Youghal is based between Ballycotton and Dungarvan and has easy access to the open sea at all states of tide. This area is lapped by the Gulf Stream and excellent fishing is had. Especially wreck fishing, which numbers 38+ within a 30 mile radius of Youghal Harbour most from WWI and WWII.
These were the western approaches for the grounds of U-boats one of which, U1276, we located and dived in 2006 in 75 meters, 27 miles offshore. Most of these wrecks are an easy 20-30 minute steam, or further out to deeper wrecks 1 hour steam so no long journeys.
Seahunter covers some very productive rough ground from Ballycotton Island to off Mine Head this ranges from 20 meters depth to 45 meters with some pinnacles coming up to 13 meters from 32 meters here you have good mixed fishing on the drift inc:
» Tub Gurnard
» Grey Gurnard
» Red Gurnard
To the east and in the flat bottom off to the south produces nice whiting.
Bait: We use mainly Mackerel as its always a good fresh bait and plentiful in supply but rag, lug and crab can be got at local tackle supply store.
Rods and reels are supplied for hire at 10 euro pp per day inc lead and some traces, for a good day at sea bring plenty of terminal tackle traces as you will loose gear on the wrecks and rough ground.
We always have a good stock of feathers and traces on board at cost price and will show you how to set your gear up and fish it properly, so if you’re a beginner help is always at hand!