The tide was on the turn now, and time was running out before the rapidly increasing current would become too strong to continue. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. The eel bit a large chunk from his face. As anglers and conservationists, we must call for permanent protection of our inshore waters, species and habitat before they are gone for good. I remember Pat O’Callaghan, a favourite Killybegs skipper of mine telling me about an eel taken on a hand line in Killybegs Harbour, measuring eight feet long and weighing in at 90lbs. Shallow reefs tend to produce smaller eels up to twenty pounds, but in larger numbers. The gaffs are no cause for concern and do not harm the fish in any way, as long as they are positioned in the extremities of the wings, away from any vital organs. August 18, 2020 . The lads were ready to go, as they had taken the opportunity to set up during the journey seawards, and were soon dropping fresh fillets down through the depths. Quality swivels should also be incorporated to cope with the strain a large and angry eel will put on tackle, and will serve to combat line-twist if the fish decides to “spin” when it reaches the surface. When you think of it the chances of a conger eel catching a mackerel are slim. Nominated Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) are, in my opinion, the only hope we have left, if the powers that be will get off their backsides and implement them. This late in the season, Mackerel shoals are thinning out, and were difficult enough to find. Although our record has stood at 72 lbs since 1914, eels have been taken commercially in excess of 250lbs! He said it felt like a punch to his face as the eel pounced, knocking his breath regulator from his mouth, Get all the very latest news in Ireland straight to your email every single day. It was time for a move inshore, and as we began the tidy up, with my rod as always, the last to be reeled in, the rod tip thumped indicating something had taken an interest in my Pennell rigged Mackerel bait. âBut what made it different was because it gripped onto my face and started biting, pulling and twisting.â. Just keep dropping the baits down, working through the dogfish until a different species turns up. NBN Atlas Northern Ireland. Fact file. Phil and Andy decided to persevere over the inshore banks in search of rays, Turbot and Codling. IT shouldn't be seen in Irish waters but the second sighting of the deadly moray eel off the southwest coast this year is alarming, an expert has warned. Irish record 72 lbs taken in June 1914 at Valentia by J.Green. Thirty minutes later, and steadily gaining line, the large, greenish-white glow of the under-belly showed, looming up from the depths. Fishing in Ireland â Catch the unexpected. Conger can be found throughout the whole of the UK and Ireland, but also range as far north as southeast Iceland, southern Norway, also southward taking in â¦ Conger eels have both reputation and attitude most of it I believe misplaced, in my experience having caught conger up to thirty pound they are not fearsome or difficult to catch but are just awkward when hooked. The fish would not appear until the tide eased dramatically. The National Biodiversity Data Centre mapping system (Biodiversity Maps) integrates the mapping of terrestrial as well as marine data and is intended to serve as a portal for the geographic presentation of observational data on Ireland's biological data. They even came across tuna a few times throughout the day and a there was a lot of whale and dolphin activity too. The oily content in Mackerel makes them highly desirable as bait. They also help to bulk out the bait supply, but to be on the safe side; a few dozen pre-frozen Mackerel were brought along as emergency back up.