Ir­ish char­ter skip­per Adrian Mol­loy’s of­fi­cial bluefin tag­ging project hits the ton


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Ir­ish char­ter skip­per Adrian Mol­loy has tagged and re­leased his 100th bluefin tuna of 2018. With fish­ing tak­ing place from Au­gust to De­cem­ber off the Done­gal coast, where Adrian is li­censed to tag tuna, the fish was caught on Septem­ber 12 by Kenny Wil­liamson. There were also bluefins to 350lb caught by a party of four an­glers.

Kenny, who lives in the small vil­lage of North Roe, on the north­ern tip of the North­mavine penin­sula of the Shet­land Is­lands, was on a week-long trip to Ire­land to fish on Adrian’s boat Evie Rose, but strong winds pre­vented any sport on the first day.

“We got out fish­ing on the Tues­day, de­part­ing from Teelin on Adrian’s eight­metre Cougar cat, Evie Rose, a su­perb sea boat and amaz­ing fish­ing plat­form,” said Kenny. “De­ploy­ing the out­rig­gers and Carl­son bird rigs soon af­ter, within half an hour the first fish ar­rived and I got my first turn in the chair.”

It re­sulted in a 220lb bluefin, which he de­scribed as a “fish of a life­time”. It was quickly tagged and re­leased, to be fol­lowed by two more caught that day by the party.

The fol­low­ing day was an­other lumpy day in Done­gal Bay, but it pro­duced six fish in a dusk-to-dawn trip, in­clud­ing the 100th tuna of the year, and es­ti­mated to weigh 270lb

“See­ing tuna bust­ing af­ter bait­fish is an ex­pe­ri­ence I’ll never for­get,” said Kenny. “But the cherry on the cake for me was the fi­nal turn of the day and fish num­ber 100 for Adrian’s sea­son.

“See­ing a bluefin go air­borne out the side of a swell, dor­sal fin cleav­ing the wa­ter be­fore en­gulf­ing the squid will be im­printed in my me­mory as long as I’m here. Words don’t do it jus­tice,” he added.

Day three pro­duced two fish, in­clud­ing the best of the trip to Colin Wil­liamson and Bruce Jamieson, who each had 350lb-plus fish. Two fish were lost for John An­der­son, one within a few me­tres of the side of the boat.

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