Skipper Luke Aston has been out a fair bit over the past couple of weeks, and reports some very good fishing on the deep reefs offshore.

This week mackerel have been in good supply at Loop Head, providing plenty of bait and good eating too.

Plentiful mackerel

The reefs produced lots of pollack and coalfish to 5lbs. Some link and fine whiting were caught too, but often the sheer number of coalies made it hard to get to the bottom. A good complaint to have!


Luke notes that the fish this year seem to be stuffed with small squid – he’s never seen so many. Maybe a box of calamari would be a good idea for bait…

Luke also posted a photo of a poster that most charter skippers are now displaying on their boats. As the group the charter skippers of Ireland are taking some measures to encourage anglers to put back smaller pollack that will survive. A worthwhile conservation initiative and well done to the skippers!

Sea mist on a calm morning foretells a beautiful day

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.
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