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    Aug
    2014
    Rudd-Bream Hybrids
    Irish Rudd-Bream Hybrids   Targeting specimens On a recent work trip down in Cork City, I managed to cram in quite a bit of specimen hunting for several species, and thanks to my angling mate Sid Kennedy, I also squeezed in a very enjoyable Rudd-Bream Hybrid session.     Sid had kindly pre-baited a secret location on the local dam, one that could only be accessed by boat in order to make sure the spot would be vacant. With a little bit of lady luck, there should be a few lar...

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    Aug
    2014
    Shad Fishing in Ireland
    Twaite Shad on the River Barrow County Carlow I was un-able to make it to the Shad fest last year, and I really found myself missing those few days spent casting a lure across the Barrow River, down in County Carlow.     The stunning scenery, like-minded anglers and of course, the adrenaline rush when a hard-fighting Shad succumbs to the lure of a lure, it’s an extremely addictive date on the specimen hunter’s calendar. With the offer of a week’s work down in Co...

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    Dec
    2014
    Species hunt part 12 Blue Shark
    Blue shark Fact file Name Blue Shark Latin name Prionace glauca Irish record 206 lbs Specimen weight 100 lbs     The Trip As a fitting end to this year’s series, I decided on a Donegal Blue Shark adventure. This would give me the opportunity not only to target one of our most stunning, visiting predators, but also to get  friend and game angler, Mark Patterson out for some real angling! Mark is an excellent game angler, but served his angling apprenticeship some tim...

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    Dec
    2014
    Species hunt part 11 Conger Eel
    Conger Eel Fact file Name Conger eel Latin name Conger conger Irish record 72 lbs taken in June 1914 at Valentia by J.Green Specimen weight 40 lbs or18.144 kilos     The trip One species I haven’t covered in a while is the Conger Eel, and it was high time, I thought, to rectify this! I have caught quite a few on my local marks, but they have always been bonus fish rather than something deliberately targeted. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any particular w...

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    Nov
    2014
    Species hunt part 10 Homelyn Ray
    Homelyn Ray also known as Spotted Ray   Fact file Name Homelyn Ray Latin name Raja montagui   Irish record 8.28 lbs taken on 28.09.1983 at Cork Harbour by Edmund Cull Specimen weight 5 lbs           The trip After last months adventure in pursuit of Cuckoo Ray, I decided this month, to remain on the ray theme. To explain, whilst searching out Cuckoos on my last trip, I discovered some extremely interesting underwater features that simply had to ho...

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    Nov
    2014
    Species hunt part 9 Cuckoo Ray
    Cuckoo Ray Fact file Name Cuckoo Ray (info ID, click here) Latin name Raja naevus Irish record 5lbs 11ozs taken on 3.08.1975 on the Causeway Coast by V.Morrison Specimen weight 4.5 lbs     The trip It is amazing how fate has the ability to barge its way into an angling trip and alter a carefully organised plan. Often, this is for the worse, but sometimes, on that rare occasion, it can be of benefit. My recent adventure in search of this month’s target species, the Cuckoo...

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    Nov
    2014
    Species hunt part 8 Cuckoo Wrasse
    Cuckoo Wrasse Fact file Name Cuckoo Wrasse (ID info, click here) Latin name Labrus mixtus Irish record 2lbs 7ozs caught on 15.09.1998 at Causeway coast by Brian McLoughlin Specimen weight 1.25 lbs or 0.567 kilos     The trip Over the past two months, I have felt as if the angling gods were conspiring against me. Never mind the relentless easterly winds that seem to kill all chances of catching fish, other forces were also at work. My dreams of catching a forty-pound Pike were ...

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    Nov
    2014
    Species hunt part 7 Smooth Hound
    Smooth hound Fact file Name Smooth-hound (ID info click here) Latin name Mustelus asterias Irish record 16.58 lbs taken on 25.09.2000 at Carne by Keith Gray Specimen weight 7 lbs or 3.175 kilos     The trip In order to catch a Smooth hound for this month's target species, there was no getting around the fact that I needed to travel. They have been known to migrate as far north as Dundalk, but any further north and the depths increase dramatically, with seabed habitat generally...

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    Nov
    2014
    Species hunt part 6 Thornback Ray
    Thornback Ray Fact file Name Thornback Ray (fish ID info click here) Latin name Raja clavata Irish record 37 lbs taken on 28.5.1961 at Ling Rocks, Kinsale by M.J.Fitzgerald Specimen weight 20 lbs or 9.072 Kilos       The trip It can sometimes be quite strange how angling trips simply appear out of thin air. My wife does not believe this fact. She insists that I am far too devious, and that I secretly manipulate situations that end up with me either on the sea, by the sea...

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    Nov
    2014
    Species hunt part 5 Pollack
    Pollack Fact file Name Pollack (fish ID info click here) Latin name Pollachius pollachius Irish record 19 lbs 3 oz taken in 1904 in Ballycotton by J.N.Hearne Specimen weight 12 lbs or 5.443 kilos       The trip My plan for this month’s article was to launch my trusty old Red Bay 21 on the north coast, and drift alongside the wealth of headlands and rocky outcrops, lead-heading and spinning for Pollack on light tackle. The weather forecast gave light south-westerlie...

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