Proud dad Ray Foster reports on a recent fishing trip with his young son Denis:

Myself and my son Denis who is ten years old, left the Sixmilebridge early in the morning last weekend 3-9-21 to get to the slipway at Tarbert Island, and once in the water, we headed straight for our chosen mark near Carrig Island. We started by drifting for bait and caught a nice few mackerel, before anchoring up to fish the flood tide. It was Denis’s first sea fishing trip, but he has done a lot of pike fishing with me and has even caught a thirty-pounder from Lough Derg when he was eight years old.

Fishing was slow at first but when the fish came on it was a hectic few hours. We had a few Thornback Rays to 11lb and then Denis’s rod took off with a screaming run. He struck into the fish and after a great fight, we landed his first Tope of 25lb.

The scrap is on!
First ever tope brings a big smile.

Shortly afterwards he caught a 10lb Bullhuss that also gave him a good scrap in the strong flow.

A nice Huss to add to the mix

We had two more smaller Tope before it was time to head back to the slipway at Tarbert.

Even Dad got in on the action.

Denis says that he now prefers sea fishing to pike fishing…