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North County Dublin Shore Marks

Postby Fanad80 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:08 pm

I have a couple of hours to spare on Friday afternoon and was going to bring the kids fishing. I am based in North County Dublin and was looking for a mark within an easy drive with a decent chance of catching some whiting / codling / Pollock. Howth Harbour springs to mind but its been packed any time I have brought them there, are there any other relatively easily accessible spots on the coast which are fishing ok this time of year? DM me if you are happy to share but not publicise - more than happy to keep it secret.
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Re: North County Dublin Shore Marks

Postby kieran » Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:57 pm

With the calm conditions and low tides, you might try some of the beaches for flatfish?

The car park in front of Oscar Taylors gives access to the deep channel into Malahide. Short walk, parking. Easy to leave if the weather stonks you.

Skerries Rush and Balbriggan are all very tidal and you probably need to fish them on a coming tide at night... Howth would be far better.

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Re: North County Dublin Shore Marks

Postby Rod Tips » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:12 pm

Happy New year,
As Kieran said, Malahide is a good choice this time f year and tides right now are perfect for it. Howth is fishing ok ( harbour) but mostly Whiting of no great size. Or Balscaddan rocks, but it may be a bit too much climbing for kids and it is dodgy but you can get plenty of wrasse on small tackle, it's also a bit messy there with beer cans and empty wrappers. You could try The Telegraph pole just beyond red rock beach , on the city side of Howth. There is parking ( limited to around 4/5 cars ) at the gates to the cliff walk and Martello Tower, close to the bus stop. Enter through the gates and follow the path along, once you past the Martello tower, the path will divide at a fork, the one on the left ascends left past a rock face, the path to the right descends slightly to the right of rock face, TAKE PATH TO YOUR RIGHT, be careful as the path is narrow and to your right is the Sea! The way now ascends steeply, into a path carved into the Rock and some poured concrete steps. Continue on this path, up and over some hills and you come to Red Rock Beach after you come over a big rock face/ grassy hill. Continue up the path beyond the beach, hugging some fencing and retaining walls along the way. Looking behind you, make sure you can still see the red rock beach area , you should see the top of the wooden sign for the telegraph pole if you look down to your right. Remember? ,you are only five or ten minutes walk beyond red rock beach. The telegraph pole is timber, the sign is on a double post with a diamond style sign board. Be careful, as the way down is steep, but if you keep to the paths which run Parellel to the water and go down gradually you will be fine. It's easy to acces the platforms below. Casting beyond the kelp beds close inshore there is an open patch of sandy ground more or less straight out, around 80 yards cast to its edge. To the left of open area is a reef which is exposed at low water , straight ahead beyond sandy patch is more kelp. Left and right of of the sand are two narrow channels. The are isn't very deep. Float fishing on small tides in calm conditions can get you mackerel and pollock. Plenty of dogs here over the years usually around dawn. I generally use a grip lead on a pulley rig, with the grip wires nice and loose, as it's easy to get snagged on kelp on the retrieve, a Wessex rig clipped down on a pulley with a short snood for the top hook, gets good distance and gives you options. Bait can be collected on dollymount,just after you cross the wooden bridge and before the entrance to golf club . Dig on the Tolka Estuary side close to breakwater. Lugworm, clam and the odd Maddie there too, or henrystackle is just down the road in baldly bough.Only one fish taken there for me last year, a smoothound. It does produce whiting in winter. The odd bass in summer. It's a beautiful spot, but remember to allow yourself time to get back to gates, especially in winter with fading light, it's about 20 minutes or more from the telegraph pole back to the vicinity of the Martello tower. Lights recommended in winter.

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Re: North County Dublin Shore Marks

Postby Fanad80 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:10 pm

Thanks lads, really appreciate the suggestions - will try Malahide in the next couple of days and the other marks in the next couple of weeks
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