The first two weeks in May are often some of the best weather of the year. 2017 has delivered. On the evening of 10/05/2017 I caught my first Mackerel too, four lovely adult fish 30cm and bigger. Easterly winds in the first week kept the temperatures cool but the warmth is back in the sun. The seabirds are busy, building nests and mating. I saw Roseate Terns look like nesting at Dorinish Beg and Stony Island. I was surprised to see a group of  five Great Northern Divers in full summer plumage still lingering. Lots of jellyfish have arrived inside the islands. Basking shark are reported from Keem in Achill Island. The Common Seals are begining

Jellyfish arrive in Clew Bay Photo Shay Fennelly/Aquaphoto
Moon jellyfish, Aurelia aurita arrive in Clew Bay  10/05/2017 Photo Shay Fennelly/Aquaphoto

to haulout in larger numbers and will soon be breeding. Common and Black Guillemotes are in full summer plumage.

Rebecca out in Clew Bay, County Mayo Photo Shay Fennelly/Aquaphoto
First mackerel of 2017 caught 10/05/2017 in Rebecca out in Clew Bay, County Mayo Photo Shay Fennelly/Aquaphoto
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Skipper Reg Roynane in Lady Helen with a party at Inishgort Island, Clew Bay, County Mayo 10/05/2017 Photo Shay Fennelly/Aquaphoto
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