Sea fishing and wildlife trips on board "Tigger"
From April to October, we are based 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 approximately 45 minutes drive west of the city of Cork and its airport. From November to March, we operate from Castlepark Marina in Kinsale.
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. Heading out to sea sees the list of available species increase dramatically with summer shark fishing in particular being unbeatable when weather and sea conditions allow us to reach more distant marks. Often we are met by pods of dolphins and occasionally whales which are a welcome sight that confirms the quality of the waters in the area.
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. The wide variety of bird species 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.
It was an easy decision to set up our charter business in this idyllic location, even though access to the open sea is limited by a century's old sand bar.
Our first full season operating Tigger has built on several years of operating smaller boats from Ring and almost 40 years operating boats in other parts of Ireland and the UK, and without doubt, the quality of inshore and offshore fishing is as good here as I have found anywhere. Add to this the frequency that we encounter dolphins, whales and other visitors such as sunfish and basking sharks, this location is hard to beat for anyone wishing to experience marine wildlife at close range.