Fishing Breaks in Ireland

The climate of Ireland is perfect for the visiting fisherman. Summers are moderate, winters are mild and there's plenty of rain year round to feed the rivers, creeks and lakes. Warm waters from the prevailing currents of the Atlantic Ocean stroke the west and south coasts of Ireland, making even seashore fishing comfortable. The fishing for visitors can be casual or serious, whether it's a specialist looking for the perfect spot for angling or for a family out for a vacation.

Make sure you can take all of your fishing gear with you, and travel to Ireland by car and ferry. That way you can be sure you have plenty of space for your luggae, plus by taking your car, you will be able to get to many more fishing spots that if you were using public transport. Use our ferry booking and comparison engine to find all the best deals and prices for ferries to Ireland.

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Ireland has a mix of warm-water and cold-water species of fish. The fisherman on the coast, whether the west or the south, might catch a bass migrating up from the Mediterranean, a cod, a coalfish or even a mid-Atlantic blue shark. The inland fisherman might catch a salmon or trout or one of the dozens of other freshwater fish called "coarse fish" in Ireland: bream, pike, eel, rudd, roach and tench, for example.

Much of the fishing in Ireland is organised around angling centres that specialise in fishing opportunities for visitors to Ireland. Many of the Irish coastlines, rivers and lakes have been surveyed and the resulting maps indicate the best access routes to waters' edge, river banks and the edges of lakes and the best hotspots for fishing. Fisheries, owned by the Irish government, a local fishing club and individuals, stock the fresh waters of Ireland with trout and salmon. In general, anyone fishing in Ireland is required to request permission except for the lakes owned by the government, two examples of which are Lakes of Killarney in County Kerry and the Great Western Loughs.

Sea angling in Ireland is centred around fishing centres in villages and towns where hosts provide accommodations in their own homes and many other related services. Clothes get wet while fishing, so provision is made for drying and storing clothes. Bait has to be kept, so freezers, coolers and wet wells are available. Fishing is often done at odd hours, so meals are served on flexible schedules and lunches ands flask are prepared for extended outings. Access to the ocean is a must, so charter boats are kept nearby at moorings. Drying rooms are a must for wet tackle. You might even find a tackle repair shop for those unfortunate accidents every fishermen has with their equipment.

If you're going to be fishing for trout, you can go practically anywhere in Ireland and find them. Though fisheries do specialise in stocking Irish waters with brown trout, that species of trout can be found naturally throughout Ireland, in the same waters as pike and coarse fish. Many other species of trout can be fished for in Irish rivers and lakes, even the rainbow trout imported from North America. One of the geographic features that are perfect fish habitats and are common throughout Ireland are shallow lakes lined with limestone, ranging in size from 2000 acres to 40000 acres. These lakes are rich in food for fish and many species can be found there.

Fishing in Ireland

Rivers in Ireland have just as prolific a fish population, though of other species. Recent conservation measures and continuing huge runs of sea trout and salmon makes these rivers yet another destination for visiting fishermen. The rivers to go to for salmon fishing in Ireland are the Finn in County Donegal, the Drowes on the border between County Donegal and County Leitrim, the Moy in County Sligo and County Mayo of northwest Ireland, the Erriff in County Mayo and the Laune in County Kerry. The Munster Blackwater is considered the best water for salmon fishing in all of Ireland and runs through County Kerry, County Cork and County Waterford.

Populations of sea trout, though suffering somewhat in years past, have recovered in recent years and can be found in the lakes and rivers of the Ballynahinch of County Galway and in the River Bandon of County Cork, the Erne and Moy estuaries in northwest Ireland, the Lough Inagh in County Clare and Lough Currane in county Kerry.

If angling for coarse fish, there are an enormous number of canals, loughs and rivers throughout Ireland, all of which provide splendid fishing. Coarse fish are always in season and many of the waters in which coarse fish can be found are free to fish, no charge. Roach, hybrids and bream swim by in huge shoals, often reaching the hauling capabilities of fishermen. There are many angling festivals throughout the rural areas of Ireland which welcome visitors and locals alike and which offer cultural events activities throughout the weekend or perhaps the entire week.

If your view of fishing is the solitary line in the water, then that viewpoint can also be catered to in the waters of Ireland, leaving you alone to fish as you like. You may find yourself in waters that have never seen a fishing rod and line. Part of the joy of fishing in Ireland is the exploration for the perfect fishing spot. Once you find that spot, which will not be that difficult in Ireland, you'll realise you've had the angling experience of a lifetime.

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