Paul McGonagle at Saoire Mara charters in Donegal reports on his start to 2019…

Caitlin Marie, the charter boat at Saoire Mara

03 January: First outing of the year yesterday and not a bad start with 8 different species on board. The gravel bottom was pretty quiet though produced Whiting, Poor Cod, Cod, Haddock and Dab. The peaks fished well with plenty Pollock and Coalie, a small Ling and a Cod. The fish of the day was a 5lb Pollack.

Braving the cold

05 January: A few tough ladies braving the elements yesterday and enjoying some freshly caught pollock for dinner.

pollack in Donegal

07 January: The early start to the season continued on Sunday with the Carrig Inn Bar and Lounge angling club making the journey to Kincasslagh.

8 different species on board again including Pollock, Coalie, Cod, Ling, Whiting, Pouting, Poor Cod and Cuckoo Wrasse. The catch included 2 Pollock of almost 6lb and the heaviest fish of the day, a fine 7.3lb Pollock caught by current species champion Bertie McElhinney. Kelvin Callaghan is the early leader in the 2019 Species Competition with 6 different varieties on Sunday with 5 other anglers sharing 2nd place on 5 species.

It’s all to play for as the 2019 season kicks off.

Paul McGonagle

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Saoire Mara

Kincasslagh is ideally located for deep sea angling with various types of fishing grounds with many species only a short distance from the harbour.
Caitlin Marie is a fast modern charter boat licensed to carry up to 12 passengers. Facilities include sheltered seating with table for 4 in heated cabin, complimentary tea and coffee, microwave oven, spacious deck with filleting table, rod holders and toilet access.

Address: Gortnasade, Kincasslagh, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9522609 or +353 87 9870266
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