Tony Santry reports on the bluefin tuna fishing off Kerry over the last few days…
Well done to my son Daniel on catching his first two bluefin tuna last week. To be fair, it was a great achievement on the day as the seas were absolutely terrible and was like being in a washing machine but he held tough and saw it through.
We got small break in the weather last week to have another crack at the mighty bluefins. When Liam Tully and friends stepped on to the boat, I knew I was in good company as Liam is a veteran angler at the game all his life. Liam had never taken on the giant bluefins before but soon proved his excellent fighting skills when he tamed this fabulous fish over 700lbs. What a cracker. It was a pleasure to have you and friends on board and looking forward to seeing you again in the future.
Tony has had a decent October chasing bluefins considering how poor the weather has been. Earlier in the month one of Valentia Islands finest, Neilie Lyne, successfully fought four bluefin today aboard Tigger. the fish ranged between 250 and 300lbs with one over 500lbs. All fish were tagged and released to fight another day.
October was much the same as the rest of the season. As most people would know, the weather has been an absolute disaster this season for getting to sea. Having said that, when we did get out earlier in the year, we were catching, tagging and releasing some fine bluefin tuna between 280 and over 800lbs with a good number of our fish being over the 450lb bracket.