Sea angling in Foyle and Carlingford Lough involves different techniques, depending on whether the angler is in a boat or on the shore. There are many accessible shore points and charter boats available in both the Foyle and Carlingford regions.
Carlingford Shore Angling
The shore around the lighthouse at Greenore provides excellent sport for an array of species including mackerel, sea trout (game licence required), pollack, spurdog, ray and dogfish. Bass can also be taken in this area with spinning offering best opportunities. Beware of very strong currents close to the shore! Bottom fishing in low water conditions offers dogfish, with spurdog and ray possible in the summer. Wrasse can be taken on float gear near the rocks and weedy margins, whilst autumn/winter codling are mostly caught at night. Greenore is a popular spot for mackerel fishing and tackle is available at the Co-op store in the village. Ballagan point is south east of Greenore – mixed ground (rock, sand and shingle) that prove difficult to fish at low tide. Spinning produces mackerel, seasonal bass and pollack at high water. Flounder, rockling, dogfish, conger and ray can be taken in the sandy patches. The village of Carlingford produces good catches of mackerel in summer, with flounder and whiting in winter. Other venues produce bass, mackerel, mullet, dogfish, codling, coalfish, pollack, ray and conger. There is also some smooth hound, bull huss and ray.
Carlingford Lough has developed something of a reputation for tope fishing, with fish of 60 pounds (27 kg) and over taken most seasons (mid-May through to September). Other noteworthy species are ray,pollack and cod. Experienced charter skippers operate out of Warrenpoint, Greencastle and Carlingford harbour.