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  • Specimen Hunting Series part 7 Grey Mullet
    The Grey Mullet Challenge Latin name Chelon labrosus Irish record, 9.10 pounds, taken at Cork Harbour by Cay Heerwagen on the 26.09.93 Specimen weight, 5 pounds or 2.268 kilos         The trip So far this year, to keep things interesting, I have tried to alternate the specimen hunting from salt-water to fresh-water. After last month’s fabulous Tench capture, it was time to take on the challenge of a sea-going specimen. In keeping with the editor’s demands...

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  • Specimen Hunting Series Part 6 Tench
    The Tench Challenge Latin name Tinca tinca Irish record, 8.15 pounds taken at Ballyeighter Lake by Nick Parry on 20.06.95 Specimen weight, 6 pounds       The trip After last month’s “near miss” with the Plaice specimen, I needed an ego boost and decided on the relative safety of a coarse angling species. I say safety, but in reality, no specimens are a certainty! June heralds the arrival of the Tench season in the North, lagging behind the warmer climat...

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  • Specimen Hunting Series Part 5 Plaice
    The Plaice Challenge Latin name Pleuronectes platessa Irish record, 8.23 pounds, taken at Ballycotton pier by Edmund Cull on 23.1.82 Specimen weight, 4 pounds.     The trip After last month’s Carp challenge, and the editors’ demands to target something a little more challenging, I decided to pull out all the stops and target a species on the North Coast that, at specimen size, is as rare as rocking-horse manure. Certainly, twenty years ago, a four-pound plaice would...

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  • Specimen Hunting Series Part 4 Carp
    The Carp Challenge Latin name Cyprinus carpio Irish record 29lbs 13oz taken at The Lough, Cork by Sidney Kennedy on 5.7.1998 Specimen weight 12lbs or 5.443 Kilos     Article 4 of a twelve part series, originally written for Irish Angler magazine several years ago  The trip I had several specimen options to target this month, and, after a great deal of thought, narrowed my list down to three species, namely Perch, Roach or Carp. A welcome break in the chilly weather b...

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  • Specimen Hunting Series Part 3 Spur Dog
    The Spur-dog Challenge Profile Latin name Squalus acanthias   Irish record, 21.25 pounds taken at Dun Laoghaire by Charlie Robinson on 10.8.2001 Specimen weight, Twelve pounds or 5.443 kilos       Article 3 of a twelve part series, originally written for Irish Angler magazine several years ago  The trip In my experience, the month of March is the worst time of the year to target a specimen fish. There is the possibility of a large Lesser- Spotted Dogfish fr...

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  • Specimen Hunting Series Part 2 Pike
    The Pike Challenge Profile Latin name Esox lucius Irish records Lake record: 42lbs 12oz taken in White lake in 2005 by Larry Kelly. River record: 42lbs taken on the River Barrow in 1964 by M.Watkins. Specimen weight Lake: thirty pounds River: twenty pounds     Article 2 of a twelve part series, originally written for Irish Angler magazine several years ago  The trip After last month’s Skate adventure, I wanted to seek a freshwater species this time, and Febru...

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  • Specimen Hunting Series part 1 Common Skate
      The Common Skate Challenge   Profile Latin name, Raja batis Irish record, 221 pounds taken in Ballycotton in 1913 by T.Tucker       Article 1 of a twelve part series, originally written for Irish Angler magazine several years ago Introduction A recent phone call from the editor of Irish Angler certainly set me thinking. “I want to run a concept by you, see what you think” he said. “Would it be possible to target a different species at specime...

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    2014
    Another Carp Adventure
    Cork City Carping At least once a year I make the effort to spend a few days on “The Lough” down in Cork City.   Although I am not a dedicated “carper” as such, and prefer targeting all Irish fish species, I find that I still need my little Carp fix each season to keep things balanced in the angling world.   A few days relaxing among friends, the contemplative quiet periods between “runs”, and the adrenaline rush when the receiver quietly tells ...

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    Aug
    2014
    Three-Bearded Rockling, In pursuit of a new species
    In pursuit of a new species   As we struggled through the depths of winter last year, I decided to set my sights on a new target species at or above specimen weight.   As a dedicated specimen hunter for all Irish fish species, this would offer the challenge of a complete change in tact, methodology and approach.     By applying a “reasonably new” technique, generally known these days as “light-rock fishing” or LRF, I could scale down the tackle ...

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  • A venture to the south east coast
    Cahore Harbour, County Wexford It was about six years ago, whilst standing on the banks of the River Barrow at St.Mullins, fishing for Twaite Shad, that friend and well-known Dublin angler, Dennis Butler first wet my appetite for an adventure out of Cahore. Sentences such as “packs of Tope” and “large numbers of Smooth-hound on light tackle” drove my imagination wild.     Years passed by all too quickly, but every spring, around May and June, my thoughts dr...

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