Dave Edwards from West Cork Charters really experienced the highs and lows of West Cork shark fishing this week.
In the space of 2 trips he went from his highest ever total of 50 shark caught and released, all the way down to his first ever blank!
On Tuesday this week, Dave and his anglers struggled with heavily coloured water, probably due to algal blooms following the recent hot spell. These blooms have been reported from various places in Irish and UK waters. The lads worked hard before Aidan Flahavan finally spared their blushes with a fine Blue Shark that was just short of specimen size.
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