We operate a new 11m Vigilante with twin 320hp Turbo Diesels, she is a deep vee type hull and so is very comfortable in a sea, and does not slam, she has a very wide beam which gives exceptional stability at rest. This combination makes her a very crew kindly vessel.
We are licensed by the Dept. of the Marine to carry 12 Passengers and 2 crew.
The license is called a P5 and allows us to operate in the entire Donegal Bay area from Mullinasole, Mountcharles, Bundoran, Mullachmore, Killybegs, Teelin and Burtonport.
The boat is equipped with all the necessary comforts for a good day at sea and has a package of safety equipment, which exceeds the very stringent D.O.M. requirements. We use high definition sonar and are equipped with a seabed mapping system, along with all the usual modern marine electronic navigation hardware.
Local knowledge is very important to the skipper, who has been diving for 18 years and aspires to explore every nook.
Donegal Bay is the ideal Sea-Angling venue, from our base in Donegal Town we have easy access to the entire bay, which is one of the most diverse fishing grounds in Europe.
On our doorstep are famous Tope marks where we fish Skate, Ray, Tope as well as flatties and even Monk. This area is full of esturine channels with a sandy muddy bottom and deep scoured holes, the bottom dwelling fish congregate in these deep holes waiting for lunch to come to them on the tide. We sit up tide on a heavy sand anchor with a bait bag on the anchor chain and set ground baits, while we are waiting it is the norm to fish light tackle for flatties etc.
A little further west we fish reefs where there are nice ledges and drop-offs. Sometimes we drift the reefs but normally we will fish on the anchor at the reef edge or on sandy muddy bottom areas between the reefs or patches ofhard ground. Here we target John Dory, Wrasse, Pollock,Cod, Gurnard, Pouting, Ling, Conger, Bream, Coalies, Garfish etc. We have even caught Squid and two different types of Octopus on these marks.
We fish Shark from June To October, the bay is very good for big Blue Shark who cruise the north east Atlantic, and move inshore this time of year. Porbegle, Mako, Thresher and Six-Gilled shark are also known in the area.
Recently we have equipped the Charter Boat with Trolling gear and will be targeting Albacore or Longfin Tuna when they next show up off our coast. The Giant Blue-Fin Tuna is of course hot on our list and to this end we are fully equipped and ready to go.
We operate a Tag and Release policy for Shark and exotic species.
Clay Pigeon Shooting.
Occasionally if the fishing is poor or we are only landing one species, we will set up the automatic clay thrower and have a clay shoot. Great fun and safe for all ages.
We normally pick up at Mountcharles Pier
Take the Killybegs road from Donegal Town and go left after 4km
Follow the shore road to the pier.
There is ample car parking, please do not obstruct the slipway.
There is accomadation in the area to suit all bugets and tastes, from town center hotels with all facilities and a lively nite-life, to self-catering cottages and guest houses in coastal villages with little light pollution( best to view the stars )if you normally live in a city you will appreciate the sky at night here. There are many Bars and a few good restaruants in the area. There is also a reliable Taxi service if you want to socialise in the surrounding towns or explore the village pubs.
Give us a call and we will help you find accomadation to suit your requirments, or try www.donegaldirect.com to view or book accomadation in Donegal Town and surrounding areas.
Please book early, to allow us accommodate you on the dates you require, and avoid disappointment.
We accept all major Credit Cards and can be booked by telephone or on-line.
The clear waters of the northeast Atlantic abound in sealife and the coast of Donegal is home to a vast number of species. The Diving is varied with everything from Sea-Caves, Reefs, Bulligs, Sea Stacks, Gullies and Drop-Offs to Fast Drift-Dives over Sand, Limestone Slab, Boulder, Pebble Waves and scoured channels or relaxed low energy sites with Sea-Grass Colonies and Kelp Forest.
We have some Wreck sites, both historic and modern, but the area is better known for its U/W Wildlife and scenery.
We use a fancy sea-bed mapping system and high definition sonar and can place and retrieve Divers with great precision The skipper has been diving this area for 18 years and has good local knowlege.
We can supply tanks and weights but prefer if you use all your own gear. We carry Oxygen and are trained in First Aid and Diver emergency procedure.
We are equipped and competant in the areas of Inshore and tidal zone survey.
including: Marine mapping & monitoring and Search & recovery. We can quickly mobilise a full professional Dive team to min. qualification HSE part 4.
We can provide Sea-bed mapping, Habitat mapping and monitoring, Video and acoustic surveys, Sea-bed inspection and installation using Dive teams and/or R.O.V
The boat costs from €450.00 per day or €50 per head, whatever works? This includes Skipper and free flow tea & coffee.
However Rod hire is extra and we charge €15 per day.
You must also pay for lures/traces. We carry a wide selection of rod/reel’s, from 12lb to 130lb all best quality mostly Penn and Shimano.
We accept all major Credit Cards and booking by phone or on-line.