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    Dec
    2014
    West Cork Mullet-Good Medicine
    West Cork Mullet Good Medicine During the summer I paid my old angling buddy Sidney Kennedy a visit on his home turf down in Cork City. He had a potentially serious upcoming operation to deal with and I wanted to get out fishing with him to take his mind off of it.       Hopefully some friendly banter, good fishing, and I like to think decent companionship would be just the medicine required for a little respite. Commitments were such that Sid would not be able to join me ...

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  • 18

    Oct
    2014
    Roach-Rudd Hybrids, the trials and tribulations of specimen hunting.
    Roach-Rudd Hybrids. The trials and tribulations of specimen hunting.   As a dedicated specimen hunter, every season of angling offers the realistic opportunity to increase knowledge on venues, species, temperature and weather conditions, and also moon phases in relation to targeting large, feeding fish.     This can be said of all angling disciplines. Even when a venue containing large fish has been discovered, to be consistent, the specimen hunter cannot rest on his laurels...

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  • 28

    Sep
    2014
    Tench, and the hand of fate
    Tench and the hand of fate. I have mentioned this before in several previous articles, about how the hand of fate often intervenes when it comes to angling, and no more so than when targeting individual larger species.   In many cases, fate will deal the cards against your desired plan or outcome, but on the odd occasion, it can also throw you a winning combination.       One such combination came my way on a recent adventure in search of specimen Rudd. I spent several...

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  • 13

    Sep
    2014
    An old mate and a big Skate
      An old mate and a large Skate   A few weeks ago, an old angling friend, Ryan Jones contacted me. Ryan fished quite a lot with me in the old days, both in fresh water and salt, and although it only seemed like a few years since we had a trip together, it turns out closer to ten years since our last adventure! I couldn’t believe how quickly time has passed, it’s actually quite worrying! Although a golf fanatic these days, Ryan had been reading my exploits regularl...

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  • 30

    Aug
    2014
    Rudd-Bream Hybrids
    Irish Rudd-Bream Hybrids   Targeting specimens On a recent work trip down in Cork City, I managed to cram in quite a bit of specimen hunting for several species, and thanks to my angling mate Sid Kennedy, I also squeezed in a very enjoyable Rudd-Bream Hybrid session.     Sid had kindly pre-baited a secret location on the local dam, one that could only be accessed by boat in order to make sure the spot would be vacant. With a little bit of lady luck, there should be a few lar...

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  • 3

    Aug
    2014
    Shad Fishing in Ireland
    Twaite Shad on the River Barrow County Carlow I was un-able to make it to the Shad fest last year, and I really found myself missing those few days spent casting a lure across the Barrow River, down in County Carlow.     The stunning scenery, like-minded anglers and of course, the adrenaline rush when a hard-fighting Shad succumbs to the lure of a lure, it’s an extremely addictive date on the specimen hunter’s calendar. With the offer of a week’s work down in Co...

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  • 6

    Dec
    2014
    Species hunt part 12 Blue Shark
    Blue shark Fact file Name Blue Shark Latin name Prionace glauca Irish record 206 lbs Specimen weight 100 lbs     The Trip As a fitting end to this year’s series, I decided on a Donegal Blue Shark adventure. This would give me the opportunity not only to target one of our most stunning, visiting predators, but also to get  friend and game angler, Mark Patterson out for some real angling! Mark is an excellent game angler, but served his angling apprenticeship some tim...

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  • 4

    Dec
    2014
    Species hunt part 11 Conger Eel
    Conger Eel Fact file Name Conger eel Latin name Conger conger Irish record 72 lbs taken in June 1914 at Valentia by J.Green Specimen weight 40 lbs or18.144 kilos     The trip One species I haven’t covered in a while is the Conger Eel, and it was high time, I thought, to rectify this! I have caught quite a few on my local marks, but they have always been bonus fish rather than something deliberately targeted. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any particular w...

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  • 25

    Nov
    2014
    Species hunt part 10 Homelyn Ray
    Homelyn Ray also known as Spotted Ray   Fact file Name Homelyn Ray Latin name Raja montagui   Irish record 8.28 lbs taken on 28.09.1983 at Cork Harbour by Edmund Cull Specimen weight 5 lbs           The trip After last months adventure in pursuit of Cuckoo Ray, I decided this month, to remain on the ray theme. To explain, whilst searching out Cuckoos on my last trip, I discovered some extremely interesting underwater features that simply had to ho...

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    Nov
    2014
    Species hunt part 9 Cuckoo Ray
    Cuckoo Ray Fact file Name Cuckoo Ray (info ID, click here) Latin name Raja naevus Irish record 5lbs 11ozs taken on 3.08.1975 on the Causeway Coast by V.Morrison Specimen weight 4.5 lbs     The trip It is amazing how fate has the ability to barge its way into an angling trip and alter a carefully organised plan. Often, this is for the worse, but sometimes, on that rare occasion, it can be of benefit. My recent adventure in search of this month’s target species, the Cuckoo...

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