Fishing is a very popular activity for the whole family to enjoy and the coast of Dublin offer some great fishing.
Howth, Dun Loughaire, Skerries, Malahide, Dollymount Strand and Balbriggan are all within easy distance of Dublin City Centre and offer great fishing. Small boats can be launched on request for those who wish to fish mid sea. Fishing over seas you can catch Pallack, Coalfish, Wrasse and the occasional ling, whereas fishing on sand or mixed ground will give you the opportunity to catch Spurdog, Ray, Conger, Dogfish, Codling and Whiting.
Balbriggan and Skerries are great shore angling locations. At Balbriggan pier over sand at high water, there is fishing for mackerel and flatfish (in season). Bait such as ragworm and lugworm can be collected in Skerries at the west of the pier. Skerries have a popular boat-angling centre for during the summer months, with the Skerries Islands and Rockabill being easily reached.
Malahide is a shore-angling venue located under the railway viaduct. A huge pool was formed where mullet, flounder and eels can be caught and the occasional bass and sea trout. Up at “The Green” On Strand Road boats can also be launched, this type of boat fishing offshore is for cod, ray, whiting, tope, coalfish, mackerel and plaice. Malahide is also prime bait location as it has lugworm, ragworm, mussel, clams and cockles.
Howth has the option of pier, rock and boat fishing. The best way to reach Howth is by DART. At Howth Harbour at the east of the pier, Whiting, Pollack, Coalfish and Codling can be found during summer and autumn months. Small boats can be chartered for the Harbour, which will take you to go fishing around Ireland's Eye. To the east of the harbour is Balscadden Rocks where rock fishing takes place, you will be able to cast from the rocks into deep waters and catch Mackerel, Dogfish and Coalfish. Howth Village is located on the east side of Howth Head and is one of the most popular fishing ports on the east coast of Ireland, fishing shops are located at Howth Harbour so people can buy there own fish to cook, there are fish food restaurants and also fishing shops to rent fishing equipment.
Dollymount Strand and Dublin Bay is for bass, flatfish and codling; at evening time fishing is known to be at its best. At North Bull Wall pier fishing from the bridge is popular for catching small Pollack and bass. Poolbeg Lighthouse is also a very popular hotspot for mackerel and conger.
Beach fishing Dollymount Strand is mainly for bass, flatfish and codling; the hotspot is at the Eastern end of the beach where the channel runs into Sutton Creek.
Dun Laoghaire is the best boat and shore angling location in Dublin. It is located off the N31. The best ways to get there is by DART or take the Dublin bus route numbers 45A, 45B, 46A, 59,75,111; this buses mainly leave from Dublin City Centre. Both east and west of the pier are very popular spots for Mackerel, Whiting, Codling and Pollack. Dun Laoghaire is a great place with beautiful scenery to enjoy lovely walks; there are also plenty of restaurants for some nice dinner after a day at sea,