Well the wait is over, today (Sunday) I hop on the plane from Luton to Kerry for a week fishing in Kerry with John Quinlan of Thatch Cottage. Put simply…I cannot wait.
I headed out to stay with John last August on one of his co-guiding trips with Henry Gilbey. This year however I cannot make the co-guiding dates but seeing as I enjoyed the trip so much I’m heading back over and getting in some early season Bass fishing – Ireland style.
John is an awesome guide, the accommodation is great, you get 3 home made meals a day and a three course dinner meets you after a full days fishing. Himself and his wife Lynn offer a superb package and I don’t know how any angler could not be tempted to sample it. To top off the accommodation and food, John will do his best to put you on fish, in some of the most scenic locations you could imagine fishing as you face out into the open atlantic.
I’m heading over there with my usual quarry in mind; Bass on Lures…but John can offer a huge variety of fishing, last year we fished for Bass, Pollock, Wrasse and Salmon in just four days and yes…we had the target species every time!
The forecast for Kerry doesn’t bother me as if the Bass fishing isn’t quite on then I’m more than happy to turn to fishing for the run of Open-Sea Sea Trout they get over there or the superb Dry Fly sport on the Loughs or even venture to the inshore reefs on John’s boat to find some drag screaming, kelp dwelling Pollock. Maybe even relive the ridiculous afternoon we had last year when we caught and released over 100 pollock to 7lb in less than 60ft of water.
Here’s a few shots from last year’s trip courtesy of Henry Gilbey.
To say I’m slightly over excited would be an understatement…I cannot wait, I leave on Sunday and fly back on Friday just in time for the Welsh Surfing Nationals in Freshwater West.