The first bluefin tuna caught in this year’s scientific catch-tag-release fishery was taken by Michael Callaghan and crew aboard the LEAH-C at the weekend. Michael and his crew win Catch of the Week for this special catch.

Only moments later anglers on Adrian Molloy’s Deep Blue caught numbers 2 and 3 in a rare double hook up. And within half an hour Leah-C had no.4 in what must have been one of the most adrenaline packed, arm aching hour of sport in Irish angling history.

Blue fin tuna fishing
Taking a turn to play an ocean giant…

Since then anglers fishing from the authorised bluefin tuna boats have been enjoying spectacular sport and stunning scenery in Donegal Bay. Even when they’re not playing tuna they being treated to the awesome spectacle of busts and and breaks.

Thanks to Adrian for sharing these photos from the day.

Authorised blue fin tuna boats 2020

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
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