Bait: All sorts
Results: Bass, Flounders, Dogs, Whiting, Freshwater and conger eels, Thornback and Undulate Rays.
1st John Diamond 12 Fish 416 points
2nd Sean Ivory 10 Fish 391 points
3rd JP Molloy 10 Fish 335 Points
4th Donal Domeney 5 Fish 203 Points
5th Gordan Hardman 3 Fish 136 Points
6th Al McGrane 5 Fish 133 Points
7th Gareth Flynn 6 Fish 127 Points
With high hopes, seven hardy SAI souls made our way onto the SPA beach in the beautiful kingdom of Kerry. The weather was far from ideal in fact shite would be a better description. Some of us had spent a little longer than we should have supping the night before and there was a few groggy looking heads amongst us.
The conditions weren’t going to put us off however and at 11am 7 hopeful casts were fired out into Tralee bay to varying distances in the hope of some obliging fish. It wasn’t long at all before the first spattering of flounders were being brought ashore. For most of the lads chucking in close was doing the business. Al had also found a few at distance and after the first hour or so was building up a healthy lead.
Over high water the fishing slowed down considerably. Gordy managed a beautiful undulate ray in this quiet period giving us hope of a few more.It wasn’t to be however and apart from a few more single flounders it was an end to the fishing. Lines i were called at 4pm and it was back to the carpark for the scores.
JD had done enough to win it with his haul of 10 good flounders and 2 Bass. Tremendous fishing by him, consistently catching throughout the comp had done the damage. I was second with 3 dogs, a conger and 6 flounders and JP third with 7 flounders and 2 dogs.
Some nice fish were caught and the fishing was pretty good considering the conditions. It was great to be out fishing with all the lads again and the craic was top notch as always. Roll on the two day comp on Ballyreen in July.