Holy Island on Lough Derg, Near Mountshannon, Clare
Lough Derg is 27 miles long, it is the lowest lake on the River Shannon and has many islands that provide excellent angling – but you will need a boat to reach them. Holy Island is one of the most accessible and lies about 1km from the mainland. The island derives its name from ‘Inis Cealtra’, meaning the ‘island of the burial ground; or island of monastic cells’. You can expect to catch roach, hybrids, perch, tench, and pike; though bream are the main quarry and there is a very good chance of catching a 7 pounder. There are two main things that you will need, the first is at least a pair of waders (chest waders are best) and a boat is essential. There is an excellent large public slipway or you can set a local boatman or angling guide to take you across the water. Local angling guide Mike Daley provides an excellent service and is a keen angler himself who might well join you for the day!
Species: Bream, roach, hybrids, tench, pike and perch
Best baits: Red maggot, bread, worm, caster and corn
Popular methods: Feeder fishing is the best but a large waggler can work Local tackle shop: TJs Tackle, Killaloe, 061 376009 or 087 8108225
Access: Excellent with good car parking and a boat slipway Directions: Holy Island is located off the R352 two miles from Mountshannon on the road to Scarriff.
Angling Guide: Mike Daley on 00353 61 924304 and he has B&B for up to four anglers with access to lots more fisheries.