Mark Gannon reports on the first charter fishing trip out of Courtmacsherry this year..,

We had our first day out for 2015 last Saturday (21 March). The weather was OK, sunny with an Easterly wind, force 3-4. The tides were very strong, actually the highest tides of the year. Fishing with us was a group from Dublin led by Oleg who has fished with us a good few times.

seal damage
A big bull seal got many of the better fish on what was a slow day on the water

We steamed to the reefs off the Seven Heads but fishing was slow, with the water a greeny colour probably an algae bloom. Further west was just the same. We steamed to the old head but the strong tides and water clarity weren’t helping. I deceided then to try the Ling rocks where the water was clear and the tides were getting slack and we managed a box of mixed fish. Although there were pollack to 6 lbs, Coalfish, a few codling and pouting, overall it was very slack. We had plenty of fish attacked by a huge bull seal. The East wind didn’t help either. Hoping for better fishing next time – that’s why they call it fishing and not catching.

Mark Gannon
Courtmacsherry Angling

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