Dave Edwards reports from the Silver Dawn where his anglers have been enjoying some great shark fishing…

2.35 metres blue shark
2.35 metres blue shark

10 August: Offshore shark fishing today as part of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s tag and release programme. After a misty wet start to the day the sun shone and the lads landed 12 Blue Sharks including a Irish specimen sized fish at 2.35 metres overall and 1.95 to the fork.

One of 12 sharks caught and released
One of 12 sharks caught and released

12 August: A great day on the Blue Sharks today, amazing weather and wildlife was full on with Fin and Humpback Whales as well as dolphins, seals and sunfish well offshore.
The craic was mighty and the 4 lads brought 12 sharks to the boat before release
One shark caught by Pat measured 2 metres to the tail and 2.4 overall which made it our largest of the season so far and our third specimen sized Blue of 2020.

An even better day on the water, 13 blue sharks caught and released
An even better day on the water, 13 blue sharks caught and released

13 August: Another great day offshore today and although we had little or no breeze for much of the day, the lads still managed to bring 13 Blue Sharks to the boat. Meaning the only day in the last month where we failed to reach double figures was the day Paddy dropped our trail basket overboard.

David Edwards,
West Cork Charters

Go fishing…

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
Email: [email protected]

Web: www.irelandseaangling.com