Dave Edwards, skipper of the Silver Dawn based in Courtmacsherry reports on his start to 2022…
05 Jan: A short break in the weather and my first fish of 2022. A Pollack just short of double figures. finished the day with a few small Ling and this good Pollack. Saw plenty of Dolphins inshore. The weather was perfect to blow the cobwebs away.
13 Jan: We headed 30 miles south last night and chanced a couple of shark lines while we drifted. Little showing on the bottom besides Smooth Hound Fortunately things improved this morning with a great variety of species showing so it was worth enjoying the cool West Cork weather.
Conor O’Reilly had our best fish this morning with solid double figure Cod. Paddy and his son Glen had plenty of small Ling and mid sized Pollack along with loads of Starry Smooth Hound and a few Pouting amongst the catch.
41′ Rodman 1250. Twin 430 HP Engines
Skipper: David Edwards
Licence: P5 Licence
Base: Courtmacsherry Operational Area:60 miles to sea from ports from Kinsale to Portmagee
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.