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Limerick City to Kerry Head

Foynes, Co Limerick

Angling Mark: The underneath Foynes swimming pool there's the marina which is strictly out of bounds. You can fish the pier side of the marina fence and very deep water is accessible but during the evenings small boats are coming in and out until past dusk so a cast of more than 20 yards is out. There should also be a waning about keeping bait and food in a closed container as there are rats here. The same is true for Kilteery pier.

Just to the west of Foynes main pier is a car park and swimming pool. The underneath Foynes swimming pool there's the marina which is strictly out of bounds. You can fish the pier side of the marina fence and very deep water is accessible but during the evenings small boats are coming in and out until past dusk so a cast of more than 20 yards is out. There should also be a waning about keeping bait and food in a closed
container as there are rats here. Immediately below the car park is the main shipping channel which is some 60 feet deep. A 70 m cast will reach the deep water where catches of thornback ray, conger, dogfish and codling can be expected. The ray fishing is particularly good there with fish to 10lbs are regularly taken on peeler crab. Local anglers frequently take flounder and whiting off the main piers and some of the cod caught here have exceeded 7lbs. The flooding tide is the most productive period and the majority of the larger conger are taken during the hours of darkness.

Bait: Some soft peeler crab are available under the seaweed between the swimming pool and the yacht Club. At low water, access is possible to the west of the Yacht Club point.

Kilteery Pier, Co Limerick

Angling Mark: Kilteery Pier is a mile west of Loughill on the main Foynes / Tarbert road. A turn north off the main road leads to a stone pier where there is just about adequate car parking. Bottom fishing using fish bait, crab and lugworm produces thornback ray, flounder, dab, plaice, bull huss, dogfish, conger and occasional smooth hound and tope. As can be seen this location offers a wide variety of species. Many fish can be caught in darkness even when the water levels are low, so a drop net is essential. During daylight hours, the flooding tide to high water is the the most productive period.

Bait: Nearby at Foynes some soft peeler crab are available under the seaweed between the swimming pool and the yacht Club. At low water, access is possible to the west of the Yacht Club point.

Glin Beach and Pier, Co Limerick

Angling Mark: Glin beach is situated 1.6 kms east of Glin village on the main Limerick road. There is ample parking in the lay-by and access is good. This beach is used as a match stretch and many shore competitions have taken place here. Species caught here are thornback ray, bull huss, dogfish and conger. The usual method is bottom fishing using fish bait, crab and lugworm on a flooding tide.Glin pier fishes well from either side during at high water for dogfish, small conger, flounder and whiting using fish bait, lugworm and ragworm.

Bait: About half way between Tarbert Village and Killimer Ferry terminal, there is a weed covered point. Soft and peeler crab are plentiful here under the weed on the foreshore. Crab can be found 20 feet from the high water mark and the best time is within two hours after high water. A muddy patch to the right of here where lugworm can be collected. However the stony terrain in the vicinity can make digging somewhat difficult. There is another location nearby at Foynes where some soft peeler crab are available under the seaweed between the swimming pool and the yacht Club. At low water, access is possible to the west of the Yacht Club point.

Barrett's House Strand, Co Limerick

Angling Mark: This beach is situated on the main road from Glin to Tarbert just beyond Glin Castle. Parking and access is by the sea wall where the road leaves the shoreline. This venue is a match stretch and is a 300 yard walk from the access point. Species caught here are thornback ray, bull huss, conger, dogfish and flounde, using crab, fish bait and lugworm and fishing the first half of the flooding tide produces the best results.

Bait: About half way between Tarbert Village and Killimer Ferry terminal, there is a weed covered point. Soft and peeler crab are plentiful here under the weed on the foreshore. Crab can be found 20 feet from the high water mark and the best time is within two hours after high water. A muddy patch to the right of here where lugworm can be collected. However the stony terrain in the vicinity can make digging somewhat difficult. There is another location nearby at Foynes where some soft peeler crab are available under the seaweed between the swimming pool and the yacht Club. At low water, access is possible to the west of the Yacht Club point.

Tarbert, Co Kerry

Angling Mark: There are two piers at Tarbert. One is used in conjunction with the Killimer Ferry and the other is an older construction. Bottom fishing in relatively slack water is carried out on a flooding tide from the inside pier for flounder, dab, plaice and dogfish using crab and lugworm as bait. Fishing in darkness produces conger at both piers. The main pier is best fished during slack water because of very strong tides in the area.

Bait: About half way between Tarbert Village and Killimer Ferry terminal, there is a weed covered point. Soft and peeler crab are plentiful here under the weed on the foreshore. Crab can be found 20 feet from the high water mark and the best time is within two hours after high water. A muddy patch to the right of here where lugworm can be collected. However the stony terrain in the vicinity can make digging somewhat difficult.

Ballylongford, Co Kerry

Angling Mark: From Tarbert this venue is 3 kms to the east of Ballylongford. To get there take the shore road and turn right at the Shannon Development sign. At the end of this road, there is parking on the left where there is access onto the beach. Fishing is on both sides of the road. This is a weedy stretch leading onto mud interspersed with rocky outcrops which needs to be seen at low water. The best of the fishing is at low water and the first three hours of the flooding tide using fish bait, crab and lugworm. Species caught here are dogfish, bull huss to 12lbs, conger, flounder, codling, whiting and a possibility occasional thornback ray.

Bait: About half way between Tarbert Village and Killimer Ferry terminal, there is a weed covered point. Soft and peeler crab are plentiful here under the weed on the foreshore. Crab can be found 20 feet from the high water mark and the best time is within two hours after high water. A muddy patch to the right of here where lugworm can be collected. However the stony terrain in the vicinity can make digging somewhat difficult. Bait can also be collected at Saleen Pier which is situated off the coast road to Tarbert, about half a kilometre from Ballylongford. Downstream and beside the pier itself are excellent sites for collecting soft and peeler crab. Access is easy and car parking is available beside the pier.

Carrig Island East, Co Kerry

Angling Mark: Carrig Island is situated about 5 kms north west of Ballylongford. Access is via the bridge onto the island and immediately after the bridge, a right turn leads down to the fishing mark. Park 100 m from the turn and walk across two fields until the beach is reached. Bait such as fish bait, crab and lugworm on a flooding tide produces bull huss, thornback ray, dogfish and flounder. There are several rough patches to the left of the beach which should be given a wide berth if tackle losses are to be avoided. About 400m to the left there is a point which produces ballan wrasse, dogfish and bull huss. During a survey some time ago large fish were lost here. These were thought to have been tope.

Bait: Bait can be collected at Carrig Island. The bait location can be accessed by crossing the bridge onto the island, turn left and follow the track to the end. Lugworm can be dug there in the small sandy patches among the rocks. The worms are large and of good quality. Some soft and peeler crab can also be collected there.

Carrig Island West, Co Kerry

Angling Mark: When you cross the bridge onto the Island, turn left and drive as far as the track permits. On the western side of a ruined fort lies a rocky point. Fishing here into clean ground and relatively deep water produces bull huss, plenty of dogfish, ballan wrasse and small pollack. Occasional tope have been encountered here and is a renowned boat mark for this species. The flooding tide up to high water is the most productive period to fish using fish bait, lugworm and crab as bait.

Bait: Bait can be collected at Carrig Island East. The bait location can be accessed by crossing the bridge onto the island, turn left and follow the track to the end. Lugworm can be dug there in the small sandy patches among the rocks. The worms are large and of good quality. Some soft and peeler crab can also be collected there.

Littor Strand, Co Kerry

Angling Mark: The first turn north after the village of Astee leads to Littor Strand. Cars are parked on the beach itself. This is a shallow, sandy beach and the best time to fish here is at low water to half flood for bull huss, dogfish, flounder, dab and occasional turbot. Mackerel, Crab and lugworm are the best baits.

Word of Caution: If driving along the beach watch out for soft sandy patches as cars regularly get into difficulty here.

Bait: Bait can be collected at Carrig Island. The bait location can be accessed by crossing the bridge onto the island, turn left and follow the track to the end. Lugworm can be dug there in the small sandy patches between the rocks. The worms are large and of good quality. Some soft and peeler crab can also be collected there.

Beal Point, Co Kerry

Angling Mark: Beal Point is situated on the most north westerly tip of Co Kerry. The road down to the car park and the beach is on the western side of the point. The fishing is similar to Littor Strand with catches of dogfish, flounder and dab. Occasional bass can also be expected. The flood tide is the best time using lugworm and small white rag as bait.

Bait: Bait can be collected at Carrig Island. The bait location can be accessed by crossing the bridge onto the island, turn left and follow the track to the end. Lugworm can be dug there in the small sandy patches between the rocks. The worms are large and of good quality. Some soft and peeler crab can also be collected there.

Cashen Estuary, Co Kerry

Angling Mark: The Northern side of the Cashen Estuary is reached by driving south past Ballybunion Golf Club and by passing the car park. Turn west on the beach and park your vehicle beside the dunes. There can be good surf fishing for bass when conditions are suitable, particularly on the extreme mouth of the estuary. The flooding tide and lugworm as bait are the best combination. Inside the estuary mouth and just below the car park, is excellent flounder fishing on the flooding tide with best results using crab bait.

Bait: Bait can be collected in the Cashen Estuary. This can be reached by following the road past Ballybunion Golf Club towards the estuary. A lane or small road leads to the northern shore at the old ferry crossing. Three hundred meters to the left and across a small field is a good location for peeler crab under the weedy banks in the muddy backwater. The thick mud here can be difficult to dig.

Ballingarry, Co Kerry

Angling Mark: About 12 kms south west of Ballyduff is Ballingarry. Take the last turn before the main road swings away from the coast and drive down past several houses until the road ends at a farmyard. A walk of about 300m leads to the fishing point. Local anglers use this mark for spinning for pollack and mackerel. There is also float fishing for ballan wrasse and bottom fishing for conger. Care should be exercised in wet conditions.

Bait: Bait can be collected in the Cashen Estuary nearby. This can be reached by following the road past Ballybunion Golf Club towards the estuary. A lane or small road leads to the northern shore at the old ferry crossing. Three hundred meters to the left and across a small field is a good location for peeler crab under the weedy banks in the muddy backwater. The thick mud here can be difficult to dig.

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