David Edwards, skipper of charter boat Tigger, reports that they have had some superb Blue Shark fishing recently with visitors from Denmark, Germany and Holland all getting a taste of a shark on the end of their lines. However the best shark of the season so far was a superb Blue that measures 2.4 metres alongside the boat, caught by local angler Andrew Jennings from Ballinglanna, it was decided that the shark was to big to bring on board without risking damage to the fish and the barbless hook was easily removed while still in the water. This was the biggest of 9 Blues brought to the boat by 3 anglers.

John Angles (left) with Colin showing one of the mid size Blues caught

In terms of numbers our best day was when Tiggers previous skipper John Angles came over from Castletownbere with crewman Colin and Scottsh friends Peter and Sean. 14 sharks were brought to the boat and a further 7 slipped the hooks on the way in. These included something very special that Colin stayed connected with for 10 minutes but could do nothing to coax it to the surface before it slipped the hook. Colin is a very experienced shark angler and had not come up against anything so strong in the past.
Inshore and mid range fishing has also been productive with large numbers of small cod being caught on a wide variety of baits and lures, Pollack to 12lb, Ling, Conger, Pouting, Whiting and Mackerel have been the main targets but this time of year often throws up a few surprises. The winds built up a little towards the end of July but I’m hopeful that August will be settled enough to continue targeting offshore species.
David Edwards
Clonakilty Coastal and Deep Sea Charters

Go fishing…

Tigger is a purpose built Procharter 31 angling boat, powered by a 330HP diesel engine and equipped with all necessary safety equipment. Reef and ground drift fishing is generally the most productive method with the potential to catch in excess of 20 species if you adapt your lures and baits accordingly. From mid June through to October it’s usually possible to target the blue shark fishing that is predominatly between 10-15 miles off the estuary.  All sharks are released and recent seasons have seen larger species such as mako and threshers being sighted more frequently, so who knows what will come in 2014…
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