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Fishing in Ireland
Sea Fishing in Ireland

Sea Fishing in Ireland

Ireland has long been recognised as a premier sea angling destination.

Angler with a bass fish caught in Ireland/
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Sea Fishing in Ireland with Anglers World Holidays.The 3000 km coastline is varied and spectacular with it’s hundreds of tranquil bays and backwaters, roaring surf beaches and miles of awe inspiring sea cliffs. The diverse nature of the coastline and Ireland’s unique geographical position, on the edge of the European continental shelf, where the inshore waters are warmed by the North Atlantic Drift (an offshoot of the Gulf Stream) means that the native marine life is extremely rich and varied. The coastal waters of Ireland abound with fish and visiting sports fishermen can expect something in the region of 80 species. Excellent shore and boat fishing is on offer. The numerous quaint ports around the coast are home to top charter boat skippers, all fully licenced and approved.

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.

In 2018 & 2019 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!

P&O Ferries sail twice daily from Liverpool to Dublin. Please note ferry companies are carrying out increased security checks and we require all passengers full names and dates of birth in order to make a ferry booking. Vehicle details are also required (make, model, registration number, height and length of vehicle).

Taking your pet dog to Ireland

You can take your dog to Ireland without it entering quarantine so long as the following rules are observed:

1 - Your pet has been microchipped.
2 - It has a valid rabies vaccination, which must be given after the microchip is inserted. The rabies vaccination must be given 21 days before your trip. A rabies vaccination with a 1 or 3 year validity period is acceptable for entry into Ireland.
3 - Your pet has a valid EU pet passport or EU health certificate
4 - Your pet has had a tapeworm treatment which must be administered by a vet, no more that 5 days before the scheduled arrival time.
5 - Pets can enter through any port and are subject to spot checks. If you have not followed these rules it may be refused entry or placed into quarantine at the owner's expense.

Consult your vet for further information.

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Top Sea Fishing Destinations in Ireland