Michael McVeigh, skipper of the Rosguill out of Downings in Co. Donegal, reports lots of tope about but other fishing inconsistent…

After believing that the fishing had eventually improved after a poor start to the season, it has been quite frustrating to find some days where there appears to be no fish in the ocean.

Now common again? – Haddock


Weather has now more or less settled into what is expected in summer.  Water temperature now up to season average of 13 degrees centigrade.

The good news is that there are plenty of tope about

Mackeral – Infuriatingly patchy – some days a short stop at the start of the day produces lots of big Mackeral – another day and spend up to 2 hours to get barely enough to get through the rest of the day – skipper having to cut up the bait to ensure none is wasted.

Tope – at least one good news story with lots of Tope.

Tory – one day loads of Pollack off the reefs and the next struggling to get a handful.  Sand at Tory distinctly poor with practically no Turbot, absolutely no Brill, no Rays and Dabs poor.

A nice wrasse to brighten the day

Limeburner – Trevor had a few days on the Limeburner with very few fish – Rosguill did one day and had great fishing & optimistically more Haddock than has been there for at least 10 years.

Porbeagle – lost at least 3 Porgies while fishing for Tope one day.

Mulroy Bay – Had great fishing there on 2 days – other days almost a washout.

Wrecks – have not fished yet due to the huge numbers of Coalfish everywhere.

Conger – Mediocre, but at least a few available.

Diving for a while now, so probably no fishing news until August.

Michael McVeigh

Go fishing…

Fisherman’s Village Lodge provide B&B Accommodation in Downings, County Donegal. We offer Bed and Breakfast accommodation overlooking the scenic Dooey Strand.

Our modern 43′ Aquastar, The Rosguill, offers Sea Angling and Diving Boat Charters in an area renowned for unsurpassed sea fishing and scenic or wreck diving. The boat operates from Mulroy Bay, near Downings in North West Ireland.

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Downings, Co Donegal

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