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Clogherhead is by far the most popular sea fishing venue in the area with hundreds of local and visiting anglers being attracted by the shoals of mackerel during the months of July, August and September The best fishing is from the pier and other species to be caught include mullet, coalfish, codling, conger, dabs, plaice and an occasional sea-trout. The pier and harbour are surrounded by rocky outcrops which afford the angler additional opportunities and bass fishing can be good in these locations. Inshore fishing from small boats for mackerel is excellent in summer and other species to be caught include plaice, mullet, flounder wrasse and bass. South of the head lies the sandy beach at Termonfeckin. It is at this point that the Ballywater river crosses the beach. Like other beaches in the area, this beach fishes best after a strong easterly wind. This beach produces bass, flounder, plaice and dogfish. The small pool at the mouth of the Ballywater can produce mullet.

Species: mullet, coalfish, codling, conger, dabs, dogfish, plaice, flounder, wrasse and sea-trout.

Season: The best of the fishing is from May to September.

Ground Type: Clean sandy beaches with outcrops of rock around the head.

Bait: Lugworm, ragworm, sandeel, mackerel strips and crab are the best baits.

Method: Jigging feathers and spinning works from the pier. All standard legering methods work from the beaches. Spinning over the and around the rocky outcrops can be good for bass.

Fishing Tip: Try Freelined sandeel from the last hour of the ebb through the first hour of the flood for the best results.

Baltray Strand

Baltray is situated at the mouth of the River Boyne on the Eastern shoreline is an extremely popular venue which produces some fine bass during the summer months. to crab, sandeel, ragworm, lugworm and spinning. These areas are also popular for mackerel fishing and occasionally shoals enter the estuary itself and this produces terrific sport when the occasion arises. Other species to be caught include flounder, mullet, plaice and an occasional sea trout. The estuary is a great source of bait with ragworm, lugworm, shellfish and crab all readily available. The mullet fishing can be excellent during the summer months on the mud flats, which form part of the river estuary.

Species: bass, flounder, plaice, dogfish, bass, mullet and sea trout.

Season: May/October.

Ground Type: mainly over sand.

Bait: crab, sandeel, ragworm, lugworm.

Method: All standard leger rigs work here and spinning from the rocks can produce good results.

Fishing Tip: Spin for bass off the rocks on the last hour of the ebb and the first hour of the flood for the best results.

Drogheda and The Estuary Best Angling Centre

The town of Drogheda is located approximately 7 miles west from the mouth of the River Boyne and now provides mainly mullet and flounder fishing. Occasionally mackerel shoals enter the lower part of the estuary and great sport can be had from a number of different locations including the old yatch club on the south bank. The estuary is fished very little but is sure to play host to a number of different species. A number of slipways are located along the estuary at Drogheda and Baltray and facilitate small boat anglers wishing to fish this area.

Species: bass, flounder, mackerel and mullet.

Season: Best of the fishing is from May to September.

Ground Type: Mudbanks, sand and shingle.

Bait: crab, ragworm, sandeel and lugworm all work well.

Method: All standard leger rigs work well.

Fishing Tip: Prepare sandeel with a baiting needle. This ensures that the bait will not split open and will be presented as naturally as possible.

Mornington Strand

South of the River Boyne there are the extensive beaches at Mornington, Bettystown and Laytown which fish best after a strong easterly blow. The mouth of the Boyne below the maidens tower at Mornington is a popular angling venue with the rocks forming the river mouth being a local hotspot. Sea trout can be caught here on spinners from the end of May. Bass fishing can be good from early summer right through to Autumn with spinning again producing the best results. Flounder, bass, plaice, dogfish, eels and mullet can all be taken from various points along this stretch of estuary and coastline.

Species: Flounder, bass, plaice, dogfish, eels, and mullet

Season: May/September

Ground Type: Clean sand with occasional shingle patches.

Bait: crab, ragworm, sandeel and lugworm all work well.

Method: All standard methods work well.

Fishing Tip: While fishing the beaches in this area it is imperative that the rod is held at all times. Bass bite quickly in the surf and manyn good fish have been missed or lost from rods propped up in rod rests.

Bettystown Strand

Bettystown is located two and a half miles south of where the Boyne enters the sea. The beach consists of fine clean sand and is quite featureless. There is quite a long distance between high and low water marks. This area can produce good bass fishing and conditions are most favourable after an easterly blow. High tide coinciding with dusk can also be an excellent time. Other species that frequent the area include mackerel, flounder, plaice, mullet and dogfish.

Species: bass, mackerel, flounder, plaice, mullet and dogfish.

Season: April to October

Ground Type: Fine clean sand

Bait: crab, lugworm, ragworm, sandeel and shellfish.

Method: All standard ledgered paternosters work well. Spinning can be effective when high water coincides with daybreak and dusk.

Fishing Tip: Use a frozen half of mackerel to attract the bigger bass.



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Laytown Strand

Laytown is located approximately two miles south of Bettystown and the River Nanny enters the sea at this point. The area south of the river behind the pitch and putt course is the favoured angling spot and many specimen bass have been recorded at this location. The beach consists of fine sand interspersed with patches of shingle. Flounder, place dogfish, mulllet and sea trout can all be taken in this area. The pool on the estuary above and below the wooden railway bridge can produce excellent mullet fishing. Further south along this beach the Mosney stream crosses the beach and this shore mark can produce some good sport. The area to Ben Head is not recommended as it is situated close to the army firing range at Gormanston.

Species: Bass, flounder, place dogfish, mulllet and sea trout.

Season: May to October

Ground Type: sand interspersed with shingle.

Bait: crab, lugworm, ragworm, sandeel and mackerel.

Method: All standard methods work well.

Fishing Tip: Prebait a couple of days in advance using bread flake or fish paste when fishing for mullet on the Nanny estuary but be careful not to overfeed them.

Gormanston Strand

The beach south of Ben Head is known as Gormanston and it is at this point that the Devlin River crosses the strand. The beach which is backed by high banks is slightly steeper than those to the north and the shoreline becomes more rocky as you move south. At the mouth of the Devlin anglers will find fishing for mullet, flounder, dogfish, mullet, sea trout and bass. The Cardy Rocks which are located south of the river are a good mark for the small boat angler and produce additional species including codling, coalfish, pollack and mackerel.

Species: codling, coalfish, pollack, mullet, flounder, dogfish, mullet, mackerel, sea trout and bass.

Season: May/October

Ground Type: Sand, shingle and rock.

Bait: Sandeel, ragworm and crab work best in this area.

Method: All leger and paternoster rigs will work here.

Fishing Tip: Baited feather lures work rather well in the Cardy Rocks area.

General Information

Anglers should familiarise themselves with the following bass bye-laws:

(a) It is prohibited to take and kill or have in possession any bass of less than 40cm in length.

(b) It is prohibited to take and kill or have in possession more than 2 bass in any period of 24 hours.

(c) It is prohibited to fish for bass with any rod or line during the period commencing on the 15th of May to the 15th of June.

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