Giorgio Trevisan, Gilberto Tolu, Rossano Girardi and Pasino Carlo from Italy were on their annual fishing trip to Ireland and this year decided to stay with Kevin and Jane at Melview Lodge in Longford. They caught 102 Pike to 1.05m using mainly lures and lost 24, they also managed to catch 19 big Perch.

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Rossano Girardi with one of the many nice Pike caught during their stay

Kevin said the guys done well considering the changing weather conditions each day. The lads fished three different location which all produced some nice Pike and Perch for them, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Ireland next year.

Kevin Lyons
Melview Lodge

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Kevin Lyons
Melview Lodge
Drumlish Road,Clonrollagh, Longford, Co. Longford
Tel:+353(0)43-33-45061 Mobile:+353(0)87-268-7441
E-mail: [email protected] Web: www.melviewlodge.com

Guidelines for handling pike

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When landed, the fish should be laid flat preferably on a protective mat and the hooks removed with a suitable tool such as long handled artery forceps or a long nosed pliers. Anglers may find it useful to wear protective gloves. Sometimes it can be easier to release the hooks by working very carefully through the gill covers.

The use of pike sacks can be used for the short time retention of fish enabling them to recover prior to weighing or photography. When weighing and photographing fish, the pike should be cradled and supported properly to avoid injuring the fish. A pike sized weigh sling should always be used if the fish is be weighed.

When being released, the pike should be held carefully in the water to promote recovery until it is ready to swim away. At all times, the pike should be returned to the water in the shortest possible time.