Small pollack and mackerel can be taken while spinning from the pier at Skerries, while mullet to over the specimen size of 5 lbs (2.27kgs) are taken fairly regularly.  Free lined bread crust or fish paste are particularly effective.  Coalfish and codling can be expected at night from the rocks to the east of the pier.  Skerries is growing in popularity as a small boat angling centre but the available slipways at the eat pier and opposite the sailing club are tidal and cannot be used for two hours either side of low water.


The pier and slipway at Loughshinny are tidal but small boats can be launched at high water and there is some inshore fishing for spurdog, codling, whiting, occasional ray and tope.  Mackerel are often taken from the pier on high tides during the summer and small coalfish and codling appear at night during autumn.


At Rush the pier and slipway are also tidal but it is possible to launch and retrieve there at half tide.  Boat fishing is mainly concentrated around Lambay Island which lies some three miles (4.8km) to the south east.  Good fishing is normally found there, while at anchor, in about 15 fathoms (27.40mts) for spurdog to over 15 lbs (6.60kgs), bull huss up to 17 lbs (8.60kgs), conger, dogfish, ray and tope.  Drifting over the reefs will produce pollack, coalfish, wrasse and occasional ling.  At the quay in Rogerstown Estuary, south of the village a charter boat is occasionally available during spring and autumn.

The Rogerstown Estuary is a popular bait collection area and the inner reaches, particularly along the northern shore porvides digging for ragworm and lugworm.  Crab can be gathered under the weed near or on the channel banks while sandeel can be dug over the sandbars at the entrance on spring tide lows.  Access can be gained via the Balleallly Road from the R127 or Pipe Road from the R128.

Donabate Strand runs from Portrane for over 2 miles (3.22kms) to the northern entrance of Malahide Estuary.  Night fishin g in autumn turns up occasional codling, bass and floundeer and the recognised hotspots are the rocks at the Martello tower and opposite the lifeguards hut.  To the north of the estuary, on the banks of the channel at Corballis, lugworm clam and small white ragworm can be dug.  Access is fromt he R126, via the road signposted Corballis Golf Club.  At the southern end of the golf course, king ragworm cabn sometimes be found where the shingle meets the mud.

The town of Malahide is situated on the southern shore of Malahide Estuary and there are two slipways adjacent to the town marina which gives access to the main channel.  Bottom fishing in the channel from boat or shore is for flounder and eels.  Drift lining sand eel on a flood tide can also be rewarding for mackerel (in season) occasional garfish, bas and sea trout.

Howth Harbour

There are four marks in or around Howth Harbour.  Just as you drive up the steep hill at the eastern end of Howth heading for Balscadden there are steps down to a small shingle beach that will give the odd Bass and some Flounder, especially near the rocky margins on both sides.  Behind the far pier, there is a small strand with dangerous currents but it is also a known Bass mark. 

The East Pier fishes with rough ground to the seaward side, leading to sandy patches for distance casters, whereas the West Pier is less popular, but offers similar fishing.  The sand between the piers is the best mark for Flatfish. 


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