The West Clare charter boats have taken advantage of any better days lately, and have been enjoying some great fishing.

Luke Aston, skipper of the Clare Dragoon is well used to windy weather, and on windy days has the welcome option of fishing the more sheltered Shannon Estuary. One day this week saw his crew benefit from some great fishing for big thornback rays.

The estuary also provides good tope fishing, and another day targeting these toothy predators provided some lovely fish, as well as bull huss and ray.



Always nice to see an angler catch his first tope, which Luke was happy to put him on.

A first ever tope for this lucky angler

But they also had some nice days this week when they were able to get out off the coast and fish the productive reefs. Plenty of pollack and coalfish were about, and they even had to move to get away from packs of spurdogs! Some nice ling were also caught, and a not-so-common megrim.

A fine ling


Sean Maguire on the Lady Gwen II also managed a few days out, and his guests enjoyed a good mix of species, including spurdog, bull huss, ling and whiting.

Bull huss
Another fine spurdog


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.
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
Email: [email protected] Web:

Lady Gwen II

Fishing Adventures on Séan Maguire’s Lady Gwen II, a Lochin 33  M265Ti Perkins charterboat which operates 15 miles from Kilbaha, Carrigaholt, and Kilrush.

Whether you want to go to the Atlantic Ocean for a large selection of species, including different types of shark, or fish the estuary for ray conger tope etc, Fishing Adventures will cater for whatever fishing you desire.
Telephone: +353 (0) 877508758 or +353 (0) 894431182
Email: [email protected] Web: