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    Jul
    2016
    Sid's Specimens (archive 2011)
    Sid’s Specimens An archive article originally written for Irish Angler Magazine, 2011.           Living in County Down, as I am fortunate to do, I am privy to a beautiful and scenic part of this island of ours. With Strangford Lough and the Mourne Mountains, we have more than our fair share of areas of outstanding natural beauty to admire. However, as an angler that enjoys all disciplines of the sport, it pains me to say that County Down lacks one vital ing...

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  • 16

    Jul
    2016
    Carp (archive article 2010)
    Carp (Archive article from 2010)   It doesn't seem like six years since I wrote this for Irish Angler Magazine, but the dates don't lie! This was the winter of snow and ice, one of the coldest on recent record.         Well, it’s been a long time coming, but the temperature has finally crept up! Since January, I have stock-piled some fabulous JRC carp tackle to play with, but with all this exceptionally cold weather we have experienced through-out the count...

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  • 15

    Jul
    2016
    Wearing my guiding hat for a day
    Wearing my guiding hat for a day   Although having been sponsored by Pure Fishing, one of the largest tackle companies in the world, for many years, I have never had the opportunity to fish with its main agent in Ireland, David Wilson.           I have known David for a long time, and we have often talked about the merits of a day out on the water, but for one reason or another, it just never got off the ground. However, a recent phone call from him offered ...

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  • 11

    Jul
    2016
    Fenit re-visited
    Fenit re-visited   Almost one month to the day, I had to have a return visit back down to Fenit. The venue and the fish species therein had worked their way under my skin and nothing would do until I had one more shot at glory for the year.     Back home my brain had melted and the tranquillity of Tralee called out, and I soon found myself standing at the slipway I had left behind four weeks ago. I could neither afford the time or money spent to get here, but here I stood de...

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  • 8

    Jul
    2016
    In search of a new species
    In search of a new species   It’s not that I have grown bored of targeting the usual Irish species throughout and around our country. On the contrary, I thoroughly enjoy it, but there are times when it feels right to venture further afield for a species I have never caught, or for that matter, even seen in the flesh!     For many years I have thought about hunting down a Stingray, a new and exciting species box for me to tick. Although non-existent in the north (water...

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  • 3

    Jul
    2016
    In search of large Perch 2016
    In search of large Perch 2016   Some information on hunting down specimen Perch in Ireland. At the end of this article you will find a guide to tackle required and some links to deals.           Perch waters (and I am talking about fish of 2-3lbs) can be extremely un-stable when it comes down to consistency in showing up on rod and line. They don’t appreciate being caught too often and soon become wise to an angler’s tactics. The old adage &ldquo...

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  • 19

    May
    2016
    Pure Pike adrenaline
    Pure Pike adrenaline  Featuring the Shakespeare Agility XPS fly rod This is my last shot at Pike on the fly for the season, and to leave them in peace until late Autumn-Winter. Hopefully they will be successful and produce another healthy generation to target in three-five years’ time.         It’s fair to say I don’t fish for Pike that much, just a few weeks at them until the temperatures rise sufficiently and I can get at the Roach and Tench....

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  • 4

    Apr
    2016
    Pre-Baiting for Pike 2016
    Pre-Baiting for Pike   Does pre-baiting work for Pike? Well of course it does. There is nothing new about this concept but it does surprise me how few anglers actually practice it, yet it is so easy to do, costs nothing, and works so well!       A Shark angler wouldn’t normally dream of targeting his quarry without laying down a trail of blood and oil, and when it comes down to the physiology, Pike aren’t that different from most Shark species. Both predato...

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  • 8

    Mar
    2016
    St.Mullins, County Carlow
    St.Mullins   Back in 2010, I wrote this article for Irish Angler magazine, and reading through it, I feel it is still very much relevant now, six years later. Take a wee read and enjoy the magic that is the River Barrow.       The Trip As I began my four and a half hour journey from Kircubbin, County Down to the quiet village of St.Mullins, County Carlow, I found myself wondering why an angler should go to all this effort, time and expense to target Twaite Shad, ...

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  • 29

    Feb
    2016
    Specimen Three-Bearded Rockling
    Specimen Three-Bearded Rockling   What a start to 2016! Gale force winds and torrential downpours leaving many of our lakes and rivers un-fishable and little chance of hitting the deep offshore marks at sea. So what options are there for a specimen hunter?       There are always options if you look hard enough. Locally, through these bleak months, there is one species I am able to dedicate some time to, the vividly coloured Three-Bearded Rockling.    Shakesp...

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