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Wildlife at Carlingford

Thursday, 29 September 2016 at 09:19

Information board, Ballagan The wildlife at Carlingford was extraordinary. (I think the apparent profusion of coastal birds, seals, plants and animals is one of the reasons I love fishing coasts and estuaries so much.) One close encounter we had was with a Little Auk, which was feeding in a tidal channel near Greencastle and was so unafraid that it continued to feed even as it swam towards us...then within a rod length...and then - still feeding - swam over our wading boots.

Grafham masterclass

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 at 14:57

The master at work One other bit of fishing I've done recently involved a trip to Grafham with Mark. Many years ago I realised that fishing with Mark was a delightful, ritual humiliation in which I'd invariably be outfished and outclassed. Still, I know my place: to make the tea, dispense the sandwiches, work the engine and do some doffing and forelock-tugging. Our recent trip was no exception and I was treated to a masterclass. One consolation was that if Mark caught or released three to my one, I at least managed to catch the best of the day - a fin-perfect rainbow just a shade under 3lb. I've rarely known Grafham in a more generous mood, and early dusk at Church Hill Farm was a wonder: a light wave, a gentle light, with fish moving up the ripple....

Carlingford

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 at 07:48

Gardiner on the Whitewater Just back from Carlingford (Northern Ireland), where we enjoyed close encounters with seals, auks, terns, gannets and egrets, caught and released a handful of small sea-trout and were brutalised by the weather. One great find during this trip was the sea-trout fishing of the River Whitewater (pictured), which runs into the north-eastern shore of Carlingford hard by Greencastle. It's an archetypal spate river, very clear in low flows, and holds some really big sea-trout: double-figure fish are encountered fairly regularly and the average class of sea-trout wouldn't disgrace many Welsh streams.

Turtle 1

Monday, 12 September 2016 at 08:35

Turtle, Argostoli Kefallonia is host to loggerhead turtles. These vulnerable reptiles may be found in the harbour at Argostóli and elsewhere on the island, and these lovely creatures also visit nesting sites on more southerly islands and along the northern Aegean coasts. In Argostóli harbour, the turtles hang around the returning fishing boats. I never expected to see these creatures in this lifetime, and kept asking myself 'where do they go in the winter?' The answer seems to be that there's no rest for the turtles: they spend their entire lives at sea, so presumably must find sheltered spots in which to survive the winter storms.

Turtle 2

Monday, 12 September 2016 at 08:32

Turtle, Argostoli Loggerhead turtle - at least, I think it's a loggerhead - glimpsed in the harbour at Argostóli, Kefallonia.

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