Shroove Beach

This small beach is situated between two rocky headlands facing the open Atlantic just outside Lough Foyle. At the back of the beach are big sand hills giving shelter from all but northerly winds.

After an Atlantic storm a good surf can appear, but this rises fairly close to the shore so only a medium cast is required to get into a good depth of white water.

The bottom is clear sand and because of the protecting rocky headlands there is little or no tidal drift to right or left.

This little beach is popular with tourists in summer, but luckily it fishes best in the winter when you are unlikely to see anyone else.

BEST BAITS

Ragworms, lugworms and mackerel strip for most species, but fresh or frozen sandeels for sea trout. Lug and rag can be dug from the mud and gravel beds along the shore of Lough Foyle.

TACKLE

Standard beachcasting gear with a 15-18lb mainline and appropriate shockleader is sufficient on the clean sand.

Use a two-hook trace with size 1/0 or 2/0 Aberdeen hooks. A plain 4oz lead weight will hold bottom easily.

The rocks behind the lighthouse can be fished with light float tackle for coalfish in winter or mackerel and garfish in summer.

GETTING THERE

Travelling from Belfast or Larne, follow the signs for Londonderry. Cross the Foyle bridge and head for Moville, then Greencastle on the R238. Go through Greencastle and turn right for Shroove. Park beside the lighthouse just above the beach.