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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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  • 24

    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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