Angling and Fishing in Ballycastle in Co. Mayo

There are lots of places for fishing along the coastline from Ballycastle to Belderrig and from Ballycastle to Killala.

At Downpatrick Head, 2 miles from Ballycastle town, one can fish from the rocks for pollock, bream, ling and in hot weather for mackerel. Mackerel can also be caught at Céide. It is said that mackerel at Céide are darker in colour and less oily than those caught at Downpatrick.

From the pier at Ballycastle and nearby Rinn is another good place to fish.

Plaice, sole and sea trout can be found in sandy bottom beaches. At Belderrig pier and also at Horse Island off Belderrig, pollock and glassen can be caught.

Dogfish can be caught at Ballycastle pier and Belderrig Pier.

Blue Shark can sometimes be caught at Lacken Pier.

At Kilcummin beach, noted for Humberts landing in 1798, bream and pollock are the fish to be caught. Palmerstown river and Ballinglen river provide fishing for salmon and sea trout. Pollock, glassen and bream can be fished for all year, but the best time is from Spring until Christmas. Mackerel is usually caught in August/September.

Lures are used for rock fishing, also live baits such as sand eel, ragworm (found in seaweed), winkles, barnocks or the ordinary garden worm.

Fishing tackle can be bought in Ballina.

Belmullet (30 miles) and Enniscrone (23 miles) hold an annual Deep Sea Angling Competition.

Boats can be hired in Killala for deep-sea fishing. Usual fish caught are mackerel, pollock and flat fish.

The Moy River is noted for salmon fishing but a rod licence is needed. A licence can be bought for 1 day, 1 week or 1 month or whatever length of time required.

The Deel River in Crossmolina (13 miles) and Glenamoy River (14 miles) are for game fishing. In Lough Conn, 22 miles away, mostly trout and salmon are caught.

Maps, guides and further information can be obtained by contacting The North Western Regional Fisheries Board.