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  Fishing in and around Dún Laoghaire

Although Dun Laoghaire is itself a fishing port, plenty of good shore fishing is also available all year round. The harbour itself can provide a location from both the East and West Pier, the latter being favoured by locals.

Boats can be rented all year round from Coliemore and Bullock harbours for fishing trips and ferry rides over to Dalkey Island.


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Dun Laoghaire Harbour

  • Catch: Dab, Conger, Bass, Plaice, Whiting, Codling, Pouting, Coalfish, Mackerel & Pollack.
  • Location: Walk to the end of either pier.
  • Description: The harbour provides pier fishing for most of the year, but from the west pier fishing is for Dab, Conger, Bass and Plaice, with Whiting ,Codling, Pouting and Coalfish being taken in the autumn. From the seaward side of the west pier spinning over rough ground is or Mackerel and Pollack form July to September.
  • Season: All year around, although the best time of year is between May to September.
  • Cost: No cost for offshore fishing. Boat charter will cost between €130 - €200 per boat suitable for 4-8 people.
  • Methods: Spinning and bottom fishing with Mackerel strips.

Killiney Bay

  • Catch: Plaice, Dogfish, Codling & Bass.
  • Location: Killiney Bay can be found south of Sorrento Point.
  • Description: This picturesque area has shore fishing for Plaice, Dogfish and the odd Bass. Over recent times good runs of Codling have been taken with the evening tide proving to be the most productive time.
  • Season: All year around, although the best time of year is between May to September.
  • Cost: No cost for offshore fishing. Boat charter will cost between €130 - €200 per boat suitable for 4-8 people.
  • Methods: Spinning and bottom fishing with Mackerel strips. Beachcasting from this location is very popular.

Sandycove Harbour & The 40 Foot

  • Catch: Plaice, Dogfish, Codling & Bass.
  • Location: The 40 Foot is a bathing area behind Sandycove Harbour, these are located beside the Joyce Tower.
  • Description: Beware of the bathers.
  • Season: All year around, although the best time of year is between May to September.
  • Cost: No cost for offshore fishing.
  • Methods: Spinning and bottom fishing with Mackerel strips.

Coliemore and Bulloch Harbour

  • Catch: Plaice, Dogfish, Codling & Bass.
  • Location: Coliemore Harbour is located directly across from Dalkey Island and can be accessed by driving through Dalkey Village.
  • Description: A small harbour overlooking Dalkey Island. The tide runs through Dalkey Sound and is quite strong. Don't fall in.
  • Season: All year around, although the best time of year is between May to September.
  • Cost: No cost for offshore fishing.
  • Methods: Spinning and bottom fishing with Mackerel strips.

Sea fishing Tips:

Sea fishing is successful from shore, pier or boat. For most sorts of shore fishing your pike gear will suffice. Fishing from sandy beaches however may require a beachcaster rod. Offshore fishing is always free of charge and will provide a full pan any day. Fishing from a chartered boat will cost between €130.00 - €200.00 per day for the boat and will accommodate between 6 - 8 fishermen. You can arrange with your skipper whether you want "normal" deep sea fishing or shark fishing since they are carried out in different fishing grounds. If you are afraid of getting seasick don't choose shark fishing since it involves bigger distances from the shore. If you feel queasy keep your eye on the shore to calm yourself, keep a full stomach. Eat little but steady. Don't drink alcohol. If you get an attack, lie down flat in the center of the boat and close your eyes. It usually gets better within minutes.

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