When I caught my first Rudd/bream Hybrids
My first Rudd/bream I caught was along the Dripsey arm in Inishcarra reservoir with my nephew Kenneth over twenty-five years ago but as I would have to kill them to verifier, the specie I decided to put them back. Back then, it was hard to get through the Rudd and skimmers bream, but when the bights started to slow it was as if a pike moved into the swim until the quiver tip would violently bend round and I would be into a hybrid. As the years past, I learnt were and what time of year was best to start fishing for them. As I started to get more into specimen hunting, I started to venture up to the next dam system called Carrigadrohid with my friend Ross. We noticed that there was no anglers fishing for coarse fish, but we still believed that there must be coarse fish in there because there was pike over thirty pounds and they had to be eating some thing to get that big. I believe why no one was fishing here is that so many coarse anglers were talking about Inishcarra they forgot about Carrigadrohid and when they ventured up there, they were catching little or know fish. I believe they were fishing in the wrong areas and there were not putting in enough ground bait to draw the fish in. It took us a weekend and a lot of bait to find the shoal of small to just over specimen weight fish and by the following weekend, it was like taking candy from a baby it was that easy. We could not believe we had the place to ourselves with that amount of fish. For the next few years, we could see the hybrids getting larger with the average fish weighing around 3lb 4oz and when the Irish specimen committee was able to do the DNA through a few scales samples, which meant that we did not have to kill the fish, we decided to claim them. After we left the cat out of the bag we could see anglers searching the areas with the specimen book in there hands trying to match the area with the photo what a disaster. By now bags of a 500lb of fish were common for us with a few breaking the 1000lb yes a thousand no joke but when any one asked we said it hard fishing. What blew it out of the water was when a group of English anglers not knowing the damage it was going to do, put there catch on face book for every one to see. Every tom, dick and poachers were fishing it. The amount of illegal killing of fish got out of hand with 40 to 50 hybrids killed every day by each groups of non-Irish. Even when there were caught would come back the following night and do it all over again, one group got caught over four times in one week (that is at lest 150 dead big fish) I guess they did not know or care that the ifi office for cork is 2 minutes from it. Since then the roach have taken over the system with small pods of hybrids, it amazing the difference a few years can do when a large system are mistreated. So let get away from the dome and gloom and think positive the fish are on a slow come back with hybrids around two pound showing up.
Will have a blog soon on this years Rudd/Bream Hybrids