Originally Posted by seabubble
This is my first post on the forum and joined because I think that it is just the right place to ask for help.
I have always wanted to catch and eat on the beach. Catch a fish get some muscles and razor shells with garlic butter and wine on the beach.
Is this possible in Galway ? I am going with my girlfriend and thought it would be nice to do.
I have never fished in galway bay before. I am going to the bay in August. Will Salthill be OK or should I go further away?
Any tips on places and baits would be very welcome.
Hmmm... off the beach there aren't really that many edible species except flatties, unless mackerel have come in close. I'd suggest spinning off the rocks in a few places for mackerel - tasty on a bbq - mmm! I'd be very wary of picking wild mussels in August, summer is high season for algal blooms and wild shellfish can accumulate toxins which could give you a nasty does of food poisoning. I know its appealing to be able to pick your own and cook them, but just a bit too risky. Cultivated shellfish are purified before harvesting and tested for toxins so you know they're safe, but no way to check wild mussels. I don't know anywhere in the bay to collect razors, even at spring lows I haven't seen razor beds.
If you want somewhere nice to go I'd suggest getting away from the city, head for the coral beach near Rossaveal, nice spot for a picnic and rocks nearby to go spinning from. Beautiful place for a swim too.