David Edwards, skipper of charter boat Tigger, reports that the fishing has improved dramatically in Clonakilty
May has seen the quality of fishing improve dramatically as water temperatures are finally rising towards the norm for this time of year and with a few spells of settled weather we have been able to make several runs out to wrecks.
Ling have been the mainstay with a few decent Pollack and the odd Cod also coming aboard, some excellent Whiting have also been showing in the deeper water with the best fish going to Bob Stickler at 3lb 6oz.
Inshore the Mackerel are still hit and miss but there has been a steady increase in the number of small cod falling to baited feathers. Herring are also around in reasonable numbers as well as the usual suspects when inshore reef fishing.
I would expect to see the first Blue Sharks of the season arriving in the next day or two and anyone trying in the last week will have been able to watch the most spectacular sea life exhibition happening offshore on a almost daily basis.
Several hundred Dolphins along with Minke and Humpback Whales have been a welcome diversion along with some spectacular ariel activity which included the earliest Long Tail Skua ever recorded off Ireland
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.