As you are driving along Ventry Strand, take a left-hand turn down towards
Cuan pier. You will come to a caravan park before the harbour. Park
here and take a 20 min trek through the caravans and across the next
5 or 6 fields. As you walk along you will notice that shallow sandy
coves getting replaced with rocks going into much deeper water.
There are a number of rocks that can be fished here but it is very dangerous
and should not be attempted in bad conditions.
The fishing here is AMAZING with plenty of wrasse up to specimen size
and huge pollack, but unfortunately because of the depth of the water
here the fish will often suffer from decompression on the way in.
There are not too many accessible rock that I know of on this stretch
of coastline, but one that I have visited can be reached from the car
park at the beehive huts. If you park here and continue on foot (towards
the blaskets) for about 300 yards, you will notice that the rocks will
slightly decrease in gradient (it is mainly cliff face up until this
point). From here you can (carefully!) make your way down to the water.
You will still be fishing about 12 feet above the water's surface so
a drop net is recommended.
We really didn't give this mark the time it deserved, staying for only
2 or 3 hours, but in that time we managed a number of wrasse, mackerel,
pout and pollack up to 5lb.
The only area I have fished with any regularity is the rocks on the
Dingle side of the entrance to Dingle Harbour. To get here you can park
at the Skelligs hotel and walk around the coastline until you reach
a small lighthouse. The rocks at the base of this lighthouse are an
excellent and easily accessible area for spinning for pollack and mackerel
as well as bottom fishing for wrasse, ray and conger.
Many of the fish here are caught literally at your feet, but we found
that the best specimens were to be found beyond the 100yard range in
the channel that runs along the entrance to the harbour. The best fish
fell to jelly worms or or bottom fished strips of mackerel.
In July every year, you'll find an awful lot of ballan wrasse (4-5 lbs)
around the edge of the pier. Last July me and the bro caught them by
the bucket load(Crab is the best bait for them). Also there are a lot
of thin lipped mullet. Best way to take these is to throw the remains
of an old fish down into the water then cast your bait with a small
amount of mackerel flesh on it beside the fish remains.
(Courtesy of Jamie Curran, 26/01/2006)
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The rocks at the rear of the harbour in Brandon Creek can be awkward to reach, but offer access to
deep water and a number of species from wrasse, pollock and mackerel in season to the larger species like
conger and bullhuss. These rocks should only be fished in calm conditions - last year while I was in the area
an angler from Cork was fishing here and drowned when caught by a freak wave.
This mark is to the westward side of Smerwick harbour and is an ideal place to fish if a strong westerly wind makes other areas
unfishable. If you park at the monument (See below) you will find yourself at the start of a path which takes you along a cliff walk.
The majority of these rocks are very hard to get down to, so travel light and bring a rope if possible. The first time I fished here was in June 2006 due to a strog westerly and in about 3 hours two of us ended up with numerous pollock to 8.5 lbs (with at least 6 or 7 being over the 5lb mark). Over the next few days we revisited this area and whilst never beating the 8.5lb fish, we came close on many occasions.
This is the monument you need to find to access these marks. the pathway to the majority of the rocks are to the left of this photo
Not to be confused with Beenbane in Waterville, this area has 2 notable marks. The first is the small beach at the end of the carpark which, although I
have not personally fished it, holds a number of bass close in and ray for those with a good cast. The other
mark is a rocky area about 300yards to your left as you face the sea. This mark is a short climb down from
the cliffs and holds a good stock of very large wrasse. Unfortunatley, because of the ease of access, you often
have to share this mark with other anglers. This is the only rock I know of on this stretch of coastline that is
accessible and fishes well for wrasse, pollock and apparently conger, though I have yet to try for them there.
Bob Moss describes this rock as the best place to catch mackerel on the Dingle side of the peninsula and I wouldn't
disagree with him - the last 15 minutes of light here has always supplied us with as many mackerel as we have
needed for our night sessions.
This is possibly the most famous mark for thornback ray on the whole peninsula. I have only fished this area once and although it resulted in only a few dogfish, it is definately somewhere I want to invest more time in. Whilst driving from Castlegregory towards the Magherees, look out for an obvious S bend in the road which goes over a small stream. It is where this stream enters the bay that you should be fishing. The ray here are predominantly thornbacks, but undulates are also a definate possibility.