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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…..

Season ends

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

2018 season ends and apart from it being a reasonable season for fish, the weather was superb until start August when it really went downhill. Mackeral continue to be fairly scarce, although my feeling now after 5 years of stocks getting less & less, is that it is as simple as that – there are no longer as many Mackeral in the ocean as there used to be. As such, they are available & catches are slow and not numerous.

Weather turns inclement

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Weather has turned very poor from end August – however, the sand in Mulroy Bay fishing OK.

June 2018 report

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Mackeral – for the sixth year – are proving difficult to catch with any consistency

Weather has been extremely settled this past number of weeks.

Wrecks fishing better for Ling than Pollack or Coalfish.

Limeburner is producing the usual suspects in reasonable numbers

Tory fishing OK.

All in all, not too bad.

Megrim from Limeburner

Good numbers of Whiting

2018 starts

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

2018 has started with usual results expected – a few Mackeral – this is the 6th year of scarce mackeral, with anglers having to put in too much time to catch enough for a day’s fishing.
Limeburner – off to a good start – plenty of Haddock, Whiting, Gurnards etc. & for the third year now Octopus being caught on the lures – back after a 10? year absence.

Wrecks – too early to say but not millions of Coalfish.

Tory – Pollack OK. Sand – north side being overtrawled – south side coalies!

Poor Conger fishing on one day on the Laurentic

Let’s see.

Another John Dory – from Tory

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

2 John Dorys last year and now another 2 this year. Becoming a habit!!!

End August report

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Limeburner is fishing good.

All other fishing is really very inconsistent with the most noticeable and most frustrating being the lack of Mackeral. Some days can hardly catch even ONE SINGLE MACKERAL.

John Dory

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

After around a 10 year break, the Rosguill had 2 John Dorys in 2017. Well, another off Tory Island in 2018 – beautiful fish.

2nd ever Bull Huss

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Caught a great 14 pound Bull Huss – second ever on board the Rosguill.

Great fish.

Start August

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Back fishing after a while with divers.

Limeburner still OK – not just as great as earlier in the season.
Tory Ok, but again, neap tides may be preventing the fish from feeding hard.
Tope – just a few – same as earlier in the season – 3 years now since Tope were there in big numbers.
Mackeral – Damn Mackeral – caught ONE single Mackeral at Tory – next day, good enough numbers at the Limeburner.