Pike Fishing In Ireland | Angle(r)s – A Documentary
Fishing Club Productions Present Angle(r)s With Arnaud Brière A film directed by Thomas Paulin Produced by David Vengerder I quickly fell in love with Ireland. It’s a super endearing country, the people here are adorable, courteous, smiling, and always in a good mood. It was immediately very pleasant and then the wildlife here is completely mind-blowing. We are in a region where there is neither agriculture nor industry, so it’s still very wild. The quality of water here is exceptional, something we don’t have much of in France, unfortunately. There is a great variety of landscapes and fishing spots. I immediately fell under the charm of the water network, as there are small lakes, big lakes, everything is connected, there are rivers everywhere, there’s fishing in every corner, there are miles and miles of reeds, hectares of water lilies, so it was really… I embraced it you know. Ireland is a country that deserves a little bit of credit Well, the weather here is insane, I must say. Not all the time though, there are also spells when the weather is beautiful but there’s air, water, sun, the weather changes all the time, the lights are magnificent… There you have it, lots of open spaces. I feel like I’m really alive here. Here they consider that if you want to eat a pike, you can keep a small pike to eat in the evening, but you have to put the spawners back in the water. Keeping in mind of course that at Club Esox it’s 100% No Kill. We put all the fish back in the water, if possible in a good condition. The club is not huge, but it’s still a pretty big organization. There are always 3 or 4 guides on site. There’s a big logistics operation. I love my job because first and foremost we’re on the water. Living on a boat, fishing all the time is what I love. It’s a very diverse and very rich job because there’s logistics, human contact, technique, commitment, and motivation: sometimes you have to know how to motivate the guys. Well, that’s what I always say, fishing is the emotional lift. There’s a guy who hasn’t caught anything in two days, and then all of a sudden he gets an incredible take and he catches the fish of his life, and he goes from the bottom of the pit to having a crazy adrenaline rush. The reverse is also true, there’s a guy who’s euphoric, who has the fish of his life on the end of the line, and later he drops it at the net, and then everything collapses. So there you go… these are incredible moments. “Good job guys” Once again, I will cite an example that I often give: I have people who come here to make their dream come true, because they’ve been dreaming of fishing in Ireland for over 20-30 years, to catch the big fish of their lives that gem, and it works out perfectly. Once they are here, the weather is good or bad, but then they catch that fish, and then the guy sits on the bench, he starts crying and falls into my arms because he’s just made his dream come true, and that’s part of what we do and I think it’s absolutely great. At the end of the day, it’s also a lot of human connections, with the clients, the guides, a lot of friends, people with whom we share the same passion, with whom we spend good times fishing and after fishing… or before. So it’s a complete package, it’s an exciting job, I’m lucky to be able to do it in several countries, we get to see lots of different habitats, we catch lots of fish, it’s really nice. The most difficult part of this job is being far away from my family for long spells. During expeditions my wife has to take care of the kids by herself. Sometimes I have to leave for about 3 weeks or a month. That’s really long. Emotionally it’s very tough: me and my kids not seeing each other for long periods is difficult. It’s not that I don’t see them grow up but time flies in a flash and they’re growing up and it makes me really sad. I would very much love to have both worlds but my life as a fishing guide is here. Meanwhile, I have an amazing and supportive wife who told me 20 years ago when I bought the club “Listen, I’d rather have you at home for a happy 6 months than a sad 12 months…so, go be you!” Ireland is a renowned country for pike fishing. For several generations, everyone has wanted, well, all the pike or trout fishermen have wanted to come and fish here because this is a country known for that in France. It’s true that there is a fabulous hydrographic network, there are many fish. Now it’s not an easy fishery, because in many places the fishing needs to be earned, you have to be persevering. Now there is a stock of pike which is, in my opinion, exceptional, there are many very beautiful fish. I have fished pike all over Europe, and this isn’t the place with the most pike, it isn’t the place with the biggest averages, but it’s the place where we catch very beautiful fish, very big fish. It’s a place where the fish are super-competitive, where they feed all year round. And above all, it’s a place where we fish in habitats that are very exciting for pike fishing. It’s not necessarily open water fishing, or deep water fishing, there are fishing spots everywhere. It’s often a problem, by the way, when the guys get on a stretch of water here, they don’t know where to fish because there are too many spots. They’re not lost because it’s huge, they’re lost because there are 10 km of reeds on the right, 2 km of reeds on the left, tufts of reeds in the middle, water lilies here, a waterfall there, a river entrance on the left, and so there are a multitude of spots, and that’s very enjoyable, I love it. It’s often fishing in shallow water, so you see a lot of direct attacks, there are beautiful fish… To repeat myself it’s very diverse, it’s really a place that I love. And then there’s also something important in Ireland; they have a very smart regulation policy, which is very much in line with sport fishing. In Ireland we do everything we can to ensure that the tourist angler, in quotation marks, the sport angler is comfortable and enjoys fishing here. So they do everything they can to make sure there are fish, they have banned gill netting, you’re not allowed to take fish over 50 cm, for example, and you can take only one fish a day, and it’s written everywhere if you can release everything it’s better. But on the other hand, there are no licenses, there are no legal fishing hours, there are no closures, so it’s a very simple piece of legislation that protects the fish, that is in line with sport fishing, and you can feel it helps every day because for all intents and purposes, there are some very nice fish here. And they are easy to access, so it’s very enjoyable.