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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


Mid-July, fishing normal

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Fishing appears to be back to normal after an inconsistent start to the season.  More reports soon….


Mike & Spurdog

Inconsistent & unreliable

Sunday, June 28th, 2015
Now common again? - Haddock

Now common again? – Haddock

After believing that the fishing had eventually improved after a poor start to the season, it has been quite frustrating to find some days where there appears to be no fish in the ocean.

Weather has now more or less settled into what is expected in summer.  Water temperature now up to season average of 13 degrees centigrade.

Mackeral – Infuriatingly patchy – some days a short stop at the start of the day produces lots of big Mackeral – another day and spend up to 2 hours to get barely enough to get through the rest of the day – skipper having to cut up the bait to ensure none is wasted.

Tope – at least one good news story with lots of Tope

Tory – one day loads of Pollack off the reefs and the next struggling to get a handful.  Sand at Tory distinctly poor with practically no Turbot, absolutely no Brill, no Rays and Dabs poor.

Limeburner – Trevor had a few days on the Limeburner with very few fish – Rosguill did one day and had great fishing & optimistically more Haddock than has been there for at least 10 years.

Porbeagle – lost at least 3 Porgies while fishing for Tope one day.

Mulroy Bay – Had great fishing there on 2 days – other days almost a washout.

Wrecks – have not fished yet due to the huge numbers of Coalfish everywhere.

Conger – Mediocre, but at least a few available.

Diving for a while now, so probably no fishing news until August.





Quite rare Rock Cook

Quite rare Rock Cook

Close up of this mini-Wrasse species, the Rock Cook

Close up of this mini-Wrasse species, the Rock Cook

Tope 2 Tope Turbot Wrasse

Fishing back to “normal”

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Water temperature still low at 11 degrees.

Mackeral are patchy but at least they are there.

Fishing seems to have returned to normal with usual fishing.

Weather looks to be improving over the next week.



Double Plaice Pollack Spurdog Turbot 2

Fishing remains poor

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Conger 1 Conger 3 Thornback Tope 1 Tope 2

Despite having a good day at Congers and Tope, fishing is remarkably poor – hardly any Gurnards etc. where good numbers can be expected.  Very few flatfish apart from a few Dabs.  Reminiscent of the start of the great red tide of 2012 – hardly likely given the roughness of the seas – weather has yet to settle.   Water temperature remains low for this time of year at around 10 degrees.

Interesting & inexplicable!!!!




2015 Starts – at last!

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

2015 has started late this year and after reports of not so bad fishing in April and early May, the fishing on the Rosguill has been less than mediocre so far.  Few Mackeral around which is always a good sign, but Tory Island fishing was very poor and followed by a day in Lough Swilly was, frankly, no better.


I await an improvement.




An Angler with an Attitude

An Angler with an Attitude


Mid September report

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

September has been fairly normal – apart from Mackeral which appear to be only very close inshore & at times impossible to catch.

Blue Sharks still around – probably another couple weeks before they disappear.

Wrecks fishing OK.

Limeburner OK


Turbot 2


Tope 2



End August report

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Weather August has been unsettled causing days fishing in shelter.

Limeburner has been fishing well including some reasonable Cod to around 5 pounds. Sand OK. Tope good. Sharks good enough – Rosguill had 6 one day and 3 on another. Wrecks have not fished as good for Pollack & Ling this past 10 years. Big Turbot & Brill mark still not producing.

Mackeral have been acting “funny buggers” but managing to get enough each day.

Happy with fishing.

Blue 1

Tope 1

Tope 2

Blue 2

Start August

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Fishing remains reasonable at start August. Blue Sharks have arrived early – one Downings boat had 4 to 90 pounds on 4 August. Some Porbeagles also. Wrecks fishing very well as is Limeburner. All in all – not too bad!

Nice Brill

Nice Brill

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Mid July

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

At least one great day’s fishing on the wrecks as the Audacious provided a seemingly endless supply of Pollack & Ling (also Coalfish but won’t mention them!)


Early Blue Shark

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

An 85 pound Blue Shark was caught off Downings on 19 July.

Very early – water temperature now 16 Centigrade.

Mackeral now abundant.

Dutch guys video, June 2014

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

And second part: –

Specimen Cuckoo Wrasse

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

1 LB 5 Oz specimen Cuckoo Wrasse.

John & Cuckoo Wrasse 1

Fishing & fun video

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Mid -June 2014

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Fishing still Okay – rethinking numbers of Mackeral around – still possibly a normal year, but the odd day Mackeral are very hard to come by. The next week or so will “tell the tale”

Nice Plaice

Nice Plaice

Antony & Thornback
Peter & Conger 2

3 Tope

Fishing continues apace

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Fishing at first week in June is pretty much normal. Mackeral are patchy – as expected start June. Reef Pollack better than this past number of years. Limeburner fishing fair, with an unexpected number of Haddock. Sand as usual – good & bad days. Tope good. No reports of Porbeagles. Wrecks absolutely full of Coalfish – not really fishing wrecks due to this problem. Few Spurdogs around, including one of the photos below.

All in all, great start.

Cuckoo Ray

Cuckoo Ray

Piet & Tope
Homlyn Ray

Homlyn Ray

Menno & SpurdogKarel & Wrasse
Double Dab

Double Dab

Jan & Tope
Goldshinney Wrasse

Goldshinney Wrasse

Cuckoo Wrasse

Cuckoo Wrasse



Specimen & near Specimen

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Nice specimen Tub Gurnard at 2.9 kilos – 6.4 pounds – Dutch record at 3.1 kilos nearly got hit!!!

Tope of 159.5 cm – just short.

Gjis & Specimen Tub Gurnard

Henk & 159cm Tope

Fishing OK start June

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

3 Flats

4 dogsTurbot 1
Fishing fairly normal for this time of year. Enough Mackeral, Limeburner OK, Tory OK, Reefs OK. Reasonable start to 2014 after 2012 & 2013 misfires!!!

Turbot 2

Tub Gurnard

Red Gurnard