(This gallery is based on the feature Celtic Sea Shark Hunt by Dave Lewis, which appeared in Sport Fishing magazine.)
It was that time of the year when the Welsh air was clear, crisp and sweetly tainted with the scent of fallen leaves lying on damp ground, when early in the morning on a windless day, a lazy mist floats effortlessly above the summer-warmed Celtic Sea.
In the darkness a bit earlier, we had slipped out of Milford Haven Marina and made the run down past the great oil refineries of Milford Haven Inlet, located on Wales southwesternmost coast, about 60 miles southeast of Ireland. We hit the open sea at Saint Anne’s Head, the three of us savoring mugs of steaming coffee inside the cramped wheelhouse aboard White Water.
We continued on out to the reef a few miles offshore, by which time the sun was slowly ascending into the eastern sky. There we had quickly filled a cooler with fresh mackerel for hook baits and chum before steaming a further 30 miles offshore on the slick-calm Celtic Sea to commence our drift.