How to Spin & Fish On an Ireland Vacation

If you are planning a fishing trip to Ireland, your biggest problem is deciding where to fish. With a water to land ratio of 1:35, there are plenty of pristine lakes and rivers that offer the angler the opportunity to spin or hook and line fish. Salmon, sea trout and trout are the game fish for which Ireland is best known. Course fish include bream, rudd, hybrids and carp. For a good fight and the possibility of landing a 40 pounder, you should consider fishing for pike.

Things You'll Need

  • Fishing license for game fish
  • Fishing Tackle
  • Ordinance Survey Map

Instructions

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      Trout are one of the plentiful game fish in the waterways of Ireland.
      Trout are one of the plentiful game fish in the waterways of Ireland.

      Obtain your license before you leave for the Emerald Isle and you will save yourself some valuable fishing time. Salmon and sea trout require a license. If you are planning to restrict your fishing vacation to a specific area, you may need only a District License for salmon and sea trout. A National License is available for those who want to explore a wider area of fishing opportunities. A license is not required for trout, pike or course fish.

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      Salmon and sea trout can be caught using bait, spinning or fly fishing methods.
      Salmon and sea trout can be caught using bait, spinning or fly fishing methods.

      Pack your fishing gear if you have a favorite rod and spinner. However, there is no shortage of tackle shops in Ireland, so you will want to consider purchasing your equipment there. No one knows Ireland’s waterways better than the locals, so a stop at a tackle shop will be the best way find out which baits and lures will work best in the area you are planning to fish.

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      Hiring a guide usually includes the use of fishing tackle.
      Hiring a guide usually includes the use of fishing tackle.

      Hiring one of the many Irish fishing guides will maximize your fishing experience. Fishing Guides in Ireland hold either an Advanced Marine and Countryside Guides Certificate or a National Angling Guide Certificate, so you can be certain that they will be knowledgeable of the rules and regulations governing fishing in Ireland.

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      An OSM will show points of interest that will enhance your fishing vacation.
      An OSM will show points of interest that will enhance your fishing vacation.

      Finding your way around the rural areas of Ireland is an adventure in itself. If you are the explorer type and want to set out on your own, be sure to obtain an Ordinance Survey Map for the area in which you plan to fish. The OSM is a detailed map that will help you navigate the small roads that are common in rural Ireland.

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      Ireland has nearly 500,000 acres of lakes and 8700 miles of riverbank.
      Ireland has nearly 500,000 acres of lakes and 8700 miles of riverbank.

      Fishing festivals and competitions can add some excitement to your angling vacation. There are many from which to choose, including the Lough Ree International Pike Festival in April and the Belturbet Summer Festival in July. Along with fishing, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow anglers from all over Ireland and Europe.

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  • Photo Credit view to ring of kerry, Ireland image by amandare from Fotolia.com trout image by michael langley from Fotolia.com FISHING TACKLE image by brelsbil from Fotolia.com fishing image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com Doigts sur une carte routière image by Blue Moon from Fotolia.com lake shore lough allen image by Keith Nolan from Fotolia.com

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