The aluminium boats are 5 meters long (over 16 ft) and they offer lots of space. These boats are wider than most hire boats in Ireland and are therefore very stable. This is big advantage when you want to stand up for spinning/casting. The boats are very safe thanks to the build in buoyancy, high freeboard and overall stability. The reliable 4-stroke outboards will get the boats to plane with 2 average size anglers plus the fishing gear. You can also comfortably fish 3 anglers from each boat.
All my boats have the following equipment as standard: swivel seats, rod holders, fishfinder, drogue (driftsock), bilge pump and oars.
At a small surcharge you can hire the luxury boats. These boats are even wider than the standard boats and they have an open flat floor with vinyl or carpet and a casting deck front and rear. The luxury boats also have dry storage space.
Since 1988 I have spent a lot of time on Lough Derg. I have fished in winter, spring, summer and autumn, in all weather conditions you can think of and tried many methods and all sorts of lures and fishing tackle. I think it is safe to say that I know the lake like the back of my hand by now! When you book me as a fishing guide you will benefit from that knowledge. I will do everything in my power to bring you to the best spots and to maximize your chances of catching fish. I am the only guide in Ireland that gives you a catch guarantee! (see below for details).
I use my own custom built boat for guiding. This boat is a Tuffy 1760 Esox. I imported it from the United States where it was built for fishing the big american lakes. The Tuffy is 17' 6" (535cm) long and it provides a lot of space and stability. The ride on the waves is very comfortable thanks to the deep V hull. My boat is equipped with fishfinder, navigation and an Minn Kota electric fronttroller with autopilot. With the 70 HP outboard engine this boat is fast enough to bring you to the best fishing areas. Welcome aboard!
If we do not get any pike in the boat you do not have to pay me the €180 fee for guiding. As you know, the number of fish that are caught are not always evenly spread between the anglers in the boat. One day you could get 5 fish and your friend might not get any fish, the next day it could be the other way around! Therefore I cannot guarantee that everybody on board will catch fish, just that we will get fish in the boat. I am also fishing myself, this will guarantee that I will bring you to the best spots I know and that I am 100% focused all the time while manoeuvring the boat over the fishing spots.
The catch guarantee does not apply when:
The windforce is 6 beaufort or more or when wind gusts are over 35km per hour
If you ignore my advice in such a way that it has a serious impact on your chances of catching fish.