When I first arrived in Kerry, I had the sole aim of catching a fish, any fish… it didn’t really matter. I just wanted to get down the fundamentals of sea fishing. On my most recent trips, I have started to catch a decent stamp of fish and now I am starting to have the desire to target specific species. It does seem like life is laughing at best laid plans more so than usual though at the moment, but anyone who knows me, knows that I am not one be told that I cannot achieve something. So I thought why not set myself some goals for the year. I am taking part in a friendly species hunt with some friends with nothing but bragging rights at stake. Aside from the hunt, here are some of my aims this year…
Catch a fish on a lure
When I moved across to Ireland, I came armed with a box full of lures and a lovely new spinning rod. Anyone that has read my first few posts will know that it was tough going and I didn’t manage to catch a single fish until I switched to using bait. I would love to catch a fish on my light spinning set up, any species really. Would be great to finally christen the set up.
Catch a Bass… any which way
I have had my eye and my heart set on catching a bass. They have so far alluded me, even when people I’m fishing with are catching them next to me. I am determined to catch one… any which way.
Learn to fly fish
I’ve long held the view that fly fishing is something of an art form and is inherently complicated. It certainly breaks with the fundamentals of all the other types of fishing where you attach a weight to your line for casting, as opposed to fly fishing where your line is your weight. Living almost on the bank of a fantastic salmon and trout river, it seems like it would be a great opportunity missed to not try and learn this mystic art form.
Catch a Salmon on the fly
This one obviously requires the above to have been achieved to a certain extent, but the prospect of hooking into an Atlantic salmon on such a small fly and a light rod has great appeal. I’m certainly in the right place and have the determination to give it a good shot.