Shore Fishing

At Wexford Beach Homes we have both River and Beach fishing rods and Gerrard our grounds manager is an expert fisherman, is on hand to give advice.

Shore FishingMorriscastle Beach itself and its continuation Tinebearna are extremely popular venues with shore anglers and are regularly used for competitions. One of the reasons for these venues’ popularity is their ability to produce specimen sized fish. Species encountered include bass, tope, smoothound, bullhuss, rock salmon, spurdog, ray, flounder and dab. Night fishing produces the best results.

Species : Bass, tope, smoothound, bullhuss, dogfish, spurdog, ray, flounder and dab.

Season : April/June and September/October.

Ground Type : Shallow sandy beach with several deeper gullies within casting range.

Bait : Crab, mackerel and ragworm.

Method : Generally leger tactics work best.

Fishing Tip : If a night session is planned on this beach, arrive in daylight and organise your bait and tackle before fishing. This will enable you to cope with the fast and furious sport found here at times.


Tinnabearna produces good fishing for bass, tope, dogfish, ray and smoothound in the spring and summer. In autumn and winter whiting, cod, coalfish, flounder and dabs are the main species. Long casts are an added advantage here as the shelves and banks are a good distance off shore. A small river crosses the beach and the channel runs north parallel to the shore for 400 yards or so. Deeper water can also be located 50yds south of the river.


South of Tinnabearna the beach at Ballynamona is also accessed off the R742. Bass, flounder, smoothound, spurdog, dab, ray and dogfish can all be encountered here.


Approximately 2km further south lies Ballyvaldon. The beach here has a steeper gradient and deeper water than other locations in this area and unlike Tinnabearna distance casting is not as important. This is a good mark for spurdog and bullhuss with spring and autumn being the best periods. The stretch of beach between Tinnabearna and Ballyvaldon is used extensively for shore angling matches.

Species : Bass, flounder, smoothound, spurdog, dab, ray, dogfish, tope, spurdog, whiting, cod, coalfish and bullhuss.

Season : April/June and September/October.

Ground Type : Shallow sandy beach interspersed with several channels and gullies.

Bait: Recommended baits include crab, lugworm, ragworm, mackerel and sandeel.

Method: All methods will take fish but one hook legers fished at distance work best.

Fishing Tip: Do not fish in the river mouth at Tinnaberarna as it is very snaggy and tackle losses are certain.


Cahore is just 4 miles away. The local slipway can be very busy in summertime but it enables small boats to reach quality fishing areas for tope, smoothhound, spurdog, and various species of ray. Bass fishing in this area can be excellent with freelined sandeel providing good opportunities. Generally boat fishing is over the sand banks and gullies which are located up to 4 miles offshore, however this area should not be approached in easterly winds of force 4 or over as the water becomes very disturbed and potentially dangerous on these occasions. The best of the fishing starts in April with the arrival of predatory species such as tope and smoothound. These are followed by ray, bullhuss and dogfish. Annual returns of specimen fish from this location bear testimony to the quality of the angling to be found here.

North Beach

Between Glascarrig Point and Cahore lies the North Beach. Fishing around the groynes and from the jetty in summer can produce an assortment of species including bass, dogfish, smoothound and flounder. Night fishing in winter offers good sport for whiting and codling. The rocky promontory of Cahore Point enables anglers to access deeper water over sand. As the tide floods around the point it creates a back eddy which attracts feeding fish. Bass, dabs and plaice are common here and at times this location can be heavily populated with dogfish.


Approximately 1km south of the point lies Ballinoulart which has produced bass to over specimen size in good surf conditions.

Species: Bass, Bullhuss, dab, plaice, dogfish, flounder, tope, smoothound, spurdog and ray.

Season: Boat and shore April/October.

Ground Type: Generally shallow beaches broken by the rough ground at Cahore Point. Offshore the sea bed is made up of numerous gullies and sandbanks several of which become uncovered at low tide.

Bait: Crab, mackerel, sandeel and ragworm in summer. Lugworm in winter.

Method: All standard methods can be employed.

Fishing Tip: When freelining sandeel for bass, use a baiting needle to thread line from the hook, through the eel. This prevents the bait from breaking and enhances presentation.

Morriscastle Strand

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