Luke Aston, skipper of the Clare Dragoon in Co. Clare, reports on the recent fishing on the Shannon Estuary and off Loop Head…

Well since my last report the main fishing action has been the tope in the estuary. They seem to have come on strong this year. As well as getting them at my “tope” marks we have also been picking them up while fishing for Ray. As normal the best bait has been fresh Mackerel and getting enough of these can be the trickiest part of this fishing!

A tope on the Clare Dragoon
A tope on the Clare Dragoo

While there have been enough Mackerel around the Loop for the bait box they are now way sure even there and they have been very scarce further up the estuary. We have only got the odd few east of Horse Island. The general fishing around the mouth of the estuary and Loop head has been fair enough given the conditions and we have picked up some fine pollack and even the odd fine ling close in. There are also plenty of saith (coalfish) around the 2 – 3 lb mark about.

Another tope is brought onboard
Another tope is brought onboar

Further off when we did get out we have had some good mixed fishing with Gurnard, Whiting, Haddock, Ling and Pollack about. There have been days when we had to work hard to get busy fishing but we also have had spells when the fishing has been flat out. This on – off fishing is hard to fathom as there seem to be lots of fish on the marks and when they decide to feed the size has been good.

Double shot of red and grey gurnards
Double shot of red and grey gurnards

Hopefully the good weather that is forecast for later this week will help things to settle down.

Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon

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Clare Dragoon is a LOCHIN 366 powered by 650HP engine that operates out of Carrigaholt Co. Clare.

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