BLUEFIN TUNA FISHING
We run our bluefin tuna fishing charters as part of Ireland’s bluefin tagging programme. Ireland announced its first bluefin tagging programme in 2019, and, since then, we have been licensed to take part in it. Silver Dawn is equipped with a fighting chair and top quality fishing tackle from manufacturers such as Shimano, Penn and the superb Italian manufacturer Alutecnos. We have both 80lb and 130lb class rods and reels. The fish are brought alongside the boat for measurement and tagging.
The 2022 programme will run from 1 July to 12 November, with the peak tuna season locally usually running mid September to late October. However, big game fish can be extremely unpredictable. 2020 being a very productive year whilst 2021 was relatively poor, although we still caught our earliest, latest and largest bluefin so far. If you are interested in joining a bluefin tuna fishing charter, please contact me.
Visit our Facebook page for regular updates on what’s being caught on Silver Dawn.
Satellite Tagging with the Marine Institute
Bluefin tuna are measured, tagged and released alongside. The only exception is when we are chartered by Ireland’s Marine Institute to satellite tag these fish. In which case, they are safely brought on board in order to carry out this essential scientific research and are released again very quickly.