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Greetings from Belfast

Post by redgreenandblack » Tue May 05 2020 17:16

Hello

I joined this forum recently and thought I'd better introduce myself. My name is Mark and I'm in Belfast. Haven't done much piking for a many years but intend to start again (Covid-permitting). I started piking in the 70's when there were loads of pike in Northern Ireland and we had good days regularly in the mid to late 70's and early 80's in particular. I also enjoyed a lot of good fishing for pike across the border at that time.

The last few decades have seen the sad decline of pike fishing in Northern Ireland as well as in the Republic due to issues with which you are all no doubt familiar - too much poaching including widespread illegal netting, fish being killed for eating by relatively-recently-arrived people with different cultural norms, pollution, other water quality deterioration, zebra mussels reducing numbers of prey fish, cormorants and more. To say nothing of gill-netting on the big Western Loughs that would have probably the best fishing available anywhere if the big fish weren't being netted out regularly on the spurious justification of protecting brown trout for fly-fishermen. I've only been doing a bit of tench fishing in counties Leitrim/Cavan in May/June these past few seasons.

I follow the Irish Angling Update website weekly and in the Republic at least there seem to be lots signs of recovery over these past several years if the regular reports of pike catches on the big Shannon lakes in particular are an indicator.

I also have inferred from reports and from other anglers I've chatted with that in the Republic in particular, the efforts of the authorities and the conservation-minded anglers have had a welcome effect on reducing the impact of poaching/pike killers. Also, keeping quiet about catches on the smaller loughs and rivers is important - as you all know :wink:

We're not allowed to live-bait in Ireland, north or south - haven't been for years - thus removing in my previous experience the most effective method of catching pike.

I sometimes put a dead-bait rod out for pike when float fishing for tench - usually to no avail - but as my mate said a few years ago when I was moaning about the lack of runs - just try throwing a live-bait out there and see how long it lasts! I didn't.

Anyway, I had one brief pike session only last year and had a nice 12-pounder on the fly rod. I'm really enjoying reading the various posts on the forum and it's definitely whetting my appetite to get out on the waters again. Great banter as well. Lots of terminal tackle set-ups in particular that I'm not familiar with.

All the best and hope we can all get out sooner rather than later.

Mark

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Re: Greetings from Belfast

Post by Monts » Tue May 05 2020 17:35

Nice one Mark. :thumbs:
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Post by Mattjb » Tue May 05 2020 17:41

Welcome to the pit Mark.As you say hopefully we can all get out and wet a line soon.

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Post by Happy Hayes » Tue May 05 2020 19:09

Welcome aboard Mark
Tight lines :handshake:
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Post by redgreenandblack » Wed May 06 2020 10:07

Thank you.

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Post by Mike J » Wed May 06 2020 10:37

Welcome aboard :handshake:

Quite a few of your fellow countrymen on here but like most of us they dont catch much. :wink:

Forget about livebaits, get yourself a stock of local fish frozen down for bait in the winter, but dont sit and wait for a fish to find you, go roaming with a single rod and find them.

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Post by suffolk si » Wed May 06 2020 11:05

Welcome aboard 👍 hopefully we’ll all be wetting some lines soon

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Post by redgreenandblack » Wed May 06 2020 18:14

Yes, the single rod with a sink and draw deadbait I remember was a killing method for me too in winter. More exciting too when the pike hit the bait than sitting over static rods. I've got a load of frozen sprats in my freezer ready to go!

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Post by GAVIN H » Thu May 07 2020 15:05

Welcome to the forum pal, lough erne systems my local water :thumbs:

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Post by redgreenandblack » Thu May 07 2020 18:19

Thanks Gavin, I fished the river above Belturbet last year, big pools and riffles, and also had a general snoop around the river at Crom estate in my kayak. But it's huge in terms of choice! So much promising looking water - looked good but wasn't fishing that time and had no FF on the kayak. I think the Erne system is my best bet for getting back into some decent piking again. Only the 55 square miles to explore!

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Post by GAVIN H » Thu May 07 2020 20:51

redgreenandblack wrote:
Thanks Gavin, I fished the river above Belturbet last year, big pools and riffles, and also had a general snoop around the river at Crom estate in my kayak. But it's huge in terms of choice! So much promising looking water - looked good but wasn't fishing that time and had no FF on the kayak. I think the Erne system is my best bet for getting back into some decent piking again. Only the 55 square miles to explore!
Its a stunning place to fish, some good fish in it too, good luck mate.

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