Meant to get this report up last weekend but here goes.
Thanks to all who sent PMs-great advice was given and I'm just sorry I didn't get a chance to try out more of what you told me.
Spent a glorious weekend up in Killybegs with friends for the bank holiday. Had great plans for two or three long sessions but of course wife, friends etc ensured I only got one short session in.
Got up bright and early on Saturday morning and headed into Mooneys to get bait. Evan was very helpful and supplied me with lug mackerel and a pack of good sandeel that he didn't know he had!
Set off for the gunwell which was grand and near where I was staying. The day was sensational and the scenery equalled the glorious weather.
The mark itself is quite unusual-a grassy slope that ends in an almost straight drop into Killybegs harbour. The clear water in front of me was deep.
I set up and fired out a mackerel bait on a 3/0 pulley rig into the main channel and lobbed out a size 1 flapper with sandeel and mackerel close in. The tide was well into the ebb at this stage.
The large mackerel bait immediately saw interest with a few tentative knocks but each time I reeled in the bait was eaten but no hook up. Seemed like small fish.
This was the pattern for the next hour. I amused myself by spinning various lures through the reefy ground below my feet. I had one follow before I saw a flash of bronze turn away from the lure.the tide was nearly dead at this point.
Just then I had a real good rattle on the near in nothing like the tentative bites on the bigger rod. I lifted in and felt a lively fish on the other end. I reeled in a nice dab-my first ever.It measured 24cm
It was coming near time to finish when I got another knock on the bigger rod.This time the culprit was the predictable dogfish. He took a mackerel/sandeel cocktail.The disgorger did its job and away he went.
So a day more notable for great scenery and weather than the fishing, yet one of the more enjoyable sessions in a long while.