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Monday, March 13th, 2017

2016 season ends

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

2016 season started with super fishing – as good as ever I remember it over this past 30 years. And it stayed that way right through middle August, when after a few weeks with divers into September, the fishing had turned not so great. However, by end September and into October the fishing was reasonable.

Of note was the exceptional fishing on the Limeburner grounds for mixed species. Tory fished good for both Pollack and the sand.

Notable poor fishing was Tope, which were hard to come by at Malin Head in mid season.

Blue Sharks were OK in 2016.

Porbeagle Sharks have been effectively absent on the Blue Shark grounds during the July – October period since the Bluefin Tuna returned in 2012 and it is my belief that these occurrences are correlated.

Conger could have been better.

Wrecks a bit inconsistent and of note is the gradual transformation of HMS Audacious into a Ling wreck as the wreck continues to collapse.

Mackeral which have been very difficult since the “Mother of Red Tides” in 2012 remained scarce.

Common Skate – It is starting to look like I shall have to stop calling them Uncommon Skate.

Bluefin Tuna, for the 4th year, have been extremely plentiful with early sightings in first week of August and assume they will remain into December as previous years. Anyone wishing to avail of my emailed reports on BFT (Tuna Enews) – just email me for inclusion on the report elist.

Rosguill ended up with 34 different species for the year – down a little, but since I now have quite a proportion of days diving, that accounts for the deficit.

I look forward to 2017 with curiosity & interest.






Mid September report

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

After a few weeks with divers and back to fishing – quality appears to have taken somewhat of a turn for the worse.

Not many Mackeral as has been the case all season – actually this past 4 seasons.

Limeburner just OK.

Few Blue Sharks and a few Tope.

Tory poor on the single day I was there.

May be just a bad week – I’ll know better by end September.








August report

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

August and fishing has been buoyant – apart from the Mackeral.

And who is the old guy who keeps catching trebles????






Ain’t no cure for the Summertime Blues

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Blue & Aad Peter & Blue

Ain’t seen one of those for a while……..WELL ACTUALLY!!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Having waited something like 12 years for another John Dory I get 2 within a week – reminds me of the one about waiting for a bus.


12 years and then 2 in a week

12 years and then 2 in a week


Turbot OR Brill?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

No Tubercules on this fish which had “non-slidey” skin??????????


End July report

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Fishing remains very good.

Limeburner fishing well.

Reefs fishing well.

Tory fishing well.

Mackeral a little patchy.

Sand fishing well.

Water temperature now 15 degrees or more

Not on its own - few reasonable sized Turbot around

Not on its own – few reasonable sized Turbot around

Ain’t seen one of these in a while

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Nice John Dory from the Limeburner

Nice John Dory from the Limeburner

Mid July

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Fishing remains good – Mackeral still somewhat patchy, but all others good Mix 2 Mix 3 Mix Ray Turbot Whiting

Tory Island Reefs super.

Friday, June 17th, 2016
Tory Island reefs are fishing as good as ever I remember them.

Tory Island reefs are fishing as good as ever I remember them.

A Common occurrence……………..

Sunday, June 12th, 2016
132 Pound male Common Skate

132 Pound male Common Skate

June rolls on – and so do the fish

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Mackeral numbers have picked up a little – not as much difficulty getting them.

Limeburner fishing particularly well for Whiting, Haddock, Gurnards, Spurdog, Ling etc.

I had a poor day at Tope, but had reports of other boats doing fantastically well – just not there on the day for me, probably pushed away by the hordes of Spurdog.

Sand good enough for Rays (Thornback, Homlyn & Cuckoo) and Dabs but distinctly poor for Turbot, Brill & Plaice.



Conger Haddock + Whiting Plaice Tope

Just two common….

Thursday, June 9th, 2016
185 Pound Common Skate

185 Pound Common Skate


171 Pound Common Skate

171 Pound Common Skate

Wrecks Ok – apart from numbers of Coalfish!!!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Had a good day on the Wrecks with some nice Ling and a couple of bonus Cod.

Limeburner fishing well for Haddock, Whiting, Gurnards, etc.

Bert & Ling Cod

4 Limeburner Whiting on one lift

4 Whiting

2016 Starts

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

2016 has started with fairly mixed fishing.


Mackeral are playing “silly buggars” same as this past 4 years – they should be fairly plentiful at start June, but not so – they are scarce.

Our old friends from way back 13 years ago have returned from vacation (or perhaps they were in jail)  – lots of Octopii turning up.

Tory Pollack are off to a reasonable start, which is more than can be said of the Flatfish at Tory – Dabs plentiful, but our real targets of Turbot , Brill & Plaice are “missing in action” – actually missing in inaction!

Wrecks fishing as normal for early season – billions of Coalfish but decent Pollack & Ling if you can get to fish for them.

Limeburner is fishing OK for Gurnards, Whiting & the usual suspects – reports of good numbers of Haddock.


Ballan Wrasse Cuckoo Wrasse Dabs Octopus Red Gurnards


Nice 9 Pound Tory Island Pollack

Nice 9 Pound Tory Island Pollack

2015 season ends

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

2015 ends as ignominiously as it started – inconsistent and at times as bad as it gets.

The only silver lining was the Limeburner which produced right up to the end of the year – included some Spurdogs which are more associated with June & July than September & October.


Bluefin Tuna have been more prolific than any year since the Rosguill started in 2000,  brightening a dull season.


Roll on 2016……………………………..


End September – Fishing poor

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Fishing at the end of the season is remarkably poor – at a time (September) which is normally a very productive period.

Almost no fish at Tory Island – reef or sand.

Wrecks simply not producing any numbers of fish.

Blue Sharks seemed to have departed at start September.

Very few Tope

Fishing at Limeburner is moderate for Gurnards, Whiting, Ling, Doggies, few Spurdog, few Cod.

Mackeral extremely inconsistent

There are however, huge numbers of Bluefin Tuna around, which may help to explain reductions in other stocks – I have witnessed Tuna 50m off the rocks at Tory Island, and not on just one occasion





Fishing still sluggish in August

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Mackeral are so hard to catch in mid-August that I can’t believe it!

Other fishing remains slow.

I think it is entirely possible that the Mackeral have gone due to the apparent abundance of Bluefin Tuna .

The other fish like reef Pollack, Flatfish etc. – not sure yet.  Had divers out for a while and little angling done.

Blue Sharks are here in reasonable numbers – 6/7 a day not uncommon, but sizes seem small this year.

Blue Shark 1 Blue Shark 2

Tory Cod & all good

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Apart from the weather, fishing is good.

Couple of nice reef Cod from Tory shown – dozen caught in one day.


Cod 1 Cod 2