Being a freshwater and marine biology student opens up a few interesting avenues. I have not been getting much fishing in over the last couple of weeks. A work placement for the summer has seen me become very busy with a couple of hectic training weeks for the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation in Kilrush, Co. Clare, Ireland. The foundation are responsible for photo identification and acoustic monitoring of the pod of 120+ bottlenose dolphins that are resident in the Shannon estuary. They have a visitor centre in the town of Kilrush that is well worth a visit and admission is free. The centre has plenty to interest young and old alike and is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Local companies also provide dolphin watching tour boats when the weather permits.
It hasn't all been work, work, work though. I have managed a couple of paddles on the Shannon, a bit of reconnaissance for future fishing trips. The potential of the area is huge and I think that the time spent there will throw up some fantastic action. With the training week out of the way I returned to Galway for a couple of days and had a couple of very enjoyable sessions in Connemara, fishing for pollack. No monsters were caught but regardless of the size, catching pollack is fun on appropriate gear. As far as I'm concerned, the best type of fishing is that which gets you out into the fresh air, allows you to interact with nature and sees you heading home with a smile on your face. Big fish just happen to be a bonus.
Training done and the summer here, there should be plenty more good fishing to come. Hopefully the conditions are kind and if I can't use the kayak to catch some fish I'll put it to use trying to capture some images of the Shannon bottlenose dolphins! Stay tuned for more updates.
By Gary Robinson
About the author
About the author
Having grown up in a seaside town on the east coast of Ireland, Gary has been fishing in fresh and salt water since childhood. Between his studies in freshwater and marine biology, he travels the length and breadth of Ireland to fish from his kayak.