My initial introduction to Decoy Lake was back in May of 2011, through my involvement with Inland Fisheries Ireland and a chance meeting with local angler and instructor Philip Maher. We had been successfully surveying the possibility of Twaite Shad on the River Suir, when Philip offered the opportunity of an angling session on this famous syndicate water. Renowned these days as an extremely tough water, with current syndicate members complaining of little action, I could...
The Right Way with Shore Ray
March signals the start of the thornback ray season in some areas. These are traditionally the marks inside the Tamar Estuary, some of the Cornish beaches and rock marks, also the South Wales coast, especially the rock ledges around
Ogmore. The shallow mid Wales beaches can also produce thornback ray, but it tends to be the long range casters who can put a big bait out a long way that take the lion’s share of the fish from these beaches.
Any thornback ray from the shore...
White Knuckle Safari by Stewart Downing
After I caught my big GT, Heather and I took a break on the beach for 5 days while Steve and Jeannette went further north up the coast to Lamu for a few days relaxing on its deserted beaches. When they came back we saddled up for a Safari and spent a very enjoyable night in the bush.
Our safari wheels....
We arrived after a savage 2 hour drive along the jungle roads that were either full of pot holes, un-graded, or flooded! We seemed to miss out on all the rain thou...
2012 – Year Of The Record Breaking Bass?
Ignoring the brief cold snap we endured in early February which will have no real effect, the winter here in the UK has been especially mild. Possibly the mildest for 30-years. Looking at the sea temperatures currently the English Channel reads about 8C off Kent, 9C off Hampshire and an almost tropical 10C off the Devon and Cornish coast. It’s 9C off Wales, and 10C off Cork and Kerry in Ireland. Normally it’s at least a good 2C colder in February when the sea temperature peak...
Weymouth update from Flamer IV.....
Flamer IV update on Weymouth fishing....
Tim Norman (below) landed his personal best pollack which weighed in at 19Ib 5oz while drifting a wreck aboard Flamer IV.Tim was using 15Ib class tackle with a Portland rig and a red sidewinder lure.Tim also landed a pollack weighing 15Ib 8oz during the same trip on the same lucky red sidewinder lure.
Steve Pine (below) landed a 14Ib pollack aboard Flamer IV. Steve was using 15Ib class tackle with a flying collar rig.
Half Day Blues
By Stewart Downing
After we had spent a few more days on the beach, recovering from our white knuckle safari, we had a half day booked with Steve to try to get Heather her first GT or Sailfish, so she was to stay in the seat until she had caught one or the other! Heather was struggling to stir from slumber when the alarm went off at 5 am, due in the main to her reluctance to part with a bottle of Rum, from which she was fuelling the most sinister Rum Punches in creation. I...
I am eternally envious of my good friends Ross Macklin and Sid Kennedy who live down in County Cork, Southern Ireland. It seems as though Sid steps out of his front door with a rod in hand, and hooks into a specimen something or other before reaching his front gate! In reality, I realise that Sid, similar to many like-minded anglers invests a great deal of time, skill and effort in an area of huge angling opportunity, and it shows. His tally of specimens each...
The Year Past, 2011, a year in the life of a specimen hunter
Well, it’s that time of year again!
As I write this, rivers are currently over their banks, and lakes and loughs are flooded into the fields, almost a replica of this time last year. Hopefully the rain will ease soon, with rivers and lakes “fining down” nicely for a fair crack at the pike through these colder months.
With my angling options somewhat limited at the minute, I will use this opportunity to look back over 2011, and briefly recount some of th...
Time to Target Big Wreck Pollack and Cod
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 30lbs achievable if you fish specifically for them.
Also working in our favour this time is that the constant high winds throughout November and December mean that little offsh...
New Berkley XTS Saltwater Red: The All Round Line
I’m often asked exactly which mono line I use for fishing, but I can’t answer that specifically as I tend to choose different line for different types of fishing. In short, for me, there is no perfect all round line that covers every eventuality. That said some come close!
When using mono on both shore and boat reels, I look for limited stretch, high knot strength, but a line that recovers quickly when pulling hard on big fish that suddenly turns direction creating partial...