Mike Dennehy, skipper of the Silver Dawn out of Kinsale, reports his weekend’s shark success…

We departed Kinsale at 6am and made the 25 mile journey quickly in calm, 19C  seas. While making up the chum slick one of the anglers dropped in a bait and had an immediate run. The angler, Ailbhe O’Sullivan expertly boated the 80lb blue shark quickly.

Ailbhie had the first shark of the day
Ailbhie had the first shark of the day

That first fish set the tone for the rest of the day with fish after fish coming up the chum slick to eat our baits. The largest of the fish was measured at 2.10 metre fork length, which is approximately  135 lbs.

Robs first shark
Rob's first shark

The total tally  of sharks boated was 19 sharks, with several more lost during the fight.

With heavy arms and sore backs we decided to head for home early at 1pm

Mike Dennehy
Silver Dawn
Kinsale Charters

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Silver Dawn is based at Castlepark Marina in beautiful and historic town of Kinsale, Cork, Ireland. Our coastal area benefits from a range of mixed grounds with mud, shingle, rock and sand banks all with in reach to offer some excellent and varied fishing.


Rob had another fine shark
Rob had another fine shark