Just back from Ireland. A brief summary.

corkycat

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A number of you chaps asked me to share my experience and pics.

Spent a cracking week at Carraffin Lough in County Cavan. Nothing seems to have changed in two years. It was a case of get loads of bait in, keep getting it in, but don't fish the swim until the third day. I was very lucky in that my S.C. host used his boat to sail out around 30 yards into the lake, watched where my clipped up cast landed, and dropped my cricket balls onto the spot. I was also lucky in that there are good tench close in on the very same peg, so I fished for them for the first two days. For every tench however I must have caught 30 roach or perch (on corn!), but I had some decent tincas up to the 5lb mark.

From day three I targeted the pre-baited area and found bream up to 7lb. There are double-figure bream in Carraffin but I'm not going to beef about only catching seven pounders.

Most of my fish were caught during the day, sometimes in bright sunshine, but I did notice that the bream seemed to switch on after around six o'clock.

My advice to anyone going to Ireland is simple. If you blank on day one, don't go wandering off to other places chasing shadows. God knows I've done it myself in the past. Pre-bait your chosen swim for two or three days, go and fish somewhere else, then return on day three. Maggots, worm, corn - anything will work.

I'm resisting the temptation to go on for ever, so if you have any queries about the trip, just ask or PM me.
 

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Peter

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Nice one Corky, sounds like you had a very enjoyable trip. :upthumb:
 

Tinca Mad

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Well angled Corky. Great setup and no keepnet too.
No need for them. Well done.
Some great looking Tincas too :upthumb:
 

SeanB

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Just shows what we anglers have always known, you don't have to be dead to be in heaven 😍😍😍
Nice write up Corky, sounds like a brilliant trip.
 

Super Rocket

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Well done Chris, sound advice, not easy to resist moving when you blank for several days. Some lovely fish, thanks for sharing, we are off 1st September.
 

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Some lovely Tincas there, well done.

I noticed you managed to catch a rare picture of an Irish Summer...........a bit of blue sky between the clouds. :D:D
 

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Sounds like a very good trip. When I went with my junior club we fished a different venue each day, blanked on the Lough, blanked on the Shannon, bagged up on the canal. Seems like the prebaiting thing is the way to go.
 
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