Blue sharks, good cod and specimen cuckoo wrasse off Clare coast
September 5th, 2012 | by Myles Kelly
Into September now and you would notice the day shorting but by the looks of it we are having a little bit of an Indian summer!
Fishing over the last 2 weeks has been very busy. On both weeks I had a large group in for 6 days so when conditions allowed there has been lots of action on the boat. We have had a bit of a struggle with the weather but got out every day.
The Ray fishing in the estuary seems to have picked up and even in very poor conditions we have had a steady catch rate. On days with fresh south winds I have been taking advantage of the shelter on the north side of the Loop Head peninsular and here we have had some good Conger fishing with plenty of fish up to the 25lb mark. Also there have been some good patches of fine Pollack feeding hard and giving good sport. On one of these drifts we came on a small spot of decent Cod and had one of 13lbs. One of the lads also took a specimen Cuckoo Wrasse in this area.
Out in the open sea we have been doing my first Blue Shark drifts of the year. While numbers have not been big and our best day so far has been 3 shark, the size of the Blues has been on the bigger end with quite a few over 2 mtrs. And they seem to be giving a good scrap with some of them taking over half an hour to boat. There are also a few Garfish showing and some nice Gurnard and Whiting from the bottom in the area that I drift.
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