Monthly Archives: February 2012

2012 – A Blog Odyssey

Well I decided to finally get a blog up and running, the aim here is to keep track of my angling escapades and possibly some other random musings in the years to come..

So for my first post, I am going to introduce myself, or in other words, copy & paste from my About page!

Me @ 10

Catching mackerel on Inis Meáin

Is mise Féilim Breatnach.

I began lure fishing at the age of 11 when I got my first ultra bendy green fishing rod & reel from a local toystore. After a couple of weeks of practicing casting of a 1oz. lead in the garden, I moved up to the big time and began fishing with my dad at some local rock marks.  Pollock and mackerel were the targets and we caught plenty, in both counties Clare (Blackhead & Fanore) and Galway (Aran Islands).  I was hooked.

Now, over 20 years on I am probably more hooked than I was back then, but now I try to fish for more than just mackerel (although they remain my preferred fish to eat).  My favourite target species is undoubtedly the brilliant sea bass, although I still love fishing for pollock, mackerel and more recently wrasse aka the rockfish.  Now and again I also dabble in the arts of bait fishing, but it never feels quite as enjoyable as angling with just a light rod, reel and a couple of lures and a stretch of coastline to walk along and explore.

Me @ 30

Catching a mackerel from the same spot 20 years later.

In the year of blog launch (2012) I have acquired a second hand angling Kayak. The plan this year is to get up to speed with lessons and try out the whole angling-from-a-kayak caper.  With some luck I will be hooking up with other local kayak anglers who may show me the ropes.  The purpose of this blog is to document, and share my angling experiences both from the shore, and kayak for the years to come.