Kit Dunne, Wicklow Boat Charters, reports the on the Wicklow Boat Charters 2016 awards in December…

With a few new species, new categories, and plenty of prizes a great night was had by all. Thanks to all who took part, Tronix Pro, Grand Hotel and IFI for their continued and valued support.

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Kit Dunne’s winners – Wicklow Boat Charters Competition Awards

MOST SPECIES went to Arthur Goonan who topped off his tally of 13 with our first Red Mullet and his Plaice. With a total of 35 species recorded to date there’s plenty of scope for the species angler.

Arthur Goonan with our first ever red mullet
Arthur Goonan with our first ever red mullet

BEST NEW SPECIES went to Henry Kelly for our first Blue Shark, Henry landed his fine Blue in a June trip 30Nm offshore.

Henry Kelly and the blue shark
Henry Kelly and the blue shark

BEST SPECIMEN FISH went to Alan Ball for his exceptional Spurdog of 19.75lb, that’s our biggest yet and a great East coast Spur. Alan was also part of a crew who landed 24 Blue Shark and 1 Porbeagle in August.

BEST JUNIOR went to budding new competition angler Evan Ryan for his 2 Specimen Spurdogs of 12.8lb and 12.2lb

John-Patrick Chew with one of his Specimen Hounds
John-Patrick Chew with one of his Specimen Hounds

RUNNER UP JUNIOR went to young specimen angler John Patrick Chew for his 2 Specimen Smooth Hound of 7.5lb and 8.5lb

Peter Schipper with his 163cm 40lb Specimen Tope
Peter Schipper with his 163cm, 40lb Specimen Tope

BEST OVERSEAS ANGLER went to German angler Peter Schipper for his Irish Specimen Tope of 163cm long, 40lb weight and his tally of 10 Species.

After such a successful year with record numbers of Specimens were running the competitions again in 2017, so get your fish recorded when you’re out next. Main targets for this time of year are Spurdog, BullHuss, Whiting & Codling.

Go fishing…

Angling Charters are offered on a full-day, half-day and evening trip basis and can be tailored to suit your needs. Two boats available – Lisin andCastle Maiden. All levels of anglers are catered for. Anglers will benefit from your skipper’s angling experience and local knowledge with advice and guidance on-hand at all times.


Specialist Angling Charters are offered for those who wish to target specific species, specimen fish or try new methods of angling.


Whether you’re a Club, Individual, School or Junior you can have an angling coaching session or programme tailored to suit your needs.

Kit Dunne
Wicklow Boat Charters

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