Irish Sport Fishing

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Specimen Gilthead

Gilthead Bream

Over the last few years, Gilthead Bream catches from these shores have become more regular and the average size of fish appears to be increasing. Hopefully the weather will play ball this summer, and hopefully I’ll get the chance to go after them properly if they appear in numbers.

The first phase in the search of a red-letter Gilthead session was to do a bit of background work in preparation for their arrival. Trying out a few different venues where they’ve been caught before, and seeing if any info or patterns can be gathered on the best tides and conditions for each one will hopefully prove invaluable.

Joe Byrne (Courtown Harbour Angling Centre) with a specimen 3.3lb Gilthead Bream

Joe Byrne (Courtown Harbour Angling Centre) with a specimen 3.3lb Gilthead Bream

After a steady stream of ‘nuisance’ small bass (which were all safely and quickly returned to the water – the bass ban runs from May 15th – June 15th), Joe had a bite that bent the tip around and just kept going! Joe thought he had hooked a good bass until he saw the deep silver flanks of a Gilthead in the shallow water. After weighing and taking a few quick photo’s and measurements, the fish was returned. It was a specimen of 3.3lb and was in great condition.

That was the only bream of this session, but its still early in the season for them. At least we know they can be caught there which boosts the confidence to persevere in fishing for them if nothing else. There’s nothing worse than fishing somewhere new and doubting whether you are in the right area at all!

I also want to give them a go with lures at some stage – I didn’t want to bring out the lure fishing gear during the bass ban. I’ll avoid the potential hassle of being mistakenly fishing for bass as I reckon I’d have a hard time trying to convince a fisheries officer I was fishing for Gilthead’s with a lure!

5 comments on “Specimen Gilthead

  1. Sam Roche
    May 29, 2013

    That’s a super looking fish, Well don lad’s.

  2. homerj1
    May 29, 2013

    Beautiful fish made to look even better by it’s Captor! 🙂

    Great to see them on our shores.

  3. steve
    May 29, 2013

    They are a fantastic fish alright and they don’t half fight hard!

    Hopefully the numbers caught will continue to increase and we can get to know a bit more about them. Hopefully anglers will make sure they are returned safely too – there is no point in killing a fish like this which, as of this moment, is still considered a rare enough catch on our coasts.

  4. Gearoid Muldowney
    June 17, 2013

    Great angling. Exciting to here about new species instead of the decline of so many others. I’d pay to see that sketch. You trying to convince the authorities you were not fishing for Bass. But were in fact fishing for a newly arrived rare species of fish.

    • steve
      June 19, 2013

      Exactly – thought i’d err on the side of caution and leave the lure gear at home!

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