Paul Strange from Carrick Fergus showed more that a bit of skill and a fair helping of luck when he caught a magnificent 209lb common skate only 2 hours after landing one of 135lb!  Paul was out with Hamish Currie of the Predator II from Red Bay in Antrim.  A total of 3 skate were landed that day along with quite a few congers and spurdogs on a deep drop off 19km north of Red Bay.  This superb skate wins our Catch of the Week.

Paul Strange from Carrick Fergus with this magnificent 209lb common skate
Paul Strange from Carrick Fergus with this magnificent 209lb common skate

Bait was a whole dogfish lowered into 475 feet of water and  using typical 50lb stand up gear the fight lasted 80 minutes. Paul, who is a new recruit to one of Hamish’s specimen clubs says he is delighted to be part of the crew and is looking forward to landing his first shark.

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Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web: www.predatorireland.com Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117