Ballycastle Mayo

Thu Mar 18, 2004 12:53 pm

Ballycastle Mayo (Pier.) 17/4/03 friend of mine fished there for 1 hour mackerel bait caught 4 turbet smallest 1.5lbs

Fri Mar 19, 2004 1:59 pm

What size was the biggest?
Was it an incoming tide, what rigs, hook size. I may be up in that neck of the woods soon and would be interested in giving it a go. Never caught a bloody decent turbot.

Fri Mar 19, 2004 4:36 pm

Hi DrSeaFish, dingbat

Standard flattie rigs but slightly bigger hooks (2/0 is good unless you want lots of small bites) and the key is to use flesh not worms as bait. You are invariably fishing onto sand/mud so watch leads will work fine. Mackerel does well and sandeels will work extremely well in a few weeks once the start to shoal. Never knew the pier fished that well... Dingbst are you sure the smallest was 1.5 lbs, and not the biggest? That is my experience in north Mayo.... buckets of small immature fish everywhere...