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  • Decoy Lake
    24 May 2017


    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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    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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    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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  • 12

    Oct
    2016
    The hunt for a Specimen Skate
    Specimen Skate This particular species has been off the target list since 1972 in a bid to show support for its necessary conservation. However, new thinking by the Irish Specimen Fish Committee has allowed length-based measurements to be accepted, with certain Shark, Skate and Ray species.       This is excellent news as much needed data can now be collected on habitat, size and population around inshore waters of Ireland, all within the protection of the fish themselves. ...

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  • 23

    Sep
    2016
    Kerry Trip
    Kerry Trip What can I say about the Kerry shore-line from an angling point of view that hasn’t been said a thousand times already? She is indeed a mistress that will capture your heart and soul, yet slap you in the face as quickly as reward you.     The Kingdom of Kerry is famous for its stunning scenery, extensive mountain ranges that plunge into the Atlantic Ocean, seemingly endless miles of surf beaches and of course all four seasons in a day. The micro-climates here are ...

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    Sep
    2016
    Common Skate, a new specimen category
    Common Skate, a new specimen category   As a specimen hunter, it is a rare occasion to hear of a new targetable species on the Irish Specimen “hit list”.         However, since 1976 until now, Common Skate have been suspended due to important conservation measures. The act of weighing such a large fish on shore would obviously be detrimental to its well-being, and so it was deemed necessary to remove it from the list.   Recently, the committee h...

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  • 23

    Jul
    2016
    Sid's Specimens (archive 2011)
    Sid’s Specimens An archive article originally written for Irish Angler Magazine, 2011.           Living in County Down, as I am fortunate to do, I am privy to a beautiful and scenic part of this island of ours. With Strangford Lough and the Mourne Mountains, we have more than our fair share of areas of outstanding natural beauty to admire. However, as an angler that enjoys all disciplines of the sport, it pains me to say that County Down lacks one vital ing...

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