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    May
    2015
    Large Irish Perch
    Large Irish Perch A week ago Andrew Wolsey and I had a bit of a “red letter” day in the hunt for specimen Perch. With two dozen landed, all between one and two pounds, including two pushing specimen size and one over the magical 1.2 kilo, it was only natural to want to try again.       However, in my experience, and in particular with Perch, a return visit rarely produces a similar result. We caught it just right at the time. Perfect conditions, right bait correct...

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  • 7

    May
    2015
    The hunt for large Perch
    In pursuit of large Perch 2015 has been a slow year for me as a specimen hunter. Commitments at home have been such that time spent on the water has been somewhat limited.   Obviously, when you aren’t fishing, you won’t catch and this is the problem.       A few weeks previous, James Robbins from Shakespeare UK kindly sent over an Agility Drop Shot Rod to have a play with, and with a selection of Berkley lures, new and old, I had no excuses not to get ...

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  • 6

    May
    2015
    Shakespeare Superteam Match Combo
    Shakespeare Superteam Match A second product test   I enjoyed fishing the waggler with the Superteam Combo so much recently, I had the strong urge to get out again and track down these elusive Roach and Roach/Rudd specimens.     This time I tried another lake that has produced big fish for me in the past, with the pleasing company of Andrew Wolsey and Simon Gibson to join in on the hunt. Andrew off in search of large Perch Although Simon was keen to find his first specim...

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  • 8

    Apr
    2015
    Shakespeare Mach2 match rod and reel
    Product Review   Shakespeare Mach2 match rod and reel   And the pursuit of Mullet     Regular readers may remember that during the summer I had the opportunity to test the new Shakespeare Mach 2 match rod and reel. I targeted Bream and Tench and also “bagged” up around 30lb of Rudd and skimmers in my father’s pond. The rod performed faultlessly. I finished that short product review with the promise that before the year was out I would really put the r...

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  • 4

    Apr
    2015
    Last shot on the erne
    Terry’s Travels Last shot on the erne (for now)   I know you should never say never, but this is probably my last shot on this section of the Erne until the winter moves in again. We only ventured out a few times since the start of the year, and although nothing large showed, we had plenty of fish to the boat.     But soon, with the weather showing signs of warming, there will be other species to target, and Pike will be given a rest, for a while at least. On a pre...

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  • 3

    Apr
    2015
    Flying for Pike
    Flying for Pike With an old mate Dennis Hollinger is an artist, a very good one in fact, and also a keen amateur photographer. More important than that, he’s one of my oldest friends. In fact, he was best man at my wedding many years ago, but I won’t hold that against him.     I recently had a morning’s work in Enniskillen, and it would have been silly not to drag the boat down with me for a few hours budgie chucking about the Erne afterwards. I asked Dennis if ...

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  • 24

    Mar
    2015
    Exploring the Erne
    Fly Fishing for Pike Down on the Erne I took a run out with usual suspects Glenn Drennan and Andrew Wolsey, exploring yet more of the Lough Erne system. It’s a huge expanse of water and daunting to realise a life-time is just not enough to un-lock all its secrets! As the forecast gave little or no wind for today, this would hopefully be a fly only venture.     Although jerk-baits were brought along as emergency back-up should weather conditions deteriorate, the forecast was...

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  • 10

    Mar
    2015
    Targeting Ray from the shore
    Targeting Painted Ray from the shore This winter season must be my leanest angling period of my adult angling career! Fair enough some missed trips can be blamed on the weather, but the rest lies simply with not having time. As I plan to sell my house this year, a complete re-decorating schedule (by me) has unfortunately had to take priority and angling has definitely been placed temporarily on the back-burner!   As temperatures plummeted towards the end of the year, I longed to get out...

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  • 28

    Jan
    2015
    Shore Trip To Kerry (and a back-up plan!)
    Trip to Kerry With the shore-angling season (what season?) in the North slowing down dramatically, it was with high hopes that Big Phil, Andy Jones, Neil Thompson and myself met in Belfast, packed the jeeps with every piece of tackle we owned, and pointed our wagons south-wards.       The pre-arranged angling holiday had been planned months in advance by the lads. Due to other commitments, it was only at the very last minute that I knew I could join them on this adventure, an...

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  • 6

    Jan
    2015
    Gilty Pleasures
    My Gilty Pleasures After several failed attempts at targeting an Irish Gilt-Head Bream, the summer of 2013 finally rewarded Andy Wolsey and myself for our efforts. What a fantastic species this fish is! It is not only visually stunning, the metallic silver flanks and iridescent bronze shoulders, and that bright gold bar between the eyes, but also physically stunning. The powerful turn of speed once hooked can suitably be described as “electric”.   Our initiation into this sp...

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