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First Blue Shark of the season & some super Ling for anglers on the Silver Dawn


Skipper Dave Edwards of West Cork Charters reports on his first blue shark of the season:

A great few days making use of Silver Dawns 60-mile licence.

Saturday saw us catch what looks like the first Blue Shark of 2021 and with my last one being in December 2020 it meant a fairly short closed season 😁
The fish was caught by myself 170 cm to fork and we followed up with some almost identical sized fish on Monday and Tuesday. Most have taken a Coalie bait. We will be starting our shark research programme with TCD this coming week so hopefully, we’ll find a few more.
First Blue Shark of the season for Dave Edwards
We also made the most of a small weather window and got out to offshore wrecks where Ling of 36lb and 33lb were the standout specimens. These weights were shore-based on calibrated scales the following day so David and Bert’s fish would certainly have been heavier at the time of capture
Bert McGregor with a super Ling
David Coleman with a brace of fine Ling

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