David Edwards takes a break from trolling for tuna to target blue sharks…
The Bluefin Tuna are staying away from West Cork at the moment so we had a day of shark tagging with all sharks released after measuring and using the new IFI floy tags.
We don’t allow stainless steel or barbed hooks when fishing for shark on Silver Dawn and the professional landing equipment we use also limits any risk of damage when bringing them on board for tagging and other research such as blood and tissue sampling with Marine Biologists.
We caught and released 11 Blue sharks on Saturday ranging from 50-130lb.
It’s great to see their numbers increasing again and the data we are gaining should help provide further protection for all shark species in Irish waters.
West Cork Charters
41′ Rodman 1250. Twin 430 HP Engines
Skipper: David Edwards
Licence: P5 Licence
Base: Courtmacsherry Operational Area:
Authorised blue fin tuna boat
Notes: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.