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Well what can I say, 2015 has been a great year in many respects but a very difficult fishing season for anglers of all disciplines let alone a guide who makes a living from it. For the past 5 weeks the weather has for not the first time this year refused to cooperate which brought me thinking of my options to wet a line.
Somewhere where I have been meaning to fish for years now but for many reasons I simply didn’t get around to fishing is Adaire Springs trout fishery near Mooncoin Co.Kilkenny. I have been there a number of times over the past few weeks and have had some superb fishing on the fly with three double figure fish two rainbows and one brown amongst a good stamp of smaller fish but still quality fish.
Ned has set up what I believe to be a superb fishery for many reasons, I wont get into why it is such a fantastic fishery but I will simply say that it is unlike any other such facility available and go fish it, Its being built and run properly with attention to detail and quality fish you simply don’t get elsewhere.
Happy Christmas to all and tight lines for 2016!
Its simple, as well as the safety aspect polarized glasses are a tool which assist greatly in catching fish.
Earlier this year I purchased a pair of Amber Flying Fisherman Boca Grande glasses which I am very happy with for most fishing situations except very bright days when a darker lens such as grey is naturally more favourable. Wearing a quality pair of polarized glasses increases awareness and allows you to achieve a much better understanding of your surroundings.
You can purchase a pair for as little as €20 which is less than the price of many modern lures on the market these days but I would advise spending a little more if budget allows as the quality will increase greatly as will the protection from harmful UVA & UVB rays.
If you do not own a pair for fishing you really should !
Its that time of year again when the Shad arrive in numbers into the Barrow system to spawn. All though Twaite Shad are also recorded as being caught in various other rivers over the years the best location to catch them is the river Barrow with St Mullins being the main hotspot. Spring tides at the end of April and into early May see the herring type fish move upstream to spawning locations. They are a great sporting fish attracting anglers from all corners of the country including many ‘specimen hunters’.
Most anglers use a lure called a Tasmanian Devil or Tassies as they are commonly known to target Shad with many other small metals and hard lures also very effective an often overlooked, do not forget to debarb your hooks. A light or ultra – light spinning outfit is ideal for casting small lures across the river to cover as much water as possible. A long handled landing net is ideal especially during low water levels.
Below is a picture of a specimen fish which was released after some quick photos and scale samples. As always when fishing take care when landing fish and ensure correct equipment is available to hand to ensure the fish returns to the water unharmed. Taking the time to revive any tired fish is important also.
The sounds, sights and the fish….
There is a huge amount of selection when it comes to lure clips, all of them vary greatly regarding ease of use, strength, versatility, price, size and so on. I have tried dozens of clips some of them shown below.
Clips are great when it comes to changing lures promptly but in reality clips are only as good as the knot that secures them. You can tie your lure directly using any knot but a great alternative is the Rapala knot which aids movement of the lure (or fly) greatly.
The South East Angling Services stand was busy all weekend at the angling show in Dublin. It was a pleasure to be a part of the event which to be honest exceeded my expectations from an exhibitors point of view. Talking about all things angling with friends, contacts, exhibitors and customers both old and new was a huge part of the positive experience. The Saltwater flies on display were very well received so perhaps more of that in 2014.
I would like to thank everyone for coming along to our stand. Feel free to email over any further enquiries or questions you may have. I look forward to providing Guided services and Workshops to each of you in the near future.
The famous Keith Barry popped in for a chat, some bass fishing on the cards in 2014 perhaps.
The Irish Angling Show is taking place this Saturday and Sunday in the National Show Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin. Doors open from 10am each day.
South East Angling Services will be exhibiting to showcase available services and to answer any questions you may have. Stand F4 which is just inside the venues main entrance is where we are based so do pop over to introduce yourself.
Many people throughout 2013 have expressed keen interest in purchasing our saltwater flies so as a result a selection of sw patterns will be available to purchase over the weekend.
If you have considered booking a Workshop or Guided day come along to discuss creating your bespoke angling package.
See you all there!
Wexford harbour was where I caught my first ever fish during my school holidays many years ago, a perfectly conditioned sea bass of about three and a half pounds caught in the upper harbour on a traditional lure known locally as the German sprat or Cebar. I was was ecstatic with my hard earned catch, that feeling remains to this day. I now visit the same location to fish perhaps only once or twice a year, often with the same lure too for old times sake.
Some time ago when browsing data I found the below report by Edward Fahy in relation to the Wexford Harbour fishery which proved very interesting for many reasons. Click on the link below and have a read for yourself.
” The Wexford sea bass (Dicentrarchus Labrax) fishery is operated during most months of the year with a high
season from May to October. The fishery commenced in the’ 1950s but has shown a decline
from the first years in which statistics became available. A proportion of the commercial
catch comes from stake and ring nets with a mesh size of 18.4 cm in the round. Both take
fish of similar fork length. Bass of 30-43 cm were the- majority of those retained and they
were mainly immatures. The smallest mature female examined in 1978 was a 6 + of 36.5 cm
fork length. The greater part of the commercial catch is taken by line’. Some details of the
biology of bass in south east Ireland in 1978 are given: the fish fed mainly on shore crabs,
sand shrimps and bait fishes. Sex ratios were approximately two females to each male.
Growth in the mid 1970s differed little from other decades and it is concluded that bass in
Irish waters conform to’ a single growth curve which is. temporarily altered by good or bad
growing years. ”
” Of the 184 fish examined in Wexford, 35 contained no food remains. Sand
shrimps Crangon vulgaris (Fab.) were numerically most important although some of the shore crabs Carcinus maenus (L.) were large (maximum carapace width 7 cm) and their total volume approached that of sand shrimps ”
Click here to see the full document.
Source: Marine Institute (Fisheries Bulletin No.3 1981 – Edward Fahy)