Yes we done it again. After a small amount of organising on our part we got the word that Tuesday would be our best chance to hit the water for some blue sharks with our kayaks.
I was on holidays in Kerry then so I didn’t have far to travel, but Brian and Mike where coming all the way from Belfast,
Thankfully for us Tom Collins, one of Irelands top charter skippers had ruby duby already organised.
So all we had to do was turn up and catch some bait.
As we where to meet at Reen pier at 6am I had planned to get up at 3am.
So up and out the door in loads of time for the long run down.
I arrived to meet the lads camped out in the village and we where all like a bunch of kids at Christmas raring to get out there.
On we went to Reen pier and we where met by a lively otter having a good feed on the small fish near the pier.
Soon after Tom arrived with his beast of a boat the Loch Iasc. You will see her in the video below, she is a great boat for angling.
In no time we had the kayaks loaded and it was easy enough to load, no big deal, then out we went for some fresh mackerel. They where not plenty full but we got enough and where treated to some Minki whales, porpoises, reseise dolphins hammering sandeels as we fished.
So enough bait was got and out we steamed some 18 miles off shore in search of some blue shark.
It’s a long way out but by the time we finished chatting and rigging the kayaks we where there.
I was busting to get a float so I was in the drysuit and ready to launch before we stopped so as soon as we stopped I was away.
Mike was a little apprehensive about hopping on a kayak in shark infested waters, but the angler in him got the better of him and he was on the water 5 mins later.
The chum was out, our lines where down and the wait was on.
The chum slick filled the water all around us and for a good distance out as we drifted but all was quiet for at least an hour. Then Brian’s float started to go like a pike take, up the float came lay flat then bobbled about just before it took off across the water.
Brian struck hard and set the hook and away he went being tow across the water, the sleigh ride was on.
He had a great fight and up she came, but she was not ready yet and as Brian had the trace in his hand he went to grab the shark, it kicked hard and took off wrapping his line around the rings and breaking his line. No trophy photo but a caught shark none the less.
With hopes on and all hands on red alert for the next hit we had another wait of about an hour before the next shark came. This shark took Mikes quiet gently and messed with it, but after it began to take off Mike struck and tried to set the hook. But it pulled free after less than a second.
Not convinced it was off we where encouraging him to reel like mad in case it was running to him.
But no, it was off as Mike could see his bait coming just under the surface and about 10ft in front of his kayak the shark charged at his kayak snapping at his bait.
Mike let it sit and the shark bashed under his kayak trying to get his bait all the while Mike was squealing “HE HAS MY BAIT IN HIS MOUTH”.
I was about 20 yards from him and I could hear the shark bashing under his kayak, snatching at the bait.
With that the shark stopped and Mike shouted where was it.
I could still see its tail up the other side of the kayak, and what could I say but, IT’S BEHIND YOU.
It was hilarious. About the longest 2 second ever the shark took off pouring line from Mike’s reel.That shark could fight hard and towed him all over the place. The shark fought hard for a good 25mins until the beast was subdued.
As promised I took the sharp end of the shark and we hauled Mike’s fine shark across the 2 kayaks for a classic trophy pic that you don’t expect to come from Irish waters. A fine shark of at least 80lb.Well done that man, a superb catch.Back she went after a quick picture, and one unbelievable moment in Mike’s angling history. Again we lined up like the starting grid of an F1 track.
Waiting for something to happen. About 30mins later a splash on the surface and every gull taking off like a shot was the work of a lively blue. It dived quickly and grabbed Brian’s bait. A good scrap ensued and Brian snagged this small blue. Small but great to see another in.Quick pics, and back again the day was getting on and I was wondering if I would get a chance at all. But with that again a shark splashed on top, not very big but She was heading my way.