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  • Dont forget the C Word
    16 August 2017


    Don’t forget the “C” Word!   As an “all-rounder” specimen hunter in Ireland, when I hear there are sizeable fish being caught on a venue somewhere in the country, it is extremely frustrating that I cannot drop everything immediately and hit the mark! And I realise that all anglers suffer from the same complaint. (For further info..click on highlighted subjects throughout this blog)     Only last week for example, large Spurdog were showing locall...

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    Aug
    2017
    Carping and kipping
    Carping and kipping   Continuing on from my West Cork adventure, despite not having had my fill of chasing Mullet, Mother Nature had other ideas!           Wind direction swung from Northerlies to straight South and increased in speed dramatically. This was her way of saying “enough for now”! Stalking Mullet with finely tuned tackle was no longer an option. These are the moments when a contingency plan is necessary, and mine was already in place,...

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    Aug
    2017
    Finding my mojo!
    Finding my mojo!   A few weeks ago I stated on social media that I had lost my fishing mojo! This symptom is without doubt a combination of many variables. The loss of several top angling marks due to some immigrant fish munchers and law breakers along with numerous bouts of bad luck that simply kept “knocking me down in 2017”.     As anglers, we all take a few knocks in search of dream catches, with weather conditions being one of the biggest “hitters&rdqu...

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    Jul
    2017
    Offshore, Antrim Coast
    Ballycastle It has been quite a while since I ventured out to sea but with a brief weather window available I decided to give the Fast Fisher a much-needed run out. Andrew Wolsey joined me to see what was about, and we decided on trying the deep water reefs of the Antrim Coastline. There hasn’t been much news of Mackerel shoals but we were delighted to run into some large Mackerel quite quickly, most tipping the scales at around a pound. These larger examples have high oil content and ma...

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  • 24

    May
    2017
    Decoy Lake
    Terry’s Travels Decoy Lake   My initial introduction to Decoy Lake was back in May of 2011, through my involvement with Inland Fisheries Ireland and a chance meeting with local angler and instructor Philip Maher.     We had been successfully surveying the possibility of Twaite Shad on the River Suir, when Philip invited Mark Corps and I to have a look at this particular Carp water situated a few minutes from Carrick-on-Suir. Of course, although never having seen this ...

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  • 22

    May
    2017
    A look back over 2010, a specimen hunters diary
    Terry’s Travels   A look back over 2010, a specimen hunter’s diary       As I sit here preparing to write this article, I can see my lough boat in the garden through the side window, and to my dismay, it is still almost un-recognisable, covered in ten inches of snow, as indeed, is the rest of the country. The last of the rivers have finally frozen over and the thought of heading to sea is a daunting prospect, especially towing a large boat in these treachero...

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  • 13

    May
    2017
    Fly fishing for shark, part 1, featuring Hardy Tackle
    Fly fishing for shark, part 1, featuring Hardy Tackle   Many years ago I talked at length with my old mate Sid Kennedy about the possibilities of targeting Shark on the fly in Ireland.       We planned how we could go about it, but as each season approached something cropped up and our plans were scuppered. We always ended up finding exciting angling elsewhere in Ireland, and the Shark-fly project ended up on the back burner.   Since those early days, we were bea...

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    Dec
    2016
    Specimen Hunters Year 2016
    Specimen Hunters Year 2016   As we reach the cusp of the end of another year, I like to reflect on how I performed as a dedicated specimen hunter in Ireland. As always on this occasion, I will try and squeeze a year’s worth of angling into a single blog.       It was, as always, an interesting year, travelling the four corners of this beautiful country in search of fish species and meeting the colourful angling characters that Ireland has in abundance.   M...

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  • 30

    Nov
    2016
    The art of specimen hunting
    The art of specimen hunting   There are many different disciplines in angling. In and around the island of Ireland, and I am generalising here, these boil down to game, coarse and sea.       Of course, these can be broken down further into Salmon, Sea Trout, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout in the game category, an impressive variety of freshwater species in the course section with dedicated anglers concentrating on particular quarries such as Pike, Carp, Bream etc., and ...

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  • 21

    Nov
    2016
    Grey Mullet, it's a learning curve!
    Grey Mullet, it's a learning curve! It is no secret to any who know me that Grey Mullet are one of my favourite species in Irish waters.   As an all-round angler, the attraction I have to these stunning, silver torpedoes is not difficult to fathom.         Their stream-lined shape, diamond-patterned scaling and horizontal bands, seemingly air brushed by nature over a background canvas of silver-grey and cream, would give them pride of place in any tropical salt-w...

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