Reporting from Union Hall, Tom Collins, Skipper of Loch an Iasc, is back on the water…
24 May: After a delayed start to our season we got offshore today and straight back into the big fish.
Our first specimen skate of the year came in at 196lb and we also had a smaller male at 114lb which measured in at 179cm, just shy of specimen length.
We clocked up a few nice other species today including megrim, ling, bull huss, pollack, coalfish, dab, pouting, poor cod, ballan wrasse to 47cm, cuckoo wrasse, mackerel, launce, whiting, and Lsd.
Our next available dates are June 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th.
Loch an Iasc
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The Loch an Iasc is a fast worker 36 built in Valentia and refurbished in 2005 under department of marine supervision specifically for angling charters and whale watching. She is licenced and insured for 12 passengers and carries a P5 licence which allows her to operate within 30 miles of designated ports. For customer comfort there is inside seating for 12 passengers and it has a toilet as well. The Loch an Iasc is powered by two Caterpillar 3126 engines giving a total of 700 horsepower which means that our customers can get to fishing grounds faster or when the whales and dolphins are offshore you will get more time with them. In 2014 Tom Collins invested in new electronics and fitted new led lighting for night shark fishing trips. Tom has found in the past that lots of light at night attracts baitfish which in turn brings in the big predators. For information on trip from the Reen Pier in Union Hall, County Cork, contact Tom Collins at +353 (0)87 – 279 2983.