Richie Johnston of Guide Fishing Ireland had a few visitors over from the USA in April…

I was out pike fishing with Andy Gonzales, a friend of Nathan and Rachel from Texas who I had previously guided on some smaller rainbow fisheries. He is on a month long tour of Europe and was in Dublin for a very short stay. With only a little time, he wanted to try and catch his first Pike. We chose to fish Blessington Reservoir with its close proximity to Dublin, and luckily the weather was perfect.

Andy Gonzales caught his first pike ever during a quick visit to Ireland as part of a European tour

We went out from Ballyknocken in the boat and spent the afternoon trolling lures and fishing some of the shallower bays. After a couple of half hearted takes, Andy eventually latched onto a fish on a Rapala Super Shad, and soon his first Pike was in the boat after a short fight. He was delighted.

Terry Jerry had this long lean pike on his trip with Richie

A few days later I was there again with 2 great guys from Arkansas, Terry Jerry and Drew Baker. Again they wanted to see a Pike. At home these guys regularly fish for Bass, Walleye and Gar and were very good lure anglers. In conditions that were far from ideal the lads stuck it out and Terry was rewarded with a very long lean Pike which should have been heavier. Obviously she had spawned a while back, but the way she chewed the Shallow Invader lure, she wont be long about packing it back on!

Richie Johnston
Guide Fishing Ireland

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With May now here, I will be busy for the Mayfly,and there are lots of enquiries in. I have a few dates still free and anyone interested in a day out can check out availability on my calander and mail me with their request.

Have you always wanted to fish for wild brownies in some of Irelands best rivers, hook a freshly run sea trout or wild salmon or one of those legendary Irish pike or even land a large tope off Irelands West Coast? Richie provides a tailored and flexible personal angling experience to suit the experienced or the beginner. Small groups or corporate days can also be accommodated and Richie can provide all tackle and rod hire, take care of any permits and offer a collection service from airports, train station, hotel or place of residence.

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Again,anyone interested in fishing Blessington form the boat can go to for information.Their fleet is excellent.

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