Sea AnglingThe waters off Clifden are deep and clean and offer a huge variety of species of sportfish. From reef fishing to hunting Blue Sharks, or trying to tempt the mighty Bluefin Tuna. The angling season runs from March to mid October .
Drifting over reefs in 15 to 100m of water will yield Ling, Cod, Coalfish, Wrasse and Mackerel, to name but a few. Using Red Gill's and lead heads for Pollack is a speciality and provides excellent sport with fish average about 2.5 kg (5lbs +) and frequently edge over 5.5 kg (10lbs +). Summer cod are plentiful and fish in the 10 to 15 lbs range are common, shoals of Coalfish vary in size from clouds of 1lb fish to tackle smashing adults over 10 lbs. A day's drifting over reefs should yield 10 to 15 species and some additional bait could well increase this up to 15 or 20. The annual average number of species stands at an impressive 34 over the last 5 years with rarities like Bluemouth, Hake and Blue Whiting making up the numbers.
Anchoring over any of John's reef marks could well entice a whopper from the depths. A Mackerel strip or flapper fished on a flowing trace for Conger or Ling is often successful and there may well be a bonus Bull Huss or big Cod ready to take the bait. The many sand and gravel patches are home to different types of Ray, flatfish like Plaice, Dabs and Turbot and if your are lucky you may run into a common Skate.
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