Downings May 2012

This was the clubs first outing of the year. Downings usually fishes well, and so expectations were high for a good days fishing.
On the trip were 6 members and 4 guests.
Daniel McMahon
Alan Buchanan
Gerard Foster
Paul Campbell
Glen Murphy
Stephen Montgomery
Mark Buchanan (guest)
Sean O'Niell (guest)
Al Marsden (guest)
Jordan Marsden (guest)
The weather for the day was fair, with the sea getting choppier the further out to sea went. Skipper Trevor Ryder took us 15 miles out to the WW1 wreck of the battleship Audacious, sunk in 1915. Previous visits here have produced excellent fishing for us, with many big pollock ling and coalfish being caught. On this day however, the wreck was covered in a huge shoal of coalfish in the 2 - 4lb class. No matter how we tried, it was simply impossible to get past this mass of nuisance fish, coalfish taking everything dropped through them, including large pirks and whole mackerel baits. After 2 hours of this, we decided on a move to a mark known as "The line Burner", where we could expect calmer fishing, and hopefully something more worthwhile.

Fishing here was slow to say the least, but guest angler Al Marsden took a nice spurdog of 7lb 8oz, which proved to be the biggest fish of the day, winning him a £20 pool.

We made our final move of the day to Mulroy bay, where we caught a succession of thornback ray and l.s.d,s.
Other fish taken during the day were tub gurnard, grey gurnard, pouting, whiting, ling and pollock.


Photos from Downings
Competition points.
1st     Paul Campbell   4lb 2oz coalfish     15 points
2nd    Glen Murphy     4lb coalfish           10 points
3rd     Dan McMahon   3lb 8oz pollock      5 points

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