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  • Specimen Hunting Series Part 3 Spur Dog
    The Spur-dog Challenge Profile Latin name Squalus acanthias   Irish record, 21.25 pounds taken at Dun Laoghaire by Charlie Robinson on 10.8.2001 Specimen weight, Twelve pounds or 5.443 kilos       Article 3 of a twelve part series, originally written for Irish Angler magazine several years ago  The trip In my experience, the month of March is the worst time of the year to target a specimen fish. There is the possibility of a large Lesser- Spotted Dogfish fr...

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  • Specimen Hunting Series Part 2 Pike
    The Pike Challenge Profile Latin name Esox lucius Irish records Lake record: 42lbs 12oz taken in White lake in 2005 by Larry Kelly. River record: 42lbs taken on the River Barrow in 1964 by M.Watkins. Specimen weight Lake: thirty pounds River: twenty pounds     Article 2 of a twelve part series, originally written for Irish Angler magazine several years ago  The trip After last month’s Skate adventure, I wanted to seek a freshwater species this time, and Febru...

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  • Specimen Hunting Series part 1 Common Skate
      The Common Skate Challenge   Profile Latin name, Raja batis Irish record, 221 pounds taken in Ballycotton in 1913 by T.Tucker       Article 1 of a twelve part series, originally written for Irish Angler magazine several years ago Introduction A recent phone call from the editor of Irish Angler certainly set me thinking. “I want to run a concept by you, see what you think” he said. “Would it be possible to target a different species at specime...

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    Aug
    2014
    Another Carp Adventure
    Cork City Carping At least once a year I make the effort to spend a few days on “The Lough” down in Cork City.   Although I am not a dedicated “carper” as such, and prefer targeting all Irish fish species, I find that I still need my little Carp fix each season to keep things balanced in the angling world.   A few days relaxing among friends, the contemplative quiet periods between “runs”, and the adrenaline rush when the receiver quietly tells ...

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    Aug
    2014
    Three-Bearded Rockling, In pursuit of a new species
    In pursuit of a new species   As we struggled through the depths of winter last year, I decided to set my sights on a new target species at or above specimen weight.   As a dedicated specimen hunter for all Irish fish species, this would offer the challenge of a complete change in tact, methodology and approach.     By applying a “reasonably new” technique, generally known these days as “light-rock fishing” or LRF, I could scale down the tackle ...

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  • A venture to the south east coast
    Cahore Harbour, County Wexford It was about six years ago, whilst standing on the banks of the River Barrow at St.Mullins, fishing for Twaite Shad, that friend and well-known Dublin angler, Dennis Butler first wet my appetite for an adventure out of Cahore. Sentences such as “packs of Tope” and “large numbers of Smooth-hound on light tackle” drove my imagination wild.     Years passed by all too quickly, but every spring, around May and June, my thoughts dr...

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  • Terrys teach-in
    Giving Something Back On many occasions last year, I experienced first hand, how rewarding it is to impart angling knowledge to keen youngsters wishing to take up the sport. Having qualified as an angling coach, this was carried out on a professional basis through forward thinking schemes run by the Lough’s Agency. Guiding a youngster from not knowing what a bale arm is, to being able to cast with a degree of accuracy in the space of half an hour, or demonstrating how to simply attach a ...

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  • Mullet Magic
    Mullet Magic down in County Kerry When it comes to shore angling, it seems I just cannot get enough of the Kerry coastline. Even though anglers have been coming here for years, it is a safe statement that much of this shoreline has yet to see a fishing rod. It is this virgin territory with its stunning scenery and promise of spectacular catches that attract me to drive the three hundred and fifty miles journey as regular as my schedule and wallet will allow.     On my latest trip ...

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    Jul
    2014
    A Life Experience
    A Life Experience Intro Once a year for the past seven years, I have offered the young angling volunteers from the “Angling First” charity in Northern Ireland a potentially memorable deep-sea angling adventure. It all began back in 2008, when charity director, Mark McGivern asked if such a trip would be possible.     Since then, and as most of the volunteers have only ever fished in fresh-water, I have had the opportunity to show the guys an alternative discipline in ...

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  • Its wrasse time again
    In search of Big Bold Ballans Summer has arrived at last, and the sea is showing signs of warming. The shore angler can now enjoy the benefits of this rise in temperature as many Irish species begin to move inshore, and importantly, within casting range. One of the most prolific and obliging of these species is the Ballan Wrasse. They can be found around the entire Irish coastline at this time of year, and provide the potential for superb sport, not only to the experienced shore ang...

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