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

Daniel with one of several fine Blues amongst a catch of 22 on Silver Dawn.
Daniel with one of several fine Blues amongst a catch of 22 on Silver Dawn.

Settled weather has seen us offshore shark fishing on several days. Every day has seen us reach double figures on Blues and the best saw us bring 22 to the boat.

Daniel again with a fine fat shark
Daniel again with a fine fat shark

The notable difference from 2019 is that it’s not just more shark being caught but a increased size as well. Just wondering if the Irish Navy has helped with it’s detention of illegal finning boats?

Patrick with inshore codling
Patrick with inshore codling

Inshore has seen a steady improvement with mackerel becoming more reliable and cod still hanging around in decent numbers. Pollack are quieter at the moment but other species are filling the gaps.

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: DavidEdwardsCymru@hotmail.com

Web: www.irelandseaangling.com