On Tuesday 28th Dec, Cork Harbour Angling Hub hosted a fundraising competition in aid of the Irish Boat Team for Italy 2011. As the organising committee had flagged, it was a chance to get out of the house for those anglers brim to the gills with turkey and suffering severe bouts of cabin fever. 59 anglers responded to the call.
Fishing on the day was tough; the previous day there had been over 2" of rain and even on the day there was a fair bit of wind with a southerly blowing at over 20 knots. The decision was taken to confine the event to the harbour and even then it was lumpy, with a strong ebbing pushing against the breeze all day.
Despite this, there was still over 477 fish caught and 9 species recorded; that's an average of 8 fish per angler. That's great going given the conditions. Species caught included cod, conger, dogfish, poor cod, plaice, coalfish, and flounder, with dabs and whiting predominating. The longest fish prizes went to the following fish:
Poor cod 21cm
Overall winner with the heaviest fish was Dan Lynch of Halfway Tackle. Dan, pictured above, won a beautiful crystal trophy plus €200 in cash. Overall Lady angler was Sandra O' Shea of Cobh SAC, with Luke Hegarty of Monkstown best Junior. Other prizes included best edible for Cormac Gannon, and Ken Hegarty with most species with five.
The following boats from Cork Harbour Angling Hub, were used on the day:
John Boy, skippered by Donie Geary http://www.sea-fishing-ireland.com/
Naomh Cartha, skippered by Ger Keohane http://www.corkanglingcharters.com/
Deora De, skippered by Jim Linehan http://www.charterangling.com/
Lee Star, skippered by John Geary http://www.anglingcharters.eu/
Osprey, skippered by Pat Condon http://www.atlantic-charters.net/
Lagosta II, skippered by Alan Kennedy