ILLEX–CELLENT Evening with Jean Yves

One of those excellent evenings of fishing that will go down in memory. Two names have featured regularly on this website since I began guiding in 2003 – one of them is Illex fishing gear the other is the regular French customer Jean Yves Quillien.

We both enjoyed an incredible evenings fishing with fish taken on both surface and subsurface techniques – we fished one of my favourites early in the tide through shallow water the brilliant I-Shad fished weedless combined with the Wide Gape Texan hook – finnesse.

Fish came first to the 4.8” I –shad and then later we increased to the 5.8” and continued to take fish right through the rise. Low tide fishing is fun see here from 2010, after a brief lull we changed up to surface lure fishing with increasing depth hiding the weed fronds – these were the first fish we took from the surface this year.

The Illex bonnie both 95 and 128 (featured as one of my top favourites of all time), the Illex Mudsucker 90 and the Illex SK Pop Grande, I couldn’t help it I just kept bringing them on.

Rods fished were the Illex 110 and the 220 element rider, paired off with Shimano Ci14’s and sunline braid with Rio fluoro carbon leader – and boy was it fun in the tidal rip taking those fish on the surface with light gear! Its not often I go on about equipment but a session with a customer taking more than 8 fish on the surface is really something special.

All the gear we used is available at  Henrys Tackle, Waterford Angling Centre Murphys of Wexford and Southside tackle too.

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