Sea Fishing

The Blackwater estuary

Should anglers want to try sea fishing, Youghal, Dungarvan, and the many venues around Cork Harbour are but 30 minutes drive from the River Blackwater, and can produce a variety of species, including bass, codling, pollack, conger, dogfish, flounder/flatfish, mullet and of course mackerel and gars in the summer months.

Fishing takes place from the many strands (beaches) or off the rocky outcrops that guard the many bays, or from the quays in Youghal or Dungarvan.

Bait in the form of lugworm, peeler crab or mussel, can be sourced locally at low tide off the strands or around the rocky promontories. Local tackle shops provide frozen or preserved bait, crab, sandeel, and mackerel. Spinning can be very effective for bass on early morning or late evening tides, using modern shad type patterns of rubber sandeel, or Rapala type plugs, some even fly fish, which can be great sport.

Youghal is a pleasant seaside venue at the mouth of the River Blackwater, the town sports a number of quays from which a variety of species can be caught, although mooring bouys can be troublesome at times when trying to land fish!

The main road bridge over the Blackwater estuary fishes well all year round for a variety of species, from codling to mackerel, but the pavement is very narrow with a lot of traffic passing at speed, so it can be precarious! There are numerous marks down from the Bridge which are safer.

Across from the town a short drive is Ferry Point. This consists of a large shingle spit which juts out into the estuary, and is a noted mark for many species, with fairly deep water, and fierce tides. There is safe ample parking right onto the shore, but stay on the grassed areas not the shingle. To the left of the main point is a sheltered cove and shingle beach, which produces some flatfish and the odd bass, looking straight across towards the town puts you into faster deeper water, where most species can be caught, with good codling, coalfish and whiting in the winter, and some very good bass late summer along with shoals of mackerel.

The rocky headlands from Monatrea to Cabin Point can fish well for bass along with small pollack, coalfish, and codling in the winter months. Caliso Bay to Whiting Bay also can fish well for bass, some flatfish, and the occasional sea trout.

Heading out of Youghal towards Cork is a mark signposted, Pilmore. This mark is a small estuary that can fish very well for bass on the first hour of a flood tide, along with flatfish and mullet.

A number of charter boats operate out from Youghal Harbour, fishing for most species, some specialise in blue shark fishing, and have to be booked in advance.

Dungarvan situated in a sheltered bay on the estuary of the Colligan River has plenty of shore marks, from Clonea Strand round to Helvic Head, fishing concentrates mainly on bass, which can be caught spinning, and on the fly in the bay.
Along with bass, flounders/flatfish, mullet, and mackerel can be caught even in the harbour, at the centre of town, although the tidal flats of the bay and the Cunnigar Spit that guards the bay are more favoured, fishing rising tides.

Helvic Head produces pollack, mackerel, wrasse, and the odd conger fishing into deeper water off the rocks. Bait can be dug around Abbeyside, mainly lug worm and white rag. The town sports a number of tackle outlets that supply frozen bait, crab, sandeel, mackerel, squid, and razor fish. A number of charter boats operate from the harbour.

Cork Harbour is a massive expanse of sheltered water extending from Cork City in the west to Middleton in the east with many marks to try over deep shipping channels, the Sea wall at Monkstown, Deepwater Quay Ringaskiddy, Cobh Deepwater Quay to name but a few. Species caught include bass, codling, flatfish, rays, pollack, mullet, and some very big conger eel.

A number of tackle outlets exist in and around the City, which can supply bait and advice, there are also charter boats for hire.

Note. For full details of State angling regulations, see this page. In particular, bass fishing is strictly State controlled with an emphasis on conservation. Therefore, anglers intending to fish for bass should consult the Fishing regulation page within this link in order to familiarise themselves with full details of the current regulations they need to observe.