The weather has not favoured charter boat angling this summer, at least not since the good weather ended in June. Frequently windy conditions have kept many boats tied up for long periods, with just the odd break in the weather allowing offshore trips.

Skipper Luke Aston at least has the relative shelter of the Shannon Estuary on his doorstep in windy weather, but even that can prove tough fishing. All the recent rainfall has meant a lot of brackish and coloured water, with fishing suffering as a result. Tope have provided some good sport, however. with some ray and conger also being taken.

Thornback ray
Conger eel
A headless tope!

Friday saw a break that allowed them to get offshore for a shark drift. Mark had a great scrap with a 200lb+ Porbeagle and Paul got stuck in a 205cm Blue shark. A few other small blue shark were about, and plenty fine Whiting from the bottom.

In the midst of battle!

There have been a couple of nice days since that allowed Luke to get out west to the reefs for the first time in a while. The crew were rewarded with steady fishing and some fine big pollack, but there also seem to be a lot of smaller fish around this year too.


Another regular crew had great fishing on Monday. Luke says “Lovely drifts on the reefs with plenty fish. And Mr Porbeagle was coming right up under the boat to raid our catch. Was too cute to take a bait though. Great to see so many of them about.”

Another nice pollack

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
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