IFD: Kevin Brain is one of the top fishing guides in the country, Kevin offers guided kayak fishing, shore fishing for bass, guided trips for salmon and sea trout and of course bait, and bed and breakfast. He is based in Waterville county Kerry. He has made several tv appearances and featured in many magazines as well as having wrote two books on fishing in the area. You can contact Kevin through his website http://www.kbfishingireland.com/
How did you start fishing, and can you tell us about your fishing in Wales?
It was my Dad who first brought me when I was three years old. He brought me to a local brook and I had my first fish a wild brown trout on maggots. From there that was it really, I just couldn’t get enough of it and I have been the same ever since. I get just as excited about it today as I did all them years ago.
I joined a local sea angling club, and I caught my first bass when I was twelve. I went on to catch quite a few and gained a good reputation in the club for being able to find bass.
When did you first come to Ireland fishing and what were your first impressions?
It was incredible. It was 1982 and we organised it with the fishing club. I was a coal miner at the time as were most of the other lads. The fishing we had, was nothing like we had experienced before, the bass, the flatties wrasse, big pollock we fished till we dropped that week! I was back every year since bar one, the year of the miners strike. We were living on nine pound a week for that year so needless to say no holiday that year. Ever since though we came two or three times a year.
How did you decide to take the plunge and move to Kerry?
I decided with my wife Christine that enough was enough, we were going to move to Ireland. By that stage we both had good jobs and were making good money, but we weren’t happy living that life. So we decided for a change of lifestyle and made the move to Kerry. Iv’e done many magazine articles and even some tv appearances and I’m always doing my best to promote the area.
Can you tell us about the bass fishing?
In general the bass fishing is amazing with it being possible to catch them all year round even in Winter when a good surf is running. You can fish with bait, lure or the fly whatever suits your own angling. A few years ago I took part in a tagging programme and had fifty bass tagged before anyone else in the whole programme so that is a testament to the fishing down here. I took out my son’s girlfriends father in January one year and he had 16 bass with the biggest 10 2oz so even in winter good fishing can still be possibe.
The Iveragh peninsula is one of the jewels of Irish shore fishing, can you tell us about the other species in the area?
There are rays, big pollock, wrasse, triggerfish, conger, bull huss it just goes on and on and they are all here to be caught at various times of the year. As it’s South Kerry the weather will play a big part in how you are fishing.
You have now written two books about fishing on the Iveragh and many magazine features, can you tell us about the writing experience?
I really enjoyed the experience of writing it, putting it all together could be a bit of a nightmare though. I’ve done two books now, but you have to send them off to be proof read and things like that and any editing so it can be time consuming but when it is finalized and done its done. In the second book I opened up a lot of new marks.
How did the kayak fishing come about?
I’ve been into kayaks about six years now. It started when a French man came into the shop called Patric Loubouiton. He said he had heard of my bass fishing and said he was a kayak guide and could I take him to a few marks. So the next morning we met up and he gave me a safety talk. As we paddled out, I thought what the hell am I doing out here? We had many bass up to 10lb and lots of good pollock and even better all fish returned to the sea. We now provide guided kayak trips for up to seven people and kayaks for sale and many guests have had some great fishing on them.
Besides all this, you can provide guiding for salmon and sea trout, can you tell us about the fishing for these species?
In Lough Currane we have a boat that we take people out on and we also rent about a kilometer of the Comeragh river as well. For the salmon, on the lake it will be mostly trolling around March and April. In late April and through to June we will be fishing on the fly, it all depends on the weather conditions. She is a tough old lake but it is the place in Ireland for big sea trout which start showing up from May.
You have fished many times in Cuba, what has that experience been like?
About seven years ago, a client of mine who happens to be married to a Cuban lady and did we want to try the fishing out over there. So we booked a place called Caya Coco in the north east of the island. Over the years we have had many many bonefish, with one on my second year of 35 inches which would convert to about 16.5 lb! We have had spotted eagle rays, amberjack to 35lb barracuda it’s just great fishing.
What has been your favourite catch over the years?
There is just so many memories, salmon to 14lb, my best sea trout of 9lb 12oz, the many bass over the years, the amberjack, 9.6kg permit caught from the shore. There are so many but it’s too hard to pick just one.
What are your hopes for the future?
To just keep fishing and enjoying life. What I would really like to see is a lot more people coming down fishing, to see the place busy again. Since the drink driving laws changed and the smoking ban came in, they have killed off the pubs. When I first came over you could barely squeeze into a pub on a saturday night and now those days are gone, it would be nice to see the place bustling again.
Well Kevin thanks for your time and hope you have a great 2015
No problem lads anytime……