Lambay Island
N 053 29 076, W 006 01 555
Lambay Island is the largest island on the East coast. It has a coast of contrasts and can offer much to the angler with both shallow and deepish water around its coast. The Island lies 16.4 KM from Dublin and is best reched by launching from Rush (4 KM) , Loughshinny or perhaps Howth Harbour.  Depths around the Island vary and as a general rule the East coast is deeper with depths of 50 ft - 110 ft possible around 'The Nose'. There are four wrecks around the coast of the Island which can provide half decent fishing but nothing on the level of th other wrecks outside the bay. The Island is privately owned and landing is not allowed except in emergencies. The island has its own resident 200 strong herd of Red Deer and also a group of Wallabies! Cows also roam the island feely. One family owns and lives and farms on the island
During season Mackeral can be picked up in small shoals around the island. Small Pollack can be caught around the rocks in the fresh water bay while in the deeper end of the Island the odd Ling can be caught. Further out off the Island in the deeper water to the East, Codling can be found. Bull huss can sometimes be taken from around the rocks and Conger are also rhumoured to be found around tthe deeper rock marks. Dogfish and and flats can also be sometimes picked up from the more sandy areas. Ballan Wrasse abound around the high cliffs of Bishops bay.
1) The Shamrock II
The Shamrock II lies Southwest of Carickdorish rock and under the fresh water stream. It lies in a depth of 12 - 16 M and is protected from outside currents by the bay.

2) The Stratheay
The Stratheay lies in 18 M and can be exposed to currents when the tide is flooding and ebbing which will allow you to set up drifts.

3) Unknown Wreck
Some beleive this wreck to be 'Rose Mystique' a french fishing trawler lost in 1957. It lies in 14 - 18 M of water and is not too affected by currents making baitfishing a good bet.

4) The Tayleur
South of the Nose of Lambay in the first bay below the falling rocks, about 40 M out, The Iron clad ship lies in 15 - 18 M of water. This wreck is in a state of flux, sometimes silting up and somtimes the sand clearing away. there is little tidal movement here
Lambay Island  is a good distance from Dublin bay and if this is your home port then note should be taken of fuel needed to get back. A choppy sea combined with a tide change can make for a slow ride back and the sea can get quite choppy here at times.  There can be a strong tide run a the Northeast end of the Island.
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