January 2007



07 Editorial

What’s the editor on about this month?


08 News And Letters

The 2006 Irish Water Safety Awards and the new salmon regulations are the main focus.


13 Fish Of The Month

A 693lb black marlin takes the prize.


14 Dinghy Angler *Cover Story*

The Clohessys are after bass, and share some of their secrets. Just keep your hands off their tyres!


20 Shore Scene *Cover Story*

Top shore angler Peter McGroary joins the Irish Angler team. Find out how he gets on as we challenge him to win a match.


26 Tying FLIES

Body hackles and game-bird feathers are found on many Irish flies. Mike Shanks shows you how to tie them.


29 Fly-Tying Competition *Cover Story*

Round Three’s challenge is that “quintessential Irish lough fly” the Sooty Olive. Can you come up with a new take on an old favourite?


32 Going for the Burn!

Gardiner Mitchell returns to a youthful haunt and recalls a close encounter of a constabulary kind.


38 Saltwater Lure Fishing *Cover Story*

In the first part of a new series, Jim Hendrick tells you all you need to know about this exciting method.


44 Fish Doctors

Queries on bass, pike, trolling for ferox trout and bite detection in high water feature in this month’s postbag.


50 Guide’s Diary

There’s not much to do in Cornamona in the winter, so Tom Doc does a lot of fly tying, and encourages the local youth to join in.


56 Around Ireland *Cover Story*

Kieran Hanrahan returns to the southeast this month, in part one of an in-depth look at Kilmore Quay.


61 Species Spotlight

Black bream were once rare visitors to Irish waters, but global warming has increased the chances of catching one of these hard-fighting fish.


62 Afloat or Ashore?

Matt Dean can’t make up his mind where the best place to catch pike is. Read his tips on how to get the best from boat or bank.


68 A Matchman’s Progress

We follow Ian Kitson as he competes in his local winter league and learn the secrets of his success – or lack of it!


71 Field Tests

Ian Kitson visits the Daiwa show to see what they’re offering for next season, while Mike Shanks tries out a Vision saltwater rod.


78 Specimen Hunt *Cover Story*

Terry Jackson’s set his sights on pike this month, but will he manage to catch that elusive specimen?


85 What’s New

We test and review more exciting new equipment, including goodies from Lure Shack and Dynamite for you all to drool over.


90 Fishery Spotlight

We talk to Declan Cooke, manager of the famous Moy Fishery in Ballina and find out what it’s like working in the public eye.


94 A Day On The Water With…

Ian Kitson spends the day with Simon Huthwaite, master match angler and newly appointed coarse supremo at Enniskillen’s Home Field and Stream.


98 Why I Fish

‘Navan Man’, Pat Fahey, is quoting poetry this month to explain his obsession.


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