Coarse angling

There are eleven coarse fishing lakes within a leisurely drive of Westport town, all holding bream, roach, rudd, perch, eel, pike and roach/bream hybrids.

Sea angling

The sea angling grounds of Clew Bay are amongst the best in Europe, while the inshore waters of the bay offer excellent shallow water angling. Boats can be chartered for angling, cruising or exploring some of Clew Bay’s reputed 365 islands.

Several fully-equipped and licensed boats for inshore and deep-sea angling are available are available for hire by groups or individuals and leave the harbour daily, bound for the rich fishing waters of Clew Bay. The relatively calm inshore waters among the islands can be fished for ray, bull huss, monkfish, dogfish and occasional tope. Excellent boat fishing over reefs and sand banks is available and the species you can expect to see include cod, coalfish, pollack, ling, whiting and turbot.

Blue shark can also be taken during July and August from the deep water fifty metres to the west of Clare Island. Virtually all blue shark are tagged and returned alive with the largest fish in recent years weighing in at 56.7 kgs!