Dave Edwards, skipper of the Silver Dawn out of Courtmacsherry was on with the first reported blue shark of the season…
We were out on a whale survey on Saturday 12 June and took the chance to put a line out over lunch break. We fished a simple flapper mackerel bait with only a few fish leftovers for a short trail.
It wasn’t long before we had a bit of interest in the bait and it turned out to be our first cblue shark of the season, and the first blue caught this year in Ireland. The shark measured 170cm to the fork.
Water was 14.2c offshore so although cool it’s a good bit warmer than my last Blue in December.
West Cork Charters
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