Kit Dunne reports that the sea off Wicklow is full of good sized smoothhounds and tope…

18 June: Cracking Tope fishing here lately. We had two days that produced 14 tope on the first day and 15 tope on the next. There some great fish over the 2 days to 43lb. This morning was the start to another great day. In no time we had 5 tope to the boat, with 3 of them specimens over 40lb.

20 June: Wind is southerly Force 5 today, but it wasn’t stopping the Hounds. A few hours of fishing this morning produced plenty for Dean Clifford and Damien Cleary including an Irish Specimen 11lb. and 106cm for Jonathan MC Cathy and a Tope for Dean’s crew.

Brian Cooke
Brian Cooke

This week Brian Cooke hit the 15lb mark, while Derek Greene got a 110cm smoothie. John Mcloughlin had many hounds and a welcome Homelyn Ray.

Darren Kelly
Darren Kelly

Darren Kelly and Family had a red letter day with specimens for 4 family members. There was a 20.4lb fish for himself and three more specimens at 13.3lb, 16.2lb and a lovely 113cm smoothhound for Young Alex.

Des Chew
Des Chew

Meanwhile, Bert MC Gregor hit the 16lb after his 20.5lb last week. Dan Smith and Des Chew hit the 14lb mark 110cm length.

All in all Covid-19 hasn’t affected the fishing in Wicklow, albeit a late start.

Go fishing…

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