Oh this weather …

Mid May to early June saw us sail for 22 days with evening trips, catching some great fish. This came to an abrupt halt a week ago as the winds swept in and forced to us cancel the last 7 days. Fortunately the winds abated this week, and we’ve had a ball the last couple days with over 50 hounds including 2over 20lb to the boat and plenty of wrasse and pollack over slack water. Great fun aboard My Way More photos in Gallery 208    

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Pure Fishing Smoothhound Challenge 2017 winners

My Way is widely known as a boat that can be trusted for big smoothhounds. With the vast majority landed in the mid teen weight range, 2016 alone saw 14 hounds over 20lb in weight. The smoothhound Challenge has for 6 years marked the traditional start to our season.  2017 however was looking to be a small upset, the hounds had not really appeared in any great number and the sizes drastically smaller than those normally enjoyed. We did catch little over 80 hounds in total over the 5 days making the overall fishing hard work for those involved, with a few blanks […]

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Smoothhound Challenge underway

First day of our week long Pure Fishing smoothhound challenge today. This is the 6th year of our highly successful event, with big hounds being caught every day of every year. This year however, the hounds are proving slow to get going from Holyhead. We’ve already landed a few with the best over 20lb, but the numbers have yet to hit that expected. However today’s crew is made up on regulars, including past winner, 20lb hound captor, 14 hounds in a day captor and many personal bests. We have plenty of food, loads to drink and numerous stories to tell […]

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Rampage on My Way

Had a day on the boat myself on Friday 12th May. Bit of a spring clean in the morning, tidying up the cabin, that looked like a battlezone following a few great weeks of angling. The weather was fine though, so it called for a spot of relaxation and fishing. A few hours afloat with friend Keith was called for, nothing too hectic, just a spot of smoothie fishing. We’ve had a few hounds already this month, but it is this weekend that I class as the traditional start to our hounding season. We weren’t disappointed. I wouldn’t say it […]

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2017 Smoothhound Challenge

The 2017 Pure Fishing Smoothhound Challenge is set once again to be a great success, with anglers looking forward to catching plenty of big starry hounds … simply catch the biggest Smoothhound of the day and win a rod & reel combo. One set available each day. My Way has become widely known as a boat that can be trusted for big smoothhounds, With the vast majority landed in the mid teen weight range, 2016 alone saw 14 hounds over 20lb in weight. The smoothhound Challenge has for 6 years marked the traditional start to our season.  Running between May 22nd and […]

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Pure Fishing Smoothhound Challenge 2017

The 2016 Smoothhound Challenge was a great success once again, with plenty of big starry hounds being caught. We now have limited spaces available for the 2017 event – simply catch the biggest Smoothhound and win! A rod & reel combo up for grabs each day. Next years challenge is scheduled for day & evening trips between 23rd and 27th May 2017, book now to avoid dissapointment – check spaces here  Top hound of 2016 went to Mark Cain with a superb 24lb specimen, one of 14 20lbers boated during this years hound season.

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Tagged Smoothhound Recapture

In 2008 and following years we were heavily involved with the University College Dublin (UCD) Ph.D researcher Edward Farrell in his study of Starry Smoothhounds. Eds research was studying the seasonal migration of smoothhounds but also to show that Starry Smoothounds only and not the Common Smoothhound visited the UK and surrounding waters. Ed had an article published in the ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) Journal of Marine Science in January 2009 showing his findings on Starry & Common hounds. Thanks to Jim Midgley for the above photos In a nutshell, not one Common Smoothhound was […]

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