Last Ballycastle trip of the season for the Club, and we had a full turnout of members attending, 15 in total, fishing along with Skippers Sean McKay and Willie Vernor on 2 boats.
Great weather forecast for this day with calm seas and light winds predicted, and the Skippers agreed to take us out to the famous “Pinnacles” marks, North West of Rathlin Island. On the day it was a bit rougher than predicted, and we were tossed around more than expected, but the fishing turned out to be excellent.
Mackerel were in abundance and we wasted no time at all filling a box for bait before steaming out to the marks.
After a few drops on different parts of the reef fish began to show, with everyone taking Pollock Ling and Coalfish of various sizes. Hard fishing here for everyone with depths of up to 110 metres making reeling in a really big effort. The better fish showing were some bigger than average Ling to around 7 or 8 pounds before Alan Buchanan hit into a good personal best Ling of 12lbs. Stephen Montgomery then upped the standard with a beauty of 13lb 8oz, close to the long standing club record fish of 14lbs. However it was Dan Boyle who smashed the Ling record out of the ballpark with a fantastic fish which pulled the scales to an amazing 18lb 5oz. This beats a 20 year old record set by Don Ross in Mullaghmore.
Not to be outdone, Alan Buchanan then broke another club record with a fantastic Pollock of 11lb 8oz. Mark Buchanan had a tussle with what we thought to be another big fish, it turned out to be a double hit of big Pollock, 10lb and 9lb, which put up quite a struggle on their way to the net.
Mark then had another good fish on, and it surprised everyone when it broke surface. It was a baby Porbeagle Shark of 12lbs, a perfect miniature replica of a Great White. It took of all things a baited pirk. A first Porgie for the Club, and therefore another new Club Record. Stephen Burns and Roy McCoy hit the record fish bar so to speak, both with specimen Cuckoo Wrasse of 1lb 3oz, just 1oz below the club record.
A great days fishing was had by all, and a great day out for the entire Club.
1st place Dan Boyle 18lb 5oz Ling 15 points
2nd place Stephen Montgomery 13lb 8oz Ling 10 points
3rd place Dan Boyle 13lb Ling 5 points
Club Record Ling 18lb 5oz Dan Boyle 10 points
Club Record Porbeagle Shark 12lb Mark Buchanan 10 Points
Club Record Pollock 11lb 8oz Alan Buchanan 10 Points
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