Well we held the second of our master angler series on Sunday 25th July in conjunction with the Harbour Championships held out of Crosshaven and hosted by Monkstown SAC. Thirteen Cobh SAC club members entered and fished aboard the John Boy and the Naomh Cartha.
Conditions on the day were superb. Some great scores were handed in aswell. In the overall competition 66 anglers fished. There were over 1,121 fish caught with 14 species landed. That gave an average of 17 fish per angler. Cobh SAC member Ruud Boelhouwer came 2cnd but was representing Crosshaven SAC on the day and wasn't part of our competition.
As regards our own competition Milo Burke was outright winner with 37 fish and 525 points. Milo had a nice selection of fish with 8 species, including haddock! In second place was Frank Cronin with 19 fish for 373 points and third was Danny Kane also with 19 fish and 280 points. This now puts Frankie in the lead in the overall masters series. Well done Frankie!!!
Our next competition in the Master Angler series is on Sunday 22cnd August. Please book your place now with Mary on 021 - 4812167.
Club member, Richie Ryan, has been getting some superb bass lately. Across is a picture of a magnificent 12lb bass caught on an angel kiss plug recently. Unfortunately, Richie did not have a certified scales with him at the time so he will not be claiming an official specimen fish as he was anxious to return the fish as quickly as possible. Well done Richie!
Cian Ryan, Richie's son, is one of the people who is benefiting from Richie's expert tuition. Cian is no mean angler himself having clinched the Munster Juvenile Deep Sea Angling Championship in 2009. However, this was a milestone for Cian as it was his first salt water fly caught fish. Hence, the broad grin.
Another group of anglers who benefited from Richie's guiding and fly fishing expertise were from Sky Sports Italy. They were recently filming a clip to be aired on Sky Sports on fly fishing within Cork Harbour. Richie brought them to one of his favourite marks that produces excellent pollack fishing on the fly. In Richie's own words they 'murdered' the fish. I'm sure it will make for interesting TV viewing when we get to see it!!!