Dogfish party in Clare

Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:10 pm

Date: Saturday 30-11-2019
Venue: Blue Pool Cliffs
Low water: 2pm
Fishing time: 2:30-4:30pm
Weather: East wind, cloudy
Result: 4 dogfish, 1 pollock, 1 poor cod

As my pier fishing most likely to be over for the year, I tried to get some fish from my favourite cliffs, The weather was not nice especially with the east wind
but that’s the only day I could go.
Arrived at the low tide, I went down to collect some limpets to have a variety of baits for the wrasse fishing. Of course I did find them but I also found a baby seal.
Really nice creature. He was a bit far away from the water and it took him at least 5 minutes to return.

Then the fishing began: first bite just after 5 minutes: nice dogfish caught on mackerel strip with half crab. Another 5 minutes, then the second fish, same size dogfish.
Then again and again.. Then I realized that I was so exciting with pulling the fish so I forgot to put my mackerel to the box and here we go: my dog ate the bait..
I could easy get a few more but even 4 dogfish is still not bad count for end of November.

Crab alone and limpets did not produce any fish that day, some odd poor cod came only on the 4/0 hook.

Then I put 3 feathers with soft bait and got my first ever pollock caught on trace from cliffs.
The length of the trace and the lead were accurate enough and did not tangle.

After 4pm it became darker, so I decided to go home. Not a bad day, tight lines!!!
Thanks for reading
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Re: Dogfish party in Clare

Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:16 pm

Never heard of a dogfish party before!

You can catch a lot of small (and bigger) Bull Huss (greater spotted dogfish) off Clare, especially North Clare on mackerel baits... so have a look at the nasal patterns just above the mouth. It's the only way to tell them apart. You might be having a huss party!

I'm wasted on you all... ;0)


Re: Dogfish party in Clare

Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:23 am

Thanks Kieran, I was surprised because based on my experience (around 7 years), the dogfish tend to leave to deep waters during the winter, at least in my spot. So probably I was just lucky.

Re: Dogfish party in Clare

Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:33 pm

That baby seal is just adorable.nice fishing.

Re: Dogfish party in Clare

Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:28 pm

Daz wrote:That baby seal is just adorable.nice fishing.

It's those puppy eyes, you'd have to throw him a mackerel!

Re: Dogfish party in Clare

Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:17 pm

Thanks, I will feed him next time, it seems he is a local fellow here.