Fishing Competition REPORT

Portrush Yacht Club's Sea Angling Section.


Portrush Yacht Club’s Sea fishing section held a boat fishing competition on Saturday the 23rd July 2016, the £5 entry fee is going towards buying a defibrillator to be installed in PYC, being available to anyone within the Harbour complex. The boats left the Harbour at 10am and fishing stopped at 2.30pm. The weather was fairly good but the sea state prevented some boat owners getting out to the ridges several miles off, each boat skipper went to their favourite spots to hunt for different species. The aim of the competition was to catch and release as many different species as possible in our local area, each species having different points the rarer species the greater the points. So it took experience to know how, where, and when to fish for each. There was a good range of fish caught, Coley, Whiting, Dab, Pollock, Pouting, Gurnard, Cuckoo and Ballan Wrasse, Cod, Flounder, Plaice, weaver, Dogfish, Scad, Grey, Tub and Red Gurnard. I think I can safely speak for everyone concerned when I say everyone enjoyed it immensely, there was some excellent fishing and the Craic was mighty throughout the day, once back ashore there was live music with Beer and Burgers at PYC, which went down very well. I would like to say many thanks to Chris Elliot and Beni McAllister from our Scuba section who helped to make the event such a great success. As the afternoons refreshments took effect there was the inevitable telling of old fishing stories as you can imagine the one that got away. The collated results indicated that everyone caught at least 4 species 7 being the highest total, which is a good indicator of healthy local fish stocks. First place was a tie between 3 people each had 37 points being Irvine Tannahill, Robin Cardwell both local fishing legends and new comer Tim Nelson. The competition entry fees and raffle raised a total of £134. As the day’s events had so enjoyable and had gone down so well we decided to hold another competition next month, so please get in touch if you would like to take part. Tight lines Tim Nelson