Myself and Aidan have been blue sharking about ten years now always making the annual pilgrimage, sometimes more than once on the year.
We first fished with Nick Dent aboard his charter the Rooster. Nick is an excellent skipper who knows the Baltimore, Fastnet area like the back of his hand and will always put you on a shark and has even had six-gilled aboard.
We have also tried Silver Dawn with Mike Dennehy and Pedro Walsh who are two of the best skippers in Ireland. Operating out of Kinsale the Silver Dawn is a top charter boat.
A typical day sharking saw us first catching a box or so of fresh mackeral for the rubby dubby and bait.
Next its into the mincer and mixed with bran, fish oil and sometimes sand and popcorn to make your slick run from the surface to the sea bed.
This year saw us set off at six am from Dublin to leave Kinsale at nine.
We were aboard the Silver Dawn with Mike and Pedro and soon feathering up mackeral with Pedro making short work of the rubby dubby complete with tuna carcasses from their earlier tuna trip.
First up Aido was into a fish. It made many powerful runs before It came to the side of the boat in typical blue shark fashion. Pedro tailed the fish.
A quiet period ensued with more banter with the lads before Aidan was into another small fish.
By this stage it was getting late and the northerly wind that was pushing the drift had brought us a way off shore so we turned and headed for port before we started our next leg of the trip.
We were to meet Ross Macklin at the lough for an overnight after the carp. ….. thank god the missus wont be reading this but this was turning into the best birthday ever