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Sea Fishing in Ireland

Sea Fishing through the year in Ireland

Photo: A late summer albacore tuna from the southwest.

There is no close season for sea fishing in Ireland so it may be practised all the year round. Those fish which feed throughout the year, such as flounder, cod and coalfish can be fished for in every month. Species such as wrasse, pollack and dogfish, which are most active in the warmer months, have a natural season extending from April to about October. The influence of the Irish climate, as well as the habits of the fish, has to be taken into account.

Sea Angling Seasons

All sea angling is subject to monthly rhythms of high and low water. 'Spring' tides or high winds may put some shore marks out of condition from time to time, and affect boat angling. Coastal winds and waves can render boat fishing unsafe for short periods. However, the shore angler in Ireland will always find sheltered waters available when others are affected by tides or gales.

Bass Bye-Law

Bass is a protected species in Ireland and there are some restrictions. Fish under 40cm may not be kept, and there is a bag limit of two fish per angler per day. It is prohibited to fish for bass during their spawning season, 14 May - 14 June.

Best Times to Fish for the most popular species
Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Angler Fish             Best Best Best      
Bass         Best Best Best Best Best Best    
Brill           Best Best Best        
Coalfish Best Good Good Good Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Cod Best   Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Conger       Best Best Best Best Best Best Best    
Dab Best         Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Dogfish         Best Best Best Best Best Best Best  
Bullhuss         Best Best Best Best Best Best Best  
Flounder Best     Good Good Good Good Good Good Best Best Best
Garfish Best Best Best Best
Red Gurnard Best Best Best Best Best Best
Grey Gurnard Best Best Best Best Best Best
Tub Gurnard Best Best Best Best Best Best
Haddock Best Best Best Best Best Best
Hake Best Best Best Best Best Best
Herring Best Best Best
Ling Best Best Best Best Best
Mackerel Best Best Best Best Best
Monkfish Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Megrim Best Best Best Best Best
Mullet Best Best Best Best Best Best
Plaice Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Pollack Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Pouting Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Thornback Ray Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Cuckoo Ray Best Best Best
Homelyn Ray Best Best Best
Porebeagal Shark Best Best Best Best Best
Blue Shark Best Best Best Best Best
Spurdog Best Best Best Best
Tope Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Turbot Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Whiting Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Ballan Wrasse Best Best Best Best Best Best
Cuckoo Wrasse Best Best Best Best Best

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