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A brief session on pier

 
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blowin



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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
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wayland



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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.
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blowin



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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 !
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wayland



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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.
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blowin



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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.  
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Natterjack



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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.....
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blowin



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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  
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Monst



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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.
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Sean Ph'lib



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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.
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wayland



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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.
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Sean Ph'lib



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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.

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