Our Fish

The Ray Family.

The predominant ray found on the Beara is the thornback with plenty caught every year from April through to October. Best fish I know of was taken in 2010 and weighed in at just over 17lbs (7.75 Kilos) but the normal range of fish would be 6 - 12lbs (2.75-5.5 Kilos). Blonde, spotted and small eyed are also caught from known marks.
A friend of mine once described the Huss as a 'Dogfish with attitude' and this is certainly true of the Beara specimens. My best is a 17lb 4ozs (7.8 Kilos) fish and that was one bad tempered fish. The rocky territory is ideal for the huss and on some marks a cast of no more than thirty yards (25 metres) will bring you into contact with surprisingly large fish.
With depths of 20 to 30 feet (6 - 10 metres) under your feet on so many marks it is hardly surprising that conger feature high on our catch list. Bewars of treating these as small 'straps' with weighed and witnessed fish of over 40lbs (18 Kilos) taken every year make sure you have the gear, and muscles, to deal with these worthy opponenets.
There can be few greater thrills in fishing that the first contact with a pollack as it sets off on a crash dive to its kelpy hideaway. If you designed a home for pollack it would be the Beara whether fishing lures or a float fished sandeel they can be found nearly everywhere. Two UK visitors in 2010 caught ove 500 pollack on lures from the shore during their weeks holiday with fish to 8.5lbs (3.9 Kilos) caught but I hear every year of 10lb plus (5 Kilo) fish caught.
As with Pollack the Beara was made for wrasse. From small Corkwing, beautiful Cuckoo through to tough, hard fighting Ballans the wrasse can be found wherever there is rocks. Float fishing is the favourite method with crab, worm or limpet as bait can result in fish over 5lbs (2.25 Kilos) regularly caught and a session with over 40 fish caught is more than possible.
Must confess to a bit of favouritism when it comes to the Mullet. A personal best of 7lbs (3.2 Kilos) I can bear testimony to the power of these fish when hooked. Beara mullet are not the sluggish harbour variety but fish of the open sea and rarely if ever fished for. Groundbaiting with mashed bread with a little fish oil added will often attract a shoal and a piece of bread is rarely refused. A real mullet fishers paradise.
Lures are the favourite method but bait will often catch the bigger fish and the bass is present 12 months of the year on the Beara. Large fish in the 10 to 14lb (4.5 - 6.4 Kilo) are often caught accidentally by anglers targetting huss or ray while one of the best fish of last year weighing 9lbs 2ozs (4.12 Kilos) was taken on a piece of bread meant for mullet!.
Trigger Fish
A very welcome summer visitor the Trigger is hard fighting fish with a set of teeth that demand, and deserve respect. A spinning rod, float and size 8 hook along with a buketful of limpets (or small crabs, mackerel etc. they are not fussy) can give you some exhilirating sport with fish to 4lbs (1.8 Kilos).
Flatties and others.
Dabs, plaice, flounder they are all here but rarely fished for but over the last year or so we have spent more time using crab and worm baits and in 2011 we topped the specimen list for plaice and also had specinen dabs, we also caught flounder and sole.
In 2009 we caught a smooth hound, are there any more out there worth targetting?, even a couple of John Dorys caught from the shore last year make the Beara still work in progress as we find new species and new marks.
If truth be told we never really bothered with winter cod fishing but it is now becoming more and more popular. Catches of 20 to 30 fish in a session are not rare and often the angler has run out of bait before running out of fish. These are not monsters but between 2 to 4 pounds with a best in 2010 of nearly 7lbs but high hopes of bigger fish in 2011.

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