The Pilgrims Rest Hotel Lismore - Cappoquin - County Waterford

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Fishing the Tar and Blackwater Rivers


Cappoquin is situated in the picturesque Blackwater Valley where the river makes its 90° southerly turn for the estuary at Youghal. The town is located on the main Rosslare -Killarney route (N72) and is only 65 miles from the ferryport at Rosslare and 44 miles from Cork airport.
The River Blackwater is Ireland's third largest river, draining five mountain ranges. The geology of the catchment comprises of red sandstone, limestone and limestone shale; In the upper reaches the peaty terrain gives the water its distinct dark colour.

The Blackwater holds many species of fish including wild atlantic salmon, sea trout, brown trout, pike, roach, dace, eels, mullet and shad. The river is renowned for its enormous runs of salmon, 8063 being caught by rod and line in the 1998 season. Cappoquin accounted for 235 salmon and 280 sea trout. The heaviest fish in recent years for the Cappoquin water was a huge 26-pounder, taken and landed at the famous Kitchen Hole by Jim Fitzgerald.
At Cappoquin the waters are tidal and fresh salmon and sea trout are constantly running. Salmon Fishing opens from the 1st of February to the 30th September each year. Cappoquin Salmon and Trout Anglers' Association is one of the few clubs on the river and has 4 miles of double bank salmon fishing (including 7 named pools) available to members and day ticket holders.

Salmon fishing methods include fly, spinning and worm. Shrimp fishing is permitted from lst June. No single method may be deemed to be the most successful as anglers adapt to conditions. Popular flies are the ally shrimp, shrimp fly, blue charm, hairy mary or stoats tail. For spinning, a yellow belly devon or yellow flying C for coloured water, smaller brown and gold devons, black flying C, silver toby or spun shrimp are successful in clear water.

Day Tickets

Day tickets for salmon fishing are available throughout the season and can be obtained From:

TITELINES TACKLE SHOP , Main street, Cappoquin

Market House, the Square, Cappoquin

The Toby Jug, Main Street, Cappoquin

Day Tickets can also be obtained from waterkeepers, who frequently patrol the fishery.

Day ticket prices represent superb value for a day or weeks fishing on such a renound streach of water!

For the coming season Day Tickets are priced as follows:

Salmon Fishing

Price Per-----------------Day Price Per/Week

February-April-------------12 Euro 63 Euro
May-July---------------------20 Euro 95 Euro
August-September------ 25 Euro 125 Euro

Trout Fishing
All Season--------------- 6 Euro 35 Euro

Coarse Fishing
All Season--------------- 3 Euro 15 Euro

There are a range of licences to suit your personal angling requirements. Annual, covering all fishery districts, EUR25.00;
Annual covering one fishery district only, EUR12.00,
Temporary holiday angling (21day) licence, covering all districts, EUR10
A one day licence at EUR3 is also available.
Trout angling or coarse angling does not require a State Licence.
It is necessary to secure a Permit from the Angling Club on whose waters it is intended to fish.
Local Tourist information Offices will have details but some details are listed below.

There is excellent access to Waterford's rivers and permits can be purchased from any of the associations and most of the private fisheries in the area.
The River Blackwater draws dedicated game anglers to hunt wild salmon, sea trout and brown trout. Coarse anglers also find the river rewarding for roach, dace rudd and tench. Cappoquin, Ballyduff and Lismore are the major angling centres for the river.

For information on Salmon Fishing on the River Blackwater check out Fortwilliam fishery or contact Patrick Devennie, Fishery Manager, Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Tel: (00353) 87 8292077

The River Tar and River Nire are both renowned game angling rivers, where the villages of Ballymacarbry and Newcastle service the angler.
Nire Valley - contact: Ms Eileen Ryan, Clonanav Farm Tel: (052) 36141

The River Suir is another of Waterford's great game angling rivers served by Waterford City, Portlaw, as well as the Co. Tipperary towns of Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel. It is an ideal habitat for salmon and trout, ranging in size from 400g to 1kg, Grilse runs start in late June and last to the end of September.
The lakes around Tramore hold stocks of brown trout as, indeed do the River Colligan, River Finisk and River Brickey near Dungarvan.


Ballyshunnock Reservoir
Ballyshunnock Reservoir is just off the Cork Road, N25, between Waterford and Dungarvan,turn north at Carrolls Cross Inn. From Portlaw go up the hill past the Church and continue on until you see the reservoir. The water surface at normal levels is approximately seventy acres. It is split by the Carrolls Cross/Portlaw road which crosses it over a causeway.
Trout stocks in the section west of the road are smaller in numbers but larger size than those in the main body of water. €20 per day for shore fishing. No boats are allowed on Ballyshunnock. Methods Fly, spinning, worming, from shore.
Ground baiting and use of maggots prohibited. Bag limit: 6 trout. Size limit: 23 cm.

A day ticket for shore fishing also entitles one to fish at any of the following waters, Knockaderry, Ballyshunnock, and Carrigavantry (near Tramore) for that day only. Permits available from: Centra Shop, Kilmeaden, Co Waterford. Tel: 051 384721

Southern Regional Fisheries Board, Anglesea Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, Tel +353 052 80055

Ballyshunnock Reservoir, Co. Waterford Contact: Carrolls Cross Inn, Ballyshunnock Tel: (051) 294328

Knockaderry Reservoir
Knockaderry Reservoir is 12km from Waterford City, on the Cork Road, just off the N25. Turn off at the Texaco filling station at the east end of Kilmeaden.

The fishery consists of a 70acre lake in a tranquil rural setting. Most of the shoreline is tree-lined and many sheltered areas. The lake is quite shallow (max depth 8 metres) and supports a rich fauna.

The native stock of wild brown trout are supplemented with brown and rainbow trout from the Fisheries Boards trout farms to cater for angling demands. Fly fishery angling is limited to fly fishing from boat only.

Boat hire & Permit €30 per day. No more than two anglers per boat.
Shore fishing from the bank is now allowed as the shore access has been improved. Cost of fishing from the shore is €20 per day.
Permits available from: Centra Shop, Kilmeaden, Co Waterford. Tel: 051 384721
Knockaderry Reservoir Contact: Mr John Connelly, caretaker Tel: (051) 384107

Belle Lake
Dunmore East Road, Co. Waterford. Belle Lake is stocked with rudd, bream tench and pike. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bell Lake - local contact - Eileen Richardson Tel: (051) 382117

Shore Angling
Shore Anglers will find the great variety of species very satisfying near Dunmore East, Cheekpoint and Passage East in the east, near Dungarvan and Ardmore in the west, and, indeed all along the magnificent coastline. Contact for details events. Tel 353 (0)51 386880
Tramore Co Waterford.
Deep Sea Angling
There are Deep Sea Angling Boats for hire at Dunmore East and Dungarvan where Avoca - Diving and Angling Charter have a Sea Angling Charter Boat available for wreck, reef and shark fishing. Rods and tackle for hire. Diving groups catered for, air and NITROX available.

A 10am departure from the quay and a 6pm return is to be expected - with some adjustment to allow for local tidal conditions. The centre provides tackle hire and bait and will provide meals as required. A number of competitions are staged during the year. Contact: Cormac P. Walsh, Gone Fishing, 42 Lower Main Street, Dungarvan. Tel: (058) 43514; Fax (058) 43424.

Avoca - Diving and Angling Charter
Sea Angling & Diving Charter
Specialists in Wreck, Reef & Shark Fishing off the coast of Dungarvan in Co Waterford. Friendly, experienced & Qualified Skippers. Department of the Marine licenced: For information contact: Michael Fahey, Gorteen, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Tel: +353 058 46577

Cormac P. Walsh, Gone Fishing, 42 Lower Main Street, Dungarvan. Tel: (058) 43514

Dunmore East Angling Charters
Cruising in safety and comfort between 15 and 20 knots. Dept. of Marine licenced and insured for 12 persons. AQUA~STAR 38. Fitted with the latest in marine electronics and safety equipment. Charter Hire: wreck, Reef & Shark Angling, Diving, Scenic & Evening trips, Rod hire & Tackle sales, Tuition free.

This part of the Irish Coast saw very heavy U-Boat Action in the First World War, resulting in Waterford having one of the highest concentrations of ship wrecks around the Irish Coast, many of which are within an hour of Dunmore East and province excellent angling as do the Reefs of Hook Head.
"Pelorus" Fairy Bush House, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford
Phone +353 (0)51 383397, +353 (0)87 2682794,

Local Angling Clubs
Rinnashark Sea Angling Club
Contact the club for details Tel 353 (0)51 386 880, Tramore Co Waterford
Waterford & District Coarse Angling Club
The Waterford and District Coarse Angling Club runs fishing competitions throughout the year on the River Barrow, Blackwater and lakes in the South East.

Cappoquin Salmon & Trout Anglers Association
Cappoquin Salmon and Trout Anglers Association invite you to stay and fish on the famous Blackwater. There are 4 miles of fishing on the lower tidal section of the river. The Blackwater holds many species of fish to include salmon, sea trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, roach, dace, perch, gudgeon, bream, eels pike, mullet and shad.

Waterford & District Coarse Angling Club
The Waterford and District Coarse Angling Club runs fishing competitions throughout the year on the River Barrow, Blackwater and lakes in the South East.
Please contact the number below for fixtures. Tel: +353 051 354619
Tramore/Waterford Sea Angling Club
Tramore/Waterford Sea Angling Club runs many competitions throughout the year. Please contact Club Secretary below for fixtures.
Tel: +353 (0)51 38307

Fishing Tackle Shops in the Waterford area
Army & Outdoor Stores, New Street, Waterford City. Tel: 051 857554
Baumann Fishing Tackle Dept, 6 Mary St, Dungarvan, Waterford. Tel: 05841395
Shoot'n Fish'n, 26A Ballybricken, Waterford City. Tel: 051 878007
Titelines Tackle Shop, Cappoquin, Waterford,
Tel: 058 54152
Waterford Angling and Outdoor Centre, Westgate Retail Park, Tramore Road, Waterford.
Tel: 051 844314

The salmon angling season commences on February 1st. and the trout season begins on the 1st of March. Each year.
Both seasons close on 30th September each year.

Restaurant Meals

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Traditional Irish Breakfast only

€10 Euro Per Person

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€6 Euro Per Person

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