The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope. John Buchan page 64-65

Stradbally Beach

The diverse nature of the coastline and Ireland’s unique geographical position, on the edge of the European continental shelf, where the inshore waters are warmed by the North Atlantic Drift (an offshoot of the Gulf Stream) means that the native marine life is extremely rich and varied. The coastal waters of Ireland abound with fish and visiting sports fishermen can expect something in the region of 80 species to aim at, so anything from a blenny of a few grams to a sixgilled shark of over 400 kg can be expected! The area is a Paradise for anglers.Cod, pollock, ling, various species of dog fish, mackerel, turbot, skate, bass and shark may be caught off the coast if you charter a boat whilst, Cappagh and Fermoyle strands are the perfect venue for the beach caster. There is an abundant supply and variety of bait available in the area. Bass are at their best during the winter season.



8. Brandon Creek
Fishing for conger, conger, bullhuss, pollock, rockling and ballan wrasse.
9. Cloghane
Fishing for bass, flounder and sea trout.
10. Fermoyle
Fishing for bass, flounder, plaice, thornback ray, turbot and painted ray.
11. Kilcummin
Fishing for bass, flounder, plaice, thornback ray, turbot and painted ray.
12. Sandy Bay
Fishing for bass, coalfish dogfish, flounder, sting ray, thornback ray and painted ray.
13. Castlegregory Beach
Fishing for bass, dogfish, flounder, thornback ray and painted ray.
14. Stradbally
Fishing for bass, coalfish, dogfish, lounder and turbot.
15. Brandon Pier and Beach
Fishing for bass, cod, dogfish, flounder, thornback ray, sea trout and whiting.


Boat Hire :- Eugene Lyne,
Brandon Boat Hire
phone +353 (0)87 2483606
+353 66 7138257

Over thirty species of fish have been recorded in the waters off the bay! Bass, sea trout, flounder, coalfish, cod, ling,shark & mackerel can be caught. Rods, reels and fishing tackle are available for hire, while bait can also be readily purchased. Enjoy a day’s angling or an afternoon relaxing with family and friends. While the open sea, with Mount Brandon as a backdrop has many inlets, beaches and coves waiting to be explored.

Our boats are fully insured and equipped. Engine, oars, lifejackets, VHF and flares all included. Boat hire is € 40 per hour with everything included in that price. The maximum amount of people per boat is 5.


River/Lake Fishing:- Best rivers/lakes, Perm it availability, Season, Species,
Licences and Permits
Anglers are legally required to be in possession of a licence when fishing for salmon or sea trout. Licences can be purchased from a number of sources, including fishing tackle shops, IFI offices and some fisheries.

You can buy your salmon licence online or by purchasing directly from any of the salmon licence distributors at the link below
• Salmon licence distributors
On purchasing a licence anglers receive a copy of the Salmon Angling Regulations which provides information on bag limits, mandatory catch and release fisheries, open and closed fisheries, gill tags and how to return your completed logbook and tags. Licences can be purchased for periods from 1 day to 1 year.
Salmon Licence Fees
• All Districts (i.e. all Regions) Annual: €100
• Juvenile (under the age of 18 years) All Districts Annual: €10
• One District, Annual: €56
• All districts, 21 Days: €40
• All districts, 1 Day: €20
• Foyle Area Extension: €80
• Special local licence: €24

Owenmore River Open Fishery- Fly fishing only.
Cloghane, Co. Kerry.

This river is located in a very scenic valley on the Dingle Peninsula and gets a fair run of fish depending on water levels. The magnificent valley set between the Mount Brandon range and the famed Conor Pass, the highest mountain pass in Ireland provides unsurpassed game fishing for wild salmon and sea trout in the Owenmore river and lakes.

Owenmore Fishery permits are available through water keeper,
Frank Maunsell Jr. Tel: +353 (0)87-9476309
O’Connor’s Hotel in Cloghane or Landers Fishing Tackle in Tralee.
Season: 1st of April – 30th September and the best period is from June to September.
The area is a Paradise for angle
Owenmore Fishery permits are available through water keeper, Frank Maunsell Jr. Tel: +353 (0)87-9476309 or you can email
Season: 1st of April – 30th September and the best period is from June to September.

Rainbow Trout Lakes:- Page56-57

Lough Caum: Glantanteesig Forest Park, Castlegregory, Co Kerry.

Permits:- Maurice Fitzgerald, Fishing Tackle, Strand Street, Castlegregory,

Seven Hogs, Bar and Restaurant, Aughacasla, Castlegregory.
Ph:- 066-7139719

Landers outdoor World, Mile Height, Killarney Road, Tralee.


Lough Gill:-

Lough Gill is located just outside Castlegregory in County Kerry and holds a good stock of brown trout averaging 0.5lb. The fishing is regarded as free and a boat is necessary to fish the lough. Fish species in Lough Gill include three-spined stickleback, sand goby, brown trout, flounder and the critically endangered European eel.[3] The lake is part of the Tralee Bay and Magharees Peninsula, West to Cloghane Special Area of Conservation.[4]


Lough Gill is a shallow lake with alkaline waters located on the western outskirts 
of Castlegregory in County Kerry. 

Its average depth is just 30 to 40cm and it is a metre 
at its deepest. It has a surface area of approximately 
1.4 square kilometres, is 2.4 Kilometres long and 
0.8 kilometres wide.

The Stradbally and Killiney rivers flow into the lake while its levels are controlled by a sluice which allows water out and into the nearby Tralee Bay and prevents salt water getting into the lake. Despite this, there are low levels of salt in the lake.Lough Gill is owned by the State. There is a cave located on the south western shore. Just north of Lough Gill is a continuous 14 kilometre stretch of strand which includes the beaches of Stradbally, Gowlane and Kilcumin and is the longest beach in Ireland.  On the shore of Lough Gill is the village of Castlegregory. This was the location of a castle which was built by Gregory Hoare in the 16th century, hence the village name. Tragedy surrounded the bare family. Gregory died at the castle in 1566 and his son Hugh also died at the very same spot in 1580.  Sir Walter Raleigh was one of the castles famous guests. The castle has long been destroyed however an arched doorway from the castle can still be seen at tailor’s Row in the village.

Immediately South of Lough Gill is the Church of Ireland Church of Our Saviour. Within the grounds of this modern church are the Killiney stone cross, and the remains of a medieval church and tower. The stone cross is 2.86m high, half a metre wide and 20cm thick. It is made from sandstone dressed to a smooth finish on all sides. The remains of a medieval church, which are in poor condition, can also be found. This was originally built in the 13th century and then entirely rebuilt in the l5th/l6th century. A residential tower was added to the southeast corner church in the 16th century.  There are two storey’s remaining but these are in very poor condition and completely covered with ivy. A bullaun Stone was discovered built into the wall of the churchyard is now on display in the grounds of the Roman Catholic Church in Castlegregory. Stradbally is a tiny little village south west of Lough Gill. There was a church at Stradbally in the early 14th century but the present remains are probable from the 15th or 16th century. They consist of three walls of a rectangular building. The west wall is missing. The church measures about I6m by 6m internally . The ruin is greatly overgrown and many of the features mentioned in the Archaeological Survey are not immediately obvious. There is a good Pointed South doorway outside it; at ground level is a good holy water stoup. Ireland’s only toad, the natterjack, can be found at Lough Gill. The very shallow waters suit the toad and Lough Gill is recognised as one of the most important areas for natterjacks in Ireland supporting about two thirds of Ireland’s breeding toads. Lough Gill also attracts large numbers of swans annually It is one of the few places were Bewick’s. Mute and Whooper swans can all be seen. In 2010 a fish survey of the lake revealed six species present.The three-spined stickleback was the most numerous followed in order by sand goby, flounder, brown trout, European eel and thick lipped grey mullet.

Castlegregory Golf course is situated between Lough Gill and Brandon Bay. Golfers on the course have brilliant views of Lough Gill. According to The Sportsman’s Holiday Guide 1897, a fine 18 hole golf course existed in the Castlegregory area – “about 3 ½ miles in circuit it lies along the coast and is quite the first course in the Kingdom of Kerry.” With the development of a course in Tralee, this course fell into disuse. However, back in 1988, local man, Maurice Fitzgerald, who had long harboured a desire for a links course in the vicinity. Arranged for a general meeting of interested people. This was held in the Tralee Bay Hotel and the outcome of that meeting was the renting of 57.28 acres of land beside Lough Gill.  Castlegregory Golf Club was reformed and has never looked back. The club is now a nine hole links course however they have purchased additional land and plan to develop another nine holes at the Lough Gill site.



These two books provide all the information you need to know about shore angling on the Peninsula. The first tells you all the marks and how to get to them, including where to dig and collect bait. The second tells you how to go about catching the various fish to be found at these marks. Both books are invaluable companions to any angler wishing to visit the area.