Maybe we’ll stay at home this year!

Twenty-one anglers from the Howth Sea Angling Club in Dublin, including Derek Evans, the Irish Times angling correspondent, recently travelled to the Canary Islands for a one week angling expedition in search of tuna. Tuna fishing has a special attraction and even though anglers in other boats landed tuna up to 127 kg in weight, the Howth contingent was unsuccessful and had to be content with exotic species such as red snapper, puffer and bonito in addition to less exotic species including scad, spurdog, sting ray and eels. …

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Jack Shine – An Extraordinary Angler

In 1997, the death took place in Lahinch, Co. Clare of Jack Shine – a true legend in the sport of sea angling. He is sadly missed by his family and friends. Jack was a gentle man and must have been the most innovative sea angler this country has ever seen.
In the early 1930’s, Dr. O’Donel Brown took numerous porbeagle to 365 lbs from a small boat off Achill – a great achievement for his day. However, Jack decided to go a step further. He set out to land porbeagle …

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Down Memory Lane

“Update me, Kevin”, I said to Linnane on the phone. I was talking about my specimen fish scoreline, which, I knew, stopped short, datewise, when I went to live in the U.S.A, back in 1975. I was confident, though, that I had nine and that I needed just one more specimen to bring me up to the coveted total of 10.
A few days later, my list of big fish captures came in the post.
I called Kevin again. “There’s been a computer error”, I told him confidently.“You’ve only got seven listed …

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Water Under the Bridge

IN THE EARLY YEARS, the clean waters of the River Erne flowed between the two lakes at Killykeen in Lough Oughter. With little access to that location in the forest, there was no bridge. It was there that we caught big slimy bream to 7 lbs and we learned to use the crust of our precious sandwiches for the lovely rudd around 2 lbs, which fed in the weedy stretch.
When we launched into the development and promotion of coarse angling tourism in the 1950’s, we were to learn that our …

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