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  • A New Challenge, Part 2, Portaferry
    11 January 2023


    Terry’s Travels A New Challenge, Part 2, Portaferry Following on from my previous blog, I seem to have a mini-species bug! This time, I will be trying my luck on some local venues, chasing this elusive thirty centimetre Shore Rockling!         Portaferry, a small coastal village situated at the south end of Strangford Lough, County Down, is a local venue I know extremely well. It is one of those strange venues you fish from time to time, an area of outstanding na...

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  • 11

    Jan
    2023
    A New Challenge, Part 1, Portbradden
    Terry’s Travels A New specimen Challenge Part 1, Portbradden   Over the years, the Irish Specimen Fish Committee have added new targetable species to the list as particular Irish species become increasingly popular.       Recently, mini-species such as Gudgeon, Scorpion Fish, Corkwing Wrasse and Shore Rockling have come under the specimen hunter's spotlight. Although small in stature, the challenge of finding a sizeable specimen can be great fun. New metho...

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  • 9

    Jan
    2023
    A new year, let's see what's about
    Terry’s Travels A new year, let's see what's about It seems like an eternity since I've had the Fast fisher out off the coast. In fairness, it hasn't been a long winter thus far, being mild right up until Christmas, but windows of opportunity have been rare enough due mostly to strong inshore breezes plaguing the Irish coastline.     The beginning of January offered one such window, and happily, in the good company of my old mate Michael Mcgimpsey, we launched and were ...

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  • 5

    Jan
    2023
    Winter Roach Fishing
    Terry’s Travels Winter Roach Fishing on the River Blackwater Well, the plan was three days Pike angling over the Christmas break, "bivvied" up...rods on alarms and basically "crash-out" on the bed-chair, lazy ass fishing. But when do angling adventures ever go to plan? Rarely, I can tell you.       An advanced weather forecast gave very little rain over the week ahead, ideal I thought for Skip (my ageing Jack Russell) and I to relax. A possible chance of a decent ...

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  • 10

    Oct
    2021
    Kilmore Quay Harbour
    Terry’s Travels Kilmore Quay Harbour Back again after only twenty years or so!             I last fished out of Kilmore Harbour, it's crazy to say, sometime last century! Leading up to one of the Master Angler Boat Competitions. I think my old mate and Irish International Liam Longmore won it that year. Our club at that time, Parkview Angling, booked a couple of trips with top charter skipper in the area, Eamonn Hayes, in a bid to get a feel of the pl...

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  • 11

    Oct
    2021
    Youghal Harbour, for a wee look about
    Terry’s Travels Youghal Harbour, for a wee look about I have fished Youghal Estuary successfully from the shore many times over the seasons, it was high time I had a taste of boat fishing to see if anything was about!       Following yet another invite from Sidney Kennedy, I found myself en-route to Cork City. Stopped over at his for the night, always great to see him and Mandy, and the god forbids, along with the fabulous hospitality they offer me. The Moby Dick pu...

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  • 28

    Aug
    2021
    Back at the Ballans
    Terry’s Travels   Back at the Ballans         As a youngster, almost all my sea angling was through the discipline of float fishing. I had a cheap two-piece "specimen rod" that I strapped to the cross-bar of the bike, and a rucksack of tackle on my back. All my destinations were within cycling distance. I float fished for Mackerel and Herring off Bangor Pier, Flounder in the "Long Hole" and Pollack and Wrasse off Orlock Point, County Down. That little rod d...

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  • 3

    Sep
    2021
    Bluemouths, A ten Year Project
    Terry’s Travels Bluemouth A Ten Year Project         Having pushed hard to get Blackmouths on the specimen list some years ago, it seemed fitting that I should target Bluemouths!   Throughout my angling career, I have been fortunate enough to see the vast majority of native fish species available in Irish waters. Logistically however, there are a few that can be extremely difficult to target, despite best laid plans of mice and fishermen. How stunning w...

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  • 4

    Jul
    2021
    Another new species to target
    Terry’s Travels Another new species to target       In 2021, the Irish Specimen Fish Committee introduced several new salt water species to the list of targetable fish that can be caught in and around Ireland.   These include, the Short-spined Sea Scorpion, the Shore Rockling and the Corkwing Wrasse. Broadly described as mini-species, these will interest the LRF (Light Rock Fishing) guys along with the usual bunch of Irish specimen hunters. It should be interesti...

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  • 30

    Jun
    2021
    Stingray Persistence pays!
    Terry’s Travels Stingray Persistence pays!       As a self confessed specimen hunter for many years now, it has always been a case that some specimen fish show up relatively easy, and some take a little more time. When I say a little more time, I have chased certain specimen species for weeks, months....and sometimes years to meet the challenge.   Always different, today, overcast and moody, but still awesome Yes, you do the homework, and source out as much inf...

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