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Pawel – The Copper Coast

Pawel took advantage of a Lure Fishing Workshop on Friday. A few hours were spent in the morning outlining the ‘need to know’ over a warm coffee before the afternoon session on the water where methods and techniques were put into practice. Thanks Pawel. Lure fishing Workshop

Lure fishing Workshop  Grauvell lure rod & pezon reel

LRF Coalfish

CrabWith Halloween festivities in full swing tonight I decided to go Light Rock Fishing fishing in what was a pretty bleak evening.

It is quite satisfying when you make the decision to go out in the wind and rain and all goes according to plan. Its not always that simple but you must have realistic targets for the conditions your faced with.

Impromptu LRF sessions are fantastic when time is limited and many other locations or methods are ruled out or at least very difficult in conditions such as tonight. There is always some harbour, pier or sheltered bay to hide with a chance of catching some fish on the light tackle.

Coalfish LRF

Tackle as always remained simple being a small 1000 sized Shimano reels on rods rated up to 5 grams loaded with 3kg PowerPro braid and flurocarbon tippet.

Coalfish were so abundant tonight attacking lures on the drop high up in the water column it was difficult to avoid them. Each cast produced a fish or at least a few knocks, Great fun!  With the odd bigger winter fish currently being caught it is only a short wait until things become more interesting.

World shore angling championships 2013

Team Ireland set off to Spain competing for the 2013 world shore angling championships held 19-26th October based in sunny Torremolinos. Countries represented were Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Scotland, Spain, France, Wales, Holland, England, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, South Africa and Tunisia.

Team Ireland - Angling

The Irish team and management were as follows: Brian Cooke, John O Brien, Martin Howlin, William Wier, Brendan Wall, Michael Mullane and Tom Lillis.

The winners after four days angling were the host nation Spain with Wales second and England taking third place. Ireland finished seventh overall with John the best Irish individual placed 13th. The French women took top spot followed by Spain and Portugal.

Well done too all involved for putting a huge effort into representing and organizing such an event. Might be some time away but the world championships are taking place locally here in Wexford, Ireland in 2016!

For full results and pictures of the event follow this link: http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?from=&to=en&a=http%3A%2F%2Fwordpress.fapd.net%2Fblog%2F2013%2F10%2F16%2Flos-campeonatos-del-mundo-de-mar-costa-en-torremolinos%2F

Brown Trout

Returning a fly caught brown troutIts the time of year again when the Brown Trout fishing on local waters comes to an end so It would be rude not to put an effort in to catch some fly caught brownies before the 2013 season draws to a close.

During the summer the fishing in local rivers and stillwater’s became difficult due to low water levels and bright conditions. Of course catching fish is still possible in such conditions but compared to when water levels are more favourable there is no comparison as far as catch rate is concerned. Recent rainfall has produced much improved freshwater fishing opportunities as this report shows.

fly caught brown trout#4 and #5 wt fly rods loaded with floating double tapered and weight forward lines, long leaders and beaded nymph variations caught these hard fighting fish. Many presentations can be promptly altered by adapting the weight of the fly’s and length of leader and of course retrieve type.

fly caught brown trout

The photo above shows a nice sized mature male fish which is easily identified by the strongly curved or upturned lower jaw, Great fighting fish on 5wt tackle!

Mack Attack!

Some great fun had catching Mackerel tonight for the bait freezer. Always enjoyable to get out there each year targeting what is a great sporting fish for its size. Mackerel

Great Locations, Great company . . .

… And some fish.

The last few day’s were spent out on the water in search of Bass on lures and the fish were much obliged to take once an effort was made to ‘get out there’ and put the hours in as productively as possible.

Visiting Anglers

Tuesday morning started off tough but slight changes were made which proved to be correct as it resulted in many fish caught over two different locations. Some special times were had as for a period of time a large shoal of bass boiled on the surface feeding on sandeels and the gannets and terns dived after the same prey not more than forty meters from my rod tip. All that activity of course resulted in the reel screaming line as the fish took hard and fast. A fair days angling was had using mainly soft lures such as Xlayers, Slug-go’s , Wave worms, Senko’s etc and Duo tide minnow being the hard lure of choice on the day.

Wednesday was a harder days fishing all round with some weed about in the margins of some of the chosen venues but there was fish landed on the surface and indeed below on the usual array of hard surface lures and soft plastic lures rigged weedless to make life easy.There was a number of us fishing throughout the long days angling including some visiting friends from the Isle Of Man which insured the Jokes were flowing all day long. It is not always about catching huge numbers of fish in my opinion it is the angling experience as a whole that creates a day such as yesterday that any angler would remember for some time to come.

Click on any photo below to view the album in full.Wexford Bass

Just to update there is currently a competition taking place on the South East Angling Services Facebook page to win a days free Guided fishing or Workshop. Entering is easy simply like the SEAS Facebook page and also share and like the competition photo.

Inland Fisheries Ireland – Request for assistance


IFI has established a National Bass Programme to collect data on bass in order to provide scientific advice to support management and conservation of Ireland’s bass resource. Bass is Ireland’s only marine fish species which is managed for angling.

The programme is being developed to determine the status of bass stocks and also to improve understanding of their ecology and biology in Ireland for the long-term sustainability of the species.

All assistance with the National Bass Programme would be greatly appreciated. If you would be interested in sending IFI bass scale samples, we can provide you with a scale envelope pack.

This is a step in the correct direction in my opinion and Inland Fisheries Ireland really need help to maximise this projects potential. To learn more about the National Bass Programme follow this link: http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Projects/national-bass-programme.html

Also when on topic if you see any illegal activity or wish to report pollution contact your local fisheries officer or the 24 hour contact hotline 1890 34 74 24.


Inland Fisheries Ireland – Angling Study

New Study – Angling worth €0.75 billion to Irish Economy and supporting 10,000 jobs in rural Ireland

Scale and value of Ireland’s angling resource greatly under appreciated – Minister O’Dowd

The Minister of State with Responsibility for Natural Resources, Fergus O’ Dowd T.D. today warmly welcomed the findings of a new national economic study which has revealed for the first time that angling and angling tourism in Ireland is generating a dividend in excess of €0.75 billion within the Irish economy every year.

The study, commissioned by Inland Fisheries Ireland, shows direct spending on angling in Ireland amounted to €555 million in 2012, with indirect spending worth an additional €200 million and totaling €755 million.  Recreational angling was also found to directly support 10,000 existing Irish jobs, many of which are located in the most peripheral and rural parts of the Irish countryside and along our coastline.

The Study found that 406,000 people were involved in recreational angling in Ireland last year, with over 150,000 of these travelling from Northern Ireland and overseas. Over a quarter of a million Irish adults (252,000) held a fishing rod last year with sea angling along with salmon and brown trout angling seen as the most popular categories where domestic anglers are concerned. The quality of the Irish angling product, the friendliness and hospitality of the Irish people and our outstanding scenery were cited amongst the principal attractions of Ireland as an international destination for recreational angling. Tourism angling spend is estimated at approximately €280 million on an annual basis.

Read the full study here: http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Press-releases/new-study-angling-worth-075-billion-to-irish-economy-and-supporting-10000-jobs-in-rural-ireland.html

Team Ireland

Irish shore angling teams set off last week on a journey to north Wales to compete in the 2013 Home International Championships. I myself know the huge amount of preparation that these events require. For many months previous both anglers and organisers put a huge amount of time, effort and funding into ensuring these events are a success.


Four IFSA Irish teams including u16, u21, Men and Ladies took to the Welsh beaches in what was tough fishing overall.

Final medal positions:-

Gold – England 31 points
Silver – Ireland 28 points
Bronze – Wales 21 points
D/Bronze – Scotland 15 points

Gold – Wales 34 points
Silver – England 31 points
Bronze – Ireland 18 points
D/Bronze Scotland 17 points

Gold – Wales 21 points
Silver – England – 18 points
Bronze Ireland 8 points

Gold – Wales 30 points
Silver – Ireland 26 points *
Bronze – England 26 points *
D/Bronze – Scotland 17 points

Well done to all anglers and team managers involved in the event.


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The Beginning

Welcome again to South East Angling Services and its first catch report. A day out on the coast is always enjoyable but even more so if you catch some fish as we did during this session. There will be many more to follow over the season ahead so please do follow this page to keep informed.
Some Nice Fish



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