Wicklow features prominently in the new Irish Specimen Fish Committee Report 2017, which has logged the largest fish of various species caught all over Ireland during 2017!
Such large specimens being caught by anglers in the Wicklow Estuary and, most especially, off the Wicklow coastline are certain to bring Wicklow to the attention of anglers all over Ireland, and beyond, as they plan their 2018 calendars.
Among the most prevalent large specimens in Wicklow were Spur Dogfish, Tope, Flounder, Black Bream, and a category winning Smooth-hound (a species very prolific in the area) specimen weighing 8.25kg and 120cm long caught by Michael McCarthy in June 2017.
In 2017 Wicklow Boat Charters boasted 109 Specimen Fish, 61 Smooth-Hounds, 11 Tope, 36 Spurdog and their first Black Bream and Garfish. Regular customer Michael Mc Carthy took the biggest Smooth Hound of the year with his 17lb fish. With regular custom from all over Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, USA, UK and many more Countries Wicklow has been the gateway for Irish Specimen Fish for numerous anglers of many Nationalities.
The Irish Specimen Fish Committee Report 2017 is published by the Irish Specimen Fish Committee, which is supported by Inland Fisheries Ireland, and is an independent all-Ireland voluntary body which verifies and records the capture of large fish caught on rod by anglers in freshwater and marine waters.