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    Jan
    2015
    First Trip of 2015
    Pike Trip First outing of 2015 Well, we are into another year of angling with all its dramas waiting to un-fold, lost fish, missed opportunities and hopefully special days when everything falls into place, where that fish of a life-time sits safely in the landing net.     Who knows what angling achievements are on offer for the new season, but unless we get out there and try, we will never find out! To keep the momentum going, Glenn, Andy and I got off our fat arses and ventured o...

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  • 3

    Jan
    2015
    A chance to guide again
    A chance to guide again Life, it has been said, is made up from a series of meetings and partings, and that is the way of it, and none more so than in the angling world. My pike angling connections in the Longford area began last year, when Mark Corps, Inland Fisheries Ireland, introduced me to Kevin Lyons during an angling survey. We had the good fortune to stay in the superb Melview Lodge, run and owned by Kevin and his wife Jane.       Looking at the photographs on t...

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  • 22

    Dec
    2014
    Fulfilling a promise
    Fulfilling a promise Many years ago, I was lucky to be introduced to two anglers from Cork City. They were Sid Kennedy and Ross Macklin. They took me under their wing and were instrumental in many of my specimen Carp captures on their local water, Cork’s famous Lough. Both lads are experienced anglers and specimen hunters, and over the years, I am pleased to say, we have become good friends.       This year, both Ross and Sid have amassed an enviable array of spec...

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  • 12

    Jan
    2015
    Cork City Carping
     Cork City Carping There is an ancient legend regarding “The Lough” in Cork City. It is said that during a celebratory banquet, a beautiful palace owned by King Corc was flooded by spring water.   The towers and buildings may still be seen below the surface by those with a sharp eye, and the spring will not recede until someone retrieves the golden water vessel that caused the problems in the first place!       The trip Unlike this story of Irish myth...

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  • 10

    Dec
    2014
    Targeting River Pike
    Targeting River Pike Targeting Pike on the fly, from boat, shore or float-tube is arguably the most rewarding method available to the Pike angler. However, as exciting as these fabulous predators on the fly can be, I understand that this is not every Pike anglers’ cup of tea. The majority of “pikers” on the Irish angling scene prefer, and do extremely well with standard lure fishing, trolling and dead-bait tactics, and rightly so.       These are the ...

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  • 12

    Dec
    2014
    Cork Harbour Codling
    Monkstown Codling I recently had the opportunity of three days’ work down in County Cork, and of course, couldn’t leave home without the rods!   With the work soon behind me, it was time to have a look along the coast to see what was about.     I say “have a look” but in reality, I rang my good friend Sid Kennedy and asked him what was happening locally. Sid has his finger on the angling pulse, and usually when I give him a call, the current angling i...

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  • 8

    Dec
    2014
    West Cork Mullet-Good Medicine
    West Cork Mullet Good Medicine During the summer I paid my old angling buddy Sidney Kennedy a visit on his home turf down in Cork City. He had a potentially serious upcoming operation to deal with and I wanted to get out fishing with him to take his mind off of it.       Hopefully some friendly banter, good fishing, and I like to think decent companionship would be just the medicine required for a little respite. Commitments were such that Sid would not be able to join me ...

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  • 18

    Oct
    2014
    Roach-Rudd Hybrids, the trials and tribulations of specimen hunting.
    Roach-Rudd Hybrids. The trials and tribulations of specimen hunting.   As a dedicated specimen hunter, every season of angling offers the realistic opportunity to increase knowledge on venues, species, temperature and weather conditions, and also moon phases in relation to targeting large, feeding fish.     This can be said of all angling disciplines. Even when a venue containing large fish has been discovered, to be consistent, the specimen hunter cannot rest on his laurels...

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  • 28

    Sep
    2014
    Tench, and the hand of fate
    Tench and the hand of fate. I have mentioned this before in several previous articles, about how the hand of fate often intervenes when it comes to angling, and no more so than when targeting individual larger species.   In many cases, fate will deal the cards against your desired plan or outcome, but on the odd occasion, it can also throw you a winning combination.       One such combination came my way on a recent adventure in search of specimen Rudd. I spent several...

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  • 13

    Sep
    2014
    An old mate and a big Skate
      An old mate and a large Skate   A few weeks ago, an old angling friend, Ryan Jones contacted me. Ryan fished quite a lot with me in the old days, both in fresh water and salt, and although it only seemed like a few years since we had a trip together, it turns out closer to ten years since our last adventure! I couldn’t believe how quickly time has passed, it’s actually quite worrying! Although a golf fanatic these days, Ryan had been reading my exploits regularl...

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