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.

The Ounavarra River

The Ounavarra is the closest river to Morriscastle. This little river flows through Killena, Ballycanew and into Courtown Harbour. On a trip up the river at the Courtown end, the visitor passes through the wooded Courtown Estate with its unsurpassed variety of scenery, past the site of where Courtown House (the seat of the Courtown Family) once stood, and on to Ballinatray Bridge. The bridge that carries the main Gorey to Courtown road, spans a deep gorge, and is reputed to be one of the highest old stone-work bridges in the country. Much of this river from Ashton Bridge (1 mile downstream of Ballycanew) is controlled and managed by the Ounavarra Angler's Association. This portion of the river has been stocked with 16oz brown trout.

Day and week permits are available. There is a bag limit of three brown trout per day. Day tickets are required and are normally sold at Whitmore's Jewellers, Main Street, Gorey. Tel (05591) 21351.

The rest of the river can be fished free. There is a good run of sea trout from June to September and a few salmon from July through to September.

The Slaney River

The Slaney is one of the country's best salmon rivers and permits may be bought for fishing. http://www.slaneyrivertrust.ie

The Slaney river holds good stocks of small wild brown trout up to 8ozs. The river gets a reasonable run of spring salmon. The peak of the spring salmon fishing is from opening day to the end of March and there can also be fair fishing in April and early May.

The average weight of the salmon is 10 pounds and they range in size from 7lbs to 20lbs. Spinning is the most frequently used method early in the season.

The most commonly used baits are Yellow Belly, Brown-Gold-Blue and Silver Devon. Standard salmon fly patterns such as the Blue Charm and Thunder and Lightening also work well. The Slaney also gets a run of sea-trout and the best of the fishing takes place from the end of June to the end of September. There is also good brown trout fishing on the Slaney although trout are generally small.

The Slaney and its tributaries are covered by a number of bye-laws which regulate fishing by method, location and time of year. Please check these out locally before fishing.

Season : Generally fishing takes place from March 10th to September 15th, but seasons differ from location to location on the river.

Best Flies : Sea-trout: black pennell, teal, blue and silver, peter ross
Best Flies Salmon: Hairy Mary, Blue, Charm, Thunder and Lightening

Fishing Tip : Night time fishing and standard sea-trout patterns produce the best results for sea trout.

Permits for this river are available from:

Mount Leinster Anglers , Secretary, Arthur Kavanagh or Derek Nally, Chairman, Tel: 054 77801.

Solsboro Fishing Association waters contact Association Secretary, Pat Lacey at Tel: 054 35822.

Shore Fishing

Morriscastle 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

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.

Ballynamona

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.

Ballyvaldon

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

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.

Ballinoulart

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

Barrow Shore and Rosslare Strand

Deep Sea Fishing

Boats go daily from Kilmore Quay for Deep Sea Fishing and may be booked a day in advance. This picturesque village of Kilmore Quay is one of the most highly developed sea angling centres in Ireland. A number of licenced purpose built charter boats operate on a daily basis from the marina. The inshore boat fishing has built up a truly deserved international reputation. All the marks from the Barrels, Brandies and Bores to the Conningbeg Rock afford great opportunities with a multitude of species including blue shark. Shore fishing in the area also offers exciting prospects and fishing from the piers will produce wrasse, flounder, mullet and bass. East of the marina is a rock formation known as St. Patricks Bridge which can produce bass, sea trout and wrasse to specimen size. Forlorn Point to the west also produces good shore fishing for bass.

www.cbf.ie have a list of licensed charter boats.

Sea Angling

Sea angling is an exciting sport for both the beginner and the experienced angler. Numerous wrecks off the east and southwest Wexford coastline also add variety to this sport. Boat fishing competitions in recent years have seen up to 30 species coming to the scales; Conger, Ling, Pollock and Cod are some of the more common species caught. All the charter boats listed are fully insured and registered. Most have tackle for hire and welcome children and newcomers to the sport. Pleasure and sightseeing charters are also popular, with dolphins, seals and rare bird species to be observed.

Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

Contact: Dick Hayes
Tel. 05391-29704
Mobile: 087-2549111

Duncannon, New Ross, Co. Wexford

Contact: Walter Foley
Tel. 051-389242
Fax: 051-389437. Mobile: 087-2437148.

Wexford Boat Charters

10 The Estuary, Redmond Road, Wexford
Contact: Nick Bowie
Tel./Fax: 05391-24594
Mobile: 087-2547110
Email: wexboats@iol.ie

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