Fishing & Angling

fishing in fresh and sea water in Bantry

 Bantry is a the perfect choice for fishing and angling in West Cork.  With clear and pristine waters in Bantry Bay it is ideal for fishing.  Not far from Bantry Bay, we have a freshwater lake which is suitable for fishing from the roadside.

Bantry Bay

Fishing in Bantry Bay has alot to offer the shore and boating anglers alike.  It has plenty of shelter regardless of the weather and shore marks are plentiful.

The Inner Harbour is abundant with Dog Fish, Bull Huss, Thorny Back Ray and Skate.  Conger Eel roam freely among the rocky shores and can grow to 40lbs and more inshore.

Pollock, Wrasse, Coalfish, Codling, and Cod in season can be caught.  Most of the year around and Bass patrol the shallows looking to pick the unsuspecting Sand Eel or Mackeral.

Smooth Hounds and Tope can be caught a little farther out the bay along with Skate and Monkfish if you are lucky.  Ling will be found with live or dead baits and Cod of good size are secured with baits like Squid and Peeler Crab.

Fishing Permits

Permits are available from Maxol Petrol Station, The Quay, Bantry and are on sale from 01 April until 30 September.  Each daily fishing permit cost approx €20 per adult and €10 for OAPs and under 16yrs.

Lough Bofinne

Lough Bofinne is a 25 acre, clear water lake, 3 miles east from Bantry. A unique location, because two roads fringe 75% of the lake’s margin, creating exceptional shore angling facilities.

Boats are available if required. An excellent stock of Rainbow Trout and some Brown Trout are present, and the lake is restocked regularly with adult Rainbow Trout to maintain a high stock density.  Occasional Pike, Perch, Eels and Rudd are also present.  Successful angling methods include worms with a float artificial flies or small spinners.  Find out more about Lough Bofinne

Fishing Permits

Permits are available from Maxol Petrol Station, The Quay, Bantry and are on sale from 01 April until 30 September.  Each daily fishing permit cost approx €20 per adult and €10 for OAPs and under 16yrs.

Fishing Locations in Bantry Bay

You can download a full detailed list of potential fishing sites in Bantry Bay and the Beara Peninsula, prepared by Fishing Ireland, together with a comprehensive map here.

This information was prepared by Fishing Ireland.

Fishing with Bantry Bay Boat Hire

Explore Bantry Bay and enjoy self-driving your own power boat as you fish for mackeral in Bantry Bay with Bantry Bay Boat Hire.

Accompanied by a guide in a safety boat at all times, you will be guided around the bay for the perfect fishing spot while enjoying some local history and any marine or birdlife that you encounter on the way.  You also have the option to stop off at Whiddy Island and return on the ferry for free.

Fishing bait, lines and buckets can be provided for a great day out for all the family.

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Bantry Bay Charters

Based in Glengarriff, Bantry Bay Charters offers top quality marine adventures for groups, families, couples and individuals to enjoy!  Join the “Deep Star” for serious Deep sea fishing, fun mackerel fishing, scenic and historical coastal cruises, or an alternative customised ‘Day on the Bay’.

Rod and tackle hire available.  Departures from Glengarriff or Bantry piers and private charters also available.

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Plan Your Visit to Bantry

Stay in Bantry

Bantry offers a vast array of hotels, B & Bs, camping, glamping and self-catering options.

Eat & Drink in Bantry

Plenty of choice when it comes to eating and drinking in Bantry with a vast selection of restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs serving food.

Festivals & Events

A fantastic calendar throughout the year of festivals and events for everyone to enjoy.