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  • A Date With A Skate
    27 July 2018


    A Date With a Skate   Helping some friends achieve an angling ambition.           Last year I had the good fortune to meet a lovely couple, Michael and Samantha Savage, and since that meeting, we have become good friends. Sam introduced herself at that time, and being passionate shore anglers, recalled stories and showed photos of their angling adventures around Northern Ireland. Although they have landed quite a few species, fishing from the shore obviously...

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    Jun
    2018
    Return to Fenit 2018
    Return to Fenit 2018   Back on the trail of the Irish Specimen Stingray, I headed south for Tralee Bay yet again to join Sidney Kennedy, before he relocated his boat back home in Cork. On this occasion I was also in the company of star angler and specimen hunter, six year old Amy, Sid's daughter.       I finally arrived at Fenit Harbour, after a frustrating journey from the north. I managed to hit the Dublin rush hour, exacerbated by a collision on the M50 that left tra...

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  • 15

    Jun
    2018
    River Barrow, guiding for Shad
    River Barrow, guiding for Shad   A couple of angling friends, Shad virgins shall we say, asked me to join them on the mighty River Barrow for an introduction to targeting Twaite Shad. How could I resist the opportunity to re-visit one of my favourite Irish venues?       I missed my chance to fish for Shad on the Barrow last year, and hadn't actually planned a trip for this year, 2018. But on the years that I don't visit the Barrow Valley at St.Mullins, I always feel th...

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  • 16

    May
    2018
    Uptiding for Undulates
    Uptiding for Undulates   With a matching pair of new Greys Toreon GR75 Uptide rods to put a bend in, I was on the look-out for a suitable venue to play with them, and it wasn't long until I found one.       I was thinking of towing the Fast Fisher down to Kerry in search of Stingray and Undulates, a great test for the rods, and I happened to mention this to my good buddy Sid Kennedy based in County Cork. He had already decided to tow his Quicksilver across to Fenit in T...

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  • 14

    Apr
    2018
    Trip to County Clare
    Trip to County Clare   I first met Florian Peter at the Pure Fishing Trade show towards the end of last year. He owns and runs a tackle shop in Ennis, County Clare.       From our chat, it was obvious he was big into predator lures, but it was also obvious that Florian was a knowledgeable angler, a nice lad and importantly, someone I would like to fish with. I love fishing outside my comfort zone, learning new methods (new methods to me, that is) from experienced angle...

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  • 13

    Apr
    2018
    Into The Mist
    Into The Mist I recently bumped into Harry Clinton and his son Michael in Alastair Smyth’s tackle shop, “Tight Lines” on the Albert-bridge Road, Belfast. I hadn’t seen Harry in a while, and although we threatened to fish together on a few occasions throughout the years, it had never transpired. It was time to rectify that, so I made a promise to take them out a run on my next sea excursion.     Until now, the weather for the beginning of 2018 hasn’t ...

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  • 3

    Apr
    2018
    Yearning for the Erne.
    Yearning for the Erne.   It has been a while since I wet a line, and an invite from an angling mate Simon Gibson saw us heading for the Erne in County Fermanagh in search of Pike, hopefully on the fly. A large fish would be sweet, but to be honest, I am at the stage so far this year where any fish and any size would be more than welcome!       Simon recently bought himself a wee boat, it’s fast and stable and easy to fly-fish or cast lures from and on this day, w...

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  • 6

    Mar
    2018
    Pike Angling at the Melview Lodge, Longford
    Melview Lodge, Longford. As I write this article, I face a dilemma. On the one hand, I wish to extol the virtues of Kevin Lyons, his guiding capabilities, his excellent range of boats, superb accommodation and huge wealth of angling possibilities that surround him.         On the other hand, until now, I have had Kevin mostly to myself, and would like to keep it that way! However, Kev has become a good friend over the years and in fairness to him, and any budding or exp...

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  • 28

    Feb
    2018
    Is it too late?
    Is it too late? If you never read another article of mine again, please take the time to read this one. It is not happy reading, but it IS a reality.   We are on the cusp of a change in times, and have the power to steer our sea angling towards sustainability. After many years work, we are now being listened to by government departments.     They realise that, as recreational sea anglers, we have a case to be heard and should be fully included in these changes. They also acc...

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  • 21

    Jan
    2018
    Specimen Hunters Diary 2017
    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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