Gary Robinson had a free day last week and made the most of his opportunity. Launching his kayak from a favourite Wexford beach he found the mackerel hard to locate manging to catch just a handful in 2 hours. Having secured enough bait to start tope fishing he dropped a line as the tide turned for this sporting shark and within minutes the first run was on. The strong running fish required  more than simple pump and reel tactics but eventually he had the fish at the kayak for a photograph.

A nice male tope that fought well in the tide

Once the tope had recovered from his ordeal it swam off with a strong flick of its tail, but with wind against tide conditions had become uncomfortable and Gary returned to shore.

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Kayak angling in Ireland

Gary discovered the thrill, freedom and pure joy of kayak fishing almost by accident. After purchasing kayaks with the intention of paddling trips with his long-suffering partner, he started to assess the suitability of such a craft as a fishing platform. Some internet searches showed him that he was not alone in his thoughts. America and Australia already had blossoming populations of kayak anglers. Needing no more encouragement, he set about rigging his first sit on top kayak and transforming it into a fishing platform to gain access to some of the more inaccessible waters. Now into his fifth year of kayak fishing he shows no sign of slowing down.

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