November 2007 Issue

Irish Angler
Contents November 2007

07 EDITORIAL
What’s the editor going on about now?

08 NEWS
All the latest news from the Irish angling scene.

13 FISH OF THE MONTH
Ronald Surgenor’s only ever caught three mullet – but two of them have been specimens. Lucky or what?

14 ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! – PIKE SPECIAL
Paul O’Callaghan is concerned about the state of Irish pike fishing. He talks frankly about the threats and remedies.

20 TOP-WATER MAGIC – PIKE SPECIAL
Matt Dean tells you all about surface lure fishing. He reckons it’s the most exciting way to fish for pike.

24 LETTERS
Your turn to say what’s on your mind.

26 MASK’S MIGHTY PIKE – PIKE SPECIAL
Mask has produced some big pike over the years. Brian Joyce reckons that he knows some of the best spots from which to catch one.

32 BOBBING ALONG – PIKE SPECIAL
Roscommon pike guide Bodo Funke shares the secrets of float trolling – a great method for exploring the waters of Ireland.

38 LETTERS EXTRA – PIKE SPECIAL
More debate on the Erne Classic.

40 BALLYHASS OUTING
Mike Shanks sneaks out of the office while the editor isn’t looking!

42 DINGHY ANGLER
Jim Clohessy tries a new technique that he first saw on a TV programme.

48 FISH DOCTORS
More readers’ questions answered.

50 A GUIDE’S DIARY
Tom Doc Sullivan bids farewell to Irish Angler with a look back over his guiding career.

52 SPECIMEN HUNT
Terry Jackson’s got the taste for predators and, with confidence growing, as the end of his quest is in sight, he tries for an elusive one.

60 FIELD TEST
Terry Jackson’s been busy this month! Read what he thinks of a new boat from RLS in Portrush.

63 ITFFA YOUTH INTERNATIONAL
Headford’s James Purcell represented Ireland at the youth home international on the Lake Of Menteith. How did they get on?

66 SHORE SCENE
Peter McGroary and friend head for the Donegal coast and bag a ‘full house’ of wrasse species on some dodgy ragworms. At least now they have been used he can taste his cornflakes again!

72 AROUND IRELAND
Kieran Hanrahan is off north to the Co Antrim coast to explore some new and interesting marks.

77 SPECIES FILE
Everything you need to know about our smallest, and most-interesting, ray – the cuckoo.

78 SEA TROUT IN THE MOUNTAINS
John Buckley has a passion for sea trout. So when he has the chance to fish a new venue for them, he’s off like a shot!

84 A DAY WITH THE DOC
Our ‘GP’ takes on a clinic of ‘patients’ at a Loughs Agency event at Baronscourt.

88 WHAT’S NEW
More new gear that’s caught our eye.

94 A DAY ON THE WATER WITH…
David Dinsmore takes to Lough Mask with Fermanagh-born Basil Shields, an angler with an enviable record.

98 WHY I FISH
David Himsworth from North Yorkshire shares his love of Kerry.

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