It seems that shark reports are like a city bus, you wait a long time for one and then two come along at once.

On Monday, Ian O’Shea and his fishing mate Aaron went out again after three previous failed trips; this time Aaron came up trumps and got his first porbeagle. After a quick photo they went back to social distancing onboard Ian’s boat.

The first porbeagle of 2020 for Ian and Aaron

Conor O’Reilly caught the first reported blue shark of 2020 on Tuesday; a good fish of approximately 94lb which came aboard Dave Edward’s boat the Silver Dawn. Dave hasn’t started chartering yet for this season, he only brought Conor out as a thank you for assistance with some work on the boat, he expects to get back chartering soon though. They also had a smaller fish at 60lb and both fish were photographed, tagged and released under the Marine Sportfish Tagging Programme.

Needless to say, angler and skipper resumed social distancing after photos were taken.

First blue of 2020 for Conor O’Reilly (left) with skipper David Edwards

If you want to try your luck at catching and tagging a shark or two off the Cork coast you can find more information on the Silver Dawn and other Cork based charter skippers below.

Silver Dawn

41′ Rodman 1250. Twin 430 HP Engines
Skipper: David Edwards
Licence: P5 Licence
Base: Courtmacsherry Operational Area:

Authorised bluefin tuna boat

Notes: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
Email: [email protected] Web:

Charter Boats in Co. Cork