People: JD,JP,Gordy,David,Donal,Don,Keith Murphy,Ian,Gareth
Tide: None to speak of (Courtown Neap). JP reported a good flow at range!
Weather: Pleasant enough, north-westerly
Bait: Crab, also sand eels, lug , rag etc
Rigs: Clip downs and flappers
Hounds, Dogs, Flounder, Dabs, Gurnard, Plaice, Whiting
Place Peg Name Fish Total Ma Points 1 9 JP Molloy 23 966 30 2 1 Gordon Hardman 11 436 29 3 10 Keith Murphy 10 425 28 4 6 John Diamond 11 405 27 5 11 Gareth Flynn 9 398 26 6 2 Donal O'Neill 10 364 25 7 3 Ian Bonney 8 297 24 8 7 Donal Domeney 8 290 23 9 4 David Costello 6 268 22
Biggest Animal : Keith Murphy – Hound 95cm
Biggest Round : Gareth Flynn – Whiting 21cm
Biggest Flat : Gordon Hardman – Flounder 26cm
The plan was to pick a Wexford Beach that had been showing hounds recently, and reports around Ballyhealy had not been great. Given that some members in Dublin had work on Saturday, we decided to meet up in Courtown and fish a local beach. There was one wee problem – getting fresh crab with the neap tides. In the end I made do with frozen, as did most of the rest of the lads. Arriving in Courtown, I decided to check the end of the beach near the river and forest. Plenty of beach to fish with, and having discussed it with Donal and JP we decided that was where we fish.
Peg draw completed, we headed off to the beach. I baited up a clipdown with two crab and a sand eel, and when Donal gave the whistle out it went.
It wasn’t long before some of the lads had picked up hounds, with Ian, Dave and JP(!!) getting their first hounds ever.
Nothing for me, not even a rattle. I saw Ian getting a pup from close in, so I tried a flapper with 2 ragworm and a crab close in for one of them. It didn’t work..
Darkness came and with that the dogs. They were quite close in too. I gradually got into some fish, getting a small hound and a few whiting too. However it was obvious that JP was running away with it and when the shout came for lines up he had twice as many fish as anyone else. Second place was close, with just one fish between the next four. In the end, well done to Gordy, who is having a good run lately.
Thanks again to Henry’s Tackle, who are sponsoring all our competitions.