Ireland is now recognised as a first class destination for a sea angling holiday.
Not only does it boast 5,000km of spectacular coastline, it also offers year-round fishing and an impressive range of species from sub-tropical triggerfish, red mullet and gilt head to cold water fish, such as cod, coalfish and haddock, tope, pollack, thornback rays and sea bass.
There are also many well-developed angling centres and professional guiding services which specialise in tuition, correct tackle, angling methods, and locations to ensure that anglers get a quality experience.
Every part of Ireland’s coastline is an angler’s paradise, from the rugged northern shores washed by the cool Atlantic Ocean and famous for blue shark, to the west and southern coasts where the warmer North Atlantic Drift merges with the cooler waters of the Arctic resulting in an amazing range of species.
The south-east of the island boasts particularly fish-rich waters, ideal for every type of fishing whether shore, small boat, charter boat, rock fishing or fly fishing for bass.
In this region, Kilmore Quay in Wexford is one of Ireland’s most popular destinations for keen anglers.
With a 55-berth marina and a fleet of purpose-built licensed charter vessels which operate on a daily basis, it holds the title of Sea Angling Centre of Excellence.
Forty-one species have been caught on rod and line off Kilmore Quay including pollack, wrasse, pouting, conger, ling, ray, flatfish, smooth hound, tope, sea trout and bass.
Ireland also hosts a number of annual fishing festivals including the long-running small boat festivals at Rosslare and Cork Harbour, and the EFSA Ireland Winter Shore Angling Festival which this year takes place on the east facing beaches of County Wexford over three days from the 26–28 January, 2012.