Costa Rica Clash

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Costa Rica! A country quoted as being one of the best big game destinations in the world and home to the magical roosterfish. It was somewhere I’d always wanted to fish, but never had the opportunity to go. Life is full of unexpected twists and turns though, and well over a year ago, I was […]

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Blue Turns Ugly – An iconic brand of boat rods gets the ultimate workout against a hard-fighting shark ugly

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  When the iconic Shakespeare Ugly Stik brand of boat rods first appeared in 1976 it was described as “maybe the most remarkable product of the last two decades”. Nearly 40 years later the trademark clear-tip Ugly Stik remains one of the most popular and recognised brands in the fishing tackle industry. To celebrate the […]

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DÉJÀ VU WHITING

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They say history often repeats itself, and sea fishing seems to be no different. I was down in Plymouth with Shakespeare Category Manager James Robbins filming some product and sales videos, but also looking to field test some new Shakespeare rods we’ve been working on. We filmed all day Wednesday, so apart from a very […]

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High Hopes off Holyhead

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Yep, it’s been too long since I posted a blog, but yet again I’ve been busy with work, so fishing time had to be limited. However, sticking to that short session strategy I mentioned in previous blogs, I have been out doing some rock ledge wrasse fishing with some success, also some LRF fishing for […]

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Big Cod Comeback

Big Cod Fishing

The cod have been slow to show in most areas this past autumn, some say to higher sea temperatures, also the numbers of lost days due to bad weather for the charter boats have maybe given us a false impression of the true state of play. But suddenly catches have taken an upturn with good […]

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Fast Tide Tope Fishing

One of my tope caught during the day

It strange how life throws up coincidences! As you’ve read in a previous blog, I’d recently been in the west of Ireland in Belmullet and caught a 35lb tope in awful weather conditions. I then travelled back to Wicklow on the east coast to fish with Kit Dunne aboard the “Lisin 1” out of Wicklow […]

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Smash and Grab Smoothound

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Wicklow, on the east coast of Ireland, is the new jewel in the Irish sea angling crown. In the past, the south and west coast of Ireland have dominated catch reports leaving the east almost forgotten, but this is about to change! I spent two days recently in Wicklow fishing with new charter skipper Kit […]

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Talking Tope

Tope Fishing

Having enjoyed some great shore pollack fishing on the fly, as you read in my last blog, as anticipated, the worsening weather brought rain, and I mean rain. It was bouncing off the floor! But undeterred we’d hastily arranged a short evening session aboard Mattie Geraghty’s boat, Fionnuala, working out of Blacksod Bay near Belmullet […]

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Past and Present Plaice

Plaice Fishing

I was browsing through my fishing diary the other night and was looking back at past boat plaice trips. It’s interesting to see how my tactics have developed over the years. When I first started targeting plaice my rigs tended to be made incorporating long metal or plastic booms with a long flowing trace from […]

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Time to Target Big Wreck Pollack and Cod

Boat Pollack

The period from mid January through until late March sees some of the best wreck fishing for pollack here in the UK with fish in excess of 20lbs possible. However this year also sees the added possibility of some very big cod being caught from the same wrecks with fish above 20lbs, and possibly even […]

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