Skipper Dave Edwards of West Cork Charters, had a good crew out targeting blue shark at the weekend. The lads made the most of a calm day on the water to land nine blues in total, with a few more chances missed.

Dave assists with IFI’s Marine Sportfish Tagging Programme and has recaptured tagged fish as much as five years after the initial capture (he has also got them the very next day!). Dave says it’s Important to use barbless hooks and no stainless steel and to also support their bodies when out of the water. If they are out for more than a couple of minutes aboard the Silver Dawn, water is piped through the gills until they are ready to go back.

Go fishing…

West Cork Charters operates the Silver Dawn, a 41′ Rodman 1250 with twin 430 HP Engines out of Courtmacsherry. 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.

Address: The Pier, Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 (83) 449 1403
Email: [email protected]