Shane Redmond of Loughshinny SAC was fishing with his brother Trevor out of Rush in north County Dublin a couple of weeks back. In bright sunshine and calm seas, Shane landed a tremendous tope that measured in at over five feet in length. Once measured, the tope was released to fight another day – and fight another day it did!

One week later, a mile from the first capture location, the pair were fishing again and this time Trevor tamed the tope – which was easily recognisable by a scar along its belly! We’ll wait and see if there’s a third time unlucky for this tope, but in the meantime it’s good to know that careful handling and Catch, Photo, Release can help to conserve fish stocks.

Shane gets the tope first time around

Please fish in a sustainable manner