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  • The Shakespeare XPS Strikes Again
    23 February 2020


    Terry's Travels   Put your money where your mouth is! The Shakespeare Agility strikes again.   I recently received a phone call from an angler I hadn't heard from in a long time, and he was looking for some tackle advice. He had read a few of my "Pike on the Fly" blogs and it's fair to say, they had whet his appetite somewhat. He wanted to give it a go.         The angler in question was Mark McGivern, of "Angling First" angling charity based in Dromore. ...

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    Jan
    2020
    Ticking_the_specimen_box
    Terry’s Travels Help a buddy out! Ross Macklin wanted a new specimen to target, to tick another box in the specimen hunters category, it's nice to be nice.       With my boat purged of winter algae, battery fully charged, functioning electronics and serviced engine running sweet, I contemplated my next saltwater adventure. A timely call from my good angling bud, Ross Macklin set the wheels in motion once again. Ross explained he would be attending a conference in Dunda...

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  • 26

    Dec
    2019
    Specimen Hunters Diary 2019
    Terry’s Travels Diary of a Specimen Hunter 2019 Courtesy of Pure Fishing Tackle Company   As we draw the curtains on yet another year, I enjoy looking back on my angling exploits and memorable catches from the season past. Each year is different of course, with the usual variables thrown into the mix such as fish availability, weather, funds, free time, commitments, accurate local information and a huge helping of luck, both good and bad.         However...

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  • 8

    Dec
    2019
    Mullet Method Magic
    Terry’s Travels Mullet Method Magic The thing about specimen hunting, and particularly if  targeting fish found in Irish waters, is that you can quite often apply tactics that have proven successful for one species, to make them work very well for another.       For example, I once fished Water-foot Pier on the Antrim Coast with a 10 metre Roach Pole and keep-net, freshwater match style, out of interest and a bit of fun.This was over thirty years ago by the way, a...

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  • 23

    Nov
    2019
    Big Bold Ballans
     Big Bold Ballans During the summer, we spent a couple of days in search of specimen Ballan Wrasse around the stunning Kerry Coast.         With temperatures now in single digits, and frost on the lawn, it's time to change tact and begin the hunt for our Irish freshwater predators. Pike come readily to the fly rod, surely the most enjoyable way of catching them, and lure fishing or dead-baiting are deadly when conditions dictate. This is now my seasonal target...

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  • 10

    Nov
    2019
    Brain Melt
    Terry’s Travels Brain Melt! Cure? Take a few  days in the South-West.   When everyday life melts your brain, what do you do?       I can't speak for others, but for most anglers, the cure is simple. You go fishing! My brain had passed the melt stage and had moved to liquefied. I had to get away from the bulk of civilisation and into areas that  were less populated with humans and more populated with fish species. Tranquil fish pursuit in coastal water...

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  • 2

    Sep
    2019
    In Search of Black-Mouths
    Terry’s Travels In Search of Black-Mouths Black-Mouth Dogfish are a deep-water cat shark that prefer the deeper drop-offs around our Irish Coast. Predominantly found in 300-500 feet of water, they seem to be more abundant around the Northern coastline of Ireland, and in particular, the Antrim Coast and across to Western Scotland.     It is for this reason that my friends south of the Irish border travel up to me in search of this elusive specie, that and my radiant personali...

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  • 19

    Aug
    2019
    A rare day out.
    Terry’s Travels   A rare day out.         I have recently invested quite a lot of money on a trailer rebuild. It was long over-due and I didn't fancy forking out five grand for a new one! The renovation included shot blasting and re-galvanising the main chassis, with higher load-bearing axles, brakes, flushable hubs and accessories supplied and fitted by Indespension trailers, Belfast (they offer finance which is extremely handy!). My wee Red Bay Fast Fis...

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  • 21

    Jul
    2019
    It's never too late to learn!
    Terry’s Travels It's never too late to learn!             I have been hooking and landing Common Skate for many years now, and have notched up a fair number on the old Fast Fisher it has to be said. In fact, my first Skate tagged on my boat was back in 2004, having caught a few before that with top charter skipper Sean McKay. But I recently realised I have been missing a trick or two over the years. If only this was the "norm" for Irish weather! To...

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  • 19

    Jul
    2019
    Wicklow re-visited
    Terry’s Travels Back to the East Coast for Specimen Smooth Hound action!           I thought after my recent trip down to the south-east coast, my Smooth Hound adventures were done and dusted for the year. However, a surprise invite from my buddy Sid Kennedy saw me scuttling around the shed gathering up the gear, and more importantly, on the phone enquiring if fresh peeler crab were available. Without this particular bait; the ultimate delicacy for Smooth Ho...

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