Fishing @ Kilmore Quay 2013
Kilmore Quay is situated 20 minutes drive south of Rosslare. Our members have travelled with Irish ferries for many years to this beautiful village, staying at the Quay House hotel who cater for anglers by providing them with a wet room with gutting tables, fridges and freezers. The harbour is a short walk from the hotel with many charter boats for hire. Two skippers that are very experienced in the area are brothers Dick and Eamonn Hayes who each have 38 foot off shore boat licenced for 12 people each log onto www.kilmoreangling.com. Fishing is excellent with Cod, Pollock, Ling, Bass, Coalfish, Wrass.
Fishing is very easy for the less mobile angler. Shore and boat fishing being accessible to all, see link www.kilmorequay.net
Although a small village there are plenty of pubs and restaurants providing good food at reasonable prices. Near the harbour there is a shop selling freshly made sandwiches for your trip and a boat chandler with fishing tackle and bait for sale nearby. Prices are comparable to UK prices.
QUAY HOUSE B&B
& ANGLING CENTRE
Ireland +353 53 912 9988
Rates start at €35 per person sharing
Quay House B & B (click to go to website)
Centrally located, Quay House is a family run B&B in the heart of the picturesque fishing village of Kilmore Quay. We are only a short stroll away from all the local amenities providing you with the ideal place to stay while exploring the ‘Sunny South East’ of Ireland.
As a family, we pride ourselves in maintaining excellent standards in our B&B. Our rooms are spacious, comfortable and clean. Breakfast is freshly cooked using locally sourced Irish products wherever possible.
The Famous Autumn Dream of Kilmore Quay.
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Autumn Dream is a large powerful 38' offshore sailing daily from Kilmore Quay. Licensed to carry 12 passengers, current license valid to February 2014. Full range of safety equipment carried.
Extensive range of satellite fish finding & navigation equipment
Toilet facilities onboard
Tea and Coffee Available Onboard
Rod & Reel hire
From Irish Anglers World
Sea Fishing in Ireland, Reef Fishing off Kilmore Quay. Drifting east, pushed by an ever increasing tidal flow, a lazy swell lifting and rolling under charter vessel “Autumn Dream”, eighty feet below three black pollack feathers worked their magic over the boulder fields and kelp beds close to the Conningmore rock, south west of the Saltee Islands. A lask of fresh mackerel adorned the bottom hook blood and juices wafting down tide, letting out line to remain in contact with the bottom, thump, thump, striking and reeling in unison a head shaking ferocity transmitted through the braid indicating a ling or maybe a good cod, I began the long retrieve.
Pumping my catch towards the surface its dogged resistance never relenting, twenty feet below a long whitish shape comes into view, skipper Eamonn Hayes readies the net and does the honours swinging a reef ling topping eight pounds+ over the rail. “Good man Ash, bait that lower hook up and get it down again”. Turning his attention to all on board Eamon advises, “bait the bottom hook only with fresh mackerel, changing every drop down lads”, then further quips in his broad south Wexford accent, “and remember boys every time you get hung up in a rock and lose a rig you’re keeping a nice Asian girl in a job”. Autumn Dream is a happy boat and the party of Welsh anglers who kindly invited me out are having a ball.
Some of the party are regular visitors, although ten in the total contingent of twenty on this visit are first timers. They come for the variety and quality of species present and are certainly getting value for money over the Kilmore reefs today. Pollack, coalfish, cod, ling, ballan and cuckoo wrasse, pouting, mackerel, and launce continuously keep rods bending, smiling faces populate the deck, ribald jokes and laughs are a constant, the chaps are having fun. “We’ll be crossing kelp beds now lads, there might be a few cod” advises Eamonn, on cue over go a couple of rods. Straining to lift up from the depths, 20.lb class rods in their fighting curve, codling up to 6.lbs a welcome sight.
The group are divided equally between “Autumn Dream” and Kilmore Quay based charter vessel “Enterprise” skippered by Eamonn’s brother Dick Hayes. Both men offer a wealth of sea going experience stretching back over thirty years and know the inshore reefs, shoals, and banks off Kilmore Quay intimately. With unseasonal storms over recent days having dirtied the water and scattered fish, both Eamonn and Dick communicate returns throughout the day resulting in fine catches aboard both vessels. Pollack predominate with coalfish making an appearance now and again.
Footnote: We stayed at The Quay House Bed and Breakfast, Phone, +353 (0)53 91 29988, located on the left as you drive down the main street of Kilmore Quay, just up from Kehoe’s public house. A fine establishment well run by husband and wife team Pat and Siobhan McDonnell, the Quay House caters for anglers providing equipment storage, bait refrigeration, and catch freezing facilities. Full Irish breakfasts set up the day, hot showers are ready on return, and bait can be ordered in advance and during your stay through Joe Carley of South East Bait Supplies, phone +353 (0)87 944 0945. Fresh mackerel is the top bait off Kilmore with ragworm necessary if targeting wrasse.