“Hi Bodo,
Jack and I had an amazing fun filled day with you. Jack was delighted with the time you spent with him. Please feel free to use any photos you like.
Bodo your professionalism on the day was top class, it was interesting and funny at the same time, well done.
We left you on a high.
Jack will send you on his drone shots too…
Until we meet again the best of luck to you and thanks again.”
Joe and Jack, Ireland August 2021

“Bodo once again thanks for a fantastic trip from start to finish it was one of Our best trips.Yourself and the boys Brendan and Daniel were great, the boats First class, but I must say, I would have liked to have fished from yours on both days.

We had eight doubles. Tony,Graham and me all had our largest fish,  my one was The largest I have had on the fly.  As I had organised the trip I was a bit worried about accommodation but this was unfounded it was great and Brenda was a star and Her breakfast were fantastic. We could not have done this trip without your local Knowledge and help and I would not hesitate to recommend you and your great service.

Although Graham won the trophy, I think my fish was the best because I took it on the Fly. Tony had fourteen fish in one afternoon a best for him, we will be back.”
Jim Patience, UK, May 2014

Hallo Bodo, jetzt nach ein paar Wochen, nachdem alles etwas gesackt ist möchte ich mich noch mal bei Dir für die tollen zwei Tage bedanken. Diese beiden Angeltage waren das i-Tüpfelchen auf unserem genialen Irlandurlaub und außer ein paar schönen Hechten haben wir auch noch den ein oder anderen guten Tipp mitnehmen können.
Frank, Germany, June 2013

Dear Bodo,
We would like to thank you for a great fishing holiday in Boyle! We had a splendid time with you and Brendan. The lakes were beautiful, the fish were great and the way Brendan and you guided us was both very professional and fun. The days we went out on our own, you provided us all the necessary equipment (e.g. nice boat, fish finder, rods and reels, packed lunch).
On our last guided day we had a rather rainy day. However, due to the fun we had in the beautiful Mirrocraft, the pretty lakes and all nice fish we caught, we hardly noticed the rain at all. And last but not least, the friendly people at the Abbey House Bed & Breakfast made sure that after fishing we had a place we could call home for the time being.
We would highly recommend any pike-fisher to visit Boyle and let you do the guiding. That will guarantee them a great time in Ireland! We hope to return soon. Yours sincerely, Thomas 1 Thomas & Sander, Netherlands, May 2013


“I went fishing on holiday in Boyle in Ireland to catch pike, with Bodo Funke as my guide. He runs a very professional outfit and took me to some great waters. I never knew there were so many pike in Ireland, and so big! I caught a 17lb fish on a jerk bait, and best of all a 13lb fish on the fly, which was my ambition. My friends are very jealous having seen the photos. On our last day we had 30 pike in the boat between us. Bodo is a passionate pike angler and fantastic company. His whole set-up and fishing experience is first class. I cannot recommend him highly enough as a guide. I will definitely be returning to fish for pike, as I know there are bigger ones waiting…..” Neil's 99cm small

Neil Toft, Consultant Surgeon, London, May 2013


“Hallo Bodo, der 28.August 2011 wird mir immer in bester Erinnerung bleiben, habe ich doch an diesem Tag meinen ersten Meterhecht gefangen. Überhaupt war dieser Tag etwas ganz Besonderes. Ich war mit Dir an diesem wettermäßig turbulenten Tag, alle Wetter bis auf Schnee ;-) , nahezu alleine auf dem großen Lough Gara. Wir haben herrliche Gespräche, natürlich überwiegend der Fischwaid gewidmet, in deutscher Sprache geführt, so dass ich meinen nur durchschnittlichen Englischwortschatz nicht strapazieren musste. Der Tag war somit absolut kurzweilig, und ganz nebenbei habe ich dank Deiner Erfahrung und Ortskenntnis auf dem See sieben weitere ordentliche Hechte und einige passable Barsche drillen und fangen können. An dieser Stelle möchte ich mich daher noch einmal herzlich bedanken, auch für die Vermittlung des erstklassigen B & B in Boyle, und wünsche Dir und Deinen zukünftigen Gästen allzeit „Tight Lines“.

Es grüsst dich Volker Kliche, Velbert, Deutschland, August 2011

“Dear Bodo,

First of all, I would like to thank you for the great week we had together with three of us on your new Mirrocraft boat. The pleasure we had, to catch fish and all the jokes and Frank’s dancing during the time that we were waiting for the hits. It is absolutely great fun to sit on a boat like the Mirrocraft with nice chairs and a lot of space in the boat including the big platform for handling the fish. During all my trips to Ireland we were always using the light aluminum boats or wooden boats, often without fish finders, without guiding and with only small engines. This is a better way to go fishing in your boat. You showed us also that you are a real fisherman with respect for the fish and your clients. I hope to see you soon in Holland for going Zander fishing, Dropshot and vertical fishing. In the attachment you find the dropshot knot like Frank showed you. I wish you all the best and a lot off successful fishing and a good health for you and your family.
With regards, Peter van Hoorn. Netherlands, October 2011

Dear Bodo, I would like to tell you again, that we had a wonderfull time with you in Eire. Tom and myself: we enjoyed it very much! – Especially all the arangements that you made for us to complete our fishing trips. Thanks again. We will have a family-day in next june, and then the whole family will be together (including kids and their kids). That day we will promote Eire and of course our experience with yourself. Possible is that we will meet again next year, and then especially for the famous may-fly!! We hope, that we will return with some more family than just the two of us!”" (Wim Jeehe, Netherlands)

“We returned from our holiday very satisfied. We had a lot of fish and the pike in Ireland are just beautiful. We liked your lakes and rivers very much and we were really impressed with your service, everything was tip-top.” (Piotr Motyka, Poland)

Hi Bodo, Everything was OK: yourself and Daniel were very gentle and patient with us tourists !!! I had especially appreciated the fishing on Lough Key and on Na ball… lough?, the second one…” (Stefano Barbieri, Italy)

Bodo, Firstly, thank you very much for a wonderful days fishing on Saturday. Both John and I really had a great time and we learnt an awful lot from the experience. We are particularly grateful for to you showing us the various methods that we knew nothing about. We will certainly be singing your praises to all our fishing friends.” (Niall Byrne, Dublin)

Dear Bodo, Thanks again for the great day we had last SUNDAY, we really enjoyed having you as our guide.” (Hermann Prakke and Mark Tigchelaar, Netherlands)