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Stone Bass the highlight of great fishing in Galway Bay

September 11th, 2018 | by

Skipper John Fleming and his crews are enjoying some great fishing on Galway Bay of late. Anglers are catching good fish on every trip, including big pollack, specimen spurdog, spotted ray, grey, red and tub gurnards, haddock, whiting, wrasse and more. A Dutch group had a great couple of days on spurdogs and pollack, recording over 20 spurs each day, including a few specimens.

Dave Trill with a spotted ray

Dave Trill with a spotted ray

 

A nice spurdog for Dutch angler Henk

A nice spurdog for Dutch angler Henk

 

Joe Nolan with his first specimen spurdog

Joe Nolan with his first specimen spurdog

 

Shark fishing has also been good of late with plenty of fish to the boat.

Cormac Kellett with his blue around 35lb

Cormac Kellett with his blue around 35lb

 

A nice blue shark for Dave Trill

A nice blue shark for Dave Trill

 

Brian Clarke with a blue of around 60lbs

Brian Clarke with a blue of around 60lbs

 

John also had a rare capture – his first ever stone bass. The stone bass, also known as the wreckfish, is often found under floating weed, but sometimes they hang out under boats and this one was no exception. Drifting for shark with a big slick out, John was shaking the rubby dubby bucket when he spotted the fish under it. He put on a two hook flowing trace with mackerel fillet baits, and dropped it down about a metre. He was able to watch the fish approach and gently take the bait, but once hooked it was anything but gentle, as John said “all hell broke loose! The best fight I’ve ever had from a fish that size.” The fish, which weighed approx. 5lbs, was sportingly released after a quick photo.

 

A very happy John Fleming with his first stone bass

A very happy John Fleming with his first stone bass

 

Go fishing…

To book fishing with John aboard the Brazen Hussy II, give him a call on 087 7571320

A regular day is between 9am- 6pm from either Rossaveal, Spiddal or Galway depending on species being sought after. Fishing on the inshore reefs for pollock, cod, ling, wrasse, conger eel and mackerel can be reached in 10 minutes from departure, while our offshore reef marks are within 45 minutes of departure. Our ground fishing for tope, spurdog, ray, bullhuss, turbot, plaice and the giant common skate can all be reached within the hour which ensures the most amount of time is spent fishing.
The shark season usually starts at the end of June and runs into late October, this is the ultimate angling adrenaline rush with these hard fighting blue and porbeagle sharks all being tagged and released safely.
Package deals available

Address: Baile an tSagairt, Spiddal, Co. Galway.
Telephone: +353 (0)87 7571320
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BlueSharkAngling

Blue Shark Angling Galway,
Phone John Fleming : +353 (0)87 7571320


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