MY NAME IS MICHAEL ROCHE, I HAVE BEEN FISHING FOR OVER 40 YEARS.
I have fished my way through the beach and estuaries of Ireland fishing for cod, ray, bass and a host of other species. I also do some lure fishing for bass and pollock from my own boat and of course one of the highlights has to be representing Ireland at the European Championships in Heiliganhafen Germany.
My PB Bass caught on bait from the shore at my local beach in Tramore in Co.Waterford, Ireland it weighed in at – 14lbs-6ozs. My biggest fish so far is a Blue Shark of around 100lbs from my own boat around 12 miles off Tramore.
I have had the pleasure to fish a fair amount of the beaches and estuaries of Ireland both competitively and pleasure alike. My fascination continues with the sea and casting plastic or metal lures into the water to fool the fish!
I would almost say that I have an addiction, to try and build the ultimate lure rod. Everyone’s choice of rod will most probably be different, whether for open sea or into the rough water of the rocks.
The summer not only sees me heading to the coast but in land to the tranquility of a summer lake. Fly fishing for pike at Bell Lake and feeder fishing for bream and dace in St. Mullins. I was lucky enough when growing up to live not 5 minute walk from my local beach(Tramore),and after school most evenings my friends and I went to the Pier where we spent many an evening float fishing for pollock and mullet and ground fishing for conger eel and dogfish.
The autumn and winter sees the return to the beaches in search of cod, flounder and ray which can be plentiful at times from my local beaches and estuary’s.
I find it hard to just say that I only fish for one species or one discipline of our sport; I fish sea, coarse & game.
I LOVE FISHING!
I have a great passion for angling and associated aspects of our great sport. I can never pass a stretch of river or coastline without wondering what fish swim beneath. I have fished the Copper Coast here in my home county of Waterford for over 40 years, rivers & lakes alike.
Trout or carp, bass from the surf, each section of angling with its own tools of the trade. Lying at the roots of fishing is the rod, humble in its making from the days of cane to modern design & technology used today to give us the most up to date materials. I only use top quality materials in the build or repair of fishing rods, products that I can rely on and trust to do the job intended. From the brands of Pacific Bay, Fuji, Voodo Threads, Cork 4 us, Zziplex, Harrisons, St Croix, Matagi and MHX components. Dependent on your requirements my ultimate aim is to provide you with a personal service and give you a custom rod to cast and be proud of.