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2023 Starts…..

Sunday, June 11th, 2023

Loads of Mackeral around in May – now in June they seem to a lot less. Have to wait and see. Mostly 10 inch Mackeral feeding on Plankton around to 10 to 20m depth. Limeburner fishing well especially for Haddock – lots & lots of Haddock this year – mostly around 1 pound but some 1.5 pounders also. Laurentic fishing well for Congers and after 1 poor trip to Malin Head for Common Skate & caught just 3 Tope, a second trip resulted in a fine 191 pounder and another very large Common lost – (39) Common Skate V Gjis – YouTube

End summer 2022 fishing report

Saturday, September 3rd, 2022

Mackeral seem to have almost disappeared after a reasonable showing up to start of August. Have Bluefin Tuna chased them off!

Most other fishing has been OK, neither spectacularly good or bad.

3 simultaneous Congers off the Laurentic

Skate galore

Saturday, September 3rd, 2022

Many years ago, Common Skate were thought to have been mis-named & Uncommon Skate would have been more appropriate. I believe no longer!

208 cm long Common Skate
221 cm long Common Skate

2022 starts

Friday, June 17th, 2022

Late start in 2022, but biggest news is that Mackeral are back to 90% + of what they should be.

Limeburner fishing well for Whiting, Haddock & Spurdogs.

Had a bit of a surprise fishing reefs in Lough Swilly and caught a number of super Pollack – just one under 5 pounds – don’t think that will last!

Sand sort of normal, but lack of Turbot & Brill (What’s new).

Lough Swilly Pollack

Specimen Spurdog
185 LB Common Skate

2021 Season ends

Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

2021 has ended and the biggest story has been the reappearance of Mackeral in reasonable numbers right through the season – although some days Mackeral have been difficult to catch, on the whole there haven’t been too many problems. Let’s hope that 2022 sees Mackeral back in the sort of numbers that we had 10 or 20 years ago.

Most other species have been mostly normal in 2021, perhaps the biggest exception was Blue Shark which didn’t really show up.

Roll on 2022!!!

Nice Thornback from Mulroy Bay

Turbot from Tory

Sunday, September 19th, 2021

It’s been a while since I had more than a single Turbot from Tory, but 4 today, couple in photo….nice

Wrecking etc.

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Mackeral, although patchy have been better than this past 6 years. Let’s hope that continues. Fishing generally has been OK. Poor fishing at Tory on one day, check soon to see if it has improved. Went wrecking and somewhat disappointing, but a couple of reasonable fish.


Some of the Pollack caught at Tory Island had a number of Crabs in their stomach – the most obvious explanation for this is IDA – That is Hurricane Ida which was in the Caribbean last week – the tail of Ida has caused a swell of 3 to 5 metres, but with a period of around 14 seconds. This huge ground swell would cause a tremendous surge in shallow water and no doubt would have crabs swirling around near the bottom – hence the unusual feeding by Pollack.

From Tory, a John Dory

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021


Thursday, August 5th, 2021

Nice 30 pounder, or heavier, Conger from the Laurentic. Mackeral have reappeared this year after 6 years of scarcity. Great to at least have them back. Fishing was reasonable until the weather settled for over 5/6 weeks when fishing nose dived.

Lockdown Shutdown

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

The Lockdown may have stopped the fishing – but not the fish. 2020 has finished with fishing still good – just Mackeral which are scarce(except in the mouth of Lough Swilly).

Another John Dory – from Tory
Ballan Wrasse from Tory
Cuckoo Wrasse from Tory

Fishing still good

Friday, September 4th, 2020

Despite the Virus decimating the fishing season, I have had some days out, mostly productive (except for Blue Sharks!). Mackeral have indeed bucked the trend of this past half dozen years and are reasonably available. Limeburner fishes good. Haven’t been to Tory!!!!

Double Tubble
Mackeral, Scad, Gurnard, Whiting
Tope on Limeburner grounds
Nice Grey Gurnard

Mid-season OK

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

2020 angling has been badly affected by Coronavirus, but is now starting to shape up to be fairly good. Mackeral 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 be good numbers of Cod.

2020 starts very late………..

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

But, the usual suspects are all there……..

Enough Mackeral around – not as they were 7/7+ years ago when by July they were everywhere in huge numbers, but spent just 20 minutes or so to get enough for the day. Hit a huge shoal of Herring – only picked up a few from it but got a dozen or so Mackeral which were amongst it.

Tory fished as normal, except the Flatfish were still not up to standard – 2/3 years now where Flatfish, especially Turbot & Brill, have been difficult to catch at Tory. Loads of Coalies (as damn usual), Gurnard, Whiting, Haddock, Doggies as expected.

Mulroy Bay, loads of Thornbacks but no Flatfish – maybe just one of those days – we’ll see.

Little Cod from the Gurnard ground
Tory Haddock
Mulroy Bay Thornie, caught by a guy with strange coloured hands.

Double Dog – no, not the angler….
Still around this past few years after an absence of 12/14 years.

From Tory – another John Dory!!!

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

4th John Dory this season – nice….

Another John Dory

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

A third John Dory this year – first time ever caught 3 in one season.

Fishing this week, and a few Mackeral still around. Pollack fishing has been poor – I wonder if, after the extremely settled spell of weather last week, is there a little bit of a Red Tide going. Marking good numbers of Pollack on the sounder, but not much interest in feeding – or maybe just neap tides???

8 + pound Cod off the Laurentic

John Dory

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Nice John Dory off the Limeburner – first this year – and probably only one of 10 or so in 19 years.

The Fish just keep coming!

Monday, June 17th, 2019
Lots of these guys around – NO, not Dutch guys – Spurdogs!!!

The usual suspects along with plentiful Mackeral

Reasonable numbers of Tope on the Limeburner

112 cm Specimen Spurdogfish
Second nice Common Skate this season

Specimen Tub Gurnard

Sunday, June 16th, 2019
2.006 KG – Phew!!!!

Still loads of Mackeral & fishing Okay

Sunday, June 9th, 2019
Conger on the Laurentic also OK
Wreck Cod
Good numbers of Spurdogs

2019 season starts

Monday, June 3rd, 2019
Nice triple from Mulroy Bay
70 pound Common Skate

2019 has started and the REALLY big news – Mackeral are back to pre-2014 levels – at least for now. Have not got a single clue what has happened, but we are catching Mackeral almost everywhere in good numbers and good sizes. How long it will last????

Tory fishing well, as is the mouth of Mulroy Bay. More info to follow…..