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.