Donegal Bay 8th/9th October 2016

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Donegal Bay 8th/9th October 2016

Postby johnwest » Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:50 pm

Sat. 8th October. With a few settled days forecast it was essential to make the most of the opportunity so the boat was hitched up. I was hoping to give the rays a go so with a few frozen mackerel in the box, I tried jigging for mackerel for a while but got only one plus a few small pollack for fresh bait. Off to my first mark and after barely 5 mins I hooked the first thornback; a 6lber to start. This was followed fairly quickly by two more including a nicely marked 7lb fish, the best of the day. Things slowed down but a steady trickle of bites resulted in a total of 8 thornies and 4 dogfish. I headed off to another mark in the hope of a painted ray but this mark threw up 3 doggies, a solitary dab and a small whiting. A brief stop at a deepwater mark on the way back provided a couple of small pollack and a male cuckoo wrasse. The sounder was showing plenty of fish close to the bottom but they didn’t seem to be interested. The evenings are really drawing in and by now it was time to return to the slip.

Sun. 9th October. Somewhere different beckoned today. First stop produced a mackerel early on to mackerel strip fished on the bottom. Baiting up a set of feathers, a few more drifts over the area produced a couple more mackerel and surprisingly, a dab which didn’t take the bottom hook but the one above. I headed off to try another mark but out of shelter there was quite a big swell rolling in; fortunately there was little or no wind. First drop down produced a small spotted ray almost immediately followed by a few bigger dabs and the first of about 10 dogfish. To add a bit of variety, a small red gurnard decided to visit the boat and then came the surprise of the day, an octopus. In fact it was the first of 4 octopuses/octopi, anyway a total of 32 tentacles. I know it’s OCTOber but 4 in one day just about doubles my total haul of them in the last 40 years that I’ve been fishing from boats. One particularly irate specimen emptied his inkwell with two squirts but fortunately it all ended up in the water. I captured one taking a bait on video as I was using my Waterwolf underwater camera. Back to the fish and a second spotty at 2lb 10oz beat the doggies to a bait as did a bigger red gurnard at 1lb 5oz. At one point, a shoal of fish registered on the sounder and a quick drop or two with the feathers produced 4-5 more mackerel for the freezer. Possibly the last fish of the day was a rather sorry codling who wasn’t having a good week, something had given him a severe mauling before he encountered my baited hook. With the bites easing off and a long drive home, I called it a day.
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Well marked thornback, best of 8
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7lb and 3lb 12oz thornies
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Dark sky, bright fish
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2lb spotty
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1st of 4
2011 species; 26

2012 species; 27

2013 species; 31

2014 species; 27

2015 species; 28

2016 species; 32

2017 species;28

2018 ; ballan wrasse, blenny, coalfish, codling, conger, corkwing wrasse, cuckoo wrasse, dab, dogfish, flounder, gilthead bream, golden grey mullet, grey gurnard, herring, launce, ling, mackerel, megrim, mullet, pollack, poor cod, pouting, red gurnard, sand smelt, sea scorpion(ls), skate, smoothhound, spotted ray, thornback, tub gurnard, turbot, whiting
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Re: Donegal Bay 8th/9th October 2016

Postby johnwest » Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:54 pm

A couple more pics.
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Waterwolf underwater photo
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Small red gurnard
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1lb 5oz red gurnard
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"Battered" cod
2011 species; 26

2012 species; 27

2013 species; 31

2014 species; 27

2015 species; 28

2016 species; 32

2017 species;28

2018 ; ballan wrasse, blenny, coalfish, codling, conger, corkwing wrasse, cuckoo wrasse, dab, dogfish, flounder, gilthead bream, golden grey mullet, grey gurnard, herring, launce, ling, mackerel, megrim, mullet, pollack, poor cod, pouting, red gurnard, sand smelt, sea scorpion(ls), skate, smoothhound, spotted ray, thornback, tub gurnard, turbot, whiting
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Re: Donegal Bay 8th/9th October 2016

Postby hugo » Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:30 am

Another great report and fine pix - you're keeping the site going singlehanded.
Whats your boat by the way?

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Re: Donegal Bay 8th/9th October 2016

Postby johnwest » Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:17 am

hugo wrote:Another great report and fine pix - you're keeping the site going singlehanded.
Whats your boat by the way?

Thanks Hugo, I think you asked about my boat previously, can't remember if I answered. It's a Predator 165 with 60hp four stroke Mercury.
2011 species; 26

2012 species; 27

2013 species; 31

2014 species; 27

2015 species; 28

2016 species; 32

2017 species;28

2018 ; ballan wrasse, blenny, coalfish, codling, conger, corkwing wrasse, cuckoo wrasse, dab, dogfish, flounder, gilthead bream, golden grey mullet, grey gurnard, herring, launce, ling, mackerel, megrim, mullet, pollack, poor cod, pouting, red gurnard, sand smelt, sea scorpion(ls), skate, smoothhound, spotted ray, thornback, tub gurnard, turbot, whiting
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Re: Donegal Bay 8th/9th October 2016

Postby Rob Millard » Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:51 am

Well done, I wish more people would contribute to the catch report pages, keep up the good work. I need a cuckoo wrasse and a spotted ray for this years species count and you're catching them every week by the looks of things.
Species 2019: Common Skate, Pollack, Whiting, Coalfish, Cod, Cuckoo Wrasse, Bull Huss, Lsd, Porbeagle Shark, Mackerel, Grey Gurnard, Thornback Ray, Plaice, Turbot, Ballan Wrasse, Dab, Smoothound, herring, haddock

Species 2018 : Porbeagle Shark, Spurdog, Lsd, Coalfish, Pollack, Ling, Mackerel, Haddock, Red Gurnard, Turbot, Dab, Thornback ray, Homelyn Ray, John Dory, Pouting, Ballan Wrasse, Smoothound, Tope, Bass, Bull Huss, Weaver, Painted Ray, Bluefin Tuna

Species 2017 : Cod, Coalfish, Whiting, Poor Cod, Pollack, Bull Huss, Ling, Pouting, Bass, Flounder, Painted Ray, Lsd, Tope, Ballan Wrasse, Mackerel, Herring, Launce, Haddock, Thornback Ray, Conger, Plaice, Turbot, Grey Gurnard, Red Gurnard, Cuckoo Ray, Tub Gurnard, Dab, Smoothound, black goby, Scad, Cuckoo Wrasse, Megrim

Species 2016 : (32)

Species 2015 : (30)

Species 2014 : (29)

Species 2013 : (34)

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Re: Donegal Bay 8th/9th October 2016

Postby shortcircuit » Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:09 pm

Great report

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Re: Donegal Bay 8th/9th October 2016

Postby chuckaroo » Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:52 pm

Nice fishing Paddy, clean pics. Think that you have report of the month for the last few months at least :D
Have eaten those octopus before, they taste great
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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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