Deep Blue, one of the licenced CHART Tuna tagging boats for 2021 and skippered by Adrian Molloy of, has been out after some early bluefin in Donegal Bay. They got off the mark at the end of July with a fine 700lb fish and followed that up this week with anglers John and Chris who landed a powerful fish estimated to be 400lb based on a length measurement of 86inches.

In the heat of battle

Not one of the Adrian’s biggest fish to ‘Deep Blue’ but, even for a skipper as experienced as Adrian, he admitted that this powerful fish gave him a bit of a runaround! Jonty McBride was behind the lense for the fine photos.

Ready for tagging

Go Fishing…

Deep Blue

Skipper: Adrian Molloy
Base: Killybegs Operational area: Up to a 30 mile radius from the point of departure.

Authorised bluefin tuna boat

Notes:We can also offer you some of the finest Sea Angling in Ireland, inshore and offshore on the best boats and with the best skippers.

Whatever your angling interests from ultra light tackle and fly fishing for big reef pollack to trolling and stand-up tackle for fast fighting Tuna – we aim to please ! Dolphin and whale watching, scenic tours and wildlife trips  available along some of the most spectacular scenery in  Ireland. Shark fishing! Skate fishing! Tuna fishing!  Donegal has it all.

Address: Kilcar, County Donegal, Ireland,
Telephone: +353 (0)85 8567460
Email: [email protected] Web:



Tuna CHART (CatcH and Release Tagging) utilises authorised vessels to catch, tag and release Atlantic Bluefin Tuna for data collection purposes off the Irish coast.  The programme,  developed by Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Marine Institute in partnership with the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department for Environment, Climate and Communications, operated on a pilot basis in 2019 and 2020.

The 2021 season opened on the 1st July and closes on the 12th November 2021.