John O’Shea’s tour takes customers past Deenish and Scariff Islands in the wildlife abundant Kenmare Bay and the highlight of the trip is a 2.5 hours stop over on Skellig Michael, a 1,500 year old monastic settlement which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the return journey, customers can take in close up views of the Little Skellig, home to over 27,000 breeding pairs of gannets, making it the second largest gannet colony in the world. If they are lucky, they may also be joined by curious dolphins on the return leg while their skipper John O’Shea will often catch a few fish to cook and share on the voyage home.
John O’Shea also offers a range of sea fishing trips tailored to suit the novice and avid angler alike. Hundreds of visitors have caught their first fish on his boat the ‘L’Oursin’, (French for sea urchin) and his experience in these waters is second to none. John’s father was a Skelligs’ boat skipper and his grandfather was the last man born on the now uninhabited Scariff Island so local sea fishing knowledge runs deep in his blood. His fishing trips cater for groups and individuals and are fully licensed and Irish Tourist Board approved.
His fishing trips can last from 2 to 12 hours and include: reef and drift fishing for pollock, mackerel, cod, wrasse, conger, ling and colefish; deep sea angling for flatfish, conger, skate, ling, dogfish, ray and spurdog; shark fishing for blue, portbeagle and tope.
John operates the Catch and Release Programme. He also supports the Recycle Fish – Live Not Dead Programme. This ensures that fish not being eaten by the guests, either on board or on shore, are released to fight another day. All equipment is supplied. His tours depart from Derrynane Harbour, Caherdaniel, County Kerry.