Marine fish species

Ireland's climate and its location on the far west of Europe mean it is uniquely placed to benefit from sub-tropical influences and still have a large number of cold water species. The Gulf Stream ensures that even in the coldest winter the west of Ireland enjoys milder weather. This in turn leads to a more diverse mix of species than might otherwise be expected when the summer rolls around. Boat anglers, surfcasters and shore fishermen all benefit.

While it is possible to catch sea breams, triggerfish and other warmwater species on one drop, the next might bring you cod, haddock or even halibut. And on the subject of big fish if you use the right gear in the right place you may even strike into bluefin tuna of 1000 lbs or more.

On the marine side the majority of records were established over several decades commencing in the 1960’s right up to the present day. There are some notable exceptions in cod (1921), conger (1914), pollack (1904), porbeagle shark (1932) and Common Skate (1913).

Species Weight Date of Capture Place of Capture Captor

lbs oz
Angler Fish 42.985 kg 3.11.1985 Belfast Lough Sean Neill
Bass 17 13 21.10.2000 Doughmore Strand Emmet Naughton
Black Sole 6.32 lbs 28.12.1986 Ballycotton Eddie Cull
Bluemouth 2.4 lbs 26.06.2002 Caherciveen Hugh Maguire
Brill 9 8 8.9.1984 Causeway Coast Deborah Gregg
Coalfish 15.1 kg 30.08.2003 Castletownshend Roger Barham
Cod 42 0 1921 Ballycotton I.L. Stewart
Conger Eel 72 0 June, 1914 Valentia J. Green
Dab 2 5.5 2.10.2002 Cork Harbour Mick Duff
Spur Dogfish 21.25 lbs 10.8.2001 Dun Laoghaire Charlie Robinson
Greater Spotted
Dogfish
23 13 17.09.2003 Sneem Perry Dumay
Lesser Spotted
Dogfish
4 4 26.7.1982 Valentia Cor Heinis
Flounder 4.91 lbs 2.10.1993 Ballyteigue, Co. Wexford Brian Russell
Garfish
(B. bellone)
1.729 kg 28.5.2007 Cork Harbour Stephen O'Neill
Garfish
(B. svetovidovi)
1.11 lbs 5.8.1994 Courtmacsherry Eric Leijten
Gilthead Bream 3.24 Kg 10.9.2007 Cork Harbour Robert McClean
Tub Gurnard 12 3.5 8.8.1973 Bullsmouth, Achill Robert Seaman
Grey Gurnard 3 1 21.9.1967 Rosslare Bay Brendan Walsh
Red Gurnard 3 9.5 17. 7.1968 Belmullet James Prescott
Haddock 10 13.5 15.7.1964 Kinsale F.A.E. Bull
Hake 25 5.5 28.4.1962 Belfast Lough H. W. Steele
Halibut 156 0 23.7.1972 Belmullet Frank Brogan
Herring 0.425 kg 11.7.1986 Rathlin Island Wm. McMath
John Dory 7 8 12.8.1984 Killala Bay Cleona Walkin
Ling 55 0 3.1.2004 Cork Harbour Ailbhe O'Sullivan
Mackerel 4 2 18.9.1979 Ballycotton Ulrich Plassmann
Megrim 1.85 kg 26.7.1987 Killala Paul Hennigan
Monkfish 73 0 1.6.1980 Fenit, Co. Kerry James Boyd
Grey Mullet 9.10 lbs 26.9.1993 Cork Harbour Cay Heerwagen
Golden Grey Mullet 1.191kg 24.6.2006 Cork Harbour Noel Lane
Red Mullet 0.71 kg 30.8.2007 Achill Joe Cooney
Plaice 8.23 lbs 23.1.1982 Ballycotton Pier Edmund Cull
Pollack 19 3 1904 Ballycotton J.N. Hearne
Pouting 4 13.5 2.4.1983 Kilmore Quay John Devereaux
Thornback Ray 37 0 28.5.1961 Ling Rocks, Kinsale M. J. Fitzgerald
Blonde Ray 37 0 10.10.2004 Cobh Paul Tennant
Sting Ray 33.2 kg 19.5.1999 Tralee Bay Michael Wall
Cuckoo Ray 5 11 3.8.1975 Causeway Coast V Morrison
Undulate Ray 18 0 11.6.1977 Fenit Ann-Mari Liedecke
Homelyn Ray 8.28 lbs 28.9.1983 Cork Harbour Edmund Cull
Painted Ray 17.21 lbs 29.8.1994 Garryvoe,
Co. Cork
Edmund Cull
Electric Ray 40 kg 24.8.2002 Achill Shay Boylan
Ray's Bream 6 4.25 26.8.1979 Valentia Martin Sarney
Gilthead bream 1.673 kg 14.8.2006 Cork Harbour Tony Tait
Red Sea Bream 6 6 24. 8.1963 Valentia P. Maguire
Twaite Shad 1.54 kg 7.5.1999 St. Mullins Michael O’Leary
Porbeagle Shark 365 0 1932 Keem Bay, Achill Dr. O'Donel Brown
Blue Shark 206 0 7.10.1959 Achill Head J. McMonagle
Six Gilled Shark 480 Kg0 16.6.2009 Carrigaholt Joe Waldis
Common Skate 221 0 1913 Ballycotton T. Tucker
White Skate 165 0 7.8.1966 Clew Bay Jack Stack
Scad 1.97 lbs 6.9.1986 Clonakilty Master R. McCarthy
Smooth Hound 16.58 lbs 25.9.2000 Carne Keith Gray
Stone Basse 11.72 lbs 14.7.2005 Baltimore Tony Rainer
Three Bearded
Rockling
3 1 1.5.1990 Arklow Maurice Laurent
Tope 66 8 15.7.1979 Carlingford Lough Cyril Young
Torsk 4.858 kg 26.6.2006 Rosguill Jan de Bakker
Trigger Fish 2.54 kg 7.8.2006 Slea Head Bob Moss
Turbot 34 0 9.6.1982 Cork Harbour Frank Fleming
Tuna - Albacore 29.96 kg 5.9.2007 Caherciveen Henry McAuley
Tuna - Bluefin 440 kg 5.10.2001 Donegal Bay Adrian Molloy
Whiting 4 14.5 19.3.1981 Kenmare Bay Comdt.M.J. O'Connor
Ballan Wrasse 4.3 kg 20.8.1983 Clogher Head Bertrand Kron
Cuckoo Wrasse 2 7 15.9.1998 Causeway Coast Brian McLoughlin