Irish Sport Fishing – Fishing in Ireland
Over the next few months i’m hoping i’ll be able to do a few posts focussing on what makes anglers successful. Each angler has their own style, their own personal traits, and individual preferences when choosing equipment etc., and it may prove beneficial to incorporate a little bit of what they do into your own style of fishing. (Apologies for not being able to fit it all in one part, but i can’t input multiple galleries into single posts with this website provider.)
I caught up with Dublin match-angler Dave Roe at a competition in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow, and persuaded him to open his tackle box to find out what makes him successful. He eventually agreed, on the condition that i wouldn’t give away too many secrets and that i wouldn’t mention that he used to have long blonde hair. No problem – my lips are sealed.
Dave has won many opens here in Ireland, and has also won both the Penn Sea League and the Penn Final in the UK. As with any sport, be it professional or amateur, consistant success does not come easily and is only achieved through hard work and dedication.
Kilcoole would be considered a home beach for Dublin match anglers, and the tactics for fishing it are well refined at this stage. Casting a good distance can be important on this beach, and so is having equipment that will enable you to get it all back in one piece, so a rod and reel capable of this is crucial. Dave favours a Zziplex Tournament International Bullet coupled with an Abu 6500 mag – proven performers for many years that continue to shine amongst a minefield of modern junk.
Of course not all modern tackle is junk. The evolution of match fishing has forced anglers to look further afield to try and gain any advantage over their competitors. Long rods, fixed spool reels and light tackle have become an important part of a match angler’s armoury. A favourite of Dave’s (and also mine) is the 15′ Grauvell DH Surf. The soft tip is perfect for scratching in close, and the stiff tip ideal for when distance is required. Dave pairs the Grauvell with a lightweight Daiwa fixed spool from Japan. You can see from the empty spool in the last picture below that big distances are easily achieved with this setup. The line would have parted had Dave not stopped it!