Baird’s Shore, Ballybay, County Monaghan
Baird’s Shore has been a popular coarse fishery since anglers first started holidaying in Ireland and to this day continues to provide quality angling, especially for bream and tench. It is part of White Lake that covers 130 acres and apart from attracting lots of pleasure angler, is often used for match fishing by local clubs and during the Cootehill Festival week at the end of September.
There is easy access by car along a shoreline capable of holding 16 anglers in comfort. You will be fishing into depths up to four metres (12ft) for the usual coarse species on whatever your favourite method may be; though a groundbait swimfeeder tends to be best for catching bream.
Catch returns over many years tend to show that the far end of the bank (furthest point from the access point) often produces the better catches of bream. Early morning or evening fishing is certainly trying for both tench and bream.
Species: Bream, tench, roach, hybrids, pike and perch.
Best baits: Worm, red maggot, pellet, caster and corn.
Popular methods: With a maximum depth of four metres there is an opportunity to make a good catch on a waggler and certainly pole fishing around 13 metres, though an open-ended feeder is best for the bream.
Local tackle shop: Tackle Box in Castleblayney. Tel: 00353 86 4075695
Rod Licence: No licences needed or permits required.
Access: Very good access but the bank is prone to flooding. Directions: Leave Ballybay on the Monaghan road then turn left on the R183 and the lake is signposted after three miles to the left.