Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below are listed answers to the questions we are commonly asked, (just click on any item and an explaination becomes visible). Some information is there to help you get out onto the water. There is other information about your rights and our terms and conditions. If your query is not answered here then please Contact Us.
What fishing experiece is needed?
None! No fishing experience is required. We welcome the chance to give a start to beginners to this great sport. We are happy too to instruct beginners any time - just ask.
Is tackle and bait included in the price?
Rod hire is included in the price. A set of tackle is also included in the price. However, we use mackerel for bait and this has to be caught as early as possible in the trip and as such is not included in the price.
What should we bring?
It is advisable to bring Sunblock. Medication, if any. Warm clothing - check the weather forecast. Plastic bags are great to take home your catch.
Can we keep the fish we catch?
Certainly. However we ask that you return alive to the sea any fish that will not be eaten. Please ask the skipper to show you how to handle live fish and how best to return them if you do not already know how.
Where do we meet the boat?
The boat(s) leave the slipway on the main Pier in Kinsale (beside the harbour masters office, or in front of the Trident Hotel). Please see the KINSALE MAP elsewhere in the RESOURCES menu.
When does the boat leave?
The boat(s) leave at the following times unless otherwise agreed:-
- Full Day Trip: Leave at 09:30am and return between 16:30 and 17:00
- Morning Trip: Leave at 09:30am and return for 13:00
- Afternoon Trip: Leave at 14:00 and return at 17:30
- Ad-hoc trips: Specialist trips can be arranged to suit also. Please contact us with your requirements.
What clothing should I wear?
Please get the forecast before arrival and dress accordingly. Spray can wet the decks so dont bring your best shoes. Same goes for clothes too probably. There are lifejackets aboard the boat in case of emergency.
The Weather?Please check the forecast the day before your trip. If unsure, please phone the skipper. The boat will NOT go to sea if the skipper considers the weather unsafe. All deposits are refunded in such cases.
Do you supply rainwear?NO. Although we have a very limited amount of rainwear, we ask you to bring light rain gear in case of rain.
How many people can the boat hold?
HARPY easily takes 12 anglers - the island wheelhouse allows use of most of her 43' length on both sides.
When is the Shark Fishing season?
Normally June to Sempember inclusive. Extended warm weather helps this fishing.
Tea and coffee is served aboard at the skipper's discression. Please being your own food as required. Rolls and hot food can be purchased at the TEXACO garage in Kinsale and many other outlets in the town.
Drink on board?
Alcohol is allowed on board. However the boat will return to Kinsale immediately if persons aboard are deemed to be drunk. Also, we would ask that you take home your empty bottles and cans when you return.
Please, please take home everything that you brought aboard. This includes all rubbish, papers, drink cans, etc. Thanks for helping out with this in particular.
Prevention is better than cure. Chemists supply a wide range of sea-sickness prevention tablets. However be aware then many of these treatments need to be taken SOME HOURS BEFORE going to sea. If you have any concerns please contact the skipper.
Sufficient lifejackets for ALL passengers and crew are stowed aboard. A liftraft is stowed on the cabin roof and will automatically deploy. Flares, handheld radios, first-aid kits and other safety equipment is stowed aboard. The skipper will give a brief demo of safery procedures and equipment before going to sea. If you have any concerns please contact the skipper.
Insurance and Licenses
The boat is fully insured and licensed by the Department of the Marine. A copy of the blicense is displayed on the boat. The skippers too are fully licensed.
What credit/debit cards can I use?
You can use a number of popular credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard. You can also use Switch or Laser cards on the site also.
Please note that Laser Cards can only be used to pay for transactions in Euro. You cannot process an order in Sterling or Dollars with a laser card – a credit card will be required.
Similarly Switch/Maestro UK cards can only be used to pay in Sterling. You cannot process an order in Euro or Dollars with a Switch/Maestro UK card. (Switch/Maestro International cards can be used in different currencies.
How safe are my credit/debit card details?
Extremely safe. We work in partnership with two major banks to ensure that all of your details are safe and secure. When you enter your credit card number on the site, it is encrypted before being stored, so it is not visible to any computer users. For additional security, we do not store the CV2 number and a transaction cannot be completed without it.
How do I pay for my order?
When you make your first order, (via ADD TO CART), you will be asked for to create an account with your personal, unique username and password. Once that is done and you have also entered your shipping address then you are ready to proceed to CHECK OUT or to continue add more items to the order.
Once you reach CHECK OUT you will be asked to accept our TERMS and CONDITIONS.
On acceptance of the Terms and Conditions you will enter your CREDIT CARD details.
The next step will be to REVIEW YOUR ORDER (you may edit or delete your order at this point also).
Finally you SUBMIT your order and you are done.
You will receive an email notification confirming our acceptance of the order.
We will confirm a booking or ship an item as appropriate for the order.
How long will my order take?
Shipping times to different destinations will vary. While every effort is made to deliver your order on time, some delays beyond our control may occur. You will receive an e-mail confirming that your order has been shipped and indicating the estimated shipment time.
Estimated Delivery Times
What are your Refund, Return and Cancellation Policies?
If for some reason we are unable to deliver because of an error or oversight on our part we will compensate by providing a replacement voucher or a refund. However, if we do not have sufficient notice (ie 48 hours) said lunch will be delivered and charged for as normal.
Vouchers cannot be returned - however voucher dates can be used any time once inside the expiry date and pending availability of the boat. Angling Charter bookings can not be returned but can be changed with at least 1 weeks notice to another date pending availibility of the boat.
Certain forces outside our control may result in a charter date being delayed in which case we will not be held responsible. In such a case we would endeavour to inform you of this as soon as we are aware of it. We will make every effort to provide another suitable date pending availibility of the boat or offer a refund.
Can I save an order for later?
No. When you add items to your basket, the system will automatically empty your basket after 30mins if you do not complete you order. This prevents users from tying up resources on incomplete orders and possibly making the charter boat unavailable to other customers.
When will my voucher/receipt be shipped?
Once your order has been confirmed and payment received, your order will then be processed. The voucher will be prepared, envelope-packaged and despatched to you as quickly as possible. You will receive an email confirmation when your item(s) have been sent.
How much is shipping?
Shipping on all orders placed on KinsaleAngling.com are FREE WORLDWIDE regardless of the value or size. All orders are sent by standard national and international mail.
How do I return an order?
The information sheet you receive with your order will provide a return address to send any damaged, faulty or incorrect items to. You can indicate if you would like a refund or a replacement.
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How can I contact Kinsale Deep Sea Angling Charters?
Kinsale Deep Sea Angling Charters,
1, Rampart Lane,
Mobile: +353 (0)87 1256199 Business: +353 (0)21 2430999
A very brief history of Kinsale Deep Sea Angling Charters
Though working for Celtic Coasters from the early '80s and fishing for many years as a pastime, this business was formed in 1999 with our first boat, the 32' westward Boy Scott. Mainly operated from Kinsale to the Ling Rocks, Old Head and Lusitania areas she proved a very good, stable sea boat and was well-liked by anglers. She was replaced in 2010 by the 43' aquastar HARPY which allows us to travel further - up to 30nm from Kinsale - and to many fine wrecks. In order to continue to develop we added SURVEYING and DIVING to the repertoire with the investment in sidescan sonar and magnetometer hardware. Survey software and sonar image post-processing software was added in 2011. Many surveys and operations have been done on the Lusitania, and also more recently surveys on the Pegu, UC-42 and the AUD were done. Needless to say these wrecks have been well fished by us too. In fact both survey and fishing are working well together.
Carroll O'Donoghue is the skipper/owner of HARPY and runs the business with his wife Anne. Carroll has an ISA Category B license as required for commercial charter boats. He also has an RYA/MCA Yachmaster Offshore 200 ton skippers ticket, a B.Sc. (Computers & Maths), and is a qualified commercial pilot and flying instructor at nearby Cork airport. He is also ex-RNLI lifeboat crew and ex-operations manager at Kinsale's lifeboat station.
We endeavour to make the fishing experience as worthwhile for beginners as for the experts. We would like to hear your comments and want to pass on the great times we've had on the water fishing or just simply admiring the wonders of nature.
Terms & Conditions
A link to our Vouchers & Deposits Terms & Conditions is here.