With the season in full swing Kit Dunne reports on a massive 70 Irish Specimen Fish recorded for May and June. The bulk of the fish are smooth hounds with many in double figures and the best so far reaching 17.5lb in weight.

Eamonn Power with his 106cm, 12.5lb. Specimen Smooth Hound.

The tope fishing has also begun, with a lot of southerly winds the best grounds were inaccessible for a short time; however, in recent trips plenty of tope have been landed. German visitor Mike Wheeler recorded the best tope to date with his 41lb, 162cm fish. Bullhuss, thornback ray & homelyn ray are also on the catch list.

Mike Wheeler with his fine specimen Tope, 162cm, 41lb weight.
Thornback ray for Philip

Inshore, the species are also coming in with plenty of codling, dab, pollock, coalie, gurnard, a few conger and some small ling. The elusive black bream hasn’t shown up yet, however, conditions haven’t really suited so far.

Adrian with one of many small Codling

We’re looking forward to our shark fishing from August to October and after an average of 7 sharks per trip last year we hope to do more this season. With only few dates left available in August and September you need to move fast if you want a date. Don’t forget our Free Customer Competitions are running again this year, €1000 plus in prizes.

One of our 100+ Blue Shark from last year for Shay McDonnell. Trips start from August 1st, can’t wait.


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 and Castle 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

Telephone: +353 (0)87 6832179 +353 (0)404 67031
Email: [email protected] Website: www.wicklowboatcharters.ie