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Wicklow sea fishing map

SOUTH COUNTY DUBLIN TO GREYSTONES, CO. WICKLOW

At Bullock (19) and Coliemore Harbour (20) small boats can be launched from mid water through high tide for general ground fishing around Dalkey Island. Species available include mackerel (in season), dogfish, plaice, dabs, codling and whiting. Pier fishing for codling, small pollack and conger is available at Coliemore Harbour. At both venues inshore self drive boats are available for hire. For further details please contact: Tel: 280 6517 and 280 0915 (Bullock Harbour), 283 4298 (Coliemore Harbour).

Killiney Beach (21) A shore fishing venue for plaice, bass, codling, dogfish, coalfish and pollack. Bray (22) is another popular boat and shore fishing location. In Bray Harbour (22) pier fishing for codling, pollack, dogfish and occasional conger takes place. Beach fishing is also popular below the promenade for bass, plaice, dab, gurnard, coalfish, dogfish, ray and occasional tope. Rock fishing is for codling, small conger, wrasse, pollack and coalfish. Self-drive or skippered small boats are based in the harbour and can be hired from Esplanade Hotel, Tel: 286 2056.
North Beach at Greystones (24) is renowned for its shore fishing for coalfish, codling, dogfish, dab, plaice and occasional turbot, sole and conger. At Greystones Harbour (25) there is pier fishing for codling, small pollack and occasional bass. Rock fishing onto sand for codling, coalfish, whiting and plaice. Small boats can be launched from the harbour for general bottom fishing for plaice, codling, whiting, ray, tope, dogfish, dab, gurnard and mackerel (in season).

Bullock Harbour to Greystones

South east of Dun Laoghaire, small boats can be launched at Dalkey and Colliemore. Both harbours are tidal but launches and recoveries can be made safely two hours either side of high water. Species available include mackerel, dogfish, plaice, dabs, codling and whiting. At both venues inshore self-drive boats are available for hire. Fishing from the sea wall at Colliemore provides sport with coalfish, codling, pollack and conger.

Shore fishing from the beach at Killiney can be excellent at times for plaice, bass, codling, dogfish, coalfish and pollack. Long casts are not generally required because the majority of fish feed along the shoreline at the base of the shingle slope.

Bray, which is located off the M11 is a popular boat and shore fishing center. There is an excellent slipway in Bray Harbour for launching small boats and fishing is for a wide range of species. Pier fishing in the Harbour is for codling, pollack, dogfish and conger. Beach fishing is also popular below the promenade for bass, plaice, dab, gurnard, coalfish, dogfish, ray and tope. Rock fishing around Bray Head is for codling, small conger, wrasse, pollack and coalfish.

The North Beach, Greystones is a popular match fishing venue, which produces coalfish, codling, dogfish, dab, plaice, sole and conger. Small boats can be launched from Greystones Harbour for general bottom fishing for plaice, codling, whiting, ray, tope, dogfish, dab, gurnard and mackerel. Tournament boat fishing is extremely popular here with a number of events staged annually. Shore fishing from the pier yields codling, pollack and bass whilst the rocks to the east and south of the village afford fishing onto sand for codling, coalfish, whiting and plaice.

The South Beach, Greystones produces codling, pollack , dab, plaice and dogfish. Hotspots are opposite the outflow pipe on the “Hungry Acre” and around the stream at Ballygannon. There is easy access across the railway line at Kilcoole where codling, coalfish, dogfish, dab, whiting and plaice turn up in catches regularly.

The five-fathom line is less than a mile offshore at Newcastle. Some of the best winter fishing for cod and dab is to be found there just north of the access road. The beach at Killoughter produces the widest range of species from the shore in Co. Wicklow. Specimen homelyn ray, smoothound, spurdog, thornback ray and bullhuss have all been recorded recently, while the more “normal fishing” for dogfish, codling and flatfish has been above average. Generally night tides are best.

The North Beach, Wicklow fishes best at night in autumn with the hotspots located around the local landmark known as the “monkey pole”.

Species: Bass, plaice, dab, gurnard, coalfish, conger, dogfish, plaice, codling, whiting, mackerel, ray, bullhuss, smoothound, spurdog and tope.

Season: April/December.

Ground Type: sand, shingle and rock.

Bait: Crab, lugworm, ragworm and sandeel.

Method: All standard methods will produce fish at these venues.

Fishing Tip: Drift fishing with a “Rauto” spoon on a three foot leger baited with ragworm and tipped with squid or mackerel is a very effective way of catching big plaice at Greystones.

Tides

Tide tables for Dublin Port can be obtained from Dublin Port and Docks Board, Head Office, Port Centre, Alexandra Road, Dublin 1. Tel: 855 0888/874 8771. They can also be obtained from daily newspapers or from a local tackle dealer.

How To Get There

Most angling locations can be reached by DART, suburban railway line or bus. The DART train runs from Howth to Bray and most angling locations along the DART line are accessible. Angling locations at Howth, Sutton, Sandymount Strand, Dun Laoghaire, Bullock and Coliemore Harbours (Dalkey DART station), Killiney Beach, and Bray are all within 5 - 10 minutes walk of the DART station. Dollymount Strand and North Bull Wall are most accessible via bus routs 30 and 32X and South Bull Wall via bus route no. 1. These three routes all depart from the city centre. Bullock and Coliemore Harbours can also be reached by bus route no. 8 from the city centre. Check with the bus driver for the right stop to get off at.
Outside the Howth/Bray DART railway line most of the other angling venues can be reached by suburban rail or bus. Greystones in the south can be reached by suburban rail or by bus routes no. 84 and 85 from the city centre. In North County Dublin angling venues in Balbriggan, Skerries, Rush and Loughshinny and bus route no. 33B to Donabate. Malahide and Portmarnock are served well by bus routes - 230, 32A, 42, 102 to Malahide and 32, 32X, 32A to Portmarnock and Baldoyle village. The Corballis (C) bait gathering location is most accessible via 102 bus. All bus routes leave from the city centre.

For further information on bus and train timetables please contact: Dublin Bus and Irish Rail (see services for details).

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