With over 60 years of angling under my belt, I suppose I can say without fear that I have caught most of the species in our European seas, rivers and lakes. That includes bleak from the River Mole (a tributary of the Thames), gudgeon from the Tolka at Ashtown and zander from the lakes of Tampere in Finland.

Beyond that, I could add bonefish and tuna and a few more exotic species. Wait, the elusive char still evades (but there’s still time!) The one regret I have is my failure to chronicle my escapades. No diary, just memories…..

The Irish Times 20/07/2015 Read the article ‘Depleted fish stocks not helped by those thieving seals’