IFD: Many thanks to John Paul Kelly who gives the account of the momentous day he crewed for Skipper John Fleming of http://www.bluesharkangling.ie and they managed to get a Galway porbeagle. The first of hopefully many for John and John Paul and a big congrats to the Condron lads and friends, a great days fishing.
There was a Blue shark trip booked with John Fleming’s Blue Shark Angling from Rossaveal on Saturday 16th July . There was a group of six lads down from Crumlin for it. I said I’d go as crew to help out in the hope we might get something special . We all met at the boat in rossaveal before 8.30am , the Dublin lads were on the road early leaving about 4am.
We steamed out to the Gregory sound and tried a stop for mackerel . Things were looking bleak with only one pollack between us. We decided to get a longer drift on the opposite side of the sound . After a few drops we were into the mackerel , they were moving up and down the water column so the lads kept after them and after about 40 mins we had enough fresh bait so we steam on out.
There was big swells in it but the Brazen Hussy ploughed through them and was able to keep the speed up. We set up for a long drift as we were getting nice north westerly maybe 14mph plus. Nice grey overcast conditions with a big 12ft swell and more at times but they were well spread out.
The dubby was fired out and rods were set up with balloons. We used a mix of pollack and mackerel baits. Things were quiet for about an hour till be spotted a huge shadow passing just outside the boat . At first we though it was a whale but on the second pass everyone was on deck and it clearly was a huge porbeagle cruising around. It passed the money rod which was only at 15ft but no interest turned away and that got the blood racing.
No more action for about another 20 mins then the furthest rod out took off and Wayne Lenard was drawn to take it. The blue had swam over to another bait and the second rod took off Martin jumped on the rod and we soon realised it was the same fish. We untangled that rig and Wayne fought it well after that as it took a few deep dives. We landed it and after a few photos and measurements it was on its way.
Next up was Brendan Condron he was into a Blue that had been playing about with the bait before it decided to take off. After a short battle that was landed and she was on her way.
We had a bit of a quiet spell then . The skipper and myself kept working the dubby bags and chunking away with frozen mack and scraps. I changed the money rod to a flappered pollack to give it some action. Not too long before home time the money rod too off like a rocket I was beside it so I tightened into it as it was a circle hook and we were hooked up well. I handed the rod to Owen and he was surprised by the power of the run.