Thursday, July 22, 2010

EFSA storm Cork Harbour

After minding yachts for the duration of 'Cork' week Donie Geary, the skipper of 'John Boy' got back to the serious side of fishing. Donie filed the following report with us '....after spending the last week chasing yachts around Cork Harbour it was nice to return to the more relaxed sport of sea angling. Last weekend we had 35 anglers from all over Ireland and the UK. All were members of EFSA and were fishing their two day competition out of Cobh. Boat hire and local organising was done by Mary Geary of Geary Angling services who also supplied the bait for the two days. Four boats were hired; these were the Lagosta II, Naomh Cartha, Cuan Ban, and the John Boy.
On Saturday the weather was favourable and all boats went to the Smiths. The first 3 hours were fished on the drift and the second 3 hours were at anchor. We started our drift north of the Cork buoy and as the wind was from the South West we were covering a mixture of rough and sandy ground. The anglers were concentrating on species as this gave them most points. We landed ling, pollack, coalies, grey gurnard, red gurnard, cuckoo wrasse, pouting and some fine haddock. At 2pm we went to anchor and after a short time we realised that the conger were not co-operating so everyone changed to the lighter tackle landing a lot of pouting, pollack and dogs. One angler on the boat managed 12 species.
On Sunday the anglers arrived at the pier to strengthening southerly winds and torrential rain. A decision was made to fish inside the harbour.
After catching some fresh mackeral we went to anchor on a mark known as 'Deep Hole.' Right from the start we had a steady flow of good whiting, codling, dabs and of course the old reliable doggies. About half way through the 6 hour session I suggested to the anglers that if they were prepared to take a bit of a battering we could get some good conger under Roches Point lighthouse.
This proved to be a very good move as we landed 16 conger (to 20lbs), several pollack, cod and doggies to end the weekend with some very happy but saturated anglers.
One interesting feature of the day's fishing with 6 anglers all fishing for conger, was that each one of the 16 were caught by the 3 anglers on the port side of the boat. One angler had 7, with another 5, and one 4. Fishing never ceases to amaze.
This group enjoyed the weekend so much that they have booked for a return trip in September and some have booked for the 44th Cobh International Sea Angling Festival, which starts on Sept 6th.'
If you would like to fish with Donie onboard the John Boy you can contact Donie through his website at

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