Sea Fishing In County Kerry

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Fishing on a golden storm beach, up to your waist in the pounding surf or on a charter boat trip through bountiful Kerry waters, you’ll soon discover why County Kerry is one of Europe’s favourite sea angling destinations.

The hundreds of miles of Kerry coastline is studded with lovely little bays and inlets and miles upon miles of golden beaches with a huge variety of fish, both cold and warm water species (anyone for blue shark?) and the cleanest and clearest seas to help them thrive.

The many piers along the Kerry coastline and rocky ledges, the Cliffs of Duneen, the point at Brandon, Dingle and Cahersiveen, interspersed with lengthy stretches of rolling sandy beaches provide great shore fishing.

Bait can be collected locally on beaches, mud flats and rocky shoreline.

Deep-sea angling is the jewel in the crown for the fisherman who wishes to explore rich fishing waters. These pollution free waters are under-fished and continually provide great catches of a wide variety of species.

Specimen hunters are regular visitors. Further off the coast blue shark offer fantastic sport and challenges from June to October. There are fine fishing catches around Kerry Head and in Tralee Bay, famous for Monkfish.

There’s a huge choice of friendly and experienced charter boat operators and a network of superb angling centres throughout the county.

County Kerry`s beautiful coastal landscape doesn’t just provide a magnificent backdrop for sea angling, it forms a vital part of the sport itself. Just try angling in the surf of an Atlantic sandy beach, catching mullet in a picturesque Kerry harbour or fishing for pollack or wrasse in the craggy, rocky coastline and you’ll see what we mean.

Kerry has another great natural advantage — warm water from the Gulf Stream off its south and west coasts ensures that many warm water species, like trigger fish and red mullet can be fished from spring to late autumn and encourages a wide range of visiting species.

Kerry waters also support many cold water species like flounder, cod and coal-fish. In all, the sea angler has an astounding choice of over 80 different species of fish and the opportunity to fish all year round.

County Kerry angling centres have long been famous for the quality of the deep water fishing enjoyed by their charter craft. Today, speedy, well equipped, licensed charter boats can be hired from a large network of superb centres, located right around the coast of Kerry.

You can fish for blue shark off the south and west coasts, for big conger, ling and cod from sunken wrecks and for tope and flatfish over sandy ground and that’s just a taste of what is on offer.

Usually descended from generations of fishermen, the charter skippers have a sound knowledge of the sea and the best marks to fish. A day spent in the company of an experienced skipper will ensure the best of sport in the most enjoyable company.

Normally tackle can be hired so all you need is a set of waterproofs, a lifejacket and a sense of adventure.

Fishing the numerous deep water wrecks can be very productive. It might take over an hour to reach the site of a wreck but the variety and size of the fish, including conger, ling, turbot, megrim, pollack and coalfish make it a unique experience.

Mackerel is the most popular bait for all kinds of sea fishing and a fresh supply is normally caught at the outset of each fishing trip. Calamari squid is another popular bait which is available locally and from tackle shops and supermarkets.

The major sea angling ports are Fenit harbour, great fishing from the pier,Dingle Penninsula, Dingle harbour, Cahersiveen and Kenmare.


Fenit is a village with a mixed function sea port, close to Tralee Town in County Kerry. Fishing is one of the main areas of business. Spinning and float fishing from rocks for pollack and wrasse from Fenit Island. 

On Fenit island strand there is bottom fishing for flatfish, occasional bass and tope. Night tides best. On fenit island pier you can have an enjoyable day from the viaduct for dogfish, flatfish, ray and occasional bass. Conger and small pollack from rocks on seaward side of viaduct. 

Fenit pier outer there is bottom fishing for flatfish, ray, dogfish, whiting and conger at extreme end and seaward side. Occasional tope, monkfish, and common skate have been taken here. Good mullet fishing on inside of pier using small pieces of fish offal. 

Species: Shark, Cod, Ling, Pollock, Conger, Ray, Dogfish, Bullhuss, Skate, Wrasse, Haddock and Whiting, Coalfish, Pouting, Gurnard and Mackerel.

Charter Boats From Fenit 


33' Lochin. 250HP Mermaid
Skipper: Michael Moriarty
Licence: 20 
Base: Fenit Operational Area: Brandon Bay, Tralee Bay, Kerry Head.

Notes: Offers reef and shark angling as well as general inshore angling.

Address: Tralaught, Fenit, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Telephone: +353 66 7136303 or +353 86 8470461

Kerry Colleen II

Mitchell 31'. 270HP
Skipper: John Deady, Brian O'Sullivan
Licence: 786 
Base: Fenit Operational area: Brandon Head, Tralee Bay, Kerry Head.

Notes: Offers reef and shark angling as well as general inshore angling.

Address: 12 Castle View, Fenit, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Telephone: Tel: +353 (0)67 7124524 or +353 (0)87 600066 or +353 (0)860881977


1. Derrymore

Fishing for bass, sole, dab, dogfish, flounder, thornback ray and golden grey mullet.

2. Fenit Pier

Fishing for bass, conger, dab, dogfish, flounder, mackerel, mullet, undulate ray, sting ray, thornback ray, raockling, whiting, gurnard and monkfish.

3. Fenit Island Strand

Fishing for bass, conger, dogfish, flounder and thornback ray.

4. Fenit Island

Fishing for bass, dogfish, pollack, thornback ray, tope and ballan wrasse.

5. Barrow Harbour

Fishing for bass, dogfish, flounder, mullet, plaice, thornback ray and turbot.

6. Banna Strand

Fishing for bass, dogfish, flounder, plaice, turbot and painted ray.

7. Black Rock

Fishing for bass, coalfish, dogfish, flounder, plaice, turbot and painted ray.

8. Ballyheige

Fishing for bass, coalfish, dogfish, flounder and plaice.

9. Kerry Head

Fishing for conger, dogfish, bullhuss, mackerel, pollack and ballan wrasse.

10. The Spa

Fishing for bass, conger, dogfish, flounder, mullet, plaice, sting ray, thornback ray and trigger fish.

11. Lough Kay

Fishing for bass, flounder and thornback ray.

The Dingle Peninsula 

The Dingle peninsula has to be on any angler's must-visit-list. The quality of the fishing is undiminished year to year despite its popularity with local and visiting angler alike. Indeed its has been the pioneering work of Bob Moss and others that has drawn attention to previously unknown species in particular the possibility of tackling several species of rays off the many beaches along the peninsula's northern shore.

The Dingle Peninsula is longer than it looks in the diagram and is surrounded by the sea - the shallow waters of Tralee Bay to the North have become synonymous with specimen ray and monkfish, whilst Inch Strand to the South is possibly Ireland's most famous surf beach, especially for big autumn bass. Dotted between them are eight other marks, all of a similar quality. The only problem is that you are so spoilt for choice! This year a 45 lb shore caught conger eel won a major competition. 


Derrymore Barely onto the peninsula and you have a whole beach to yourself. This is Derrymore. There are two roads down; take the second better and signposted road, otherwise you end up on a farmer's lane, albeit with the curiosity of a new memorial to an ancient burial ground for unbaptised children and lost sailors washed ashore! The better road leads down to a decent car park. 

Species & Techniques: This kind of beach demands you try surf fishing, and your will not be disappointed: - Flatfish, Ray and Bass are taken here, or try bottom fishing off the point. 

Castlegregory Strand 

Castlegregory Strand. The beach below the car park is rapidly acquiring a reputation as the best shore mark in Ireland for rays from shore, thanks to the work of renowned Bob Moss. Thornback, Painted and Sting Ray have all been taken (far out) at Castlegregory. 

Species & Techniques: Beach fishing is best near the stream and this will find Flatfish, the odd Bass and Dogfish. Rays are best taken on distance casts from below the car park. A group of us had Bull Huss, Conger and a small Spurdog (!) on a night shift in May 2002. This is a very long and exposed beach so it is best to stick relatively close to the village itself! 

Stradbally Beach 

Stradbally Beach. Behind the village of Castlegregory itself, past a thatched cottage pub with a mannequin tipped head first into a beer barrel (how's that for a signpost!), you will find a road down to Stradbally Strand. It lies behind Lough Gill. 

Species & TechniquesThis is standard surf fishing but it faces due north and it quite exposed (and damn cold in a northerly breeze!). I got out, looked at it and got back into the car! There are several more beaches on the route west heading for the Conor Pass. 

Barrick, Kilcummin and Fermoyle Beaches 

Barrick, Kilcummin and Fermoyle Beaches Beneath the brooding presence of Mount Brandon lies the Bay, and starting with Stradbally above, you have a collection of beaches; in fact it is one continuous beach from Stradbally through to Fermoyle at the far end. Fermoyle produced a large skate in late 2003 to a bass angler! Use peeler crab at the Fermoyle end - these can be readily collected from the estuary at low water from Cloghane out to Ballyquinn. 

Species & Techniques: Opinions vary greatly as to where to set out your stall... Some recommend near the estuary, opposite Ballyquinn on Fermoyle beach and in the estuary itself. Others will tell you the farther out to the point, past Kilcummin and Barrick heading for Stradbally the better... whichever spot you pick, surf or bottom fishing will produce Flatfish (mostly Flounder), Bass, and Ray in calm conditions, ideally at night. 

One advantage at the Fermoyle end, where a large spit cum hillock (known locally as Fermoyle Island) extends out into the sea is that you do not have to cast far into a big surf. It gets quite steep and Bass have been taken on miss-casts just 20 metres out! Alternatively cross the hillock and you can fly fish the estuary on a flooding tide. 

Brandon Pier & Rocks 

Brandon Pier & Rocks: A new mark reported by a self confessed beginner it combines the pier itself and some rocks on the left hand side giving access to deep water. Down on the rocks - a dangerous enough walk just over the edge of the pier, there is a point where it drops fast into the sea. There is another shore mark listed as Cloghane, with lugworm and crabs listed as available bait. It is possible to drive out to the "nose" past white strand but we have no reports from there, yet! 

Species & Techniques: Using a silver lure, it was easy to catch Pollack, 3 hours before high tide. A small amount of Mackerel was taken. It is a rotten bottom so fast retrieving is required. At the pier at high tide there was lots of Mackerel and a few Garfish. Daylight rigs were the most effective. 

Brandon Creek 

Brandon Creek. Thankfully the coast road brings you right to this mark; mind you the road is up the Conor Pass, into Dingle around by Ballydavid and then east towards the creek itself! The diagram above is a bit deceptive, to say the least! The best spot is the east side, which is also the one most exposed to the wind and rain - such is life! Indeed there is a deep cleft of a mark accessible from the start of the pier through the fields. Both of these marks demand your respect, especially if you are not fishing off the pier itself. Both marks are washed by very large waves, funnelled into and so enlarged by the clefts, even on the calmest days. 

Species & Techniques: This is rock platform fishing. Bottom fishing onto foul ground and patches of sand will catch Conger, Wrasse, Bull Huss with Pollack and Mackerel falling to this and spinning techniques. 

Smerwick Harbour: Wine Strand & Ballinrannig 

Smerwick Harbour: Wine Strand & Ballinrannig. If you fancy a shot at Codling, this is one of the few marks in Kerry that regularly produce them, off the beach at a spot called Ballinrannig - ask a local for directions. There is also another spot called Wine Strand which is very nice, if it wasn't for the dumped burnt out caravan! 

Species & Techniques: Surf fishing will produce Flounder and Bass, with the option of Coalfish if you try to cast further out. Bob Moss lives in the area so an email in advance would help you. 

Clogher Head & Dunquin Strand 

Clogher Head & Dunquin Strand. This is the Kerry Clogher Head, there is another in Co. Louth, and this is the part of Kerry made famous by the film "Ryan's Daughter". There are lots of wonderful stories about the filming if you drop into one of the pubs... There is also a lovely sheltered bay and strand tucked into the shoreline here, with clear road access. 

Species & Techniques: Bottom fishing from directly under the schoolhouse used in the film will produce Pollack and Coalfish, Bull Huss, Dogfish and Conger, but it is very foul ground. Spinning will take Mackerel, Pollack and Coalfish and Wrasse are available on the float. 

Ventry Strand 

Ventry Strand. Ventry is another beach but with rocky margins and weed that as a consequence offers a larger variety of fish. There is an excellent lugworm bed on the road out from Dingle, just turn left over a small bridge. The beach is massive, covering the width of the entire bay and crossed by several steams, with a pier at the far end accessible from three roads off the N559 heading west. 

Species & Techniques: Flounder and Bass are the main priorities for surfing anglers, whilst Wrasse are available in the weedy margins, with Conger, Bull Huss and Dogfish reported. 


Trabeg. Trabeg, from the Irish meaning "small beach" is yet another beach that offers standard surf fishing species. It is something of a misnomer in that the beach is accessed from (the N86) either side of a massive estuary that is little more than a mudflat outside of the top of the tide. Locally the eastern side is known as Tra Chathail (Cathal's beach), and a word of warning, do not try to wade across the estuary. 

Species & TechniquesFlounder, Dabs and Bass are the main priorities, but some small Ray have also been recorded here along with Dogfish. 


Inch Strand. There hardly seems to be any point describing this beach and its surf fishing species, such is its acclaim. It continues to produce fish, even specimens, despite very high angling pressure. You will almost never be alone on this beach, as it has become something of an angling Mecca for people seeking the ultimate of storm surf fishing. 

There is also a mark listed on some books behind Inch Strand, presumably at the back... which might be useful when you get sick of the howling gale coming in off the Atlantic and the sea trying to suck you out of your boots! Reputedly it fishes much the same as the Strand itself, but I suppose if you have travelled a long way to fish Inch Strand, you will want to fish the Strand come what may and not the backside of it!!! 

Species & Techniques: Flounder, Plaice and Bass with some small Thornback Ray recorded back in the mists of time. Lovely spot.

Charter Boats From Dingle 


Tyler 42 Glass fibre hull. Twin Caterpillar V8 engines. 
Skipper: Rory O'Connor, ex trawler skipper, 20 years experience. 
Licence: 1411 
Base: Dingle Operational area: Dingle Bay & Blasket Islands grounds.

Notes: Wheelhouse, 2 Radar, 2 Fishfinders, 2 VHF Radios GPS & Track plotter. Large Cabin, Galley, Seating & Toilet are for the fishermans comfort. All rods are Penn with Penn Senator reels (No extra charge) Large selection of lures. Full list of safety equipment aboard. Species fished Cod, Pollack, Ling, Coalfish, Mackarel, Skate & Shark. Whale, dolphin & bird watching tours available.

Address: 2 Woodlawn Avenue, Killarney, Co.Kerry.

Telephone: +353 (0)87 2213 900 


Saimhin Sogh

Freeward 35'
Skipper: Pat Begley
Licence: 1049 
Base: Dingle Operational Area: Dingle Bay & Blasket Islands

Notes: Species, Reef, Tope, Blue Shark

Address: Dingle Bay Charters,Marina Centre,Dingle,Co,Kerry

Telephone +353 (0)66 9151344 or +353 (0)87 6726100



Sarah Ellie

Bluefin 40'
Skipper: Paul Flannery
Licence: 1261 
Base: Dingle Operational Area: Dingle Bay & Blasket Islands

Notes: Species, Reef, Tope, Blue Shark

Address: Dingle Bay Charters,Marina Centre,Dingle,Co,Kerry

Telephone +353 (0)66 9151344 or +353 (0)87 6726100



Emma Delia

Cygnus Cyclone 30'
Skipper: Michael O'Neilll
Licence: 817 
Base: Dingle Operational Area: Dingle Bay & Blasket Islands

Notes: Species, Reef, Tope, Blue Shark

Address: Dingle Bay Charters,Marina Centre,Dingle,Co,Kerry

Telephone +353 (0)66 9151344 or +353 (0)87 6726100



Miss Fiona

Leeward 36 Ft. Twin 130 HP Ford engine

Skipper: Padraig O'Sullivan
Licence: 563 
Base: Ballydavid Operational area: Brandon Bay, Tralee Bay.

Notes: Shark, reef and general inshore. Eco-tours on request, birds, dolphins, whales and basking shark in season.

Address: Ballydavid, Co. Kerry.

Telephone: +353 66 9155139 or +353 (87) 9475141


The Iveragh Peninsula

The Iveragh peninsula in county Kerry is another fabulous shore angling destination in County Kerry, yet despite this, still very little information is available about the fishing in the area.

The peninsula boasts a mountainous and majestic landmass with large storm beaches, rocky shorelines, deep-sea marks and countless lakes and rivers, which are noted for their Atlantic Salmon, Sea trout and Brown Trout.

The Peninsula holds the famous Valentia Island, and the main charter ports of Caherciveen, Portmagee, Knightstown and Derrynane but it also includes sheltered marks on the Kenmare River- which is not a river just the Kerry name for a large oceanic Bay!

The sheer variety of shore fishing in Kerry is the main problem – what to do next and the good news is a sheltered mark is always available regardless of the wind direction.

For the shore angler Bass, Mackerel, Flounder, Wrasse and Pollock are the main quarry with saltwater fly-fishing, a popular and increasing activity for Bass, Mullet and Pollock.

Deep Sea angling is a popular activity in the area with Mackerel, Conger, Ling, Cod, Skate, Bullhuss, Spurdog and Blue Shark. There are numerous boats for hire and all the skippers have many years of experience.

There are a number of local guides who specialise in Salt Water Fly Fishing and there are numerous areas where excellent fishing can be accessed. Following huge and growing popularity in America, saltwater fly-fishing is undergoing a renaissance in Ireland and other parts of Europe. Without doubt, Iveraghs golden strands and rocky reefs offer the lure and fly fishing angler the best chance of success.

Moving to freshwater, Iveragh boasts some of the finest Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout angling opportunities in Ireland. With our mild climate producing rain at regular intervals our migratory game-fish run in numbers and are presently undergoing a remarkable upsurge in numbers with all interceptory netting banned.

Good Fishing Locations:

Inch Strand  

There hardly seems to be any point describing this beach and its surf fishing species, such is its acclaim.  It continues to produce fish, even specimens, despite very high angling pressure.  You will almost never be alone on this beach as it has become something of an angling Mecca for people seeking the ultimate of storm surf fishing.  

There is also a mark listed on some books behind Inch Strand, presumably at the back... which might be useful when you get sick of the howling gale coming in off the Atlantic and the sea trying to suck you out of your boots!  

Reputedly it fishes much the same as the Strand itself, but I suppose if you have travelled a long way to fish Inch Strand, you will want to fish the Strand come what may and not the backside of it!!!  

Species & Techniques: Flounder, Plaice and Bass with some small Thornback Ray recorded back in the mists of time. Lovely spot.  

Rossbehy Strand 

The surf fishing beach is another of the quiet little jewels in Kerry. Access is from Glenbeigh village, down the road to the car park.  

Species & Techniques: Surf fishing will find Flatfish and Bass, with the possibility of Ray in calm weather and the occasional marauding Tope also recorded almost every season.  A big Mackerel cone on a wire trace is essential for Tope, usually from the point.  The Bass are located just about anywhere but under the rocks on the extreme left hand side is good after dark.   

Lough Kay 

Another quiet beach fishing mark on the Kerry coast. 

Species & Techniques: Beach fishing here is mainly for Flatfish with the possibility of picking up a Ray in calm warm conditions, but no Bass. 

Kells Bay  

"There is a very good, easy to access rock mark into deep water at Kells, which is near Darby's Bridge on the northern side". 

As you rise up a hill on a decent stretch of road, you will see a small bay and pier tucked into the side of the hills down to your right.  A tranquil spot, this is Kells Bay. 

Species & Techniques: Surf fishing off the small beach will find Flatfish and Bass, with the possibility of Ray in calm weather.  The Bass are located just about anywhere but under the rocks on the western side is good after dark.  "Loads of Dogfish can be caught but I know Bass have been caught there as well as Mackerel, Wrasse etc. If you go to the eastern side of the bay, there is a good deal of room there".

Valentia Harbour 

Now we are getting into some interesting marks, but the Harbour is not great. 

Species & Techniques: Bottom fishing will find Conger and Dogfish, especially at low water.  The odd Ray has been caught here too, and Mullet are commonly seen during the summer with the usual difficulty - getting a bite can be quite frustratingly slow!  The island has no fishing on the northern side due to the massive sea cliffs, but how spectacular might the boat fishing be? 


Off to the western end, near the lighthouse there is a series of reasonably safe rock marks offering decent fishing.  To get to the rocks, you drive down a terrible pot-holed road to a gate which you can go through and drive a bit more.  It's a few hundred yards to the sea front on foot then. Wear a lifejacket and fish as a group. 

Species & Techniques: Bottom fishing on foul ground takes Dogfish, Bull Huss and Conger.  Pollack and Wrasse will fall to worm baits, and Mackerel are always available for spinners or feathers once the water warms up.  

"There is a high platform, that was popular with several guys for fishing each day.  Not sure why people fish there - there is a huge drop where you could easily lose a fish whilst bringing it in.  We fished to the left of that where there are some good flat platforms at low tide.  It can only be fished on a calm day - a guy was swept off and killed a few weeks before so care is advised.  Very deep water - cast out and count to 20 and you still won`t reach the bottom.  So, heavy spinners are required."  

St Finans Bay 

Here is the most westerly and deserted surf fishing beach in Europe!  A lovely spot, if an awful road down, it is acquiring new holiday homes so expect it to be busy in the summer.   

Species & Techniques: Flatfish are the main catch on the beach, with the possibility of a specimen Bass in the surf. You can also fish off the rocks on either side for Pollack, Triggerfish and Mackerel in the summer, with Conger and the odd Huss also taken from legered baits.  Some Mullet taken here also with ground baiting advised. 

The main quarry here is Bass and you will need decent surf running to get them quartering the beach. Try half a mackerel on a 4/0 as bait as it will last longer than softer baits… there are lots of crabs.

If you do collect some, crab would probably prove excellent bait, especially if legered near the rocks on either side of the strand. Flatfish will also show themselves but more so in calmer conditions.

Although no Rays are recorded here, a warm night might provide some entertainment. Further along on either side, you can fly-fish and spin for Pollack, Mackerel, Garfish and Triggerfish will show here later in the summer.

Inny Strand

Coming in towards Waterville, you traverse an estuary and Inny Strand.  Near the estuary is the main mark, and you are best to park near the golf club and walk the rest of the way.

Species & Techniques: Flounder and Bass are the main priorities for surf fishing anglers and bear in mind that the main beach is likely to be as good a bet for surf fishing as the estuary.  The odd Ray is also reported off the beach away form the estuary, at night and in the height of summer. 


Another pristine beach, popular with families during the daytime and in summer... the chances are you will have it to yourself any time outside of July and August!  A river drains Lough Currane to the south of Waterville town, so it is quite possible that Sea Trout and Salmon would be available to the enterprising angler.

Species & Techniques: Flounder, Plaice, Dogfish and Bass are the main species mostly caught surf fishing just below the car park.  It has the obvious benefit of food, drink and lodgings being available within a stone's throw of the mark.  It is noticeably steeper than the usual beaches in Kerry and the rocky outcrops will interest Bass at low water.  It looked a very attractive proposition - ask Tadhg O'Sullivan in town. 

Hogs Head

Most people fish the inside of the Hogs Head, pointing into the deep water across to Ballinskellig.  Like all rock platforms washed by the Atlantic care is required.  I would love to hear from anyone who has tried to fish the outside of the headland.  The road is poorly signposted, you need to drive down towards the shore after leaving Waterville.  Ask in Tadhg O'Sullivan's tackle shop in Waterville for directions and you can hire a local guide if you want.

Species & Techniques: This is very mixed ground and often extremely deep - Codling feature on the list here as do Flounder and Dabs, Pollack, Conger, Wrasse and Mackerel. Bring plenty of junk leads and lots of bait. 

Lamb's Head

Another rock platform mark, this is on a spectacular piece of coastline.  

Species & Techniques:  You will encounter all the ususal suspects including Pollack, Conger, Wrasse and Mackerel.  We have reliable reports of substantial numbers of Bass arriving inshore around here in the early Autumn. Fly fishing has been shown to produce Pollack, Wrasse and even Triggerfish in the summer.


Another beach, tucked into a bay protected by Lamb's Head and Hog's Head - do you reckon there are many vegetarians in Kerry!?! - this beach is accessed from the village and most of the way by road.  Quietly popular in the summer, it fishes best on the flood and near dusk. 

Species & Techniques: Bass and Flounder are the main quarry taken here, with Mullet in the estuary.  Warning:  Tim Hoy has reported a lot of poisonous Lesser Weaver fish caught off the beach using ledgering techniques; check the species guide to see how to avoid their spines!   

Gleesk Harbour

The handy thing about this mark, and the remaining two marks is that they face onto the Kenmare River - we know it is not a river, but read the postscript and prepare to be amazed. 

Facing due south, even south east, these marks offer good fishing out of any cold northern winds.  A word of warning - there is a dangerously blind bend on this remarkably busy but terribly narrow road that requires careful navigation. 

You can avail of limited parking at the pier itself, but that said, it is a lovely spot. 

Species & Techniques: The fishing is surprisingly mixed with Wrasse, Triggerfish and Pollack falling to float fished worms, Pollack and Mackerel taken on spinners, and finally Dogfish, Conger and an odd Ray apparently falling to bottom fishing onto the sandy patches... No reports of winter fishing here. 

To find this spot, from Kenmare, head west along the N70 past Parknasilla and Sneem towards Castlecove.  Facing south, even south east, these marks offer good fishing out of any cold northern winds. The harbour is well signposted  so you can not miss several turns that lead down to it. 

Oysterbed Pier 

 A small pier, almost lost in time, but sheltered, quiet and tranquil... Mind you don't nod off! Access is on the shore road - take directions from the locals in Sneem. 

Species & Techniques: Pier fishing for Conger on the bottom, Wrasse on a float, Mullet on both, and the chance of an odd Ray and Flatfish.

Blackwater Harbour 

You can fish from both the harbour itself and the rocks to the west of the harbour, provided you check the swells.  

Species & Techniques: Spinning will take Mackerel in season, small Pollack, and there is even the possibilility of a Sea-Trout.  Ray and smaller Conger have both been caught here with bottom fished rigs.

Charter Boats Around The Iveragh Peninsula



Freeward Fisher 30. 80hp Ford
Skipper: Sean McCarthy
Licence: 1020

Notes: Sails from Kenmare. Your Skipper has twenty years experience navigating the bay and our aim is to make your voyage fascinating, pleasant and safe. On board there is a toilet, seating, binoculars and all safety equipment.

Address: Kenmare Bay Angling And Sightseeing Cruises, Killowen, Kenmare, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 87 2592209 


Ocean Tramp 32'. Ford 120 HP
Skipper: John O'Shea
Licence: 503
Base: Derrynane Operational area: Kenmare Bay

Notes: Reef, shark and general inshore fishing.

Address: Skellig House, Bunavalla, Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 87 6898431 




Interceptor. 215 Perkins Sabre
Skipper: Jack O'Shea
Licence: 863
Base: Sneem Operational area: Kenmare Bay

Notes: Reef and general inshore fishing.

Address: Rossdohan, Tanilla, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 64 45337or +353 87 6329950

Heather Valley

32' timber boat
Skipper: Richard Quigley
Licence: 536 
Base: Valentia Island Operational Area: Valentia and Skelligs Islands

Notes: Reef, shark and general fishing.

Address: The Fishery, Knightstown, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 (0)66 9472406 or +353 (0)87 6155072


35' Offshore 105. 300 HP Ford
Skipper: Siegy Grabher
Licence: 979 
Base: Valentia Island Operational area: Valentia and Skellig Islands

Notes: Specialises in deep sea fishing, wreck fishing and blue sharks. Accomodation can be provided. Rod hire and tackleshop available onsite. Website now in German, English, Italian, Dutch and French.

Address: Ballyhearny West, The Mill, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 66 9476420 or +353 87 6871267 


Mary Francis

35' Offshore 105. 320 HP 
Skipper: Nealie Lyne
Licence: 747 
Base: Valentia Island Operational area: To Great Skellig from Portmagee and Knightstown and up to 25 miles from point of departure.

Notes: Package Deals Available, Fishing & Accommodation. Keen rates. Shark, Cod, Ling, Pollock, Conger, Ray, Dog, Bullhuss, Skate, Wrasse, Haddock and Whiting etc. Caught on a daily basis. Rods available for Hire.

Address: Altazamuth House, Jane Street, Knightstown, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 66 9476300 or +353 87 6871261


Ken Brencent

Cygnus 36'. 350HP
Skipper: Brendan Casey / Pat Casey
Licence: 569 
Base: Caherciveen Operational area: Valentia and Skelligs Islands

Notes: Reef, shark and general inshore fishing.

Address: Ohermong, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 66 9472437 or +353 87 2395470


Wey Chieftain

Offshore 105. 320HP Iveco
Skipper: Adrian Hanley
Licence: 797 
Base: Caherciveen Operational Area: Up to 20 miles from base.

Notes: General Angling, Family days, and Game Fishing for Albacore Tuna Mid July to September.

Address: Kilpecan Cottage, Aghaturbid, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry.
Telephone +353 87 2571024



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