Skipper Dave Edwards of West Cork Charters, and crewmate Paddy, took advantage of the brilliant weather and a cancellation last weekend to trial a few shark lures on the Silver Dawn’s new downriggers. He headed south westerly from Baltimore and trolled for a couple of days with very little sign of wildlife and only a few dolphins to break the calm – even after covering 140 miles of water.

Finally, on Sunday, he did get a couple of takes on the downriggers and surprisingly they were blue sharks that were clearly pumped up by the warm surface temperature, giving great accounts of themselves. Not the Mako they were dreaming of but still a great two days messing about on the water!

Dave was experimenting with mixed lures and mackerel/pollack/squid baits and fished two on downriggers and two just sub surface.

Finally a shark onboard

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]