Newbie Here

Sun Jan 31, 2021 7:55 pm

Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by to my first post here on the forum.

Settled in NW Donegal having moved from the west of Ireland. The plan is to fish on the marks between the two locations (covid permitting).

In the past my father brought me rock and pier fishing but as far as beach fishing or any technical fishing and tide terms I'm very green.

I've invested in a beach caster and a spinning rod. They're deffinately what you would call budget level rods. With further investment into bigger and better rods in the future.

As far as rigs/ shock leader /snoods etc I dont have a clue where to start. Same with baits and rigging the baits.

Also with some of terms used with the marks which mentions flood tide, surf fishing.

Is fishing all year round? Is there any particular rig for the seasons.

Any handy information for a newcomer like myself would be greatly appreciated and I'm sure I'll have more questions.

Cheers

Re: Newbie Here

Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:28 pm

Fishlocker and Totally awesome fishing on youtube will give you a lot of detail about rigs and baits and Im sure a few of the locals will give you a few ideas of where to fish generally (not marks) in that area.

Re: Newbie Here

Mon Feb 01, 2021 12:49 am

Great. I'll definitely check them out on YT. Thanks

Re: Newbie Here

Mon Feb 01, 2021 12:53 am

Hey, welcome to the site.
As stated above the Fish Locker and TAFishing are great youtube channels for starter info on shore fishing.
Normally, I would use a 60-80lb shockleader tied to 15-20lb mono line. As for rigs, simple two hook flappers/paternosters should sort you for most fish (dogfish, flatfish, whiting etc.) and pulley rigs for bigger fish like ray/bull huss. Size 1/0 hooks are what I normally use but I often go down to size 4s or up to 4/0s depending on what fish I'm targeting.
Fishing is all year round, with different species available to be caught in different seasons. There's no particular rig I would give for a certain season, all depends on what you want to fish for and also the type of seabed you're fishing over (sand, rocky (rough) ground, mud, etc.).

As for the marks you plan to fish, corkconian from this site put up a great video on locating/researching potential marks using maps etc:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=YFuQMwPP1bo

For sandy marks, you can expect flatfish, dogfishand ray, and rocky "rough ground marks" can produce wrasse, dogfish, conger eel, pollack etc.
A good way to research marks is to arrive an hour before low tide, to see the make up of the ground you hope to fish and also to see how the area floods, for safety reasons!

This site also offers guides on bait collecting/presentation: https://www.sea-angling-ireland.org/bai ... %20lug.htm
Generally ragworm, lugworm, mackerel, sandeel, squid and peeler crab are great baits in different scenarios. The fishing tips videos will give you more of an idea of what baits to use when targeting certain fish.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask more questions, I had a ton when I started out and still do :oops:

Re: Newbie Here

Mon Feb 01, 2021 1:18 am

Hello and welcome, I'm in north west donegal too,, Dunfanaghy,, its a fairly lean few months now for the beaches around here,, but still fish around if you put in the hours,,

Re: Newbie Here

Mon Feb 01, 2021 1:21 am

Teegerstk wrote:Hey, welcome to the site.
As stated above the Fish Locker and TAFishing are great youtube channels for starter info on shore fishing.
Normally, I would use a 60-80lb shockleader tied to 15-20lb mono line. As for rigs, simple two hook flappers/paternosters should sort you for most fish (dogfish, flatfish, whiting etc.) and pulley rigs for bigger fish like ray/bull huss. Size 1/0 hooks are what I normally use but I often go down to size 4s or up to 4/0s depending on what fish I'm targeting.
Fishing is all year round, with different species available to be caught in different seasons. There's no particular rig I would give for a certain season, all depends on what you want to fish for and also the type of seabed you're fishing over (sand, rocky (rough) ground, mud, etc.).

As for the marks you plan to fish, corkconian from this site put up a great video on locating/researching potential marks using maps etc:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=YFuQMwPP1bo

For sandy marks, you can expect flatfish, dogfishand ray, and rocky "rough ground marks" can produce wrasse, dogfish, conger eel, pollack etc.
A good way to research marks is to arrive an hour before low tide, to see the make up of the ground you hope to fish and also to see how the area floods, for safety reasons!

This site also offers guides on bait collecting/presentation: https://www.sea-angling-ireland.org/bai ... %20lug.htm
Generally ragworm, lugworm, mackerel, sandeel, squid and peeler crab are great baits in different scenarios. The fishing tips videos will give you more of an idea of what baits to use when targeting certain fish.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask more questions, I had a ton when I started out and still do :oops:


Deadly post. Thanks so much. Will check that video out now

Re: Newbie Here

Mon Feb 01, 2021 1:23 am

MartinC wrote:Hello and welcome, I'm in north west donegal too,, Dunfanaghy,, its a fairly lean few months now for the beaches around here,, but still fish around if you put in the hours,,

I'm not too far away from you. Will be checking out doros point and ballynass beach in the next month. And some pier fishing in maheroarty in the summer. I'm excited to get stuck it

Re: Newbie Here

Mon Feb 01, 2021 1:25 am

Do you guys use any particular app for tide times?

Re: Newbie Here

Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:43 am

I use nautide, there's a buoy at downings and it takes the reading from that,, a lot of the apps for surfers like magic seaweed and surf forecast are very accurate too,,

Re: Newbie Here

Mon Feb 01, 2021 12:32 pm

MartinC wrote:I use nautide, there's a buoy at downings and it takes the reading from that,, a lot of the apps for surfers like magic seaweed and surf forecast are very accurate too,,

That nautide looks good app. Cheers.