Dave Edwards of the West Cork Charters reports on an exceptional overnight session from Sunday afternoon into Monday morning:


First, we headed South, where the five anglers onboard Silver Dawn shared 6 Blue Sharks, including 2 specimens.

As darkness fell, we headed back inshore to anchor for Skate. It didn’t take long before our first fish was measured on the deck. At around 50lb, it was smaller than the average for the area. The next four fish were all dropped after several minutes, probably because of the size of baits we had out on relatively small hooks.

The action was only really going, though. We had run after run all through the night, and it didn’t let up until after sunrise. Double and even treble hookups were the norm, and despite 30-40 fish being dropped, the lads still managed to boat an incredible 24 fish.

Even more amazing, 14 of these giants surpassed Irish specimen size.

None of us had seen Skate fishing anything like this before and sore arms and shoulders was a small price to pay for it. The Sharks weren’t too shabby either…

Dave tags both shark and skate for the Marine Sportfish Tagging Programme, helping to monitor the movements of these fish throughout Irish waters and beyond.

Go Fishing

West Cork Charters operates the Silver Dawn, a 41′ Rodman 1250 with twin 430 HP Engines out of Courtmacsherry. The range of fishing found within close range of Courtmacsherry is superb, with trips producing anything between 6 and 15 different species as a norm and in excess of 20 is possible if anglers are prepared to change methods and use different baits and lures throughout their trip. As a rule mackerel, pollock, cod and ling are usually encountered but several species of wrasse along with whiting, pouting, coalfish, bull huss, conger and many more are often added to the catch.
If you do choose to head offshore to sample the superb shark fishing available within 10 miles of Courtmacsherry, there is a very strong chance of encountering blue sharks and an increasing chance of bringing a porbeagle shark to the boat.

Address: The Pier, Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 (83) 449 1403
Email: [email protected]

Web: www.irelandseaangling.com