MULLET ON THE MOVE

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One thing I’ve learnt about mullet is that they are a moody fish. Like no other they will switch from feeding to being totally disinterested in the blink of an eye. When I started out fishing for mullet I wasted way too much time trying to catch fish that I’ve since learnt were just not […]

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Stone Basse Surprise

Mike Thrussell with a Blue Shark

Fishing is a funny old game. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, nothing goes right. On another day, you just happen to be in the right place, at the right time. When the latter happens, you need to be ready to take full advantage and make the most of any slice of luck that […]

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Bass on the bob

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I was recently in Courtmacsherry, Ireland and had been out with skipper Mark Gannon for the day aboard the Lady Louise. We’d enjoyed some great ground fishing including pollack, ling, wrasse, conger, cod and much more. As we’d motored out that morning we’d seen quite a few bass swirling as they moved up in to […]

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A sting in the tail

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With the local fishing still not up to scratch, I was recently looking forward to a week in Tralee Bay, in Kerry, Ireland. I’ve been targeting a stingray for my all-time species list which only includes fish caught in UK and Irish waters, and so far a stinger had eluded me. The Tralee area is […]

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A New Beginning

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The Mayan apocalypse has been and gone! It turned out, as expected, to be nothing more than possible misinterpretation of something written thousands of years ago. Some choose to believe that the 21st December was the start of a new age on Earth. I have no insight in to that, but we are at the […]

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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

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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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Pollack on the Fly

One of the many pollack caught during the trip

During a recent trip to Ireland I had the opportunity to team up with Markus Muller, a Fisheries Information Manager with Inland Fisheries Ireland, and a self-confessed fly fishing fanatic who mixes freshwater fishing for salmon, sea trout and trout with some serious sea fishing for pollack. We’d arranged a short session over midday to […]

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Manic About Mullet

Coming home from a recent trip to the west of Ireland, I’d engineered a few free hours before my ferry was due to leave. My target was to catch a mullet in the harbour at Kilmore Quay in County Wexford. There are mullet inside the harbour here, but the best fishing, if you can find […]

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