Thursday, June 3, 2010

Specimens galore out of Cork Harbour

Martyn Rayner and his crew had a cracking day this Wednesday aboard 'Screemin' Reels.' What a day they picked; it was glorious. As per usual, the lads travelled up from Waterford and launched at Aghada pier. Boy, were they early. They were already on the water and rareing to go by 7am. Off to the Ling Rocks they went where they had crackin' fishing. Best of the day was this specimen pollack of 12.2lbs. That's Martyn's second specimen pollack from the Lings this year and the third specimen pollack reported so far. Martyn picks up the story himself here Well done Martyn!!!

Martyn wasn't the only one bagging specimens that day. Willie O' Connor, from Kilmore, was up with his son and buddy, Dan, in Willie's boat, 'Off da hook.' They had an early start aswell and were on the road by 4am. This early start saw them out at the golden grey mark by 6:30am. From there they headed to a secret red gurnard mark north of the Lings which came up trumps for them. Some fine red gurnard were landed, including a fine specimen of 2lbs 30z. Well done lads! The picture opposite is of Dan with that specimen. Willie's son also had a red which wasn't far off the mark. That wasn't the end of their good fishing; by the end of the day they had managed 17 species. Willie takes up the story himself here

These Waterford crews are certainly hot contenders for the Cork Small Boats Competition. Indeed, Screemin' Reels has been a runner-up on no less than three previous occasions. If you would like more information on the Cork Small Boats Festival contact Jim Clohessy at

The Bellavista fleet also got in on the specimen action. As part of the Fisheries Awareness week Kevin had a gang out fishing from Tralee last Saturday. Fishing an inner harbour mark they had a specimen gilthead bream of over 5lbs. That wasn't the only specimen bream. A gang of well known specimen hunters from Dublin targeting the species also had 3 specimen bream over the weekend. Rumour has it that the best of these was a fish of about 5lbs. If you fancy taking one of the Bellavista boats out contact Kevin at

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