The fishing has been very good off the west Clare coast of late, with plentiful mackerel getting whitefish and predators feeding hard. Luke Aston, skppper of the Clare Dragoon, reports good mixed species fishing. Fish caught included pollack, cod, haddock, coalfish, and red gurnard among others.

A nice coalfish from the reef




More haddock!


Also known as the Robin of the Sea, the red gurnard is a strikingly colourful catch



The Lady Gwen, also fishing the west Clare coast, also enjoyed good fishing with plenty of whitefish about. Skipper Sean Maguire had a group with something else on their mind after a morning catching pollack and other reef fish. They set up a shark drift, and were rewarded with three porbeagle shark to the boat. I’m sure that was a lot of fun! All the sharks were tagged for the Irish Sportfish Tagging Programme, a wonderful citizen science initiative that has provided invaluable information on growth rates, distribution and migration patterns of some of our biggest fish species.


A nice porgie for this angler. Note the tag on the dorsal fin.


Another porbeagle shark before tagging and release.


Go fishing…

Clare Dragoon

Clare Dragoon is a LOCHIN 366 powered by 650HP engine, skippered by Luke Aston and operating out of Carrigaholt Co. Clare…

I have some offers up on my web site and if anybody is interested in putting a trip together please do get in touch. Also I Twitter from the boat on @fishandstay and try to update my face book page fairly often!To experience some of the best deep sea fishing available in Ireland contact Luke.
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
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Lady Gwen II

Fishing Adventures on Séan Maguire’s Lady Gwen II, a Lochin 33  M265Ti Perkins charterboat which operates 15 miles from Kilbaha, Carrigaholt, and Kilrush.

Whether you want to go to the Atlantic Ocean for a large selection of species, including different types of shark, or fish the estuary for ray conger tope etc, Fishing Adventures will cater for whatever fishing you desire.
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