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Liscannor Beach, Co Clare

Angling Mark: This beach is on the Liscannor side of the River Inagh. Parking is at the lay-by just beyond the pitch and putt Course. The fishing area is just 200 yards east of the parking area towards the mouth of the River Inagh. This beach produces bass and flounder in suitable conditions. Early flood to high water using lugworm and sandeel is best. At high water, anglers can spin with artificial lures for bass and some seatrout in the main channel.

Bait: Bait can be obtained from the graveyard section of the beach which is just below Liscannor village.

Lahinch Beach, Co Clare

Angling Mark: This beach is very popular with bathers and large crowds. Use the stretch below the promenade at weekends in July and August. There is a new pathway above the high water mark leading to the far end of the beach towards the River Inagh. There is good parking facilities on the promenade. The flooding tide in suitable surf conditions is the best time to fish for flounder, bass and some plaice using lugworm, ragworm and sandeel.

Bait: Seafield Pier (below) is the nearest location to obtain bait. It lies about 2.5 kms west of Quilty.

Cregg Beach, Co Clare

Angling Mark: This small beach is one mile south of Lahinch and you can park at the track junction at the head of the beach. This beach only fishes well in surf conditions for bass and flounder using lugworm and sandeel on the flooding tide. During calm conditions, flounder can be caught where the fresh water stream enters the sea. The best time to fish is the three hours of the flood tide using a baited spoon and lugworm.

Bait: Seafield Pier (below) is the nearest location to obtain bait. It lies about 2.5 kms west of Quilty.

Freagh Point, Co Clare

Angling Mark: Access to this point is by a stile beside a gate at a sharp corner of the road. There is parking 50 meters from the gate on the Lahinch side. A short walk across a field brings you to a rocky outcrop with deep channels and gullies. Bottom fishing on rough ground for conger and rockling using mackerel bait is best. Also float fishing for wrasse using lugworm and crab and spinning for mackerel and pollack. The venue is not suitable in rough or heavy swell conditions. It produces the best results at high water.

Bait: Seafield Pier (below) is the nearest location to obtain bait. It lies about 2.5 kms west of Quilty.

White Strand (Travaun), Co Clare

Angling Mark: Situated 2.5 kms north west of Milltown Malbay, this small sandy beach fishes best in moderate surf conditions for flatfish and occasional bass. Access is easy with good parking facilities and is popular with bathers in July and August. The two rocky headlands either side of the beach offer the opportunity to spin for pollack and mackerel and float fish for wrasse.

Bait: Seafield Pier (below) is the nearest location to obtain bait. It lies about 2.5 kms west of Quilty.

Spanish Point, Co Clare

Angling Mark: This beach is on the northern side of the village and has easy access and good parking at the head of the beach. This is a surf beach and the main area is south of the Black Rock. Fishing the flooding tide using lugworm and sandeel produces flatfish and bass. There is also the opportunity to spin for pollack on the Black Rock at the northern end of the beach.

Bait: Seafield Pier (below) is the nearest location to obtain bait. It lies about 2.5 kms west of Quilty.

Seafield Pier and Beach, Co Clare

Angling Mark: Seafield Pier is 2.5 kms south west of Quilty. It offers easy access and plenty of parking at the head of the main beach. The more popular fishing mark is the surf beach on the southern side which has rocky outcrops at the northern end. The main target species here are flounder and bass and the flooding tide using lugworm, ragworm and fish bait produce the best results. Anglers can also fish on the more sheltered northern side and again it fishes best in moderate surf conditions. Some flounder have also been taken at high water from the pier.

Bait: Bait can be obtained here at Seafield. There is plenty of parking spaces in this area and access is easy. Bait digging for lugworm and some small ragworm is 150 meters to the left of the pier. Low water and the first 2.5 hours of the flood tide is the ideal time.

Lough Donnell, Co Clare

Angling Mark: This long, sandy beach is 2 miles south of Seafield and access is from the northern end. Turn right off the main road and turn left up a track through a farmyard and park at the left hand side 100 yards from the beach. There is a freshwater lake behind the sea wall with an outlet onto the beach. The focal point here is the freshwater outlet and bottom fishing is best using lugworm and sandeel which produces flatfish and bass on the flooding tide. The beach fishes best in moderate surf conditions and in general has very little angling pressure.

Bait: Seafield Pier (above) is the nearest location to obtain bait. It lies about 2.5 kms west of Quilty.

White Strand (Killard), Co Clare

Angling Mark: This picturesque sandy beach is situated 2.5 kms west of Doonbeg. It offers easy access with ample parking. The north facing beach will only fish well in suitable surf conditions for bass and flounder. Fishing into darkness on the flooding tide produces the best results. Lugworm and fish bait are the usual baits. Angling pressure is very light and there are no winter results from this venue as yet.

Bait: Bait can be obtained from this beach. The beach is in two sections and lugworm can be dug here on the left hand side at low water and the first two hours of the flood tide

Kilkee Pier, Co Clare

Angling Mark: Kilkee Pier is on the north side of the main beach below the town of Kilkee. There are no problems with access or parking. This is an ideal location for holiday anglers where they can spin for mackerel and pollack at high water and bottom fish for flatfish and occasional bass using lugworm and fish bait.

Bait: Bait can be obtained from White Strand Killard beach 2.5 kms west of Doonbeg. The beach is in two sections and lugworm can be dug here on the left hand side at low water and the first two hours of the flood tide. Bait can also be obtained from Carrigaholt Pier which is situated 0.5 km on the eastern side of Carrigaholt village. Access is easy and there is parking on the side of the road near the main Slipway. Soft and peeler crab can be collected both here and and among the rocks adjacent to the pier. Some lugworm and small ragworm can also be dug in the sandy patches beside the inner pier.

Kilkee South, Co Clare

Angling Mark: The south side of the main beach at Kilkee produces flounder and occasional bass. A fresh water stream runs at Edmonds Point and the ideal fishing time is the flooding tide in suitable surf conditions using lugworm and fish bait. There is a car park at the end of the coast road south of the town. The rocky outcrops are suitable for spinning for Pollack and mackerel and float fishing for wrasse.

Bait: Bait can be obtained from White Strand Killard beach 2.5 kms west of Doonbegand from Carrigaholt Pier which is situated 0.5 km on the eastern side of Carrigaholt village. See Kilkee Pier for more details.

Castle Point, Co Clare

Angling Mark: Castle Point is situated on a spectacular drive three miles south of Kilkee. The track down to the fishing mark is rough and stony and it may be advisable to leave the car on the side of the main road. This is a productive rock mark where anglers can spin for Pollack and mackerel and float fish for wrasse. Conger and rockling are taken on the bottom using mackerel bait on rough ground. This is a popular mark with local anglers and is a good mark for mackerel in season. Some herring and garfish are also caught here.

Bait: Bait can be obtained from White Strand Killard beach 2.5 kms west of Doonbegand from Carrigaholt Pier which is situated 0.5 km on the eastern side of Carrigaholt village. See Kilkee Pier for more details.

Bridges of Ross, Co Clare

Angling Mark: This very good rock mark is 2.5 kms north east of Kilbaha. It is signposted and there is a car park. There are deep channels and gullies and some large wrasse are taken here up to specimen weight of 4.75lbs using lugworm and crab. Other species taken here are Pollack, mackerel, conger, rockling and in the summer months, trigger fish. Specimen trigger fish have been recorded here in recent years. There are other rock marks 400 yards north of here. Special care must be taken in rough and wet weather conditions.

Bait: Bait can be obtained from Carrigaholt Pier which is situated 0.5 km on the eastern side of Carrigaholt village. Access is easy and there is parking on the side of the road near the main Slipway. Soft and peeler crab can be collected both here and and among the rocks adjacent to the pier. Some lugworm and small ragworm can also be dug in the sandy patches beside the inner pier. There is another beach 2.75 kms south west of Carrigaholt called Rinevalla Bay. There is good access as the road runs along the head of the beach. At low water there are patches of lugworm all along this stretch and the most productive areas are in the shelter of the rocky outcrops and sand banks.

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