Wondering if anyone can provide some general info or advice on fishing the coast along the North East (anywhere from Laytown to Greenore). Have been fishing it for years and have to say its desperate and worse in recent years. Many times we go out for long period with not even a bite.
Few years ago you might get a few flatfish and the very odd time we got a Bass.
Is it a waste of time? I have read many posts here and elsewhere where I see people mentioning how bad it is and go down south so maybe thats the best idea. I see plenty of pics of lads catching pollack and wrasse on the various sea ireland facebook pages every weekend but i think its all up north and along the west coasts.
Bait is a big problem and could be part of the issue - nowhere to buy bait anywhere along here so its usually a long round trip to Swords to pick up a pile of frozen lug and mackeral. Used to dig bait when we were younger in Clontarf and Sandymount and head to North Wicklow beaches but I think many people who used to fish there are pushing further south to Wexford so not ideal/too far.
If you read some of the docs from the likes of the Fisheries people (https://issuu.com/inlandfisheriesirelan ... inal_print
) you would think there is bait and fish galore all up the coast. Walked Mornington a few times recently and couldnt find any evidence of Rag. Few Lug casts around alright but not a whole lot. Could probably dig some Lug at some of the beaches north of there (Port etc). Would love to find a dig a few Rag without having to go to Dublin for it.
Gear is also a problem - was in the place in Navan recently but they seem to have moved round the corner to much smaller place with what seemed like limited stock. Was in Drogheda at the weekend and Duo Hook had a for sale sign up and sign saying they had moved round the corner. Roller doors down there as well. Maybe moved online only....
In terms of some specific outings -
Gormanstown - fished this many times. Tide goes out very far and its very shallow but they have stopped car access to all entrances now as far as I know so i dont think there is much point trying that again
Mornington/Baltray - very shallow also, never fished it but seems very tide specific both sides of the estuary. Doesnt look very safe either (for kids)
Clougherhead - as far as I remember you could easily access the back of the harbour wall and fish off it but that seems changed now. Fence up/blocked off. Very small area at end of the pier so I would imagine thats not idea. Tried off the rocks to the south of the harbour recently. Lots of Seals about. Bait and several types of lures far enough out and close in and not a thing.
North of Drogheda once you get past Port it gets very stony. Have never tried Dunany Point but maybe it would be worth a look.
Templetown/Shellinghill - tried this recently. Nice area and tide doesnt go out so far but again notihng happening
Not looking for anyone to give up any specific marks but just looking for half a chance of a couple of fish if only to keep the kids interested.
Maybe it is a mixture of conditions and bait and distance as they are very shallow beaches. Or maybe I should give up and do the odd weekend trip to the West Coast