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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.

Mid July

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Generally, fishing is reasonably good. I get the feeling that it is not just as good as last year which was the best year for a very long time.
Caught a few nice flatfish, but they also have been more difficult of late.
Divers for a while, so next report in August.

Mid June

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Season continues apace: –

Mackeral still a bit patchy – I remain hopeful that they will be plentiful soon.

Conger – caught a 32LB Conger which is a great size for around here

Limeburner – fishing great for Whiting, Haddock etc – in fact Whiting are close to becoming the “New Coalfish”.

Tope – scarce

Common Skate – the new Common Skate mark produces again in 2017

Tory – good for Pollack & Flatfish

Bays – Thornbacks OK – another day or so before finding out about other fish

Octopus – made a return in 2016 and still here!

Sandeels – 2016 and there were millions around on the sand – seems to be a good few this year also.

2017 starts, albeit a little late

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Mackeral – patchy, but end May is OK – let’s hope they are back after around 5 years now of “messing around”.

Limeburner – off to a flying start with loads of Whiting & Haddock.

Tory – Good so far for reef Pollack and Flatfish on the sand.

Tope – don’t be fooled by the attached photos – struggled a whole day to catch just 4 Tope.

Wrecks – usual for May/June – loads of Coalfish – Yuk!!!