Charter fishing boat Silver Dawn has caught the first reported blue shark of 2022. This is the third year in a row this boat has reported the first blue shark of the year.

Tadgh O’Reilly of Shannonvale was fishing with Dave Edwards onboard the Silver Dawn out of Courtmacsherry earlier today when he caught a 185cm blue shark.

As a long time angler Tadgh, who will be 75 next month, is no stranger to shark fishing and has previously seen the first shark of the year caught. In fact, back in 2020 his son Conor caught the first in Ireland.

What makes the capture even more special as this is the third year in a row that the first shark of the year has been reported by the Silver Dawn.

Tadgh and first blue shark of 2022
Tadgh and first blue shark of 2022. The fish was measured, tagged and released fit and healthy

The shark was tagged as part of the Marine Sport Fish Tagging Programme and swam away strongly.

This wasn’t the only shark of the trip and second was caught soon after. Hopefully this will see the start of some memorable shark fishing off Ireland’s coast this year.

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