Sea Fishing & Deep Sea Angling in Ireland
Fishing Sligo and Donegal Bay
Sligo and Donegal Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way hold good varied sea fishing grounds from hard reefs, gravel and rocks to sandbanks for world class inshore, offshore, light gear and deep sea game angling. Targeted game fishing trips for sea trout, common skate, tope, blue shark and Giant Bluefin Tuna are available whilst in season and general fishing or evening mackerel trips depart daily by appointment. Other half day, full day and evening fishing trips options are available to try and catch some of Sligo and Donegal Bay’s many varied species.
Readily caught species include mackerel, pollack, coalfish, cod, ling, red, grey and tub gurnard, several species of wrasse, dogfish, pouting, whiting, all species of ray, dab, flounder, skate, tope and blue shark. To make the most out of the ground, and depending on what species you want to catch, we normally drift or anchor up. The skipper will call upon his decades of experience in order to give you the best catch rate for exactly what you want. Check out some of the species we catch in our species gallery below.
- Group and individual rates for our various trips options.
- Larger parties can be accommodated by splitting groups between multiple local boats.
- Reduced rates for children.
- The various tackles, lures and equipment required for each species are available for hire on board (Tope/Shark/Skate/Bluefin Tuna rods and reels at extra cost).
Fishing lessons are free of charge! Novices to Experts Welcome!
Discounted rate bar bites/catch ‘n cook options available for customers in a local restaurant after their trip
A great day out with Darryl. Personable, engaging friendliness from the very knowledgeable skipper. Great encouragement and advice for the young novice fishermen aboard and he certainly found the fish! Periods of frantic reeling-in, interspersed with wonderful scenery and lovely sunshine. More fish than we could carry, even after releasing a high proportion.
Danny M, Trip Advisor User
“Sligo Boat Charters is a must for any tourist or local in Sligo. I’ve taken my family and in-laws out several times for the last few years and each time we have a different adventure. From the stunning coastline and mountainous views to excellent fishing and seal watching, you may even see a dolphin or 3!”
TripAdvisor user Rachel W
I still had the lads ringing me recently saying what a blast they had, and I just keep saying – “Thank the skipper”. Cheers for a great day out and no doubt I (we) will be back at some stage in the not-too-distant future.
Ger D, TripAdvisor User
Can honestly say this was one of the best trips I have been on anywhere in the world.
Joe M, Trip Advisor User
Truly excellent service from Daryl from beginning to end. Daryl even suggested we take a slight unexpected detour on our return journey to go see the seals, what an amazing experience! Highly recommended!
Rory C, Trip Advisor User
Fantastic day out and great value for money.
rois884rois, TripAdvisor user
The Skipper’s knowledge of this bay is terrific. Different species found at virtually every drop, some for dinner and some to be returned. Altogether a fabulous day out as agreed by us all.
Genmon, Trip Advisor User
Would recommend to the serious sea angler and beginners.
Trip Advisor User
“Was in Sligo on a stag weekend and we booked up this trip as something different to do. Turned out to be the best part of the stag weekend”
TripAdvisor user Fergus H
“Honestly, this is one of the best things you could do when visiting Sligo”
TripAdvisor user MellaOR
Light Gear Angling
Light gear angling in Sligo and Donegal Bay is superb with fish being caught every cast frequently. Big pollack are especially great sport on light tackle, come try your luck and witness some screaming reels! We welcome saltwater fly enthusiasts. and light gear anglers are welcome on every trip. We supply light spinning rods, suitable for beginners and experts as well as sea rods for those who hire tackle from us on half day and full day trips.
Tackle For Hire;
The tackle available for hire aboard includes some of the finest killer lures, rigs and terminal tackle bought from different suppliers around the world to ensure you use only the best gear. There are new abu garcia rods, paired with Penn reels and killer lures to ensure you get the best action from your fish. Lightweight & fun Powerbraid/WSB spin rods are paired with Shimano Gunship & Kastking reels, with various lures available in the cabin for some incredibly fun lightweight spinning action. Please remember to tell the skipper what you would like to catch – Sligo Bay holds good varied ground that is home to over 40 readily catchable species and skipper can advise as to what tackle/bait to use, stage of tide, time involved and the best methods to employ.
Catch ‘n Cook – Catch your Dinner!
Sligo Bay boasts varied fishing grounds filled with plenty of species of fish. We have decades of experience and know the best spots for whatever you want to catch, from flatties to mackerel & shark! The skippers can also arrange to drop you off near some great pubs and restaurants, where you can “cook your catch” on the bbq yourself, or have a top chef cook your catch to perfection as a tasting platter/starter or a meal, and serve it to you whilst you unwind in idyllic surroundings. Catch your dinner evening mackerel trips also depart daily by appointment.