The waters off the coastline running from Inishowen Head to Malin Head (the most northerly point on the Irish mainland) have something of a reputation for tope fishing, with fish of 60 pounds (27 kg) and over taken most seasons (mid-May through to September). Other noteworthy species are ray, pollack and cod.
Experienced charter skippers operate out of Bunagee near Culdaff, County Donegal.
There is a charter boat operation based at Bunagee pier, which specialises in fishing the numerous offshore wrecks in the Northern Approaches. This is where German U-boats operated during the two world wars. Hundreds of vessels were torpedoed and sunk off this coastline, including the First World War wreck Athenia (a 9,000 ton cargo liner which lies in 60 metres of water), the Second World War 11,000 ton freighter Cumberland (lying in 55 metres) and the massive 35,000 ton liner Justicia (in 70 metres of water). Many specimen fish have been taken from these wrecks such as ling to over 11kg, coalfish to over 7kg and pollack to over 6kg. Each year, in late August and early September, porbeagle shark to over 45kg have been hooked in the vicinity of these wrecks.
Gemini II & Vagabond - Operated by Inishowen Boating
The Gemini II is a 39 foot boat with a cruising speed of 16 knots. She holds a licence to carry 12 passengers (licence number 1169).
Vagabond is a 38ft boat with a cruising speed of 15 knots. She is fully licensed to carry 12 passengers (licence number 915).
Either boat will cater for parties of up to 12, with a days fishing costing from 400 - 500 Euros - depending on distance from port. Off season and midweek offers are available. Transport can be arranged to meet groups from the airports at City of Derry and Belfast.
The sea angling off the Inishowen coast is as wide and varied as anywhere in the country with up to 24 species being recorded over two days from red gurnard to porbeagle shark. One speciality is wreck fishing with over 100 wrecks within easy sailing from Bunagee. This type of fishing has yielded many fine specimens of pollack, coal fish and ling, as well as some good cod, wrasse and conger. Another speciality is tope fishing. Culdaff Bay and Inishtrahull Sound is renowned as a premier location for tope fishing from May to September with up to 30 fish boated in one day and specimens of over 50 pounds.
The Gemini II and Vagabond also cater for other aspects of marine tourism: sight seeing trips along the spectacular coast from Inishowen Head to Malin Head, trips to Inishtrahull Island and whale, dolphin and basking shark watching.
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