Smoothie success on tope trip

A tope session off Ireland’s North Wicklow coast threw up this surprise smoothound for John Millerick from Dublin.

John and his friend Peter McGraith were fishing mackerel flapper baits for tope when they decided to switch to peeler crab to see if there were any smoothies about.

He didn’t have long to wait, with the 8lb fish taking the new offering almost instantly.

Later on in the session the two friends finally connected with their target species when they boated and then released a fine 33lb tope.