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2013 draws to a close

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

2013 winds down and looking back over an unusual year, there were some “strange” developments: –

Mackeral were bloody patchy – most frustrating and infuriating at times – I remember spending 3 hours getting just a couple dozen Mackeral for the day’s fishing – on NOT JUST ONE DAY.

Coalfish were unhealthily abundant – not only in the early part of the year when good numbers are expected, but right through the year.

Sharks which showed such great promise early, failed to really materialise (perhaps because of the lack of Mackeral)

10 days in the big Turbot “hotspot” & NOT A SINGLE TURBOT OFF THAT MARK.

Bluefin Tuna returned with a vengeance – more on this in the Tuna News section

Reef Pollack continue to be elusive – as has been the case for around 7 years now.

As ever, I look forward to the twists and turns of fishing and eagerly await 2014 and what it brings……………………………………










Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Porbeagle Sharks 2013 have been as elusive as this past few years. A few have been caught – but absolutely no regularity.

Blue Sharks started very early – mid-July and despite a promise of a bumper year, they have been just OK – certainly not great. The Rosguill boated her first of the year – 65/70 pounds after spending 2 full days with a super slick & perfect weather conditions.

Blue Shark

No Mackeral

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

End of August and there are extremely few Mackeral around. Some at Mouth of Lough Swilly but have spent several hours for a handful of Mackeral.

Other fishing is good enough – Limeburner fishing well for Gurnards, Whiting, small Ling, Doggies etc. Rays on the sand are particularly good. Wrecks normal – not mad numbers of Coalfish.




Start August report

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

2013 – halfway through is a weird year. Mackeral seem to be everywhere one day and gone the next – very perplexing.

Spent a full day with a good rubby dubby slick out looking for Blue Sharks (and Porgies) – nothing – in almost perfect conditions.

Other boats are basically reporting similar – some reasonable catches some days and poor on others – suppose that is called “fishing”. The only consolation is that there are fish there – just have to work for them!!!

Tub Gurnard

End July

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Fishing continues at a “reasonable” pace – not great, but not bad.




Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Reports of a lot of Porbeagle Sharks caught just last week – however, they seemed to disappear within a few days.

There was a Blue Shark caught off Downings on 11 July and another spotted on the surface – now this is extremely early for Blue Sharks, and my gut feeling is that this will be a bumper year for Blue Sharks – water temperature is around 15 degrees – up by at least 1 degree on normal years.

Start July report

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Entering the middle of the season now and fishing remains mixed, inconsistent, mediocre, patchy.

For sure, 2013 is different than previous years and it cannot be helped but wonder has the “legacy” of the Red Tide been the loss by death of a portion of fish stocks.

Coalfish are abundant in terms of grounds, quantity and size – the Rosguill had to leave a wreck after just 2 drifts due to the amount of Coalfish.

The main Turbot mark has had ZERO Turbot so far this season.

The limeburner grounds are short in stocks, although there are some fish there – just not too many.

Reef Pollack are present – but not in great numbers

On a more positive slant – there are fish there – they just need to be coaxed more!!!





Mid June report

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Most fishing is just less than would be expected. Tope particularily good right now. Sand not so good. Limburner @ 80% with a few Haddock, Gurnards & lots of Whiting. Fished at anchor in Lough Swilly & had lots of Doggies – most of them on the small side – wonder if the Red Tide has killed a lot of Doggies & Gurnards etc.? Wrecks OK. Pollack on reefs reasonable, albeit inconsistent at times.







Mackeral here at last

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

The Mackeral have arrived – probably same numbers as should have been here around first week in June – that would make them 2 weeks late, or thereabouts.
No point trying to analyse too much why they were late – just enjoy……


First ever seen

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

I’ve never seen a small Common Skate before this week. Lots of these are caught off Kenmare & other places, I believe. But this is a first – around 6 pounds weight – for here.




Big story so far – no Mackeral!

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Each year for this past 30 years Mackeral have been available in enough numbers during the last week of May. Not 2013. On a few days there were enough Mackeral caught, but most days are seeing just a handful caught for perhaps 2 hours feathering for them.

My view is that the only possible explanation is that they are simply late this year – no option other than wait & see (and of course buy frozen Mackeral / Done)


Start June – fishing close to OK

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Almost half way through June. Fishing this year has been sort of OK – not particularily great, but fish are available. Just not quite up to the standard of previous years – for the start of June.

Bert with a good Haai

Bert with a good Haai









Fishing starts in earnest

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

No Mackeral – although some good fishing, there are extremely few Mackeral around. Every year here, end May is when Mackeral can be guaranteed – sometimes it is hard to get enough, but always some. They are probably just a little late – well, hope so!!!



End May 2013

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Mostly divers out so far, but I have had reports of wrecks fishing normal and good Tope fishing. I shall know by this time next week – just hope for a “normal” season.

2013 starts – fishing poor – apart from Herring

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Well, 2013 has started and fishing at Tory has been poor. No flatfish apart from a couple Dabs, no Dogfish, no Gurnards, just a few Pollack, Ling and Coalfish. Bad start to the year – except stopped for Mackeral off Horn Head and had the best ever Herring fishing – well over 100 Herring in 15 minutes along with quite a few Mackeral.

I wonder how things will shape up over the next few weeks. Start May is a little early, but I have had some fantastic fishing early May in previous years.



End of 2012

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

2012 ends with reasonably good fishing. However, 2012 will be remembered by anyone involved in sea angling in Ireland as the year of the Red Tide.

Horrendous fishing for the most part of the season with almost nil catches on some days.
What 2013 holds is anyone’s guess – we all hope that the Red Tide will not have an effect going forward……..but who knows for sure.
As an indication of just how bad it was, I had divers recently on the Laurentic who said that the marine growth on the wreck was almost gone –
just rusty metal left – what a job nature can do.

Let’s see what 2013 brings……………………………………………….

MIxed bag

Triple Gurnards

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Who let the dogs out – who, who, who

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Great news – caught half a dozen Doggies at the Limeburner on last days fishing of 2012.

Super news!!!

Who let the dogs out…………………………..

2012 season almost over

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

As 2012 fishing season comes to a close, the fishing has been improving – hard to know to what percentage it has recovered ( the nature of fishing) but just as it started to get reasonable the weather did its best to ruin any chance of decent fishing. Could not get to the wrecks for weeks etc. Almost every day ended up looking for shelter somewhere.

But Mackeral are around in good numbers – haven’t fished wrecks! – sand not too bad – hardly fished the Limeburner due to weather.

East Belfast men – AGAIN!

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

East Belfast Anglers know not when to stop – another great day at the Flatfish – 14 Turbot, 5 Brill, 2 Plaice, 23 Dabs. How can they be matched?

There were rumours that the Belmullet men were going to take them on head to head, but the smart money is on the Belmullet men bottling it!

Start September

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Fishing continues to improve gradually. Mackeral patchy. Sand fishing ok, with Rays particularily good. Limeburner still lagging. Doggies extremely bad – I imagine millions of dead Doggies on the seabed, but hope for the best. Sharks inconsistent – had zero runs one day despite great rubby dubby and very good weather conditions. Reef Pollack patchy. Not great, but some fairly good days & at least there are fish to be caught.

Fished a couple days for Blue Sharks – zero runs. It is hard to believe that they have naturally disappeared due to end of season. Could be the plankton has “chased” them away. Divers were getting very little light on the bottom due to plankton in the upper 25 metres. This is unnatural for here in August & September. Divers normally have loads of ambient light on the seabed. Divers also reported some areas good and others bad. Solution – divers reported on 22 September that the water temperature was 13 degrees – down 3 degrees in 4 weeks – hard to believe, but it absolutely explains what happened to the Blue Sharks.