Ballycastle 31st July 2016

First of 3 trips this season on board Sean McKays boat, 6 members took part.

Stephen Montgomery

Bill Bannon

Gerard Girvan

Glen Murphy

Dan Boyle

Gareth Peobles

Great things were expected from this trip, as we had a good weather forecast and tide predicted, and Sean had recorded some nice catches leading up to the trip. As is sometimes the case, results can be disappointing despite the best made plans and so this day proved to be.

First on the target list were mackerel, and they were reasonably plentiful, the 6 anglers having no great trouble filling their bait boxes.

Sean took the boat to a mark South West of Bull Point on Rathlin Island where he set anchor for hopefully a day’s Spurdog fishing. Despite having the best of tide and bait, the fish were just not there, and after 2 hours Sean called lines up to try another spot.  

Various marks were tried, with only a few Dogfish and a solitary Cuckoo Wrasse for Bill Bannon, before Sean took the boat to a usually prolific Pollock mark closer to shore in Ballycastle. At last the boys started to take some reasonable catches, with decent Pollock hitting their lures. Bill Bannon taking the days pool with a fish of 6lb 8oz. All too soon it was all over and Sean called it a day. A bit of a disappointing day out, but once again that’s fishing.

1st place     Bill Bannon                  6lb 8oz Pollock         15 points

2nd place    Stevie Montgomery   6lb 4oz Pollock          10 points

3rd place    Gerard Girvan              5lb 8oz Pollock         5 points

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