The Baltimore Deep Sea Angling Festival, South West Ireland's oldest sea angling competition, is noted for exciting fishing and good company. Situated in the heart of the famous fishing grounds of West Cork, Baltimore has played host to this annual event for 50 years. The boats employed are all licensed and fully equipped charter boats with qualified and experienced skippers.
The four day competition has an international flavour and usually attracts around 70 anglers from around Ireland and abroad. It is open to all and you can enter as an individual or part of a three-person team. The first day is devoted to a separate one day tag-and-release shark fishing contest. This is followed by the main event – a three day deep sea competition for fish like conger, ling, pollack, cod and common skate. You can enter for just one or two days if you wish and compete for the daily cash prizes presented after fishing each day.
Besides the tagging of sharks and skate there is an overall emphasis on conservation with results determined on a points basis so fish not wanted for the table can be returned safely to the sea. Silverware and other valuable prizes are presented at a prize-giving dinner on the last night.
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