Clare Dragoon

Skipper Luke Aston has a new group in for this week, and they have been having a tremendous variety of fishing. Given the conditions, some days have been unsuitable for getting offshore. The Shannon estuary, however, has provided good sport, with some nice tope, as well as a spotted ray, not a common catch.


A nice tope for this angler


And another one


Spotted or Homelyn Ray

Reef fishing early this week provided plenty of species, with pollack, cod, ling and gurnard among the fish coming aboard.

A full house of pollack





Red Gurnard



Shark Fishing

When they did get out shark fishing, it was a case of “the porgies are back” once again, with porbeagles more numerous than blue shark this summer along much of the west coast. Indeed, Luke says he has to use heavier traces now, with the blue shark traces often not strong enough for big porbeagles.


A small blue shark for this angler



Porbeagle shark

Lady Gwen II

Fellow skipper Sean Maguire, on the Lady Gwen II, had a group out shark fishing, and it was a case of the ones that got away, with six dropped runs, and a large porbeagle lost at the side of the boat, estimated at 200lbs. Finally they did get a blue shark to stick, but at least they saw plenty of action.

A nice blue shark aboard the Lady Gwen II



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.
Telephone: +353 (0) 877508758 or +353 (0) 894431182
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