Skipper Dave Edwards of West Cork Charters reports on his latest adventures…
Much of the last month has been focussed on shark trips with good numbers of Blues and a few Porbeagle showing. Until Monday our best session was 19 Blue and 1 Porbeagle but we absolutely smashed that with a 24-hour wrecking and shark trip bringing 50 Blues to Silver Dawn.
Joe Cooney had the best of 4 specimen sized fish with a large male measuring 205cm to the fork making it our largest male Blue for quite some time.
Not content with such a good shark, Joe also came out on top with the Ling, a superb fish of 38lb 5oz when weighed back onshore. Danny Sweeney came next with a 34lb fish and two further specimen sized Ling were caught.
It’s not often that conditions allow us to take advantage of the small tides to get out to the 40-60 mile wrecks but when it all comes together it’s usually worth it.
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