Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer action on Naomh Cartha....

Sandra O'Shea with a 13lb cod
Cobh SAC held their second Master Angler competition of the year last Sunday. Fishing for the day was onboard Naomh Cartha, skippered by Ger Keohane....and, what a day it was!

The weather was great, if somewhat breezy. Beautiful blue skies, hot temps, but a stiff easterly breeze. There's always a messy chop with an easterly breeze and this was the case today. However, Ger reckoned we could manage it and manage it we did. We set off for the fishing grounds off Power Head and drifted the Pollack Rock reef from east to west. From the off the fish were coming onboard. Pollack, cod, ling, cuckoo wrasse, ballan wrasse, pouting, and more....but it was the pollack that were there in numbers with nearly 300 landed. Some of these fish were good fish coming in over 6lbs! In the mix were some good cod with three fish coming in over the 10lb mark!

Ger had a hectic time trying to keep a track of the scores. At the end of the day, Milo Burke from Kilkenny had the best score. Milo had a total of 108 fish for a final score of 1,130pts. In second place was Danny Kane with 77 fish for a score of 820pts. Pat O'Shea was in third place with 72 fish for 742pts.

By day's end the six anglers had landed 349 fish. A great return, a great day....a day to be remembered!!!

If you'd fancy a day out on the Naomh Cartha why not give Ger a ring on 00-353-87-2589448. Check out the Naomh Cartha's facebook page at

Sunday, July 14, 2013

47th Cobh International Deep Sea Angling Festival

Its now less than 2 months to this year's Festival and we are now taking entries for this year's event. Brochures and Application Forms can be downloaded here.

We've retained the prize fund for this competition at €7,500. Of this €2,000 will be in cash, the breakdown of the cash element is as follows:

1st Prize €1000
2nd Prize €400
3rd Prize €200
Best Team of 4 €400

However, there are numerous other prizes. Each day is a competition in its own right and there are prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.,.... plus heaviest fish. For the whole week there are also category winners like heaviest conger, heaviest cod, ling, pollack, most species, most fish....the list goes on and on.

The competition will be run over four days from the 3rd to 7th September 2012 (Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Fri). This Festival is great craic and if you want a week away with your buddies with great craic and good fishing well this is the fishing break for you. Many of the anglers are coming back to this event year after year, after year!!!

This report from last year (2012 Report) will give you an idea of the quality of fishing (and craic) to be had over the week.

Charter Boats will be provided by Cork Harbour Angling Hub ( and accommodation packages are available from the Commodore Hotel ( or ring 00-353-21-4811277 and just ask for Mary, tell her you want the fishing package and she'll sort you out), and Bella Vista House Hotel (

For more information contact Cobh SAC on 00-353-21-4812167 or thru the following email address: