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Kilbaha Pier, Co Clare

Angling Mark: Kilbaha is situated half way between Carrigaholt and Loop Head. Access is easy with car parking near the pier. On the outer side of the pier, there is fishing for Conger over the rough ground. This can be especially productive at night. This is an ideal venue in stormy weather conditions as it provides comfortable fishing with reasonable shelter.

Bait: Rinevella beach lies 2.75 kms south west of Carrigaholt and close to Kilbaha. 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.

Rinevella Bay, Co Clare

Angling Mark: This beach is situated 2.75 kms south west of Carrigaholt. There is ideal access as a road runs along the head of the beach. Species taken here are dogfish and flatfish at the western end using fish bait and lugworm. The area sees very little angling pressure and other species may be available. There are some lugworm at the eastern end. The best time to fish this beach is at low water and the first three hours of the flooding tide.

Bait: Rinevalla Bay is a good location to get bait. 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.Bait can be obtained from Carrigaholt Pier which is situated 0.5 km on the eastern side of Carrigaholt village is another location close by. 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.

Carrigaholt Pier and Beach, Co Clare

Angling Mark: This pier is located about half a kilometer to the east of the village and there is some car parking on the pier. Bottom fishing onto clear ground produces flounder, dabs and dogfish using lugworm, crab and fishbait. Spinning and float fishing produce Pollack and wrasse respectively. At night, conger are taken on the outer wall of the pier over the rough ground. This is an ideal location for sheltered fishing in bad weather. The beach which is opposite the pier produces flatfish and dogfish on a flooding tide.

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.

Doonaha, Co Clare

Angling Mark: Doonaha is situated about half way between Carrigaholt and Poulnasherry Bay. There is a cove immediately south of Doonaha and access to the beach is via a series of concrete steps. The beach is approximately 250 yards long at low water and is interspersed with rocky patches. Bottom fishing on the flood tide produces bull huss to 8lbs, dogfish, three bearded rockling, plaice and flounder. Mackerel and lugworm are the best baits and the optimum period is from half flood to high water.

Bait: Bait can be obtained from at Doonaha where there is a cove immediately to the south and access to the beach is via a series of concrete steps. Lugworm can be dug on the left hand side of the beach from low water and the first two hours of the flood tide. Also Carrigaholt Pier which is situated 0.5 km on the eastern side of Carrigaholt village is a good location for bait. Access here 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 be dug in the sandy patches beside the inner pier. Also at Querrin Pier which is approximately 3 kms on the western side of Poulnasherry Bay can provide lugworm in the sandy/muddy channel beside the pier. The lug beds are confined to a small area on either side of the channel. Some soft peeler crab can be collected under the weed to the right of the small pier. There is no problem with access and parking is adjacent to the pier.

Querrin, Co Clare

Angling Mark: Querrin Pier is approximately 3 kms to the west of Poulnasherry Bay. This is a sandy inlet with a long raised bank on the seaward side. There is a choice of fishing spots here. Fishing off the small pier using lugworm, crab and sandeel produces flounder and occasional bass with the last two hours of the flood being the best period. Bottom fishing can be carried out at all stages of the tide on the eastern side of the spit of land where anglers will catch flounder, dogfish and occasional bass.

Bait: Lugworm may be dug in the sandy/muddy channel beside Querrin pier. The lug beds are confined to a small area on either side of the channel. Some soft peeler crab can be collected under the weed to the right of the small pier. There is no problem with access and parking is adjacent to the pier.

Poulnasherry Bay, Co Clare

Angling Mark: Anglers can fish either side of the Estuary Mouth. Access is easy and parking is available on both shores. The best periods to fish are during the first hour of the flood tide and around high water. Flounder and bass can be expected while bottom fishing with lugworm and crab. There is a very strong tide here owing to the narrow "bottle neck" at the mouth of the bay. When the tide is 'running' the only practical fishing methods are spinning or free lining for bass and occasional sea trout. Ray and monkfish are caught here at times in the slacker waters inside the estuary.

Bait: At Querrin Pier which is approximately 3 kms on the western side of Poulnasherry Bay can provide lugworm in the sandy/muddy channel beside the pier. The lug beds are confined to a small area on either side of the channel. Some soft peeler crab can be collected under the weed to the right of the small pier. There is no problem with access and parking is adjacent to the pier. Also bait can be collected at Moyasta. This is located on the main road from Kilrush to Kilkee. The first turn on the left, west of the village leads down a narrow road to the head of Poulnasherry Bay. Soft peeler crab can be collected between the head of the beach and the mudflats. Crab appear to be the more plentiful here in June and July compared to late August and September. There is another location to the west side of Kilrush inlet, this is via a left turn immediately after the graveyard, Cars can be parked at the end of this road where it meets the beach. This is an excellent area for lugworm. The sandy strip in the middle of the beach below the Sewage Works produces good quality black lugworm. The best time to dig is at extreme low water, with one hour either side of high tide. Soft and peeler crab can also be collected there and most crabs may be found buried in the sand under the serrated wrack.

Cappagh Pier, Co Clare

Angling Mark: Cappagh Pier is situated about one kilometre on the southern side of Kilrush. It has good access and car parking is available adjacent to the pier. There is deep water at the end of the pier where catches of conger, dogfish, whiting, wrasse and small Pollack are taken. Mackerel and sandeel are the most productive baits, although during an angling survey, white ragworm proved an extremely popular choice of bait for whiting. The pier is extremely popular with swimmers, local anglers and general holiday makers during the summer months and so angling space is nearly always at a premium.

Bait: Bait can be collected to the west side of Kilrush inlet, this is via a left turn immediately after the graveyard, Cars can be parked at the end of this road where it meets the beach. This is an excellent area for lugworm. The sandy strip in the middle of the beach below the Sewage Works produces good quality black lugworm. The best time to dig is at extreme low water, with one hour either side of high tide. Soft and peeler crab can also be collected there and most crabs may be found buried in the sand under the serrated wrack. Bait can be also be collected at Moyasta. This is located on the main road from Kilrush to Kilkee. The first turn on the left, west of the village leads down a narrow road to the head of Poulnasherry Bay. Soft peeler crab can be collected between the head of the beach and the mudflats. Crab appear to be the more plentiful here in June and July compared to late August and September.

Killimer Beach, Co Clare

Angling Mark: Immediately east of the Killimer Ferry slipway is a long beach which is relatively free of rock and weed. Car parking is at the Ferry Terminal. The beach is very comfortable to fish as it is also out of the main tide stream. Catches of Bull Huss to 9lbs, Thornback ray to 8lbs, Conger and Dogfish are possible here. Mackerel is the most productive bait, especially for Conger and the flood tide is the most productive period.

Bait: Bait can be collected to the west side of Kilrush inlet, this is via a left turn immediately after the graveyard, Cars can be parked at the end of this road where it meets the beach. This is an excellent area for lugworm. The sandy strip in the middle of the beach below the Sewage Works produces good quality black lugworm. The best time to dig is at extreme low water, with one hour either side of high tide. Soft and peeler crab can also be collected there and most crabs may be found buried in the sand under the serrated wrack.

Aillroe Shore, Co Clare

Angling Mark: Aillroe Shore lies about three miles to the east of Labasheeda Village on the coast road. The road runs close to the shore here and access to the rocky beach is through a small white gate. Parking is limited on the side of the road. This is a very comfortable venue with bottom fishing onto clean ground and the deep water produces Thornback Ray, Bull Huss, Conger and Dogfish. The flooding tide is the best period to fish. During the angling survey carried out here over recent years, Ray fishing was found to be of very high quality with Sandeel and Mackerel proving the most effective bait.

Bait: There are two locations in close proximity to Aillroe Shore where bait can be collected. The first is a road bridge about 1 km on the Kilrush side of Kildysert village. Beyond the bridge is a left turn down a track which has two gates. Parking is on either side of the causeway. Soft and peeler crab can be gathered under the patches of weed on either side of the causeway. The other location is at Shannakea which is 6 kms to the east of Labesheeda village. Access is via a track through a wood to the beach. Parking can be located at the end of this track. At low water, soft and peeler crab can be collected under the patches of weed in a 200 meter stretch below the access point.

Shannakea Beach, Co Clare

Angling Mark: Shannakea beach is located about 6 kms east of Labasheeda village. This is a fairly clean beach with little weed or rock present. Access is via a track through a wood to the beach. Parking is limited at the end of this track. This is a bottom fishing venue where Thornback Ray, Conger, Bull Huss and Dogfish are caught with Mackerel and Crab being the most effective bait. The flood tide is the best period for fishing.

Bait: Bait can be collected at Shannakea Beach. Parking can be located at the end of this track. At low water, soft and peeler crab can be collected under the patches of weed in a 200 meter stretch below the access point There is another location at a road bridge about 1 km on the Kilrush side of Kildysert village. Beyond the bridge is a left turn down a track which has two gates. Parking is on either side of the causeway. Soft and peeler crab can be gathered under the patches of weed on either side of the causeway.

New Quay, Co Clare

Angling Mark: Two miles to the west side of Kildysart village is a fresh laid track which gives access to the shoreline and quays. Several Shannon tugs are based there in the deep water berths. Fishing from the eastern end of the quay produces bull huss, thornback ray, conger, dogfish and freshwater eels. The fishing is consistent at all stages of the tide and mackerel, crab and freshwater eel are the best baits. Bull huss to over 10lbs are taken regularly. These big fish are difficult to lift up the quay wall and so it is imperative that anglers carry a drop net with them. Development works have been undertaken on this quay in the relatively recent past, so the fishing location may have changed since. Please check this locally.

Bait: Bait can be collected at Shannakea Beach. Parking can be located at the end of this track. At low water, soft and peeler crab can be collected under the patches of weed in a 200 meter stretch below the access point There is another location at a road bridge about 1 km on the Kilrush side of Kildysart village. Beyond the bridge is a left turn down a track which has two gates. Parking is on either side of the causeway. Soft and peeler crab can be gathered under the patches of weed on either side of the causeway.

Kildysart , Co Clare

Angling Mark: Just below the village of Kildysart lies the winding Kildysart Creek. A road runs down to an old quay wall where there is ample space for parking. Flounder are plentiful. Crab bait fished on a flooding tide in the centre channel produces the best results. Float fishing for mullet is also possible at high water but ground baiting is essential.

Bait: Bait can be collected at a road bridge about 1 km on the Kilrush side of Kildysart village. Beyond the bridge is a left turn down a track which has two gates. Parking is on either side of the causeway. Soft and peeler crab can be gathered under the patches of weed on either side of the causeway. Bait can also be collected at Shannakea Beach. Parking can be located at the end of a track to the beach. At low water, soft and peeler crab can be collected under the patches of weed in a 200 meter stretch below the access point.

Crovraghan, Co Clare

Angling Mark: This fishing spot is about 2.5 kms on the north east side of Kildysert. Turn right half a mile on the Kildysert/Ennis Road and follow the narrow road down to the pier. There is car parking here and the fishing location is the channel running past the pier. Using fish bait, crab and lugworm, this channel fishes best on the first 4 hours of the flooding tide. Species caught here are bull huss, dogfish, small conger and some good sized flounder.

Bait: Bait can be collected at a road bridge about 1 km on the Kilrush side of Kildysert village. Beyond the bridge is a left turn down a track which has two gates. Parking is on either side of the causeway. Soft and peeler crab can be gathered under the patches of weed on either side of the causeway.

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