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  • Lower Bann Bream Bash
    Lower Bann Bream Bash It never ceases to amaze me, how a random series of events can lead to a fantastic days angling, a day when all the planning and thought over many evenings seems to slot together like a jigsaw. Whether this rises from knowledge and experience or pure luck is difficult to say, but I strongly suspect that it requires a hefty helping of both in order to gel into that perfect day. I would like to recount such a day, which I had the fortune to experience recently on the Lower ...

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  • Lough Swilly, Inishowen Peninsula
    Lough Swilly, Donegal For many years, Lough Swilly has been a top venue for my own angling club bookings. It is situated on the picturesque coastline of the Inishowen Peninsula, North Donegal, and offers the sea angler a wide variety of species in its shallow, sheltered waters. The lough covers an area of over fifty kilometres in length with an average width of five kilometres containing a wealth of boat and shore marks to explore.     The relatively shallow water and fast tides ...

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  • Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry, Co.Down
    Exploris Aquarium By donating many interesting captures over the last few years to Exploris, a local public sea-life aquarium, I have become well acquainted with some of the staff, and learnt quite a lot about how they quarantine, feed, and generally over-see the well being of all the species they have on display. This, as you can imagine, is of immense interest to me, and no doubt to all sea anglers that visit the premises. It is not that difficult to identify the anglers among the crowds, wit...

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  • Maiden Voyage
    A trip to the Maiden Islands For any sea anglers reading this article that are not familiar with Belfast Lough, the Maidens are a group of nine islands of varying size, that lie approximately six miles offshore from Larne harbour. Also known as the Hulin Rocks, the two main islands stand proud on the horizon and are easily visible from the coast road. My earliest angling experience in this area was many years ago, aboard the well-known angling vessel “The Missy Moo”, owned and char...

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  • Fly Fishing for Pike
    Fly Fishing for Pike As winter strengthens its grip around the coast and the water temperatures begin to fall, many of our fish species dwindle. Apart from a few isolated areas and a small number of target species, angling success can be quite poor. However, many anglers in Ireland today are learning to adapt, and being able to make the switch from saltwater to freshwater and vice-versa, offers opportunities to enjoy excellent sport throughout the entire year. Having targeted most species in t...

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  • Ballycastle
    Sea Angling on the North-Antrim Coast Ballycastle harbour is situated on the North Antrim coastline, famous for the picturesque Glens of Antrim, Rathlin Island and “the aul lamas fair”. However, for sea anglers and specimen hunters alike, Ballycastle sound offers a far greater attraction. I have enjoyed many successful trips from this harbour with local skipper Sean McKay, targeting large Pollack and Ling over deepwater offshore reefs, and specimen Conger at anchor or during slack t...

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