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    Feb
    2016
    Specimen awards 2016
    Specimen awards 2016   Just home from the 2016 Irish Specimen Awards, and it was another great wee show.         Held this year in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin it ran as smooth as always with Dr Willie Roche at the helm and the sterling work of the committee, and in particular, Bridie Flemming, without whom I am certain the process would be in disarray!   Ross Macklin recieves an award for achieving twenty different species over specimen weight Awards present...

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  • 23

    Feb
    2016
    Back in the game
    The Shakespeare Agility XPS   After a few months off with tendonitis of the elbow, its great to be back in the game, chasing double-figure Pike on the fly         After my product review of the XPS last season, I enjoyed using it so much at the time that I bought one for myself, but unfortunately had little opportunity to use it until now. As flood waters have started to ease, coupled with a drop in wind speed, I was finally able to take to the water, armed only w...

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  • 2

    Jan
    2016
    A Specimen Hunters Year 2015
    A Specimen Hunter’s Year 2015   Acknowledgement I wish to take this opportunity to thank my sponsors, the World’s Largest Tackle Company, Pure Fishing. All my adventures and captures over the past five years were under-taken using only tackle from the Pure Fishing stable.     Well, we are at the passing of another year in the specimen hunter’s calendar. Over time I have fallen into the usual species hunting routine in Ireland, and there are many like me it ...

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  • 28

    Dec
    2015
    A new deep-water venue
    A new deep-water venue   With all this heavy rainfall, I was forced to postpone my planned River Pike sessions for the time being, and turn my attentions to the sea.   Again, weather conditions have not been kind, and, checking my diary, I was amazed to see that strong coastal winds and huge tides have kept me away from my usual haunts for several months now.   However, with two days of light winds over a neap tide, almost un-heard of these days, we had a rare opportunity to...

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  • 3

    Dec
    2015
    Specimen Roach and their Hybrids
    Specimen Roach and their Hybrids (Archive article for Irish Angler, 2010)   With the Predator Tour on Lough Derg taking up most of my angling time last month, chasing specimen fish and playing with new products were temporarily placed on the back-burner.       During this period, I had been asked to have a look at the Mitchell “Big Mouth”, a no-nonsense, distance casting spinning reel from the Pure Fishing stable. Teamed up with the new Shakespeare Supertea...

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  • 27

    Nov
    2015
    Specimen Flounder
    Specimen Flounder Featuring the Abu Atlantic and Penn Mag (Archive article, originally for Irish Angler Magazine) Regular readers will have noticed that my articles this year are based around various new tackle items on the market. My intentions are to hand-pick top quality gear each month, and give it a thorough test in pursuit of whatever species or task it is designed to target.   For this month’s article, I wished to hit some shore marks in search of large Flounder, and the ...

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  • 1

    Nov
    2015
    Collecting Sand eels
    Collecting Sand eels Over the last few years, whenever possible, I have made the 360 mile journey from Kircubbin to Kerry in search of new adventures. I usually stay with Kevin and Christine Brain in their bed and breakfast facilities, overlooking Lough Currane, famous for Salmon and in particular, the exceptional Sea Trout angling available.       From this home-base in Waterville, I am able to explore the wealth of coves, beaches and rock marks, and to be honest, two life-...

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  • 4

    Oct
    2015
    Carp and cough medicine
    Carp and cough medicine When Ross Macklin gave me a call offering a couple of days work surveying feeder streams in Galway, I jumped at the chance. With his “state of the art” electro-fisher, he looked like one of the guys out of Ghost Busters! It was an interesting two days.       With this “away from home” opportunity, I took the liberty of packing the carp gear, and with work completed, took the three hour drive from Galway to Cork City and met up ...

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  • 30

    Sep
    2015
    Interesting Day
    Interesting Day   It has been a couple of years since I fished with my old mate “Big Joe”, and finally managed to talk him into joining us on this recent adventure.           Launching from a North Antrim Harbour, we decided to try a drift along a co-ordinate given to me earlier by top charter skipper Sean McKay, Ballycastle. He had been finding some specimen Spurdogs on this mark, and it would be a welcome change to actually drift for this speci...

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  • 19

    Sep
    2015
    Spurred on with another boat adventure
    Spur’red on with another boat adventure On this adventure, I was lucky enough to have a couple of items of tackle to play with. Shakespeare had kindly sent over two of the new Ugly Stik Kayak rods to have a look at, and Shamrock Tackle had generously donated a selection of boat rigs to try out.     With neap tides currently running, the deep inshore waters of the Antrim Coast beckoned, and all we needed was a drop in wind speed to get us off the starting blocks! There were s...

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