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Tope fishing

Postby Thompst111 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:03 am

Anyone have any signs of tope this year yet, I know it's early but gonna start fishing for them next week have one rod out there for them Everytime now. Just wondering has anyone got one or been bitten off by one. Also any tips for catching one would be great (bait used ect). Was watching a video where he used a fillet of Mack and two fillets of whiting worked great for him.
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby Rob Millard » Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:35 pm

You haven’t mentioned what part of the country you’re going to try. The earliest I’ve tried for them in North Wexford is mid April and I’ve had them then. Regarding bait, they’ll take most fishy offerings, but Mackerel is always good, I like using heads or flappers as they tend to be more doggy proof. Live whiting lightly hooked through the tail work great too.
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Species 2017 : Cod, Coalfish, Whiting, Poor Cod, Pollack, Bull Huss, Ling, Pouting, Bass, Flounder, Painted Ray, Lsd, Tope, Ballan Wrasse, Mackerel, Herring, Launce, Haddock, Thornback Ray, Conger, Plaice, Turbot, Grey Gurnard, Red Gurnard, Cuckoo Ray, Tub Gurnard, Dab, Smoothound, black goby, Scad, Cuckoo Wrasse, Megrim

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Re: Tope fishing

Postby Rob Millard » Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:42 pm

Sorry, just noticed this was in shore fishing. My post above relates to boat fishing.
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Species 2017 : Cod, Coalfish, Whiting, Poor Cod, Pollack, Bull Huss, Ling, Pouting, Bass, Flounder, Painted Ray, Lsd, Tope, Ballan Wrasse, Mackerel, Herring, Launce, Haddock, Thornback Ray, Conger, Plaice, Turbot, Grey Gurnard, Red Gurnard, Cuckoo Ray, Tub Gurnard, Dab, Smoothound, black goby, Scad, Cuckoo Wrasse, Megrim

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Re: Tope fishing

Postby Thompst111 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:38 pm

Got excited there with mid April. Yeah from the shore will be fishing north Wexford like ballyvalden/tinnabearna. O know it's early heard someone was bitten off few weeks ago on tinnabearna. So hoping for the best
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby Rob Millard » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:33 pm

I heard that spurs were being caught off the beach down there recently, if true, could have caused the bite offs.
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby ste c » Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:00 pm

Way too early for tope off the wexford beaches i start the end of may
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby Thompst111 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:45 pm

Oh really spurdogs yeah that could of been the reason alright it was just assumed tope. Good to know
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby Thompst111 » Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:29 pm

Anyone any look so far with shore tope. Gonna give it a good try on Monday night.. got a couple of smoothies last week it's easy to forget the fight they put in nothing like it. Really want to catch my first tope though.
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby corkconian » Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:48 pm

Thompst111 wrote:Anyone any look so far with shore tope. Gonna give it a good try on Monday night.. got a couple of smoothies last week it's easy to forget the fight they put in nothing like it. Really want to catch my first tope though.

Ya just had a tope from the shore on Sunday. 153cm fish caught on squid.
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby Thompst111 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:08 am

Oh nice man fair play say that was a good fight. Any pics?? What county where ye fishing
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby baitdigger » Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:36 pm

Thompst111 wrote:Anyone any look so far with shore tope. Gonna give it a good try on Monday night.. got a couple of smoothies last week it's easy to forget the fight they put in nothing like it. Really want to catch my first tope though.


Wait until you hit a shore tope, you will soon forget the smoothies :D , we have a plague of hounds at the moment here in Wales, they aren.t giving the dogfish time to pick up the baits :D
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby Thompst111 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:49 pm

Now you have me drooling for one my largest smoothie was 12lbs and amazing fight dying for a tope been watching videos of lads in the UK catching tope just looks brilliant. Next week I'm thinking just going for tope two rods two big baits I generally go for one rod big bait one close small. Next week all big
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby corkconian » Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:09 am

Thompst111 wrote:Oh nice man fair play say that was a good fight. Any pics?? What county where ye fishing
Actually ended getting it on video.Had it in kerry. you can see it here
http://youtube.com/watch?v=lZOXJnFthuk

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Re: Tope fishing

Postby mickser » Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:12 am

nice video great to see an Irish one sick of looking at foreign ones that I can not relate to or fish Well done
I have not fished in two years hoping to change that this year with anything ?

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Re: Tope fishing

Postby corkconian » Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:47 pm

Thanks mickser . Hoping to keep the YouTube going anyway
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby Teegerstk » Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:20 pm

corkconian wrote:Thanks mickser . Hoping to keep the YouTube going anyway


You really should, it's great to see an Irish angling channel, your video was top notch
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby Dave F » Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:38 pm

What is the fishing for them like in late September, early October? Where's worth a try at that stage? Would love to catch one but out of the country until then.
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby corkconian » Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:22 pm

As far as I'm aware east coast you can fish for them year round
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby corkconian » Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:24 pm

Teegerstk wrote:
corkconian wrote:Thanks mickser . Hoping to keep the YouTube going anyway


You really should, it's great to see an Irish angling channel, your video was top notch


Thanks. Really appreciate it ... Have another currently being edited.
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Re: Tope fishing

Postby Barney Mcgrew » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:01 pm

corkconian wrote:
Thompst111 wrote:Oh nice man fair play say that was a good fight. Any pics?? What county where ye fishing
Actually ended getting it on video.Had it in kerry. you can see it here
http://youtube.com/watch?v=lZOXJnFthuk


Thanks for sharing that video, very enjoyable and a very nice result, good angling. Have subbed and looking forward to anything else you might do in the future. So nice to see some Irish shore angling on YouTube.

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