A diverse coastline with a rich variety of marine life, the Wild Atlantic Way is blessed with an abundance of locations for those looking to land their catch of the day. Here’s where to find the best sea fishing spots for your very own deep blue adventure.
In the Northern Headlands, the inshore reefs of Killybegs are perfect for a spot of pollock fishing where local angling experts offer deep sea angling, diving and wildlife spotting. Although a region with a rich fishing tradition, this particular corner of Donegal is regarded as having one of the premier fishing ports of Ireland. To get started try Killybegs Sea Angling Club, Killybegs Shore Angling, Killybegs Angling Charters or Sea Fishing Brian McGilloway.
Taking a boat trip to Inishmurray Island, image via Mount Edward Lodge
A day trip to the uninhabited Inishmurray Island is perfect for the casual angler, while it is also a wildlife sanctuary of national importance for both breeding and wintering birds. The waters of the Surf Coast are home to a huge variety of ocean life, including over 30 species of sport fish such as coalfish, flounder and skate. More experienced (or determined!) anglers can hunt a blue shark or a giant bluefin tuna. To charter a boat, get in touch with Inishmurray Island Trips, Sligo Boat Charters, An Dúanai Mara Charters or Peter Power - Deep Sea Angling.
Belmullet fishing, via Belmullet Coast Guard
For those in search of peace and quiet while they fish, take a sea fishing trip to Bellmullet on the Bay Coast - a most tranquil experience. Both the inner coastline of Blacksod and Broadhaven Bay are highly recommended spots, with miles of accessible coastline to cast-off, try exploring to find your own perfect spot. Head to Nallen’s Tackle Shop on American Street in Belmullet for bait and local advice, or if you seek a little more inspiration, talk to Angling in the Barony of Ennis or Broadhaven Bay Hotel - Angling for more guided experiences.
Passing O’Brien’s Tower at the Cliffs of Moher
Travelling the coastline of County Clare, anglers are spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic casting spots. For the casual angler, fishing off the coast is the perfect add-on to a trip to the Cliffs of Moher or The Burren, while more experienced anglers may take this opportunity to spend more time on the waters seeking out a blue shark. There are three major angling ports in this region; Ballyvaughan, Liscannor and Kilrush Marina. Seek out Go Fishing, Carraigaholt Sea Angling Centre, Sea Fishing off the Clare Coast or O’Callaghan Angling for a coastal adventure.
Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry
Down in the Southern Peninsulas, warmer waters ensure that diverse marine life thrives. Mackerel is a guaranteed catch in summer months, while this is also known as a wild salmon and sea trout hotspot. Whatever your skill level, get in touch with Dingle Bay Charters Sea Angling, or go Sea Fishing with Michael Moriarty or John Deady from Fenit, or go further south with Kerry Sea Angling in Killorglin.
Fishing in Kinsale
The picturesque heritage town of Kinsale is not just a hub for fishing. You’ll also find some of the best seafood restaurants in Ireland. On the glorious Haven Coast there are lots of angling expeditions available as well as evening trips and scenic tours including dolphin and whale watching expeditions. Book your trip on the water with Kinsale Angling or Kinsale Boat Hire and take in the spectacular views of Old Head as you fish.
See what fish you might reel in with Catch of the Wild Atlantic Way and get fishing tips from the locals who know it best and start your ocean fishing trip today!