The six counties of Northern Ireland offer opportunities for fishing on a par with anything available throughout the rest of the Emerald Isle. Lough Neagh, River Bann and Lough Erne are all firmly established inland waterways on Ireland's angling map. The coastlines of Counties Antrim and Down are well known for quality deep sea fishing experiences.
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Portrush sea fishing
As of 2010, sea fishing expeditions are available from Portrush, a seaside resort on Northern Ireland's North Coast. According to the Discover Northern Ireland website, trips aboard captain Dessie Stewart's vessel offer the chance to catch cod, pollack and conger as well as spurdog, skate, dogfish, haddock and whiting. Stewart's vessel, Brothers, is certified to carry up to 12 people and on-board equipment includes a fish finder.
Brothers Deep Sea Fishing And Pleasure Trips
Portrush Northern Ireland
44 (0) 7702 052 918
The Portrush based vessel Causeway Lass offers mackerel fishing trips to the sandbanks which lie just off Portrush and neighbouring Portstewart. The boat can also be chartered for six hours. In the summer, tope and shark fishing can be arranged. Causeway Lass is licensed to carry up to 12 passengers.
Portrush Northern Ireland
44 (0) 771 211 57 51
Lough Neagh, the biggest inland waterway in the British Isles offers anglers the chance to net salmon, pollan and dolaghan, a type of trout. The boat operated by Lough Neagh Angling is the only charter vessel available to anglers who want to enjoy these waters.
190 Aghafad Road
Co Tyrone BT76 0XE
44 (0) 28 8554 8659
The Fermanagh Lakelands have been enjoyed by generations of anglers. Watermill Fishing Lodge on the shores of Lough Erne provides fishing packages which include boat hire, bait, tackle, packed lunches and gillies. Accommodation and evening meals are all provided at this scenic location on the shores of the Lough Erne. Airport transfers can also be arranged.
Watermill Fishing Lodge
Co. Fermanagh BT92 0DT
44 (0) 28 6772 2237
Donaldson Lake is a trout fishing farm at Church Road in Holywood, a 10 minute drive from Belfast City Centre. The two acre site is heavily stocked and permits for fishing are available between Monday and Saturday. The lake enjoys a sheltered position which makes it a very popular winter fishing venue.
Co Down BT18 9BX
44 (0) 28 9042 5592
Travelling to Northern Ireland
Visitors from the United States can fly into Belfast International Airport from Newark with Continental Airlines. Alternatively, connecting services are available via London. Frequent coach services link Belfast with Dublin Airport.
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- Portrush Sea Fishing: Details of fishing trips on Brother.
- Fish Portrush: Details of fishing trips on Causeway Lass.
- Donaldsons Fishery: Details of trout fishery in Holywood.
- Water Mill: Details of fishing trips on Lough Erne organised by Water Mill.
- Discover Northern Ireland: Website of Northern Ireland Tourist Board: Details of fishing opportunities.