The Clare Dragoon opened her charter fishing season earlier this month when the weather was not great and the fishing was slow enough. Though a bull huss of 7lbs put a smile on one angler’s face.

bull huss
7lb bull huss

Last Friday, 26 April, we were out in even worse conditions. We had lots of mackerel off Loop Head in the stiff north breeze. It was great to see them so early and all were a good size.

Early mackerel off Loop Head

Because of the sea conditions we came back into more sheltered water for most of the day, catching pollack, codling, coalfish and haddock there. Nothing above 3 or 4 lbs was caught but about 60 to 70 fish were brought to the boat.

Sunday was better and we got out to deeper water as the weather settled and boy was there fish about. We caught as many pollack and coalfish as you would want. Full traces every drop!

Not a bad pollack at all and a coalie with it!


We tried going up to 9/0 muppets to get a ling but pollack still taking every drop.

Great to see and let’s hope it lasts.

Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon

Go fishing…

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

I have some offers up on my web site and if anybody is interested in putting a trip together please do get in touch. Also I Twitter from the boat on @fishandstay and try to update my face book page fairly often!

To experience some of the best deep sea fishing available in Ireland contact Luke.
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
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