Gary Robinson, kayakfishermanireland.comwas back on the water after a bit of a break. The wind stopped him from going to sea so he had a look at some small, sheltered lakes closer to ‘home’…

I wanted to throw some lures to see if some perch were about, perhaps brought closer to the margins by rising water temperatures and an urge to spawn. After paddling around and fishing all sorts of likely looking lies I remained fishless. There didn’t seem to be any perch in the margins so I decided to see if a change of lure might bring a change of species. I opted for the ‘Divinator’ by Biwaa. It did the trick.

Just 2 pike, but Gary was happy with his time on the water

After fishing blind (no fishfinder) into a smaller bay the rod arched over into a jack pike. The small fish put up a spirited fight but was subdued easily enough. I managed a second jack pike which was only marginally smaller than the first pike. This one also hit the Divinator hard but was hooked near the edge of the jaw. Like the first fish, away went the second little pike, none the worse for its experience. I decided to head for home to ready the gear for the days ahead.

I really like this time of year. The days are much longer, facilitating evening sessions at least a couple of times a week now. Extending days mean extending expeditions. The world is waking up too as green shoots appear in the ground, buds appear on tree which slowly become greener by the day and all manner of plants are starting to flower. It won’t be long until the summer is here and looking at the immediate forecast it looks like it will be fine for the next few days. This means that there will be at least a couple of sessions over the next few days to be enjoyed. Back to the salt!

Gary Robinson

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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