A delighted David Edwards, skipper of the Tigger Charterboat in Clonakilty reports on a great trip out last Thursday…
The last day of May produced just one blue shark for me, but it was a special fish. Our first shark of the season and the first reported for Ireland this year. We managed to get the first shark of the year in 2016 too – the shark are generally out there at this time, its just a matter of putting in the effort. Once the water temperature came up past 12C we knew we’d be in with a chance, but the way the spring has been it wasn’t clear whether or not the first blue would be caught in May or sometime in June!
Clonakilty Coastal and Deep Sea Charters
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.