Kilmore Quay and South Wexford are considered to be centres of excellence due to the quality of angling, facilities available and infrastructure.
This strand is located south of Brittas, Co. Wicklow. This is an ideal beach fishing location for bass, flounder, codling, whiting, plaice and dogfish. Many anglers prefer the night tides and this area is generally regarded as a top winter match venue.
Species: Bass, flounder, codling, whiting, plaice and dogfish.
Season: This location can be fished for much of the year with peaks in May/June and Sept/October.
Ground Type: Fishing is over sand and pebbles.
Bait: Most baits will catch fish here with crab and fishbaits being most consistent.
Methods: Standard leger and paternoster rigs are successfully employed.
Fishing Tip: When match fishing, 2/0 hooks baited with ragworm and tipped with a “thumbnail” of mackerel can be very effective in taking good numbers of dogfish.
Fishing over sand the South Beach at Arklow can produce good catches of small bass, codling, dabs, sole and flounder. Small boats fishing over the inshore banks regularly produce other species such as dogfish, ray and tope. This area can experience unusual tidal conditions make sure you check locally before fishing.
Species: Bass, codling, dabs, dogfish, flounder, ray, sole and tope.
Season: Fishing from both boat and shore takes place from May to October.
Ground Type: Mainly coarse sand, interspersed with occasional patches of weed covered rock.
Bait: Ragworm, lugworm, crab, mackerel and sandeel can produce at this venue.
Method: Paternoster rigs with 6 to 8 inch droppers work particularly well using a range of hooks from number 2 to 2/0.
Fishing Tip: This is one of the few venues where black sole are taken with any degree of consistency. Small baits and small hooks fished close in at night are essential for this species.
Clogga beach is located approximately 3.5km north of Kilmichael and is accessed by way of a small road off the N11. Float fishing from the rocks using a waggler rig and sand eel can produce bass. Mackerel can also be taken occasionally during the summer months. Ground fishing can produce quality bass, big flounder, dabs and dogfish.
Species: Bass, mackerel, big flounder, dabs and dogfish.
Season: Fishing is best during the summer months from May to September.
Ground Type: Sand and shingle with rocky outcrops.
Bait: Sandeel, lugworm, ragworm and crab. Artificial lures such as plugs and spinners can be cast from the rocks at high tide for bass and sea trout.
Method: Single hook paternosters over sand and artificial lures from the rocks are the best methods.
Fishing Tip: When float fishing from the rocks use freshly dug king ragworm. The movement of these big baits can prove particularly attractive to bass.
Kilmichael Point lies approimately 6.5km south of Arklow. Fishing over sand to the north of the point can produce flatfish, dogfish and bass. Kilmichael point itself produces numbers of bass to spinners and plugs on the flooding tide. The area below the old coastguard station (now attractive holiday accommodation) is the hotspot. Flatfish and dogfish can be taken from the rocky outcrops on the southern side of the point. Other species include mackerel and sea trout. Kilmichael strand which is located 1 mile south of the point can produce dogfish, flatfish and bass from spring to autumn and good catches of flounder and whiting in winter.
Species: Flounder, mackerel, sea trout, flatfish, dogfish, bass and whiting
Season: Beach fishing May to December. Rock fishing April to September.
Ground Type: Fine sand interspersed by jagged rock outcrops around Kilmichael Point with sandy beaches north and south.
Bait: Sandeel, lugworm, ragworm and crab. Artificial lures such as toby and german sprat are effective around high water. Plugs can also be effective from time to time.
Method: All ground fishing methods work over sand with spinning and float fishing productive over rock.
Fishing Tip: A freelined sandeel worked among the rock outcrops is a very effective way of fishing for bass, particularly when dawn or dusk coincides with high water.
Clones Strand lies approximately 5km south of Kilmichael Point. In springtime smoothound are common on night tides. There is also excellent beach fishing over sand for codling, bass and flounders especially where the Kilgorman river crosses the beach. The area fishes particularly well after a strong easterly wind. Bass, codling, dogfish, flatfish and whiting are regularly taken along the full length of this beach to Ballymoney. Tara Cove and Ballymoney produce flounder and bass in the autumn and can be excellent marks at night.
Species: Bass, codling, dogfish, flatfish, smoothound and whiting
Season: April/June for bass, dogfish, smoothound and occasional tope. September/December codling flounder, dabs and whiting.
Ground Type: Shallow sandy beach with a number of deep gullies in places.
Bait: Lugworm, crab and mackerel.
Method: Single hook leger tackle is most commonly used on this beach, must be clipped down when distance is required.
Fishing Tip: To catch a tope, big mackerel baits must be used at this venue during the hours of darkness. To avoid being bitten off use 6/0 hooks tied to 60lbs+ mono.
Photo: A fine tope caught off Courtown
Courtown Harbour is a well known mullet fishing venue with fish to over specimen size of 5lbs recorded. Bread is the most productive bait. Bass and flounder can be taken on the beach adjacent to the Owenavarragh river mouth. There is also excellent fishing for smooth hound, ray and dogfish in springtime, with night fishing producing the best results. There is a slipway in the harbour for launching boats and boat fishing offshore produces ray, flatfish, tope, spurdog, bull huss, smoothound, dabs, codling and dogfish.
Species: Bass, ray, flatfish, tope, spurdog, bullhuss, smoohound, dabs, codling and dogfish.
Season: Beach fishing is best from April to June and September to early November. Boat angling begins in April and finishes around the equinox in October.
Ground Type: Inshore the beach is flat and rather featureless whilst there are numerous banks and gullies offshore. Ground is generally clean sand and gravel.
Bait: Lugworm, crab, mackerel and sandeel. Bread is the most commonly used bait for mullet in the harbour.
Method: Most of the boat and beach fishing in the area requires the use of leger tackle. Float fishing or free lining bread are the best methods for mullet.
Fishing Tip: In order to achieve success with mullet it is always advisable to ground bait for a few days prior to fishing.
Pollshone lies just south of Courtown. The best fishing is to be found from the rocks on the southern side of the beach. Bass flounder, eels, dogfish and an occasional smoothound are among the species to be found. Night fishing produces the best results with dusk providing excellent sport on occasion. South of Pollshone lies Roney beach and Roney Point. Roney beach has produced some good spurdog fishing in recent years whilst the rough ground around the point is a good venue for bass.
Species: Bass, flounder, eels, dogfish, spurdog and smoothound.
Season: May/June for smoothound and bass. September/October for bass, flounder, eels and dogfish.
Ground Type: Sandy beach backed by clay cliffs and terminated on the south side by a rocky promonitory.
Bait: Crab and mackerel work best at this venue.
Method: All standards methods work.
Fishing Tip: Avoid wired grip leads at the southern end of this beach as hooked bass have a tendancy to dive towards the cover of rock and kelp.
Cahore which can be accessed off the R742 Gorey to Wexford Road at Ballygarret, is an increasingly popular small boat fishing centre. The local slipway can be very busy in summertime but it enables small boats to reach quality fishing for tope, smoothhound, spurdog, and various species of ray. Bass fishing in this area can be excellent with freelined sandeel providing good opportunities. Generally boat fishing is over the sand banks and gullies which are located up to 4 miles offshore, however this area should not be approached in easterly winds of force 4 or over as the water becomes very disturbed and potentially dangerous on these occasions. The best of the fishing starts in April with the arrival of predatory species such as tope and smoothound. These are followed by ray, bullhuss and dogfish. Annual returns of specimen fish from this location bear testimony to the quality of the angling to be found here.
Between Glascarrig Point and Cahore lies the North Beach. Fishing around the groynes and from the jetty in summer can produce an assortment of species including bass, dogfish, smoothound and flounder. Night fishing in winter offers good sport for whiting and codling. The rocky promontory of Cahore Point enables anglers to access deeper water over sand. As the tide floods around the point it creates a back eddy which attracts feeding fish. Bass, dabs and plaice are common here and at times this location can be heavily populated with dogfish. Approximately 1km south of the point lies Ballinoulart which has produced bass to over specimen size in good surf conditions.
Species: Bass, bullhuss, dab, plaice, dogfish, flounder, tope, smoothound, spurdog and ray.
Season: Boat and shore April/October.
Ground Type: Generally shallow beaches broken by the rough ground at Cahore Point. Offshore the sea bed is made up of numerous gullies and sandbanks several of which become uncovered at low tide.
Bait: Crab, mackerel, sandeel and ragworm in summer. Lugworm in winter.
Method: All standard methods can be employed.
Fishing Tip: When freelining sandeel for bass, use a baiting needle to thread line from the hook, through the eel. This prevents the bait from breaking and enhances presentation.
Morriscastle Strand lies 2.5kms south of Cahore Point and is accessed off the R742 at Kilmuckridge village. This is an extremely popular venue with shore anglers and is regularly used for competitions. One of the reasons for this venue’s popularity is its ability to produce specimen sized fish. Species encountered include bass, tope, smoothound, bullhuss, dogfish, spurdog, ray, flounder and dab. Night fishing produces the best results.
Species: Bass, tope, smoothound, bullhuss, dogfish, spurdog, ray, flounder and dab.
Season: April/June and September/October.
Ground Type: Shallow sandy beach with several deeper gullies within casting range.
Bait: Crab, mackerel and ragworm.
Method: Generally leger tactics work best.
Fishing Tip: If a night session is planned on this beach,arrive in daylight and organise your bait and tackle before fishing. This will enable you to cope with the fast and furious sport found here at times.
Tinnabearna is located 8km south of Cahore and is accessed off the R742 approximately 3kms south and east of Kilmuckridge. This venue produces good fishing for bass, tope, dogfish, ray and smoothound in the spring and summer. In autumn and winter whiting, cod, coalfish, flounder and dabs are the main species. Long casts are an added advantage here as the shelves and banks are a good distance off shore. A small river crosses the beach and the channell runs north parrallel to the shore for 400 yds or so. Deeper water can also be located 50yds south of the river.
South of Tinnabearna the beach at Ballynamona is also accessed off the R742. Bass, flounder, smoothound, spurdog, dab, ray and dogfish can all be encountered here.
Approximately 2km further south lies Ballyvaldon. The beach here has a steeper gradient and deeper water than other locations in this area and unlike Tinnabearna distance casting is not as important. This is a good mark for spurdog and bullhuss with spring and autumn being the best periods. The stretch of beach between Tinnabearna and Ballyvaldon is used extensively for shore angling matches.
Species: Bass, flounder, smoothound, spurdog, dab, ray, dogfish, tope, spurdog, whiting, cod, coalfish and bullhuss.
Season: April/June and September/October.
Ground Type: Shallow sandy beach interspersed with several channels and gullies.
Bait: Recommended baits include crab, lugworm, ragworm, mackerel and sandeel.
Method: All methods will take fish but one hook legers fished at distance work best.
Fishing Tip: Do not fish in the river mouth at Tinnaberarna as it is very snaggy and tackle losses are certain.
The stretch of coastline from Ballyconniger to Ballynaclash can be accessed from Blackwater Village. This area is a popular beach for bathing and off season and night fishing is probably best advised. The ground south of where the Blackwater River enters the sea is very broken and does not seem to hold many fish. Species encountered outside this area include bullhuss, smoothound, tope, bass, ray, codling, eels and flounder.
Species: Bullhuss, smoothound, tope, bass, ray, codling, eels and flounder.
Season: May/June and September/October.
Ground Type: Generally flat sandy beach backed by clay cliffs. Area around the river is boulder strewn and extremely rough.
Bait: Recommended baits include crab, ragworm, mackerel and sandeel.
Method: Leger and paternoster rigs are best suited to this venue.
Fishing Tip: Use multiple swivel rigs whilst fishing at night as silver eels are very prolific here.
The stretch of coastline from Ballinesker to Raven Point is best accessed via the R743 from Curracloe village. It is mainly a spring and autumn fishery. In springtime bass, smoothound and flounder should be the target species with codling dabs, whiting and dogfish available in winter. Fishing a flood tide produces the best results particularly at night.
Species: Codling, bass, smoothound, flounder, dabs, whiting and dogfish.
Season: May/June and September/October.
Ground Type: The beach is made of fine sand backed by dunes. Towards the south at Raven Point there is much evidence of longshore drift. This results in continual changes to the shape of the inshore zone.
Bait: Recommended baits include crab, ragworm, mackerel and sandeel.
Method: Leger and paternoster rigs are best suited to this venue.
Fishing Tip: Look for the deeper gullies for the best results.
Wexford Harbour comprises of the large body of estuarine water located between Raven Point to the North and Rosslare Point to the South where the Slaney and smaller Sow Rivers enter the sea. The harbour is sheltered and shallow and contains several species of fish. There area a number of popular shore fishing grounds located at Ardcavan, Ferrybank, Katts Strand, Ferrycarrig and The New Marina.Wexford harbour is growing in popularity as a small boat angling venue. It`s geographical position means that it is sheltered to all winds except easterlies.
Ardcavan Strand is located on the Eastern side of the harbour adjacent to the bird sanctury and due south of Castlebridge. Fresh water which, crosses the beach here from a sluice, encourages numbers of flounder, eels and occasional bass to frequent the area.
Ferrybank is located on the Eastern side of Wexford Bridge and fishing into the channel produces similar species to the Marina. A slipway which is accessible at high water affords launching facilities for small boats. Anglers should note that this is a commercial fishing facility and vehicles and trailers must be parked in the designated area.
Katts Strand which lies to the east of the R741 is a popular match fishing venue. Flounder are the most popular quarry with eels and bass also present. Bags of over thirty fish have been recorded during tournaments at this venue. Specimen bass to over 10lbs have also been taken.
Ferrycarrig Bridge is located on the N11 east of Wexford town. South of the Bridge the R730 runs parallel with the River Slaney for some distance. This is a popular fishing location and flounder, mullet and bass are regularly taken here. Best times are the last hour of the flood tide and the first two hours of the ebb tide. Above the bridge opposite the heritage centre is a mark known locally as the “broken bank”. This is a popular bass fishing location.
The New Marina gives accesss to the deeper water of the main river channel. Here flounder, bass, eels, coalfish and codling can be taken with two hours either side of high water being the best period. Charter boat services are available from the quay. Anglers can expect to fish over the reefs around the Tuskar Rock for cod, coalfish, pollack, ling, conger, wrasse, launce, mackerel and pouting.
Species: Flounder, bass, eels, codling, mullet, coalfish, pollack, ling, conger, wrasse, launce, mackerel and pouting.
Season: Wexford Harbour can be fished all year round with the best periods being from April/June and September/October.
Ground Type: Alluvial mud interspersed with arears of shingle and mussel bank.
Bait: Crab produces the best results.
Method: Standard shore fishing gear accounts for the majority of fish with spinning at Ferrycarrig and the New Marina producing good results. Trolling from small boats around the “Ballast Bank” in the main river channel produces bass.
Fishing Tip: When trolling for bass use a midwater or surface plug.
A NICE WEXFORD BASS RELEASED AFTER THIS PHOTO
Rosslare Strand (which includes the Burrow Shore) is located between Rosslare Point and Rosslare Harbour. To reach the Point drive straight through the village of Rosslare until the vast expanse of Wexford Harbour is seen. Road conditions will deteriorate and care should be taken with cars especially when fishing a spring tide. Drive towards the dune restoration area and park beyond the tide line. This area provides fishing from the point and groynes for bass, flounder, smoothound and tope.
The main beach which is 15 miles from Wexford and a popular holiday resort can be accessed from the carpark in the village. The best fishing here is for bass in easterlies with night tides in summer producing dogfish, smoothound, flounder, and occasional tope. North of Kilrane at Ballygerry is a slipway which allows access for small boats to the Rosslare Harbour area. Boat fishing close to the shore over sand is for ray, plaice, dogfish and tope. The adjoining inlet, which affords mooring facilities for local boats, can provide good mullet fishing in summer. Due east of ferry port at Rosslare Harbour is a small sandy beach which can provide good fishing for bass, flounder and dogfish. Ray turn up occasionally on the night tides.
Species: Bass, flounder, smoothound, plaice, dab, tope, ray and dogfish
Season: Fishing takes place from April to October with August and September being the peak months.
Ground Type: Generally the sea bed inshore is made up of clean clear sand.
Bait: All baits produce results with crab being particularly productive from the shore. Artificial lures such as the Hoi Koi type are very effective from boats working over offshore reefs.
Method: Standard paternoster gear works from both boat and shore.
Fishing Tip: Beware of weevers!! This poisonous species which packs a painful sting is very prolific in the Rosslare Harbour area.
St. Helens and Ballytrent strands are located between Greenore Point and Carne. Greenore Point lies three miles east of the village of Kilrane and is the most easterly point of Co. Wexford. Fishing is over very rough ground for bass and dogfish. Flounder can be taken in the sandy patches.
St. Helens is located three miles south east of Kilrane village. The beach, which is a popular bathing location in summer, lies north of the harbour and car park. Most of the fishing carried out here is at night for bass and flatfish, with spring and autumn being the best periods. A slipway is situated in the harbour but as it is in a bad state of repair is only viable around high water. Small boats can be used to troll for bass over the “Splaugh Rock”, a complex system of reefs which lie just offshore. Ballytrent lies approximately 4 miles south east of Kilrane. This is probably the finest autumn bass fishing venue in Wexford particularly when a good surf is running. The beach immediately north of Carne is known as St. Margarets strand and like Ballytrent fishes best in Autumn for bass and flatfish. The slipway in the south western corner of Carne pier is only viable at high water. Small boats however can be launched from the beach adjacent to the pier but the use of a four wheel drive or tractor is essential. A wide range of species is available to small boat anglers with over twenty being recorded in festivals. It was at a small boat festival that a new Irish record for smoothound of 16.58lbs was set by a visiting U.K. angler. Some of the better known boat marks are around the Whilkeen and Fundale Rocks.
Species: Bass, flounder and dogfish from the shore. A wide range of species (20+) from boats.
Season: May to October for both shore and boat fishing.
Ground Type: Mainly sandy inshore broken by numerous rock and reef areas.
Bait: Crab and sandeel from the shore. Mackerel fished in conjunction with artificial lures from boats.
Method: One hook paternosters from shore. Two up and one down from boats.
Fishing Tip: Use a “rotten bottom” when fishing over the very snaggy ground in this area. A paper clip tied between the main line and lead will minimise tackle losses.
Carnesore Point is located approimately 4km south of the N25 and the village of Tagoat. Anglers should note that access is difficult and requires a one and a half mile drive over very rough terrain. The area offers good rough ground shore fishing for big wrasse, rockling, bass, pollack, dogfish and occasional conger. Tides are strong here and generally the area is best fished on neap tides with the prime times being directly after low water and one hour either side of high water.
Species: Big wrasse, rockling, bass, pollack and occasional conger.
Season: May to September.
Ground Type: Rock and shingle
Bait: Crab and mackerel work best here.
Method: One hook paternosters.
Fishing Tip: Make short casts as big wrasse can be located very close to the shore.
The Coombe is a south facing steep-to, shingle and sand beach which is located between Carnsore Point and Kilmore Quay. This beach fishes best at night or when a south easterly wind has put the surf up along this shoreline. Fishing is best during the neap tides due to strong local currents. This area produces bass, dogfish, flatfish, codling and sea trout. In mid summer tope can be a bonus species. Below Lady`s Island Lake an opening is cut through the embankment to ease flooding. The resulting outflow attracts a number of species including bass, dogfish, flounder and dab, particularly when the surf is running. One of the easiest access points to the beach is at Rostoonstown. During July and August mackerel and sea trout can be taken from this stretch, whilst codling, bass, dogfish and flatfish are plentiful in Autumn. Some three miles further west is the piped outflow from Tacumshin Lake where a number of bass to over specimen size (10lbs/4.536kgs) have been recorded.
Species: Bass, dogfish, flatfish, tope, mackerel, dab, codling and sea trout.
Season: May to September
Ground Type: Steep-to sand and shingle.
Bait: Crab, sandeel and ragworm.
Method: One hook leger rigs with hook sizes from 1/0 to 6/0.
Fishing Tip: Use on impact shield to streamline big baits when casting for tope.
This picturesque village of Kilmore Quay is one of the most highly developed sea angling centres in Ireland. A number of licenced purpose built charter boats operate on a daily basis from the marina. The huge all tide slipway can accommodate up to three similtaneous small boat launches and has greatlly contributed to the expansion of small boat angling locally. The inshore boat fishing has built up a truely deserved international reputation. All the marks from the Barrels, Brandies and Bores to the Conningbeg Rock afford great opportunities with a multitude of species including blue shark.
Shore fishing in the area also offers exciting prospects and fishing from the piers will produce wrasse, flounder, mullet and bass. East of the marina is a rock formation known as St. Patricks Bridge which can produce bass, sea trout and wrasse to specimen size. Forlorn Point to the west also produces good shore fishing for bass. The area still holds the Irish pouting record which stands at 4lbs 13.5ozs.
ANGLERS FISHING THE KILMORE 3 DAY FESTIVAL IN WEXFORD
Species: Pollack, ling, cod, coalfish, ballan wrasse, cuckoo wrasse, pouting, whiting, mackerel, launce tope, blue shark, dogfish etc.
Season: April to October for boats, January to March and May to November for shore fishing.
Ground Type: There are a wide range of sea bed types in the area from mud, sand and gravel to boulder and reef.
Bait: Lugworm, crab and mackerel.
Method: Three hook paternosters work best over the very mixed ground. Spinning from the shore and freelining from the boat are also very effective methods in this area.
Fishing Tip: Use three hook mini baits from boats to attract bait fish such as mackerel and launce.
Useful website: http://kilmorequaymarina.com/
Ballyteigue strand lies west of Kilmore Quay. This long sandy beach produces good bass fishing when the surf is up following a strong southerly blow and regularly produces bass to over the specimen size of 10lbs. This beach also turns up good catches of codling, whiting and flatfish in Spring and Autumn. The estuary to Ballyteigue Lough which is located behind the dunes and south of Duncormick boasts some of the finest flounder fishing in Ireland and holds the current Irish record at 4.91lbs. Cullenstown, which lies on the western entrance to the Lough can be very good on a flooding tide. Specimens of both bass and flounder have been recorded at this location. The use of large streamer flies in the tide at the entrance of the channel is a very effective way of taking bass and sea trout on light tackle. Further west the beach becomes broken up with rocks and boulders at Blackhall and bass forage over this ground on a flooding tide.
Species: Bass, flounder, codling, whiting, sea trout and flatfish
Season: Fishing is available all year round, with peaks in Autumn for bass and Winter for flounder.
Ground Type: Steep-to shingle and sand on Ballyteigue Bay, backed by the muddy estuary of Ballyteigue Lough and the Cull.
Bait: Crab, ragworm, lugworm and sandeel.
Method: All standard methods work but flyfishing can provide excellent sport at the mouth of the Lough at Cullenstown.
Fishing Tip: Use an intermediate line when fly fishing for bass and seatout in this area.
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I.F.S.A. in the Wexford Area
There are a number of sea angling clubs in this area and a list if clubs and secretaries affilliated to the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers is provided below.
- Cahore Sea Angling Club: Secretary, A. Doyle, Bayview, Cahore, Gorey, Co. Wexford.
Tel: 055 27601.
- Kilmore Sea Angling Club. Secretary, Chris Busher, 9 Columba Villas, Wexford.
Tel: 053 45227.
- Kilmuckridge Sea Angling Club. Secretary, T. Scallan, Ardcavan Lane, Wexford.
Tel: 053 24037.
- New Ross Sea Angling Club. Secretary, Jim Rawson, Ballinteskin, New Ross Co. Wexord.
Tel: 087 2629485.
- Burrow Sea Angling Club. Soibhan Byrne, Burrow Holiday Park, Rosslare, Co. Wexford.
- Saltee Sea Angling Club. Secretary, M. Murphy, 24 Pinewood Estate, Wexford.
Tel: 053 41372.
- Wexford Sea Angling Club. Secretary. Martin Howlin, Corramacorra, Murrintown, Co. Wexford.
- Wexford and District Sea Angling Club. Secretary, S. Furlong, 117 The Faythe, Wexford. Tel: 053 47087.
- Wexford Electronics Sea Angling Club. Secretary, J. Gordon, 46 Ashfield Drive, Wexford.
Tel: 088 2699449.
- Wexford Garda Sea Angling Club. Secretary, J. Coady, Tritonville Park, Wexford.
Tel: 053 43479.