[ Date: July 23, 2017 02:58 am ]
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:
36′ Ocean Tramp. 180 HP
Skipper: Reg Roynon Jnr.
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
33′ Aquastar. 120HP
Skipper: Mary Gavin Hughes
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
38′ Bullet. 300 HP
Skipper: Pauric O’Grady
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: firstname.lastname@example.org