Well the group in last week were lucky with the weather and although they did lose a day to very windy conditions they also had some wonderful clear blue sunny days and calm seas. We had a good range of fish during the week.

Ballan wrasse
Ballan wrasse on mackerel strip

Early on we did a couple of long drifts on the reefs out to the west of Loop Head. This produced a good range of fish and some good fun on shads. The Pollack were not feeding all the time but when they did it was flat out. We also ran into a shoal of Spurdogs and had a lot of fish around the 10lb mark. One of the lads had a Specimen of almost 13lbs.

A 13lb specimen spurdog

Although we did not have any rag worm we did have a couple of wrasse sessions and with the calm conditions got very close. Using Mackerel strips we did not have as many fish but the ones we did have were of a very good size. The conger fishing is also going well and a day charter at the weekend had 12 fish in just over an hour.

Thornback ray
Thornback ray from the estuary

The estuary fishing is ok on some of the marks but very quite on others. It seems very important to get fishing at the right stage of the tide. We did have Dogfish, Bullhuss, Whiting and some good Thornback Ray.

Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon, LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Carrigaholt Co. Clare

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