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Anglers World Holidays are the number one fishing holiday operator to Ireland. Ireland really is an angling paradise and whatever your expectations we can help you have a brilliant fishing holiday. This summer fished well, particularly for roach and hybrids, with some good bream catches from waters with a bit of colour. Water clarity requires a different approach; use a dark groundbait and get lots of particle into your swim (stewed wheat is great). During the hot summer weeks when temperatures are high it requires an early start for the bream. Pre baiting with particle on large stillwaters is essential. For the social anglers who enjoy the pub and the craic and go along expecting to catch between 20 and 80lb of roach and hybrids a day you won't be disappointed. However, fishing at first light or late into the evening greatly increases catches and it is when the bream tend to feed. Big hybrids are increasing on many waters and 100 pound plus catches are not uncommon.
Getting to Ireland - The car ferries sail several times a day from the ports of Pembroke, Fishguard, Holyhead, Liverpool (Birkenhead) and the southern ports of Scotland - they remain the most popular because you can simply load the car with everything and head off. Flying is certainly for the birds when it comes to fishing. The huge penalties imposed by the so-called 'low cost' airlines for extra luggage are unbelievably high and make it impossible to travel with luggage and coarse or sea angling kit.
Stena Line have the widest choice of routes, sailing from Holyhead, Fishguard, and Cairnryan, with a variety of conventional ferries. Irish Ferries concentrate on sailings from Holyhead and Pembroke with conventional car ferries and a fast craft (Swift) from Holyhead to Dublin. Stena Line now operates between Liverpool (Birkenhead) and Belfast with huge vessels that carry a mix of freight and car passengers. En-suite cabins are included in the cost on night crossings. There is also a day-time ferry. Meals can be purchased on board. P&O Ferries sail twice daily from Liverpool to Dublin.
In 2018 the Irish Ferries Swift fast ferry was cancelled on many occasions. We would highly recommend that you book the conventional ferry which is very rarely cancelled. It takes extreme weather conditions before the conventional ferries are cancelled. The sailing time difference is only 75 minutes!
IRISH TACKLE & BAIT.. TEL 00353 49 9526258 Mobile 00353 877724029 (Catherine). We suggest you order by telephone a week before travel.
Northern Ireland Rod Licences
From April 2016, anglers will no longer get a paper rod licence or permit. Instead, they will get an electronic record (e-record) with a unique reference number. The new system will work out what type of licence or permit is needed.
See the following link to buy your licence on-line
Further information can be found at
List of authorised distributors where licences can be bought can be found at
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