A Few Fine Fish From Floods!

Today saw the first competition of the Dublin Pike Anglers 2018 season. With water levels fluctuating over the last two weeks it was hard to pick a venue. Last minute decisions saw a vote to change to a river venue with reasonable water levels, after very bad flooding had affected our original venue.

Overall the day was a good as to be expected, and the decision to change proved to be a good choice. The remnants of the floods were still in the fields, the rain was consistently spitting but the fish were biting the bank was accessible.

The fish were all of a reasonable stamp, with 2 doubles caught and a few just short of the 10lb mark. The largest of the day fell to angler Dave Murphy with a 17lb 2oz fish caught on a wobbled roach.  Second heaviest fish of the day fell to a lure and into the hands of Godfrey Donohue at 13lb 1oz and the 3rd fell to Joey Bonnie at 9lb 13oz.

The top 3 positions at the end of the day were as follows:

1st Joey Bonnie

2nd Dave Murphy

3rd Steve Farelly

It was a hardy day but all agreed the fishing was aptly good considering the condition of the river.

Our next competition is scheduled for next Sunday 25th March. There is still opportunity to join the club and we extend a welcome to all interested anglers to join us on the 25th. For info on joining the club and to come along for the competition see our membership section. 

Committee 2018 Named

Dublin Pike Anglers Committee

On behalf of the Management Committee of Dublin Pike Anglers it is my privilege to announce the incoming Dublin Pike Anglers committee team for 2018.

2017 was a successful year for Dublin Pike Anglers and it was unreservedly due to the dedicated work of the out-going committee.  On behalf of all the club we want to thank those involved for their hard work in 2017. We also, in the same breath, ask them for their continued support for the new team for 2018.

Dublin Pike Anglers Committee 2018

After a successful AGM and a fair, unbiased vote we offer our warmest congratulations to the new committee team for 2018

Chairperson of the club- Joey Bonnie

Vice Chairperson of the club- Steven Farrelly

Secretary of the club- Anthony McCreery

Records Officer of the club- Frank Roache

Competitions Officer of the club- Aaron Maughan


Our next competition is scheduled for next Sunday 25th March. There is still opportunity to join the club and we extend a welcome to all interested anglers to join us on the 25th. For info on joining the club and to come along for the competition see our membership section. 


Anyone who wishes to have their news or events featured on the website please don’t hesitate to contact us at news@dublinpikeanglers.com

Twaite and you see what the lads caught!

The lad’s shad a lot of fish!

Just like clock work the first 3 weeks in may brings about the unusual run of the Twaite Shad into the river Barrow. Two of our club men Tony Horan and Joey Bonnie are huge fans of this mini Tarpon (its a close relative) and armed with light tackle and a couple of tazzie’s make it their business to get out and catch a few of these cracking little fish.

joey bonnie shad
Joey with a lovely shad on a cracking day

The lads set out this morning with enough time for Breakie and at the right time to catch the tidal conditions needed to produce. It wasn’t long before the craic started and they were hitting fish hard and fast. This wonderful little fish can be frustrating to hook and the lads found out all too well dropping lots of fish right at the bank. The general experience when lure fishing for Shad is, short periods of intense activity, followed by lulls as the various shoals pass through.

Tony Horan shad
Tony with a nice shad

All in all it was a great day’s fishing and the lads had a bag of 45 fish between them, with a large number of dropped fish also. Although these herring like fish look like a perfect recipe for a huge pike, the lads respected the fish and saw all safely returned to the water. The shad is not as abundant as the huge bag number would suggest. The Barrow is one of the last rivers in the country that experiences a run of this hard fighting species so every effort must be made to return them fighting fit. If you are lucky enough to get the time to fish for them we recommend bringing a landing net and after a quick photo release it back to spawn. There is only a small window of about 3 weeks before the shad are finished their spawn and head back to sea. If you do head out let us know how you got on in the comments below.

The current Irish record was set in 2015 when Thomas Lynch caught his 1.64kg (3lbs 10oz) at St. Mullins, fish pictured below. 

irish shad record

A lot Banked on Bank Holiday Pike Fishing Weekend.

Bank Holiday Pike Success

With many of the club men stuck working or unable to get out over the bank holiday weekend it seems as though we may have missed a blinder.  Club chairman, Joey Bonnie, and club member, Fintan Guihen, were the lucky two to get a chance to get out and brave the less than favorable conditions on Sunday.

The pair fished a very nice stretch of river known to fish well at this time a year and to its reputation it did just that for the lads.  The pair had a staggering 41 pike between them! There were no truly massive fish but the general stamp was good. The largest of the pike was just shy of 9lb’s and was landed by last years champ, Joey. (see below)

Joey Bonnie Pike

Given the nature of the day most fish were returned without being weighed but the lads estimate the total bag weights for the 41 pike was well in-excess of 150lb’s. There were large numbers of fish in the 5-6lb range and on the lighter wobbling gear gave some real good accounts of themselves.

According to the lads It really made a huge difference from the soft winter takes, the fish were clearly over the spawn and were hammering the baits without hesitation.

Having missed this weekend this report has me twitching to get the rod in hand.

Tight Lines


Dublin Pike Anglers next competition is 14th of May and see’s the start of our heaviest fish league.  New members are still welcome as we have small number of places available. Get requests in early to save disappointment! New members fill in membership request form here. 

Extremely Rare Pike

Golden Pike

Chairman of the club Joey Bonnie stuns club members with a magical and mystical Golden Pike.

The capture has cause quite a stir around the piking communities with many looking for an answer on where the fish was released… We can now confirm that the fish was caught and released on Lough Amadán. This certainly sets the tone for start of April 😉