Irish team pipped for gold

A mainly all-Munster Irish boat angling team was pipped for gold in Wales and a Cork angler was top rod at the Home Nations deep sea angling fixture.

The Sea Angling Liaison Committee (SALC) held the Home International Deep Sea Angling Boat competition at Holyhead in Wales recently. The event, which rotates each year between the four home nations, was hosted by the Welsh Sea Anglers Federation.

The Irish team comprised of captain, John Dennehy, Carrigaline DSAC, Dan Lynch, Crosshaven SAC, Tony Santry, Kinsale/Bishopstown SAC, Padraic Clear, Caherciveen SAC and Liam O’Callaghan, Bray SAC. The substitute angler was Paul Hutchinson, Bray SAC.

The Irish team had learned from past mistakes and fished there over a weekend three weeks before the fixture. They also were there for a full week before this year’s event.

The extra time spent at the fishing grounds, testing different baits and tackle paid off handsomely and they were pipped by the home team with 873 points (Ireland 739 points) pushing the hot shot English team into an unfamiliar third bronze placing for them. The competition was fished five to six miles off Holyhead over clean ground and mussel beds.

Elsewhere four salmon landed for the week on the Flesk River, averaging 5lbs by local anglers on worms. Two salmon landed for the week weighing an average of 5lbs each caught by local anglers on worms on the Long Range River, Killarney.

The Laune Salmon Anglers waters the last week will go down as the week of big fish with the best coming in at 16lbs to Tony Burke, Tralee on a spinning purple Flying ‘C’ at Brodericks. There were a number of fish of 14, 12 and 11lbs also landed.

On the Bandon 20 salmon were landed for the week, averaging five to 15lbs while 16 grilse landed for the week on the River Lee, ESB Fishery, averaging three to five and a half pounds.

On the Lee 30 salmon were landed for the week, averaging between six and 10lbs by local anglers using shrimp.

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