A couple of Short Trips, Donegal Bay, 31/10/2017 and 18/11/2

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A couple of Short Trips, Donegal Bay, 31/10/2017 and 18/11/2

Postby johnwest » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:20 pm

31/10/2017, South shore; At last somebody left something useful behind instead of the more usual mess; a pair of stainless steel scissors which were very blunt so I’ll have to sharpen them up. Owners please form an orderly queue at Bundoran Garda Station. I was hoping to give the wrasse one last go but for starters I fished a 3 hook flapper with mackerel strip and lug for bait at distance over the sand. While setting up the float rod I saw a small group of 3-4 porpoises including a young one feeding a good cast out. I got a pic of a dolphin with young here a couple of years ago, now I want a whale or two. The wrasse weren’t exactly going crazy but eventually the float slid out of sight thanks to a ballan of about 2lb. A couple of corkwings, a Mr and Mrs, turned up while the flapper rig produced a couple of dogfish, both on lug in preference to mackerel strip. A few missed bites and fish throwing the hook maintained some interest in the float tackle, then things went quiet for the next 2 hours bar a 32cm coalfish which took the whole prawn intended for wrasse. The shell-on prawns are an effective bait for wrasse though not as selective as hardback crab. Last fish of the day was a ballan wrasse making 2lb 10oz on the scales and that was the end of the bites.
18/11/2017, North Shore. The Bro came with me today and we headed for a beach where a nice, but perhaps too gentle, surf was rolling in. Offshore we could see one of the naval ships exercising, one of those sleek modern ones, (Beckett Class?). The Bro reckoned they were keeping an eye on us to make sure we didn’t exceed our quotas, in which case they did a great job; two rods each and not a chewed bait between us! Time for a move but the second venue started off very slowly too so no need to rush the coffee. Our best hope was to await darkness and sure enough the doggies came on the feed. A double each and 4 more singles with a couple dropping off at our feet and a couple of small dabs and coalfish made up the day’s tally. I had set up a rod for conger but no screaming runs as experienced by MC on his conger hunts, just a large brown crab. The bites dried up so we called it a day. Not the most exciting trips I’ve ever had but as always, it’s good to get out. One last little treat; we spotted an otter in the headlights swimming about 15 feet out in front of us. The Bro was particularly impressed; it was the first otter he has ever seen. Perhaps I’ll trade in the rods and take up wildlife filming.
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My new but very blunt Scissors
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Mama Porpoise and young
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Two rods worth
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Wrasse bait stealer
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2lb 10oz, best of the day
2013 species; 31

2014 species; 27

2015 species; 28

2016 species; 32

2017 species;28

2018 species; 33

2019 species; ballan wrasse,blonde ray, coalfish, cod, cuckoo wrasse, dab, dogfish, flounder, goldsinny wrasse, ling, mackerel, plaice, pollack, poorcod, pouting, scad, sea scorpion, spotty ray, spurdog, thornback, tub gurnard, turbot, whiting.

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Re: A couple of Short Trips, Donegal Bay, 31/10/2017 and 18/

Postby chuckaroo » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:12 am

Nice scissors. I reckon it'll take a bit of time to sharpen them up but it'll be worth it.. lol
Some nice wildlife if anything else, nice ballan too
Hope the north shore will be more productive in two weeks time!
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First wolffish, a 35lb+ shore-caught halibut, a 20lb+ shore-caught cod, a 10lb+ coley, a 4lb+ plaice (Norway)

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Re: A couple of Short Trips, Donegal Bay, 31/10/2017 and 18/

Postby joe the junior » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:15 am

well done JW still nice to see afew wrasse about! those sissors are a type of disorger for deep hooked fish! had a session myself tonight on a sligo beach only 5 pin whiting biggest 22cm hopefully get bigger throughout the winter!
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2018 species: whiting, coalie, flounder, turbot, plaice, dab, sea trout, thornback ray, dogfish, sandeel, Launce, Mackerel, Pollack , Bullhuss, corkwing wrasse, ballen wrasse, rock cook wrasse,Cuckoo wrasse, grey gunard,tub gunard,Red Gunard, weever fish, 3 bearded rockling, Five bearded rockling, ling, common blenny , rock goby, conger, Pouting,silver eel, scorpion fish, scad, poor cod, mayo bass (35 species)

2019 Flounder, Dab, Turbot, Plaice, Pollack, Coalie, Pouting, Whiting, Codling, 3 bearded rockling, Sea Trout, Dogfish, Bullhuss, black goby, rock goby, corkwing wrasse,Ballen Wrasse, cuckcoo Wrasse, Conger Eel, Shore Rockling, Long Spined Sea Scorpion, Lesser weever, common blenny, tompot blenny, bass, twaite shad, smoothhound, Dragonet, Silver Eel, Tub Gunard, Red Gunard, Gray Gunard,scad, thornback ray, poor cod

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Re: A couple of Short Trips, Donegal Bay, 31/10/2017 and 18/

Postby joe the junior » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:15 am

well done JW still nice to see afew wrasse about! those sissors are a type of disorger for deep hooked fish! had a session myself tonight on a sligo beach only 5 pin whiting biggest 22cm hopefully get bigger throughout the winter!
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2018 species: whiting, coalie, flounder, turbot, plaice, dab, sea trout, thornback ray, dogfish, sandeel, Launce, Mackerel, Pollack , Bullhuss, corkwing wrasse, ballen wrasse, rock cook wrasse,Cuckoo wrasse, grey gunard,tub gunard,Red Gunard, weever fish, 3 bearded rockling, Five bearded rockling, ling, common blenny , rock goby, conger, Pouting,silver eel, scorpion fish, scad, poor cod, mayo bass (35 species)

2019 Flounder, Dab, Turbot, Plaice, Pollack, Coalie, Pouting, Whiting, Codling, 3 bearded rockling, Sea Trout, Dogfish, Bullhuss, black goby, rock goby, corkwing wrasse,Ballen Wrasse, cuckcoo Wrasse, Conger Eel, Shore Rockling, Long Spined Sea Scorpion, Lesser weever, common blenny, tompot blenny, bass, twaite shad, smoothhound, Dragonet, Silver Eel, Tub Gunard, Red Gunard, Gray Gunard,scad, thornback ray, poor cod
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Re: A couple of Short Trips, Donegal Bay, 31/10/2017 and 18/

Postby MC » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:08 pm

A brown crab on your conger rod, your already more successful than me, lol

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Re: A couple of Short Trips, Donegal Bay, 31/10/2017 and 18/

Postby lucky13 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:22 am

Must give the prawns a bash for the ballans!
Never tried it! :)
Nice read lad.interesting too ballans over sand...
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Re: A couple of Short Trips, Donegal Bay, 31/10/2017 and 18/

Postby johnwest » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:44 pm

lucky13 wrote:Must give the prawns a bash for the ballans!
Never tried it! :)
Nice read lad.interesting too ballans over sand...

Sorry lucky13, my report didn't make clear that the wrasse were taken close in over rock and weed! Yeah, the prawns work well for wrasse but get the shell-on ones as the tough shell deters almost every other type of fish. They are a handy bait to keep in the freezer for when you don't have time to collect hardback crabs or lug.
2013 species; 31

2014 species; 27

2015 species; 28

2016 species; 32

2017 species;28

2018 species; 33

2019 species; ballan wrasse,blonde ray, coalfish, cod, cuckoo wrasse, dab, dogfish, flounder, goldsinny wrasse, ling, mackerel, plaice, pollack, poorcod, pouting, scad, sea scorpion, spotty ray, spurdog, thornback, tub gurnard, turbot, whiting.

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Re: A couple of Short Trips, Donegal Bay, 31/10/2017 and 18/

Postby lucky13 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:16 am

Will defo give it a bash next time I get to me wrasse mark :wink:
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