Anglers fish for win in bay boat battle
LAST Sunday saw the annual sea battle between Leinster anglers take place as they took to the sunny waters off Wicklow in the Wicklow Bay Sea Angling Club's open boat competition.
The seasoned anglers collectively landed 900 fish into their boats. Overall, there were six species caught including tope, smooth hound, dogfish, bull huss, ray, and gurnard. With specimen size catches of smooth hound and an 18lb ray, there were indicators that the Wicklow waters will soon produce another Irish record.
A clear winner emerged in the form of Wicklow town angler Pat Swan, with a total catch of 78 fish, including 20 smooth hounds, as well as ray and huss. He knows the waters and tides of Wicklow well, and that knowledge provided the edge he needed to secure the title cup over Bray rival Liam O'Callaghan.
In third place was another of the Wicklow club's honoured members, Myles Howell from Arklow.
In total the competition was fished by 17 Leinster anglers, many of whom gathered at the invitation of Liam Byrne, manager at Whistlers Bar, to witness the calculation of the scores.