Angling in Ireland is a wonderful experience and we have some really beautiful spots around the island that are positively teeming with fish.
Before you set out, you’ll need a rod (you can rent or buy them in tackle shops), bait (we recommend duckfly, mayfly or sedges if you’re fly-fishing), a permit to fish in your chosen spot and, in some cases, a license
. Then you’re ready to get started angling in Ireland.
You can find out the details of what kinds of permits and licenses you’ll need on the websites of the Central Fisheries Board
or the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Angling in Northern Ireland
. Bear in mind that conservation laws apply – the above sites will give you all the info you need.
Next is deciding where you’d like to fish. If you’re by the coast, try shore fishing. It’s perfect for those want to experience the quieter side of the island but still catch some great breeds. The Southern Peninsulas
, especially Beara, Iveragh and Dingle, are super places to start – head there for pollack and wrasse.
For sea fishing, the best way to do things is in a charter vessel from a specialist centre. Try Kilmore Quay in County Wexford, Kinsale Harbour in County Cork, or Ballycastle in County Antrim.
Coarse angling, aka hunting for coarse fish breeds in freshwater, is a real treat in Ireland. The rivers and lakes here are filled with huge fish of up to 50kg in weight – try the Royal Canal in County Westmeath for tench or carp and the Lower Bann in County Londonderry for bream and roach.
They say that Ireland can be heaven with a rod in hand – so go forth and catch.