174lb Irish skate for beginner sea angler

Joe Cawley had beginners luck on his side when he tried his hand at sea fishing for the first time and landed this giant 174lb skate.

The fish was the first of the species caught in Ireland this season and was landed aboard Darragh McGee’s Clew Bay Charters vessel, Whitewater II, using a mackerel and squid cocktail bait on 50lb mainline. Joe took 40 minutes to land the huge specimen which came towards the end of a trip which featured the capture of numerous other species including bull huss and dogfish.

To try for skate or a shark in the stunning surroundings of Clew Bay, contact Darragh on www.clewbaycharters.com.

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