Stephen Brennan of took to the seas down Wexford way and reports:
After an unusually cold spring, nature seems to have delayed the arrival of many of our country’s favorite species. Last weekend saw the winds ease and some sunshine break through, and with it the chance to get out and fish for the typical summer species like smoothounds, tope and ray – all of which should be found off our shores by this time of year.
Joe Byrne (of Courtown Harbour Sea Angling Centre) managed to gather a crew together at short notice, and as we sailed out of Courtown Harbour aboard Joe’s boat, ‘The Brazen Hussy’, hopes were high.
It was only a short spin out to the channel, and it wasn’t long before a steady stream of dogfish came aboard. There were also some lovely smoothounds and ray caught, and Joe and Billy even managed to sneak out a few half decent gurnards.
Since our trip there have been reports of a few tope being caught, and with the good weather to continue into this week, along with some big tides to see out the month, prospects look very good. I would recommend giving Joe a ring to arrange a trip out. With the fishing picking up all the time, he is sure to have plenty of bookings.
Joe Byrne, Tel: 087-6613145  Web:
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Stephen Brennan
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