It’s been a week if fairly light winds, making for great fishing conditions in west Clare. Well maybe a bit of breeze would have given a better drift for shark fishing, but there were plenty more species to be caught for skipper Luke Aston and his guests.

One group spent their last day drifting the reefs in almost flat calm conditions. Plenty of fish came to the boat with a nice mix including spurdogs, and even a fair sized cod which lucky for it got away at the surface!

A treble shot of pollack
Ling and a good size pouting
Homeward bound after a good day on the water


Luke also had a look for bluefin tuna but none have shown here so far. They did have a day in calm conditions surrounded by feeding minke and humpback whales, which must have been spectacular. Th fishing was pretty good too, with a mix of species, and even a first – a spurdog on a shad, and not just one, but a double hookup!

Double pollack
Double spurdog – on shads!
Another spurdog
Pollack and gurnard

In fact, spurdogs are so numerous at the moment they are being caught everywhere, even when targeting other species. Great to see them back in numbers. On another day when fishing was tough, they provided ample entertainment, with some nice pollack caught too.

Cuckoo wrasse

And when they did go for blue shark, the breeze failed to appear – yesterday morning was flat calm, with no drift. They settled for steady whiting, gurnard and haddock from the bottom. It freshened a bit in the afternoon and they did get one blue shark. But another lovely day on the sea.

Red Gurnard
And finally, a blue shark

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.
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