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[ Date: September 23, 2017 11:37 pm ]

Fishing

Mayo offers some of the best salmon, brown trout and sea angling in Europe. The most famous and most prolific salmon fishery in the country is the River Moy less than an hour from Westport.

The freshwater angler is also well catered for on the many lakes and rivers in the area, including Newport River and Ballinlough Lake. Daily or weekly fishing is available for a modest licensing fee. The Erriff and Delphi fisheries are among the best known, but there are many other streams and lakes to enjoy. Both advanced and less experienced fishermen are catered for with ghillies, boats and fly fishing instruction readily available. For the coarse fishing enthusiast, Westport is well placed with an abundance of lakes all within easy driving distance.

Clew Bay offers some of the best sea angling in Europe, located as it is on the western perimeter. Every species of fish found in Irish waters has been caught here. Inshore surf casting and rock fishing are very rewarding. Boats can be chartered for angling and also for just cruising and exploring the islands of Clew Bay, perfect examples of drumlins from a bygone ice age.

Right beside us on The Quay is a tackle shop called ‘A Shore Thing’, it is run by Doug Priddy. If you want to go fishing then he is the man to see. Contact him on 098 28447. (Doug offers a 10% discount to Harbour Mill guests). Alternatively listed below are some operators in Westport and the surrounding area:

 

Lady Helen

36′ Ocean Tramp. 180 HP

Skipper: Reg Roynon Jnr.

Licence: 040

Base: Westport Operational Area: Clew Bay, Clare Island, Inishturk

Notes: Reef, shark and general inshore fishing

Address: Angling Charters, Rossmoney, Westport, Co. Mayo

Telephone: +353 98 26514 or +353 87 7647789

Email: regroynon@yahoo.co.uk

 

Shamrock I

33′ Aquastar. 120HP

Skipper: Mary Gavin Hughes

Licence: 182 

Base: Newport Operational area: Clew Bay

Notes: Sails from Newport. Being Ireland’s only lady skipper – in fact, Europe’s only lady skipper, combined with her intimate knowledge of Clew Bay and the waters around Clare Island, Achill and beyond, Mary is internationally known for her expertise on sea angling, seamanship and your fishing requirements.

Address: Clynish View, Derrada, Newport, Co. Mayo

Telephone: +353 98 41562 or +353 86 8062282

Email: info@clewbayangling.com Website: www.clewbayangling.com

 

Restorick II

38′ Bullet. 300 HP

Skipper: Pauric O’Grady

Licence: 210

Base: Clare Island Operational area: Clew Bay

Notes: Mainland departures from Roonagh point. Specialises in reef and wreck fishing in the Clew Bay area. Also fully geared for bluefin tuna anglers. Address: Bluefin Adventure, Clare Island, Co. Mayo.

Telephone: +353 (0)86 2423199  Email: bluefinadventure@eircom.net