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  • Portballintrae
    Fishing the sand banks and reefs of the North Antrim Coast Although modern marinas are excellent regarding design and safety for all manners of boating at sea, it is always pleasing, once in a while, to launch from a harbour that has been relatively un-touched by modern architects and planners. One such harbour can be found in the picturesque, seaside town of Portbalintrae, on the North-Antrim coast. This village is situated between the popular resorts of Portrush and Ballycastle.   Dur...

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  • 19

    Jul
    2014
    An Evening's Session For Mullet
    An Evening Session for Mullet I didn’t think I would get the chance of a few hours Mullet fishing after work, but just on the off chance, threw the pre-assembled rod in the jeep anyway. It’s just that the tides were perfect, and with the window of settled weather we have been experiencing these last few weeks, it seemed a pity not to! That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. As things transpired, I managed to get through the work-load with time to spare. Pedal to the m...

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  • Free Lined Peeler
    Learning a new method There’s an old saying that goes “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. Well I am an old sea dog, and a recent trip to Kerry taught me a new trick when it comes to catching Bass.   I guess that, under certain circumstances, not all these old sayings ring true. I had planned a trip with big Phil to target Bass in the Waterville area, staying in Kevin and Chrissie’s excellent accommodation in Waterville.     The idea was to ...

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  • Fishing The Slider
    Re-visiting an old method I cut my teeth, as they say, on the slider method of float fishing, many years ago on the famous Newry Canal, under the tuition of match angling greats such as Alan Ross, Jimmy Douglas and Jonty Price. At that time, and I am talking about the nineteen seventies, the canal was a difficult, but rewarding match venue. With literally miles of water and easy access, the canal proved a popular spot, producing decent bags of Bream, with individual fish averaging between one ...

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  • Fenit Pier
    Fenit Pier, Ireland Fenit Pier was constructed in eighteen hundred and eighty, and built on and around the Great Samphire Island. It is a large sheltered harbour that stretches half a mile offshore into Tralee Bay, and is connected to land by a road bridge, known locally as the “viaduct”.   A railway service once operated here, ferrying freight to and from the harbour, but this closed down in the seventies.     This is a large and busy harbour, but allows plenty...

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  • Begging for Bream
    Targeting Bream on Lough Beg For anglers similar to me that have been badly bitten by the specimen-hunting bug, it makes a great deal of sense to keep a personal angling diary. By noting dates, water and air temperature, catch results, successful baits, and any other useful, additional notes, a great deal of information can be gathered over a period of time. With my own angling diaries over the last ten years, I have been able to build a picture of the yearly cycles of many species found throu...

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  • Ballykelly Strand
    Targeting Flounder on the North Coast   It has been quite some time now, since my beach-casting gear has seen the light of day. When my old angling mate, big Phil gave me a call suggesting a bit of “flattie-bashing” at the week end, I took him up on the idea and we put our heads together on deciding a suitable venue to target.       There are many shallow surf beaches around the north coast that have the ability to produce reasonable Flounder fishing throug...

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  • The Lough Cork - Winter Carp Angling
    In pursuit of a specimen Carp   Whilst recovering from the excesses of Christmas, and only one day into the New Year, I received a phone call from well-known carp nut, Mark McGivern. “Remember that promise I made you all those years ago?” he stated. “When I told you I would help you get that big carp, well now’s the time to do it.”         Looking out of my living room window at the bitter howling wind and lashing rain, I questioned h...

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  • 11

    Jul
    2014
    In Deep-Water Yet Again!
    In Deep-Water again! Antrim Coast When I looked at my diary, I was shocked to see that I haven’t been out on my sea boat in almost nine months! This was due to an un-happy combination of poor weather and lack of opportunity on the most part, but I have also been spending a fair bit of time chasing fresh-water species, to the detriment of possible salt-water action.     This weekend’s forecast gave fair weather and light winds. A quick check with the tide tables showed ...

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  • Targeting Specimen Tench
    Targeting Specimen Tench The docile appearance of a Tench, with its stunning olive-green and gold body, small red, "teddy-bear" eyes and down-turned mouth, completely belies the awesome power it is capable of producing once hooked on rod and line and balanced tackle. This is in no small way due to the large paddle-like tail, barrel of a body and sheer dogged determination it possesses that will keep an angler on his toes throughout the battle. It is always a relief to see a ...

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