A fisherman's paradise by the sea
According to angling enthusiast and journalist Henry Gilbey, sea and shore fishing are the lesser-known jewels in Ireland's angling crown. To stand at what feels like the edge of the world, rod in hand, is a breathtaking experience. The best part? Rock, surf, beach, pier and estuary fishing – most commonly known simply as shore fishing – are completely free in Ireland. It’s perfect for those who enjoy the quiet solace of angling and want to experience Ireland unplugged. Try the rocky shores of the Southern Peninsulas for pollack and wrasse or storm beaches such as Benone Strand, home to an abundance of flounder.
For sea fishing, the best way to do things is in a charter vessel from a specialist centre. Off much of Ireland’s coast, you’ll find sunken wrecks that are home to dozens of species, from cod to conger. The best places to try sea fishing? Kilmore Quay in County Wexford, Kinsale Harbour in County Cork, or Ballycastle in County Antrim.
Before you begin...
In both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, licences are required for salmon and sea trout fishing. A license is also required for trout, pike and coarse fishing in Northern Ireland – you can purchase these online. In both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, sea fishing for marine sport fish does not require a licence. On a number of trout and coarse fisheries, a local permit may also be required.
There are currently conservation laws governing salmon, sea trout, brown trout, sea bass and pike. However, new conservation measures may be implemented at any time.
For more information, you can contact the Central Fisheries Board or the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Angling in Northern Ireland websites. They can supply you with up-to-date information on all licence and permit regulations.