"Clew-less" in Clew Bay, Mayo 17.07.2005

Sun Jul 17, 2005 7:25 pm

People: Myself and Colin Brett in his 16 footer the "Clew-less"

Duration: 10 am to 4 pm

Tide: High at 2:20 pm, around 3.5 metres

Weather: Windy (a lot more than was forecast!), Blustery but no rain, definitely getting up to force 4 and changing from W to S over the time.

Bait: Forgot to bring any!

Rigs: Feathers

Results: 4 mackerel, all not very big.

Report:Met quite a few other boats out and there were getting very little too. Caught all of them in the deep water at the mouth of Westport Harbour (out near the lighthouse) drifting in 50 - 100 feet of water. It turns out the transponder from the fish finder has worked loose so all the false positive and weird depth changes were explained.

Fished out of Murrisk which was a new launch point for me - good slip behind the harbour and good rocky beach to launch off but the water is shallow and was teeming with sprat, crabs, a small conger (!) and shrimp fry.

Fished Bertraw's infamous deep slack water pool on the way back and caught a pouting, and Colin took two pollack - not one of the three was more than 4 inches long! Have a nice dose of wind burn to boot!

Still, enjoyable day and many thanks to Colin. As has been mentioned elsewhere the red tide has done a lot of damage to the fishing at the moment but hopefully it should improve soon. A good blow needed...

Tue Jul 19, 2005 9:24 pm

Hi Kieran,

Thats the place that first gave me the idea about moving to Ireland, the wifes Aunt lives at Murrisk (where that white arrow is) Lovely part of the country up there, more than happy with the move we made down here though and we have not got to the stage of blaming 'red tides' yet! :D
it is over that bridge is it where you launched?




Wed Jul 20, 2005 10:28 pm

Hi Sean

Yep, that's the spot - very scenic but only 1 metre of water for hundred of metres out! Had to get out to the harbour entrance (second pic) before we found any water and the few mackerel we did scrouge up - the eastern part of Clew Bay does not get many, suspect it is the low salinity and shallow nature of the terrain, although it is excellent for flatfish and sand hounds...

Murrisk is lovely, always thought so driving through it and meant to be a lovely community too.

Hope all is well down south - mock the red tide at your peril mate!!!


Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:38 am

Lovely pics .
The place in the first one looks a bit crowded tho'.