Plenty of Blue shark about in West Cork

Courtmacsherry in West Cork has seen plenty of blue shark about this month.

Recently they had seven runs in a day’s sharking. Three sharks were tagged and they measured 210cms with 80lbs being the largest.

The arrival of blue shark off the Irish coast each summer is totally dependent on water temperature. They can appear in May, but in colder years their arrival may be delayed, until mid to late June.

Over 18,500 blue shark were tagged and released in Irish coastal waters over the past 41 years through the the Central Fisheries Board Conservation scheme. The number of recaptures during the same period represents less than a 4% return.

Elsewhere four salmon were landed last week, averaging 5lbs by locals trolling, on the Lakes of Killarney.

Two salmon landed for the week, 7lbs and 9lbs on worms by local anglers, on the Long Range River. Two salmon landed on Beat 2, River Laune. One at 9lbs spinning by a Cork angler and an 8lb fish by a local angler on worms.

Laune Salmon Anglers club chairman Stewart Stephens had the best fish for the week at 14lbs (fly).

Patrick Richard had a 12 pounder and Tony Murphy had a 10 pounder. Matt Murphy had his best week of the season so far with a good few fish from Johnstons and Beat 3. Sean O’Sullivan had two fish for the week the best a 8lb sea-liced fish at Crowleys.

Meanwhile 47 salmon landed for the week, averaging 10lbs each, on the River Bandon.

Two salmon of 17lbs and 15lbs landed in the bogs by a Cork City angler and a local angler. Biggest for the week was 22lbs landed in the lower stretch on a fly by a club member. Most popular angling methods were fly, shrimp and worms.

On the Lee ESB Fishery 33 salmon were landed for the week ranging from 4½lbs to 8lbs. One 16½lbs fish landed by local anglers — all hatchery fish, mostly on shrimp and spinners.

On the Ilen 32 fish were landed for the week, best 13lbs on a flying C by a local angler. Comhola River saw six fish landed for the week, best 6lbs landed on worms by a local angler. On the Ouvane River eight fish landed for the week, best 8lbs on worms, by a local angler.

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