Steven Brennan of Irish Sport Fishing reports:

One thermal base-layer, one t-shirt, one micro-fleece, one hoody, one wind-breaker fleece, one heavy offshore jacket, and a hat and gloves – and it was still freezing! In case you hadn’t noticed, winter is here. The clocks have gone back which means it’s dark by 5pm, and the focus on planning the next lure session for bass is shifting towards targeting big cod from the south coast.

Coal Quay or should I say COLD Quay -  Fishing in Dun Laoghaire
Coal Quay or should I say COLD Quay - Fishing in Dun Laoghaire

Unfortunately we’re not lucky enough to have those big cod around Dublin, and there’s little point in fishing for something that isn’t there. There is however an abundance of smaller fish which if given the chance, can fill the void of those long winter nights spent staring at a motionless rod tip.

Sam with a small pollack
Sam with a small pollack

Sam was already fishing when i arrived at the Coal Quay in Dun Laoghaire. Armed with his Reins Raz Aji rod and Daiwa Certate 2500 reel, he was working a small section of Power Isome worm along the harbour wall. There were plenty of bites to keep our minds off the cold, with pollock, pouting and poor-cod providing the sport. I had hoped the herring would make an appearance, but it may still be a little early for them yet. They are great fun when they’re around in numbers! These mini-tarpon are willing takers, and any small lure will work. I will certainly be back out when they arrive.

Compliments of:

Steven Brennan,

Irish Sport Fishing Web: www.irishsportfishing