Courtmacsherry Angling and West Cork Charters have been working with the Courtmacsherry Skate Tracking project, a project lead by researchers at the University College Cork and the MaREI Centre. Underwater cameras and sensors were deployed last month, and the boats have been busy catching and tagging skate.

Anglers fishing with Courtmacsherry Angling had a triple hook up on skate earlier this week and landed all of them. They finished the day with 5 skate, the biggest caught on the last drop.

West Cork Charters had a long distance wreck trip blown off last week, so a last minute trip for Skate was quickly organised. There were three Skate to 200lb+ caught, all females.  Yesterday a fine Irish specimen sized male was caught by Luke Harman, the first male in study so far.  As with all Skate, once necessary samples and tagging are complete, they are safely released to be tracked and studied for their future protection.


Project public meeting

Courtmacsherry is one of few refuges for this Critically Endangered species. Dr Danielle Orrell, one of Courtmac’s resident Marine Biologists, will describe how they catch and track these huge animals as well as study their “fingerprint” like spots, reproductive health and pesky parasites. Everyone is welcome to join her at the information evening over in the Courtmacsherry Hotel on Wednesday July 12th at 7pm.


Go fishing…

Courtmacsherry Sea Angling Centre

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West Cork Charters

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Sea angling from Kinsale and Courtmacsherry