Krzysztof Knopp with his 16.5 lb. bass at Courtmacsherry
Polish Visitor Krzysztof Knopp with his 16.5 lb. bass at Courtmacsherry

Charter skipper Mark Gannon reports that the fishing in Courtmacsherry in the last week or so has been good with plenty of fish in the bay.  Pollack to 10 lb. were common, cod to 15 lb., shoals of coalfish average about 3 to 4 lb., conger to 30 lb., Ling on the inshore wrecks to 20lb.  Mackerel were plentiful but small. Ton Sol from Amsterdam a frequent visitor to Courtmacsherry along with Krzysztof Knopp and Mihal Figlarz, two of his colleagues from Poland chartered the Lady Patricia skippered by Niall O Sullivan last week.  The weather was blustery with winds mostly south to southwest.  On the inshore wrecks they caught plenty of ling to 20 lb.   While skate fishing Krzysztof Knopp landed a  fish over 170 lb. which took over 2 hrs to land.  Blue sharks were caught to 2.35  m and plenty of medium sized cod and pollack.

The joey mackerel were plentiful and on the Wednesday with conditions deteriorating it was decided to head for the harbour and fish for bass with live joeys.  The tide was on the flood and Krzysztof had a good run, striking the fish which took 50 m of line he played the fish for 25 minutess. When landed the bass weighed in at 16.5  lb. which is probably the biggest Bass landed this season.  On Sunday the 2nd October  with a French contingent from Boulogne sur Mer, fishing after the rugby game of course, we headed out in the bay with very foggy conditions and a swell from the south. Plenty of cod and pollack to 10 lb. using live joeys  and at anchor we caught conger to 30 lbs.  On Monday we headed out to the sharking grounds and caught blues to 2.20 m.

On the big bass reported here, Dr. Willie Roche from the Irish Specimen Fish Committee has confirmed that this is the biggest bass reported to the committee since the record of 17 lb. 13 oz. was recorded off the Clare coast in 2000.  It is also the fourth heaviest bass ever recorded by the Committee.  Skipper Mark Gannon is sending in a specimen claim for the fish and is sending up scales from this magnificent fish for age analysis.
Mark Gannon
Lady Patricia and the Lady Louise
Two Aquastar 38′. 370 HP
Base: Courtmacsherry
Operational Area: 30 miles out from Courtmacsherry
Woodpoint Guest House, Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork. 
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Skate caught by Krzysztof Knopp with his friend Mihal Figlarz and the skipper of the Lady Patricia Niall O Sullivan