Game Fishing Ireland
Game Fishing in the North West Coast of Ireland – Shark, Skate, Tope
We are proud to catch some of Ireland’s most prolific fish here in Sligo and Donegal Bay. With Sligo Boat Charters you can catch fantastic examples of blue shark, porbeagle, tope and skate as well as a multitude of other species listed on our sea fishing page. We have caught each of these to specimen size in the past.
We gillie for clients wishing to catch sea trout from our smaller boat which has a lower draft for the shallows which they frequent, and are lucky to enjoy regular catches of this species. For more details on sea trout, please contact your skipper!
We fish for blue & porbeagle shark (July to October – up to 200lbs), common skate (we have caught these up to 220lbs – September to June), and big tope (end of May until mid August we have many Irish specimen records and these generally weigh from 25-60 lbs). When fishing these species it is important that we pay particular attention to the tidal state in order to maximise the catch ratio, so please call to check tidal state whilst in season and arrange suitable times to charter the boat. We often allocate a longer day for some of the harder to catch species.
It is also very important, that when fishing these species you don’t take any chances, and choose a skipper with a proven track record, just check out our photos!
We have rods and tackle for hire for any of these fish if required. Game fishing tackle is 15 for the day and includes bait rods and your heavy duty fish tamer! For our skate and shark rods we use 50lb class shakespeare ugly stik elite rods which are paired with the very best of Penn Senator reels, spooled with 65lb or 70lb mono or braid. We also use the captains carefully selected, custom hand built traces for each species.
We are delighted to be one of only 15 skippers in Ireland selected to partake in the Bluefin Tuna Chart programme 2019, which means we are one of only 15 who can legally target bluefin tuna on a catch and release basis! We have also qualified for each season since and have been in the top 5 skippers in Ireland for catching a giant annually! We have all the big game gear on board and have caught these to 700 lbs in the past. Come experience the world class tuna fishery we have in Sligo and Donegal Bay, and learn more about our bluefin tuna fishing in Sligo and Donegal Bay, Ireland by clicking on our page here.