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  • 24

    Mar
    2015
    Exploring the Erne
    Fly Fishing for Pike Down on the Erne I took a run out with usual suspects Glenn Drennan and Andrew Wolsey, exploring yet more of the Lough Erne system. It’s a huge expanse of water and daunting to realise a life-time is just not enough to un-lock all its secrets! As the forecast gave little or no wind for today, this would hopefully be a fly only venture.     Although jerk-baits were brought along as emergency back-up should weather conditions deteriorate, the forecast was...

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  • 10

    Mar
    2015
    Targeting Ray from the shore
    Targeting Painted Ray from the shore This winter season must be my leanest angling period of my adult angling career! Fair enough some missed trips can be blamed on the weather, but the rest lies simply with not having time. As I plan to sell my house this year, a complete re-decorating schedule (by me) has unfortunately had to take priority and angling has definitely been placed temporarily on the back-burner!   As temperatures plummeted towards the end of the year, I longed to get out...

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  • 28

    Jan
    2015
    Shore Trip To Kerry (and a back-up plan!)
    Trip to Kerry With the shore-angling season (what season?) in the North slowing down dramatically, it was with high hopes that Big Phil, Andy Jones, Neil Thompson and myself met in Belfast, packed the jeeps with every piece of tackle we owned, and pointed our wagons south-wards.       The pre-arranged angling holiday had been planned months in advance by the lads. Due to other commitments, it was only at the very last minute that I knew I could join them on this adventure, an...

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  • 6

    Jan
    2015
    Gilty Pleasures
    My Gilty Pleasures After several failed attempts at targeting an Irish Gilt-Head Bream, the summer of 2013 finally rewarded Andy Wolsey and myself for our efforts. What a fantastic species this fish is! It is not only visually stunning, the metallic silver flanks and iridescent bronze shoulders, and that bright gold bar between the eyes, but also physically stunning. The powerful turn of speed once hooked can suitably be described as “electric”.   Our initiation into this sp...

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  • 4

    Jan
    2015
    First Trip of 2015
    Pike Trip First outing of 2015 Well, we are into another year of angling with all its dramas waiting to un-fold, lost fish, missed opportunities and hopefully special days when everything falls into place, where that fish of a life-time sits safely in the landing net.     Who knows what angling achievements are on offer for the new season, but unless we get out there and try, we will never find out! To keep the momentum going, Glenn, Andy and I got off our fat arses and ventured o...

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  • 3

    Jan
    2015
    A chance to guide again
    A chance to guide again Life, it has been said, is made up from a series of meetings and partings, and that is the way of it, and none more so than in the angling world. My pike angling connections in the Longford area began last year, when Mark Corps, Inland Fisheries Ireland, introduced me to Kevin Lyons during an angling survey. We had the good fortune to stay in the superb Melview Lodge, run and owned by Kevin and his wife Jane.       Looking at the photographs on t...

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  • 22

    Dec
    2014
    Fulfilling a promise
    Fulfilling a promise Many years ago, I was lucky to be introduced to two anglers from Cork City. They were Sid Kennedy and Ross Macklin. They took me under their wing and were instrumental in many of my specimen Carp captures on their local water, Cork’s famous Lough. Both lads are experienced anglers and specimen hunters, and over the years, I am pleased to say, we have become good friends.       This year, both Ross and Sid have amassed an enviable array of spec...

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  • 12

    Jan
    2015
    Cork City Carping
     Cork City Carping There is an ancient legend regarding “The Lough” in Cork City. It is said that during a celebratory banquet, a beautiful palace owned by King Corc was flooded by spring water.   The towers and buildings may still be seen below the surface by those with a sharp eye, and the spring will not recede until someone retrieves the golden water vessel that caused the problems in the first place!       The trip Unlike this story of Irish myth...

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  • 10

    Dec
    2014
    Targeting River Pike
    Targeting River Pike Targeting Pike on the fly, from boat, shore or float-tube is arguably the most rewarding method available to the Pike angler. However, as exciting as these fabulous predators on the fly can be, I understand that this is not every Pike anglers’ cup of tea. The majority of “pikers” on the Irish angling scene prefer, and do extremely well with standard lure fishing, trolling and dead-bait tactics, and rightly so.       These are the ...

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  • 12

    Dec
    2014
    Cork Harbour Codling
    Monkstown Codling I recently had the opportunity of three days’ work down in County Cork, and of course, couldn’t leave home without the rods!   With the work soon behind me, it was time to have a look along the coast to see what was about.     I say “have a look” but in reality, I rang my good friend Sid Kennedy and asked him what was happening locally. Sid has his finger on the angling pulse, and usually when I give him a call, the current angling i...

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