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    Nov
    2014
    Species hunt part 4 Sea Trout
    Sea trout Fact file Name Sea trout (fish ID info click here) Latin name Salmo trutta Irish record 16 lbs 6oz taken on 29.10.1983, Shimna River, Co.Down by Thomas McManus Specimen weight 6 lbs or 2.722 kilos     The trip As a self confessed and struggling all-rounder, my passion lies with all fish, in and around our Irish countryside and inshore coastal waters. However, if asked to choose a particular weakness in my approach, my “Achilles heel” would have to be the...

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    Oct
    2014
    Species hunt part 3 Roach
    Roach Fact file Name Roach (fish ID info click here) Latin name Rutilus rutilus Irish record 1.425 kilos caught on 6.10.2002 at Drumacritten Lake by T.Jackson Specimen weight 2 lbs or 0.907 kilos     The trip When it comes to Roach fishing in Ireland, anglers are quite literally spoilt for choice. Roach are present in almost every wild, natural system; such is the versatility of this fresh water species. The biggest problem is actually differentiating between Roach and their h...

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  • 23

    Oct
    2014
    Species hunt part 2 Blonde Ray
    Blonde Ray Fact file Name Blonde ray (fish ID info click here) Latin name Raja brachyura Irish record 37 lbs caught on 10.10.2005 at Cobh by Paul Tennant Specimen weight 25 lbs or 11.34 kilos       The trip I recently found and marked an interesting sand bank that required some serious investigation. It was on the way back to harbour after a successful day targeting Pollack and Ling on an offshore reef. We stopped for an hour before sun-set and managed to tempt five beau...

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  • 22

    Oct
    2014
    Species Hunt part 1 Flounder
    Flounder Fact file Name Flounder (fish ID info click here) Latin name Platichthys flesus. Irish record 4.91 lbs caught on 2.10.93 at Ballyteigue, Wexford by Brian Russell. Specimen weight 2.4255 lbs or 1.1 kilos.       The trip Where did that year go? It wasn’t too long ago that I sat scratching my head and wondering how to plan the last specimen hunting series. Now we are ready to begin again and face a whole new year of angling prospects and challenges....

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  • 11

    Sep
    2014
    My Pike-Guiding Debut
    My Pike-Guiding Debut   “Four English lads want a day’s guided piking, it’s not my thing, you wanna do it?” That was a call I received from local guide, Stephen Kennedy. “Have a think about it and ring me when you make your mind up.”       To explain the situation, Stephen is a qualified angling guide and instructor and had been approached by a tourist company, to guide four professional English rugby players in search of Irish Pike...

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  • Porbeagle
    SHARK ARTICLE It has been three years since big Phil, and myself had decided to try our hand at shark angling on the north coast. The problem with this area is that by time our coastal waters have warmed up enough to make it a viable option, the weather has typically begun to deteriorate. This does not affect the larger charter boats quite so much, but the Atlantic can be a daunting and sometimes dangerous mass of water to the small boat angler.   A change in wind direction or tide ca...

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  • 16

    Oct
    2014
    Fly Fishing for Pike Part 3
    Flyfishing from a float tube My one and only experience of float tubes until now was after Glenn Drennan, an angling pal and devoted “tuber”, talked me into having a go with his "belly-boat". Initially dubious regarding the merits of bobbing about on a lorry tyre, I soon realised through Glen’s enthusiasm for this side of the sport, that there was more to tubing than meets the eye.       My mental images of plodding about the water’s edge, donned...

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  • 15

    Oct
    2014
    Fly Fishing for Pike Part 2
    Targeting Pike from the boat Following on from my first article where I targeted Pike from the shore, it follows that I should have a bash at old Esox from a boat, and to compare the differences. Mark Corps brought me luck on my previous trip, so it only seemed right to invite him along for the day. He asked if Shane, one of his work colleagues could join us, and, as my boat fishes three quite comfortably, he was more than welcome.     I first met Shane O’Reilly at the ...

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    Oct
    2014
    Fly Fishing for Pike Part 1
    Pike from the shore When the editor of Irish Angler magazine asked me if would be prepared to put together an article on fly- fishing for Pike, of course I agreed. Although this side of the sport is challenging and exciting in its own right, I felt the need to push the article a little further, and suggested that it may be interesting to target Pike on the fly from three different angles.     First approach could be from the shore, secondly, target them from a boat, and final...

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  • Angling First Charity
    Sponsored Day Trip    Terry takes the volunteers from Northern Ireland angling charity "Angling First" on a deep-water adventure     The trip A recent and memorable boat trip off the Antrim Coast began with a phone call totally out of the blue, from Mark McGivern. Mark is the director of a successful angling charity named “Angling First”. The charity, through the medium of angling, aids and offers respite to adults and children from all walks of life. This ...

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