Beara ~ Shore Angling
"The coast yields such abundance of sea-fish as few places in Christendome doe the like" Reference to Beara in the Pacata hibernia
The beautiful scenery of Beara provides an ideal backdrop for sea angling. Around the Beara peninsula, there are a variety of different fishing sites that have been developed by Beara Tourism development association. The choice of venues gives a chance to try different fishing methods and the possibility of catching some large and unusual fish. The tourist information centre in Castletownbere can give you more information such as bait grounds. Each of the sites is clearly signposted locally and at each there is an information board with details on the species of fish to be caught in each site.
All sites on farmers land will be closed to the public for one day on the 31st January every year.
Conserve Bass Daily Bag Limit of 2 Bass per Angler. Size limit is 40cm (15 3/4 inches) Closed Season from 15th May to 15th June. Protected By Law.
Plan your Fishing
Always check tide times and weather before you start to fish remembering that:
The tide rises and falls roughly four metres. The low tide is roughly 6 hours and 20 minutes after high tide. Tide tables are available in most shops on the peninsula. These will aid you in determining tide times.
Following severe weather conditions, there will be high seas and strong swell and therefore, fishing is not recommended. Enquire locally for advice.
A weather forecast can be obtained from Weatherdial on 1850-123-850 or check with the tourist office.
Care should therefore be exercised at all times to avoid accidents as neither Beara Tourism Development Association or the local landowners can be held responsible for any accidents or injuries.
Anglers also have the choice of going deep sea angling. You can fish in Kenmare Bay or Bantry Bay or just watch the fish being landed in Castletownbere which is the second largest fishing port in the country. Please enquire in the Castletownbere Tourist Office about the availability of sea angling boats.
Sea Fishing trips arranged with Eamonn Orpen
Hike and Fish
There are hundreds of lakes and streams on the Caha mountains where people go hiking and fishing in this remote and rugged landscape. Care should be taken when making this choice as only experienced hikers who understand the changing weather conditions of these mountain tops are capable of doing this trip.
An account of a fishing expedition on Beara
NEVER fish alone.
Experienced anglers should accompany first time anglers.
Wear suitable footwear and clothing. Remember rain can make rocks very slippery.
When casting make sure everyone knows you are about to cast. Do not swing the lead in any sort of arc. Keep it going straight over.
Never fish from the rocks when the sea is rough or has a swell.
Never drink alcohol before fishing.
Please leave gates as you found them.
Protect wildlife, plants and trees.
Take your litter home.
Always use gates, stiles or other recognised access points and avoid damage to fences, hedges and walls.
Avoid making any unnecessary noise.
Do not interfere with livestock, crops, machinery or other property.
Greed: Do not take more fish than you need. Return unwanted fish immediately, rather than throwing them into the fish box.