Wicklow Boat Charter’s skipper Kit Dunne reports on recent exceptional fishing off Wicklow. After a few days lost to bad weather the fishing hasn’t been affected at all, if anything it’s improved. Recent trips have shown numbers of big tope, while the smooth-hound fishing has increased in number and average size.
Over the last week a few big tope of the 40lb range have appeared. One recent fish measured in at 156cm long only 4cm off the length based specimen measurement, same fish had a girt of 53cm. On an evening trip a boat weighed tope came in at between 36lb and 43lb approximately, and the fish are appearing to get bigger and bigger by the week.
Trips to the smooth-hound grounds have yielded approximately 40-50 hounds a day with an average weight of 4-5lb. The bigger fish are among these and we are getting on average 2+ specimen smooth-hounds per trip. One notable specimen fish taken by Des Chew of IFI weighed in at a respectable 9lb.
There is a clear increase in the average weight of Hounds lately and this should come to a peak in July as it did last year.
Most days have produced a few Bull-Huss and Thornback Ray also, although not as many as expected this time of year. One such fish was a fine Thornback Ray of approximately 14.6lb which was weighed and measured then released in good health.
Bull-Huss are coming in the 10-12lb bracket with a few pups showing, and there’s an abundance of Gurnards for the taking including a few nice Tub Gurnards in the last week.
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