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  • Specimen Hunters Diary 2017
    21 January 2018


    Specimen Hunters Diary 2017   A look back over the trials, tribulations and memories of the season past.         As usual at this time of year, whilst watching the blizzards and rainfall beating against the windows, and feeling sorry for myself, I tend to reminisce of my angling memories created the previous season. As a dedicated specimen hunter, the emphasis is always placed on the spectacular catch, that “fish of a life-time”, but that shouldn&rsquo...

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    Jan
    2018
    The Hardy Zephrus Fly Rod
    The Hardy Zephrus Fly Rod   Testing the Zephrus against another wily predator.   Towards the end of summer 2017, I was delighted to receive a twelve weight version of the Zephrus from Hardy Tackle, and told to bend it into some decent predators and give an honest appraisal as to its performance! Combined with the Fortuna Reel, although expensive, is un-doubted a top-class fly combination.         I put the thinking cap on, and for an initial field test, too...

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  • 10

    Dec
    2017
    Targeting Specimen Roach
    Targeting Specimen Roach or “Get your waggler out” (Written in 2012)       Throughout the month of March I concentrated my efforts almost entirely on the pursuit of Perch, in an attempt to find the elusive three-pounder. Unfortunately I failed to hit this target, but with my angling mate Glenn Drennan joining me in the challenge, we caught so many Perch and bonus Pike in the process that our exploits were far from disappointing. We both learnt a great deal ...

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  • 7

    Oct
    2017
    Mackerel on the fly
    Mackerel on the fly   Having recently achieved an old ambition of landing a Blue Shark on a fly rod, it led me to fondly reminisce of a trip some time ago when I had the opportunity to target Mackerel on the fly.         As I prepared to launch the Fast Fisher at the slipway in Portaferry, my angling mate Ryan Jones rang to ask if there was anywhere worth shore fishing. He was feeling a bit low and wanted to “get his head showered” as they say here in ...

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  • 1

    Oct
    2017
    Early season Carp angling
    Terry’s Travels   Carp   Originally written for Irish Angler Magazine, back in 2011.       With new JRC "Razor" rods and Abu Cardinal reels just in from Pure Fishing Tackle Company,  I had to go carp angling, and waiting for a break in the bitter cold weather was a luxury I no longer had. With a few days free, I rang Sid and told him I was on my way. He voiced his concerns that it was still quite cold, and it could be a wasted 290 mile journey, bu...

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  • 28

    Sep
    2017
    Fly Fishing for Shark part 2
    Fly Fishing for Shark part 2 Featuring the Hardy Zephrus SWS and the Hardy Fortuna XDS reel The final part of my recent challenge in “hooking-up” a Blue Shark on the fly rod, featuring the amazing new Hardy Fortuna XDS reel and Hardy Zephrus salt water series fly rod. Check out the video clip at the end of the blog!       Back in May of this year, I received my Hardy fly kit in preparation to target a Shark on the fly. I have always wished to do this, and with th...

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  • 22

    Sep
    2017
    Wreck Trip
    Wreck Trip   A recent invite from my angling pals down south saw me loading up the jeep once again and heading for Cork Harbour.         This would be an off-shore trip, and at long last, a chance to put a bend in the GX2 30-50lb boat rod from Shakespeare. I have had the opportunity to play with most of the range, from the short Kayak Rods right up to the 20-30lb class, and cannot fault the product in this price range. The 30-50lb is ideal for off-shore wrecks, re...

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  • 16

    Aug
    2017
    Dont forget the C Word
    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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