The Eastern Command SAC recently held their two day Master Angler competition out of Cobh last weekend. 14 anglers left Kennedy Pier at 10am on Saturday morning in blazing sunshine and flat calm conditions onboard the John-Boy, skippered by Donie Geary, and Lagosta II, skippered by Alan Kennedy.
As the main points were for species, the skippers decided to fish the Smiths, just a few miles outside the Harbour mouth. There was to be a flood tide for the earlier part of the day, so it was decided that drift fishing would be the better option.
Twenty minutes was spent feathering and jigging for mackeral. However, with no luck, lines down was called for 11am. Fishing was slow for the first hour but then things began to pick up. A lot of ling started showing with good pouting, pollack, cuckoo wrasse, ballen wrasse, cod, grey and red gurnard, coalfish and 4 octopus. One angler also had a very nice haddock of about 3lbs.
Lines up was called for 5pm. As the boats steamed for home many of the anglers spent the time filleting the best of the 40+ ling and some of the good cod.
On Sunday both boats headed back to the same grounds. Again the weather conditions were idyllic and the fishing was just as it was on Saturday!!! In fact there was a steady flow of fish throughout the day.
Both boats returned to the pier at 6pm with 14 very happy, well tanned anglers. 564 fish were recorded in total. For a full report see here http://www.sea-angling-ireland.org/bulletin%20board/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=28229.It looks like cod and ling will be on the dinner menu for these lads for some weeks to come!
Paul Robinson and the gang from Shamrock Tackle (http://www.shamrocktackle.com/index.html) sponsored the event. In fairness Paul and his gang do an awful lot for fishing in this country. Fair play to you lads!