Monday, April 26, 2010

Cork Harbour Cod Feist - Part Deux!

Cobh SAC had another successful outing yesterday in the concluding competition in their series of light line competitions. As with their last competition in March, the mainstay of their catch was codling. Out of a total of 248 fish landed, 207 were codling! The bulk of these fish fell to crab, however, lugworm did account for many fish aswell. 9 anglers fished the competition aboard the charter boat the 'John Boy.' That gave an average of 28 fish per angler. Not bad going at all, but nothing compared to last months average of 54 fish per angler. Its probably a sign that the spring run of codling is coming to an end. However, it was great fishing while it lasted. For a more detailed report have a look here

If you are interested in a trip out in the John Boy, why not contact Donie Geary directly here
Here's Donie hanging onto one of yesterday's dabs for the tea!!

Saturday's a Wreck day

Mick Lockyear and the lads on Naomh Cartha are at it again!!! On Saturday they brought a couple of 'greenhorns' out for their first day's fishing. What a baptism of fire they gave them. Instead of weaning them in with a bit of mackeral bashing they took them straight to a wreck. One of the lads was into his first fish the minute he hit bottom, and what a fish it was too. A fine ling weighing in at 14lbs+. In fact, being not used to this fishing, the young lad thought he was stuckfast to the bottom.

Not to be outdone, Ian, soon produced a good ling of similar size. Drift after drift produced a constant stream of fish. Most were ling, and good quality ling at that, but there was pollack there too. In fact by the end of the session Mick reckons they had over 30 pollack and over 40 ling. Now that's good fishing!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ling galore - for Naomh Cartha

Mick and the lads have done it again! This time just Mick, Ian and skipper, Ger, headed out for an early morning stint before they got stuck into some work on the boat for the afternoon. They headed for a spot on the Smiths that Ian has been keeping under his hat. Every drift proved to be a winner for them, with good ling upto 10lbs and over. Mick had spotted that the first fish had coughed up a herring and with herring being so plentiful they decided to 'match the hatch.' Herring went on as bait and it worked a treat. They did pick up a few cod but it was the quantity of ling and quality of the fish that had them smiling allround. If you'd fancy a day out on the Naomh Cartha click here and you might end up with a box of fish like this:

Friday, April 23, 2010

Cobh SAC have a good day out with Dasher Doyle

Cobh SAC members George Stockley, Sandra O' Shea, Danny Kane and Martin Perryman had a good day out in Martin's boat, Dasher Doyle, last Sunday. Fishing was superb!!! To read the full story click here

Thursday, April 22, 2010

'Off da Hook' chalks up the species on a recent outing to Cork Harbour

Willie O' Connor from Kilmore was up early Saturday morning last, for the 2 hour drive from Waterford upto Cork Harbour. However, it was worth the early start as Willie and crew member Brian chalked up 13 species over the course of the day. Willie is a regular visitor to Cork Harbour and tows his boat 'Off da Hook', a Warrior 175 each time. He also competes each year in the Cork Small Boats Festival ( and has built up a considerable wealth of knowledge of local marks.
Willie takes up the story himself '...we started out from my house at 4:15am and were in Cork for 7am. We tried out a few different things at the start within the Harbour which resulted in, would you believe, catching 26 mackeral within a short space of time. We also picked up whiting and launce. After such a good start, we made a short move and were soon into codling upto 4lbs and had two lsd's. Our next move was to a mark outside the Harbour. As we motored out I spotted a boat at anchor that I was sure was Dave Jolly in Ohana. As I know Dave we called over for a quick chat. Back to the fishing and a drift had us soon into grey gurnards. The drift was quite fast, though, at 2.5 knots. Another drift on a different patch of ground produced a few pollack and ling to fresh mac. Dave dropped by on his way back in. He then motored towards the Harbour and took off like a bat out of hell. The Honda 150 on the back of his Warrior is savage. At that stage we decided a move was in order. There were lots of boats over the Smiths reef so we went to a spot here that I wanted to try. We anchored up and set out a rubby dubby bag. In no time at all we were picking up ballan and cuckoo wrasse; nothing major but welcome all the same. I tried a mackeral flapper and picked up strap conger whereas Brian stuck at the wrasse fishing, picking up a few more ballans. Heading back into the Harbour we did another drift. I had 3 herring on the first drop and Brian added 2 mac and a launce. With these we decided to anchor up on the Turbot Bank and were rewarded. At this spot we had 4 blonde rays to 12lbs. The tide was ripping at this stage. We upped anchor and did a few more drifts picking up more codling on lug and mack strips. We finished up at 5:15pm as I didn't want to get stuck in traffic. It was a good days fishing; a few new things worked and some didn't. It was a good craic with Brian. We ate all around us and, typical of a good day out, time just seemed to fly by.'
Thanks for the report Willie and the photo.

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Naomh Cartha reports good fishing so far in April

Mick Lockyear, crewing aboard the Naomh Cartha, reports that they have had a number of trips so far this month with great fishing on the Ling Rocks. Skipper Ian has put them on a few of his favourite marks and these have come up trumps. On a trip at the very start of the month both Ian and Mick had hectic pollack fishing with fish going to 9lbs.

The weather of course has helped the lads to get out to those outer reefs where the fishing can be class. All month we have been blessed with light winds.

Last Saturday, the 17th April, the lads had a full charter from Killmallock SAC. This time 'Skipper in Chief,' Ger Keohane came along. Ger wanted to make sure the lads were doing things properly and catching fish for his clients!!!!!

No need to worry Ger, the lads are doing a fine job in your absence. Here's Ger relaxing and getting in a bit of fishing himself.....sure the lads are doing all the work.

Mick reports, that although the fishing wasn't as hectic as the last few outings, they had a steady stream of fish from the oft with plenty of pollack and ling showing. They soon added to that with cod, wrasse, and several other species. All in all a great day was had and the lads from Killmallock were 'mighty' pleased.

If you'd fancy a day out fishing in the Naomh Cartha why not contact the lads thru their website here at

and you may end up with a box of fish like this (some of the catch from last Saturday - well done the boys from Killmallock):