Hot on the heels from catching the latest reported blue shark we have heard of or the Marine Sport Fish Tagging Programme has recorded (Late season Blues for West Cork Charters), David Edwards is back with a December blue. We normally give Catch of the Week to the first blue shark of the summer, so there is no doubt that the first ever blue shark of December is a shoe in!
David was back at sea the moment the lockdown lifted with his pals Tom Collins and Henk Veldman. They were back out to the 20 mile mark where the water temperature rose by a degree or so to a balmy 11C. The baits went in and the effort was rewarded by a fine shark in great condition.
After a couple of photos the shark was tagged and released.
West Cork Charters operates the Silver Dawn, a 41′ Rodman 1250 with twin 430 HP Engines out of Courtmacsherry. The range of fishing found within close range of Courtmacsherry is superb, with trips producing anything between 6 and 15 different species as a norm and in excess of 20 is possible if anglers are prepared to change methods and use different baits and lures throughout their trip. As a rule mackerel, pollock, cod and ling are usually encountered but several species of wrasse along with whiting, pouting, coalfish, bull huss, conger and many more are often added to the catch.
If you do choose to head offshore to sample the superb shark fishing available within 10 miles of Courtmacsherry, there is a very strong chance of encountering blue sharks and an increasing chance of bringing a porbeagle shark to the boat.
Address: The Pier, Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 (83) 449 1403