Belfast Telegraph

Shark hunter Terry jaws the business

Rod and Line: Vic Thomas

Pure Fishing Consultant Terry Jackson, from Kircubbin, put a specialist new rod and reel to good use as he fulfilled a long held ambition, to catch a shark on the fly.

Heading out of Cork Harbour aboard Sid Kennedy's boat 'Quicksilver', the promise of light wind speeds were blown away by 15-20mph easterlies making visual fish spotting almost impossible. Once in position however, the lads began a long drift with a fantastic scent trail of mashed herring and bran stretching hundreds of yards off the port side.

Two standard rods were set up baited with mackerel while Terry set up his light as a feather Hardy Zephrus SWS. This is a nine foot long, 12 weight rod which he had already tested by landing hard hitting pollack to over 6lbs but Terry wasn't sure it would be capable of beating a shark. The Fortuna XDS reel however gave him plenty of confidence with it's sustainable drag pressure capable of 30lbs.

They quite quickly, boated and released three small sharks on the standard rods and then Sid bagged the largest fish of the day at around 70lbs. Terry then changed to his mackerel fly pattern and suddenly a gentle pull and the line tightened between his fingers. The initial runs were powerful, but against the fabulous drag system, the shark was totally out gunned.

It was time to put his new rod to the test so he put a bend in it as far as he could physically manage and was surprised to find the rod still had plenty of power in reserve allowing him to put extreme pressure on the shark and pump it to the surface.

The specimen, which he returned to the water, wasn't huge by shark standards at around 30 to 40lbs but Terry was delighted to have achieved his ambition. He now reckons it would take a shark closer to 100lbs to test his Hardy rod and reel properly so he cannot wait until next year to chase a larger Blue or perhaps a feisty Porbeagle.

The Mid-Ulster Angling Club have held their annual September Open Fly-Fishing Competition on Lough Fea, near Cookstown where the Best Bank Angler was John Allen and the Best Boat Angler was George Sloan.

Sean Brunton bagged the heaviest fish of the day and the heaviest overall catch was taken by Tommy McGrath.

  • Keith Russell is Lower Bann Angling Association's 2017 Summer League Champion with a section win in the final match at Portglenone.

Johnny Keith was the winner on the day taking 9.710Kgs from peg 88, Colin Elder was second on 7.690Kgs and third was Phil Walton with 7.000Kgs. Keith landed the heaviest net in the 40's section with 5.850Kgs from peg 44 to bank the overall title.

Mark Strachan has won the annual Pete Dunn Memorial Match at Portglenone which also doubled as the first match of the Lower Bann 2017/18 Winter League series.

Mark fished a heavy feeder off peg 45 for a winning weight of just over 11Kgs.Aaron Galbraith was second with 9Kgs from peg 16 and Michael Cormican was third with 7.530Kgs off peg 24.

  • The fifth match in Lurgan CAC's Club Angler of the Year series took place on Newry Canal where the fishing was excellent with most of the matchmen bagging almost 200 fish apiece.

However, the winner on the day, Irish International Philip Jackson, banked over 300 fish for a top weight of 13.800Kgs!

The runner up was Paul Heaney with 12.125Kgs with Johnny Keith third on 10.725Kgs and Johnny McKinley fourth with 10.575Kgs just ahead of his Dad Geoff on 10.325Kgs.

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