Angling and wildlife tours on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
We are based on the Wild Atlantic Way in the stunning west Cork village of Ring, a short distance from the award winning vibrant town of Clonakilty (or 'Clon' for short) which lies an approximate 45 minute drive west of the city of Cork and its airport.
The Ring estuary and Clonakilty Bay are havens for wildlife, offering superb quality angling from the stone piers and shoreline throughout much of the year with bass, mullet (grey and golden), flounder, pollock and gilt head bream being realistic targets. The wide variety of bird species available too, whatever time of year you visit, is a good indication of the quality of this unique estuary, with visitors being drawn from across Europe by the opportunity to study so many species at close range.
The range of fishing found within close range of Ring is incredible, with most trips producing anything between 6 and 15 different species and in excess of 20 is possible if anglers are prepared to change methods and use different baits and lures throughout their trip. As a rule mackerel, pollock, cod and ling are usually encountered but several species of wrasse along with whiting, pouting, coalfish, bull huss, conger and many more are often added to the catch. Access to the open sea is limited by a century's old sand bar, therefore trips need to be planned around the tides. As you don't need to head too far offshore before you encounter fish, we don't spend too much of our angling trips underway.
If you do choose to head offshore to sample the superb shark fishing available within 10 miles of Ring, there is a very strong chance of encountering blue sharks and an increasing chance of bringing a porbeagle shark to the boat. Recent years have seen mako shark and thresher shark caught in these waters and just occasionally you may get one of these emptying your reel at a serious rate of knotts. Autumn/Winter has also seen giant bluefin tuna staying close inshore for several weeks. As yet however there is no fishery for Irish registered boats but this is something that remains under review.
Away from angling we can also offer trips out along the stunning coastline and further offshore to look for whales, dolphins, sunfish and huge basking sharks. There is no guarantee at any time of year that we will spot them, but we will always see a wide variety of birdlife, and as the sea warms up we can expect to see some of Ireland's more unusual and often rare paleagic visitors, so cameras and binoculars are a must if you book Tigger for a wildlife tour.
Several angling magazines have printed articles in recent years relating to the quality of fishing available in west Cork and in particular the Ring estuary. It was therefore an easy decision, following decades of owning and operating angling boats in Wales, and in Ring since 2008, to set up our charter business in this idyllic location and to make full use of Tigger's P5 30 mile license.