Watersports and Fishing
Dublin city is ideally located for watersports. Dublin Bay has many blue flag beaches and is a safe place to test out sailing, wind surfing, kitesurfing and sea kayaking abilities. There are a host of marinas sail clubs and watersport centres dotted along the bay so you have no excuse not to try your hand at one or more of them.
Dublin bay has a number of good fishing locations. On the north Dublin coast Balbriggan, Skerries, Loughshinny, Rush and Howth are all great locations to fish. From May to October these areas are boat angling points. The fish species which inhabit these places are: Mackerel, whiting, codling, Pollack, dab, spur dog, mullet, tope, ray and many others of various types.
Bass and flatfish are plentiful at Rogerstown Estuary and the sandbars on either side of the bay, are particularly good spots to fish from.. Rogerstown Estuary is also a popular ‘bait collection area’, similar to Donabate Strand.
A great modern angling spot is under a railway pass at Malahide Estuary. A large pool has developed here where you can fish for mullets, flounder, eels, bass and sea trout.
For beach fishing Velvet Strand is a great spot with three miles of beach to fish from. The best fishing is during surf and catches here will include bass, flounder, dogfish, codling and whiting.
Howth and Sutton are well developed and have proper docks; rock and boat for anglers there. The summer months are the best time to fish here yeilding whiting, pollack, coalfish and codling. In autumn there is good fishing at Dollymount Strand if you are hoping to find bass and flatfish, especially at the northern end of the beach.
Pollack, coalfish, rockling, whiting, and bass are most common here.
Boat and shore fishing are popular at Dun Laoghaire. You can charter a boat from here to fish for bass, codling, Pollack, whiting, mackerel, mullet, flatfish, spur dog and tope. Along the coast south of Dun Laoghaire Dalkey Island has two well maintained habours. There are boats also available here to catch dogfish, plaice, dabs, coding, whiting and seasonally mackerel too.
For a great view while fishing pick Killiney beach, with views to Bray head this fishing spot for plaice, bass, coding, coalfish and Pollack. At Bray angling is popular of the habour and boats are also available from here.
Watersport centres include:
Surfdock Watersports – Grand Canal Ringsend, Dublin 4
Wind, wave and Watersports Monkstown Crescent
Shearwater Sea Kayaking – Howth Co. Dublin
Pure Magic Kite Surfing - Dollymount Strand, 326 Clontarf Road - Dublin
Marinas and Clubs Include:
Dun Laoghaire Marina
Poolbeg Yacht Boat Club & Marina
Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club
Cruising Association of Ireland
Dublin Bay Sailing Club
Irish Cruising Club
Royal Alfred Yacht Club
A.I.B. Sailing Club
Ballyholme Yacht Club
Bank of Ireland Sailing Club
City of Dublin VEC Sailing Club
DIT Sailing Club
Charter Boats in Co. Dublin include:
Peter Power Rogerstown Harbour, Rush, Co. Dublin
Darragh Scott Malahide Tours and Angling, Malahide Marina, Malahide, Co Dublin.