Country Talk and Tips Forum Index Country Talk and Tips
Smallholding & country life IN IRELAND
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   Join! (free) Join! (free)
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

A brief session on pier
Page 1, 2  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Country Talk and Tips Forum Index -> Fishing & Field Sports . All types of Vermin Control
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Please Register and Login to this forum to stop seeing this advertising.






Posted:     Post subject:

Back to top
blowin



Joined: 13 Dec 2006
Posts: 4306


Location: Tubbercurry , Co Sligo

PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:21 am    Post subject: A brief session on pier  Reply with quote

With the big tide in the evening last week I had a few casts off Easky pier in the hope of a few mackerel. No sign of them yet but I caught about a dozen 9" Coalfish and a couple of baby Pollack. All returned alive.
Nothing to take home but great to wet a line again.
Hope to get out in mate's boat if only the wind would drop below force 5 and turn South for a while.
Main target species are mackerel and Pollack, Coalfish if they can be found and generally anything edible !
Pollack below 2 lb are returned unless they are deep hooked.
Anyone else into sea fishing ?
ATB
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
wayland



Joined: 14 Dec 2006
Posts: 2189


Location: The Sunny South East

PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not been out for quite a while, so still have not tried out the new braid line I got for xmas. I have been busy tying feather and beach casting rigs though and plan to have a go once back in Ireland.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
blowin



Joined: 13 Dec 2006
Posts: 4306


Location: Tubbercurry , Co Sligo

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi again Wayland.
That was a really useful link you gave for tying traces so I've split it off into a separate topic for ease of reference. It is now here http://countrytalkandtips.myfreeforum.org/about5064.html
I'll need a few rigs before fishing that pier again as I lose on average 2 or 3 per session to kelp or sharp rocks on the edge of a deep gulley. That gets expensive !
ATB
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
wayland



Joined: 14 Dec 2006
Posts: 2189


Location: The Sunny South East

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a bother mate. Have you tried using a partially filled bubble float with your feather rigs? Attached to the weight end of course. I do this to keep the rig off the bottom while giving a bit of weight for the cast. Just a thought.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
blowin



Joined: 13 Dec 2006
Posts: 4306


Location: Tubbercurry , Co Sligo

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wayland wrote:
Not a bother mate. Have you tried using a partially filled bubble float with your feather rigs? Attached to the weight end of course. I do this to keep the rig off the bottom while giving a bit of weight for the cast. Just a thought.

That had never occurred to me.
The concept of a slow-sinking weight opens up quite a few possibilities now that I think about it. A great tip , many thanks.  
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Natterjack



Joined: 20 Oct 2012
Posts: 326


Location: North Kerry

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:39 am    Post subject: Re: A brief session on pier Reply with quote

blowin wrote:
With the big tide in the evening last week I had a few casts off Easky pier in the hope of a few mackerel. No sign of them yet but I caught about a dozen 9" Coalfish and a couple of baby Pollack. All returned alive.
Nothing to take home but great to wet a line again.
Hope to get out in mate's boat if only the wind would drop below force 5 and turn South for a while.
Main target species are mackerel and Pollack, Coalfish if they can be found and generally anything edible !
Pollack below 2 lb are returned unless they are deep hooked.
Anyone else into sea fishing ?
ATB


I love fishing, but my success rate is woeful  

I usually just enjoy the Gannets and the peace, and slope home empty handed....again.....
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
blowin



Joined: 13 Dec 2006
Posts: 4306


Location: Tubbercurry , Co Sligo

PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:17 am    Post subject: Re: A brief session on pier Reply with quote

Natterjack wrote:
...... and slope home empty handed....again.....

That is a very familiar story when I fish from the shore. Most of the really good catches I've had are more to do with my mate's skill as a skipper than mine as an angler. He has remarkable intuition about where the fish will be feeding. I have no idea how he does it.
Good luck  
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Monst



Joined: 02 Aug 2011
Posts: 897


Location: Ballyhaunis ish, Co Mayo

PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love going out fishing, unfortunately health reasons mostly stop me, as I need to be near a loo. Although when I was able to get out, I never caught much, just lost tackle on every other cast 😫 I don't do boats so am limited to only a few pier locations.
_________________
My psychiatrist says I'm cured, so tomorrow I am going back home to Neptune.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Sean Ph'lib



Joined: 27 Jul 2012
Posts: 485



PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been a grub fisherman for decades. By that, I mean fishing for food - primarily mackerel,  but occasionally salmon and trout.  The mackerel fishing is usually a success, but the game fishing less so.  Where sport fishing is concerned - and by that I mean catching fish and letting them go again - I had always considered it a waste of time.  But I've been thinking a bit about it lately and I've changed my mind.  When you think about it, it harms no-one or nothing,  gets you out into beautiful locations where you just sit around relaxing, drinking coffee and eating sandwiches and - unlike grub fishing - you don't really care whether you catch anything or not.  In fact,  actually catching a fish is a sort of inconvenience best avoided.  I'm beginning to think it a noble sport and intend to take it up,  next week, maybe,  or whenever the weather becomes unsuitable for lying in the hammock under the birches with a pipe,  a couple of bottles of beer and a PG Wodehouse.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
wayland



Joined: 14 Dec 2006
Posts: 2189


Location: The Sunny South East

PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sean. A very philosophical post me thinks. Like you I am a pot hunter and have little interest in any kind of hunting for sport. I loath the idea in fact. Having said that there is always a bigger picture. The more anglers around a particular water sees that water looker after more. A very good thing even if they are sport anglers. Long may this be.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Sean Ph'lib



Joined: 27 Jul 2012
Posts: 485



PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very true. Whenever a river gets polluted, the first - and often the only- people who kick up about it are the local anglers.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
marlin vs



Joined: 25 Apr 2014
Posts: 48


Location: Waterford.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had my first outing yesterday off  Hook Head, Mackerel were very scarce only caught a half dozen but the Pollock were everywhere and very easy to catch, we put a lot back and I kept 5 for the plate.Filleted and vac-packed within 3 hours of being caught.







_________________
Born to hunt forced to work
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Torc



Joined: 29 Jan 2007
Posts: 571


Location: North Clare

PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was presented with some mackerel by the local scouts after a recent fishing trip to Kinsale. By the second day they were getting a bit ripe so I boiled them up for the hens (the mackerel, not the scouts) and the eggs had a definite fishy taste off them.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
wayland



Joined: 14 Dec 2006
Posts: 2189


Location: The Sunny South East

PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="marlin vs:29076"]I had my first outing yesterday off  Hook Head, Mackerel were very scarce only caught a half dozen but the Pollock were everywhere and very easy to catch, we put a lot back and I kept 5 for the plate.Filleted and vac-packed within 3 hours of being caught.
/quote]

Had some pollock from the Hook today and 4 mackerel. Still a bit early yet but a great day out. I wonder how the lads are doing off the rocks.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
blowin



Joined: 13 Dec 2006
Posts: 4306


Location: Tubbercurry , Co Sligo

PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear you're catching, Wayland. I had a brief session off the rocks a couple of days ago. Beautiful evening and great to wet a line but no sign of fish . Got wet feet and was reminded how dangerous the occasional large swell can be when you're on a ledge close to the water !
Can't beat really fresh Pollock IMHO. Very few of the locals around here will eat it. I don't think they realise the importance of gutting it very soon after it has been caught and then eating or freezing it within a max of 24 hrs. As you obviously know it can take on a taint if you don't observe those rules.
Good luck    
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Sean Ph'lib



Joined: 27 Jul 2012
Posts: 485



PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd eat it if I was starving, otherwise it goes to the dogs - who eat it reluctantly.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
wayland



Joined: 14 Dec 2006
Posts: 2189


Location: The Sunny South East

PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sean Ph'lib wrote:
I'd eat it if I was starving, otherwise it goes to the dogs - who eat it reluctantly.


Pollack does seem to have a bad post in some quarters. Its not Cod of course but I like it. The dog will have to make do with the heads etc. I always gut the fish at the end of the session. I have this thing about washing out the gutted fish with sea water. With Mackerel, how do you lads prefer to gut them? I prefer not to fillet them but remove the heads and guts in one action. The same with Herrings. I think they cook better on the bone.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
marlin vs



Joined: 25 Apr 2014
Posts: 48


Location: Waterford.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Pollock, it needs to be very fresh or frozen straight away for it to hold.
I was out again last Friday and it was very rough 3 miles off the hook but worth the trip as we got a lot of Pollock and some fine Haddock but only a hand-full of Mackerel.

These Haddock were frozen a soon as they were filleted.





_________________
Born to hunt forced to work
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
wayland



Joined: 14 Dec 2006
Posts: 2189


Location: The Sunny South East

PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Marlin. Where abouts do you head out from to fish the Hook?. We go from Ballyhack.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Sean Ph'lib



Joined: 27 Jul 2012
Posts: 485



PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get my mackerel home within three hours of catching them, hose them down and into the freezer as they are - guts, heads and all!  When I want a couple to eat, I take 'em out a couple of hours beforehand and, when they're half-thawed, gut'em.  The guts come out in one solid frozen lump. No mess and the fish is practically as good as freshly caught!

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Country Talk and Tips Forum Index -> Fishing & Field Sports . All types of Vermin Control All times are GMT + 1 Hour
Page 1, 2  Next
Page 1 of 2

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Card File  Gallery  Forum Archive
Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group
Create your own free forum | Buy a domain to use with your forum