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Blue, blue Christmas for West Cork Charters?

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Hot on the heels from catching the latest reported blue shark we have heard of or the Marine Sport Fish Tagging Programme has recorded (Late season Blues for West Cork Charters), David Edwards is back with a December blue. We normally give Catch of the Week to the first blue shark of the summer, so there is no doubt...

Shark fishing off the south east producing plenty of thrills

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Kit Dunne reports on a sharking trip out over the Celtic Deeps... 13 September: Congratulations to Shane Devine on his fine Specimen Blue Shark, 107lb calculated weight. After an epic battle, his Father Conor assisted with boating the fish, measured photographed and returned fit and well. All in all a day of quality not quantity with one Porgie to the side...

Weather improves for charter boat anglers off Clare coast

Charter boat skippers Sean Maguire and Luke Aston having been out on the water in the last few days. Sunday was a fantastic day on the sea with no wind and lively sunshine. But the anglers on the Clare Dragoon found the fishing to be hard. Lots of Scad about with specimens through them if you wanted. Enough Mackerel if...

Up to 22 blue shark a day on Silver Dawn, inshore fishing steady

Daniel with one of several fine Blues amongst a catch of 22 on Silver Dawn.

Dave Edwards reports from the Silver Dawn where his anglers have been enjoying some more great shark fishing… Settled weather has seen us offshore shark fishing on several days. Every day has seen us reach double figures on Blues and the best saw us bring 22 to the boat. The notable difference from 2019 is that it's not just more shark...

Good shark fishing continues for Wicklow Boat Charters

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Wicklow Boat Charters skipper Kit Dunne tells us the shark fishing continues to go well off the south east coast... 15 August: Shark season off to a great start, got our first Specimen Blue on Thursday, calcs at 104.6lb. Had a 10 shark day including  porbeagles and blue shark, down to a zero in Easterly winds with 5 takes but...

Charter boat fishing shaping up well after slow start at Downings

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Michael McVeigh reports from Downings, County Donegal: 13 August: 2020 angling has been badly affected by Coronavirus, but is now starting to shape up to be fairly good. Mackerel have turned a little patchy. Limeburner good with a lot of Spurdogs. A few Blue Sharks around. One charter boat had a number of Tope on the Limeburner grounds. There seems to...

A real mixed bag for anglers out of Union Hall

Tom Collins reports from Union Hall in West Cork: 09 August: A massive 219lb Common Skate today for Maurice. 11 August: What a magical day today floating around for blues in flat calm seas. Despite little or no drift we still managed plenty of blues and got to watch a small porbeagle robbing baits. Two big surprises today, a spurdog on the...

Great blue shark fishing out of Courtmacsherry

Dave Edwards reports from the Silver Dawn where his anglers have been enjoying some great shark fishing... 10 August: Offshore shark fishing today as part of Inland Fisheries Ireland's tag and release programme. After a misty wet start to the day the sun shone and the lads landed 12 Blue Sharks including a Irish specimen sized fish at 2.35 metres...

More blue sharks for Amy’s Fishing Adventures

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Sidney Kennedy reports on Amy's latest Angling Adventures... We had good fun on Sunday blue shark fishing and there was even a surprise porbeagle shark pup. There was 4 of us fishing myself, Amy, my son Derick and his girlfriend Stephanie. It was an early start for us and we were launched by 7.30am. We were able to catch mackerel with ease...

Tope, blues and basking sharks cause Shock Waves in Waterford

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Eddie Butler, skipper of the small boat Shock Waves, reports from a successful trip off the Waterford coast... Shock-Waves headed to Waterford at the weekend for a spin out. There was cracking weather from the start and hotter it got. Mackerel were scarce to start and small but we had enough for bait. We headed for tope and not to...