The lads enjoy the craic filming in Ireland!

The Tackle Guru team have hit the road – and sea! - in search of the best coarse fishing sport in the world, with Dean Macey, Steve Ringer and Pemb Wrighting spending the week tackling Ireland’s bream and silvers in the stunning Lakelands district.

Filming a new series of the Sky Sports series - the sister show to Korda’s Thinking Tackle - the team spent the week touring various lakes and loughs, catching big bags of bream, hybrids, roach and perch on feeder tactics and enjoying the local hospitality.

Big Fish Off star Dean Macey, who was on presenting duties with Pemb and Steve behind the rods as well as captaining the Stenna Line ferry across the Irish Sea, said: “We’ve had a great time in the Lakelands – the fishing has been amazing and the scenery even better, and we’ve enjoyed some great Irish craic along the way. But I have to say I loved playing captain best of all!”

“Fishing-wise, the highlights have been seeing Steve and Pemb catch 150lb of hybrids, bream and skimmers in a day – the fish were all in beautiful condition and fought like tigers.

“The all-out bream session was an eye opener too – I’ve never seen someone backwind with a bream but these Irish fish are a different breed and Pemb and Steve caught some cracking examples of the famous Shannon system slabs. All-in-all, it’s been a great trip and I can’t wait for everyone to see how our adventure unfolded when the new season of Fishing Gurus airs.”

The pair used traditional feeder tactics with chopped worm, maggots, casters and corn as bait along with a good helping of ground bait fed through the feeders. Fishing at medium range, the action came steadily throughout their stay.

The Lakelands district is host to dozens of lakes, loughs, canals along with the famous Shannon navigation system, and is an angler’s paradise with unspoilt lakes full of hard-fighting fish. With so much water to choose from, many venues are virtually unfished and all are surrounded by the stunning Lakelands landscape of rolling hills and forests.

Along with the traditional Irish species, tench and rudd are present in many of the lakes plus there are some carp present in certain areas. The team heard of a 21lb common caught on feeder fishing gear near Lough Ree.

As well as the natural waters, Ireland has a fast-growing commercial fishery scene with regular matches and festivals producing weights of 200lb-plus to a variety of tactics familiar to English commercial match anglers.

As well as the smaller carp, the country is producing specimens with 20-pounders present in some waters and a growing specimen carp scene offering a different challenge to seasoned carpers.

For more information on the Lakelands region and the various angling opportunities along with details on accommodation and travel arrangements, go to www.discoverireland.ie