Adrian Molloy and crew had another busy couple of days aboard Deep Blue this week; angler Andrew Ware broke his own personal bests for both size of fish and number of fish caught on consecutive days, while skipper Adrian hit the heady heights of 220 bluefin caught, tagged and released safely back to Irish waters this season. Adrian still has a month or so to go so we can only guess what the final tally will be.

On day one of their trip this week, Andrew managed to get a super seven tuna tagged – the biggest of which was estimated at over five hundred pounds and a personal best for him. Not happy with that, Andrew came back after a good night’s sleep and managed to subdue no less than nine bluefin for his day’s work – the best of which measured over 98inches or an estimated 600lbs of arm-aching, back-breaking, solid muscle.

Now Andrew, sit back and relax…

Skipper Adrian has seen a few fish caught in his time, so when he calls it a ‘fantastic fishing feat’, you know you must have done something special – nicely done Andrew – a Catch of the Week that is likely to remain unmatched for a long time to come.

Hey Andrew, how many is that??


Tuna CHART (CatcH and Release Tagging) will see authorised vessels catch, tag and release Atlantic Bluefin Tuna for data collection purposes off the Irish coast.  The programme, which is being developed by Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Marine Institute in partnership with the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, operated on a pilot basis in 2019.

The 2020 season will open on the 13th July and close on the 12th November 2020.

Authorised Vessels

Anglers wishing to engage in this fishery must only do so on a sea angling vessel specifically authorised to participate in the pilot programme.  Any person engaging in this fishery on any vessel which is not appropriately authorised will be in breach of the Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction (Bluefin Tuna) Regulations.

A full list of authorised skippers can be found below:


Vessel name

Current Port

Adrian Molloy
Killybegs, Co. Donegal
Brian McGilloway
Killybegs Co. Donegal
Donal McMenamin
Killybegs, Co. Donegal
Michael Callaghan
Killybegs, Teelin, Co. Donegal
Michael McGettigan
Killybegs, Co. Donegal
Patrick O’Doherty
Bundoran Pier Co. Donegal
Daryl Ewing
Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
Declan Kilgannon
Mullaghmore Co. Sligo
John Brittain
Cleggan, Co. Galway
 John Fleming
Luke Aston
Carrigaholt, Co. Clare
Noel Kelleher
Kilrush, Co. Clare
Peter Power
Mullaghmore Co. Sligo
Thomas McCallion
Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
Carroll O’Donoghue
Kinsale, Co. Cork
David Edwards
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork
Derek Schwartau
Ballycotton, Co. Cork
Séan Maxwell
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork
Tony Santry
Marlogue, Cobh Island, Cork Harbor
 Adrian Nowotynski
 Union Hall Co. Cork
Kieran Collins
Baltimore, Co. Cork
Tom Collins
Reen, Union Hall, Co. Cork