Mike Dennehy, skipper of the charter board Silver Dawn reports on some wonderful albacore tuna fishing they encountered on Sunday 28 September…

We departed Kinsale  in nice, calm conditions. When on the tuna grounds we deployed a selection of surface and sub surface lures. It took no more than 15 minutes for the first fish to take James Walsh’s plug!  This fish was a fine 50lb specimen, a huge fish probably the second heaviest taken on rod and line in ireland at that time.

James Walsh with a smashing 50lb albacore

Next up was Rob Vaughan with a nice 30lb specimen.

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Rob is no stranger to albacore, here he is with another specimen size tuna

Then all hell broke loose as an obviously larger tuna proceeded to empty one of  my reels of line after an  agonising  30 minutes and some heart stopping moments my new personal best and boat record finally hit the deck an impressive 63lbs a whisker under the Irish record

Mike Dennehy with a 63lb tuna

After a brief respite Albie O’Sullivans rod bent double as another large fish stripped line off the heavy clutch. This fish Albie expertly subdued and it went 45lbs  when it was weighed eventually.

Tight lines

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.



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Good albacore tuna by anyone’s standards.