As a young man Barry had won most competitions on the lough Cork, one of his favourite memories was winning the Jackie Lennox Cup in June 1973
Barry was one of Ireland’s first pioneers in Carp fishing, landing Carp over 15lb in 1974, which is like catching a carp of about 28lb in today’s standards out on the lough.
Back then the water quality was much better and the lake was deeper and even better it had lilies. This lead to Tench breeding and the Rudd having a place to hide from predators Barry was no stranger in catching large bags of Rudd with some cracking Tench.
I have been good friends with Barry for a number of years now, this all came about when we got our club [Cork Carp Anglers] to rally together to stop a few Cork and Dublin anglers with the aid of the fisheries board removing all the Carp from the lough including all the record size fish. After 6 months of hard work by our club and some of our local TD’S we got it stopped before they took too many. Since then Barry has caught so many cracking Carp on all different types of bait but in the last few years Barry turned to sticky bait boilies that I make. He said if I only had bait like that in 1973 “I would have caught a lot more carp”.
Nearly 40 years later and he is still showing me how to do it, well done Barry keep up the good work.