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.
Departure and Return times?
Though we do have ad-hoc times occasionally, our normal departure times are as follows:-
- Morning Trips: leave at 09:30 and return at 13:00
- Afternoon Trips: leave at 14:00 and return at 17:30
- Evening Trips: leave at 18:00 and return 20:30.
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 17:00 and 17:30
- 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 don't bring your best dancing shoes. Same goes for clothes too probably. There are lifejackets aboard the boat in case of emergency.
Why contact Kinsale Angling before buying Single Seats online?
We cannot, for example, go to sea with 1 angler and make a profit. We need at least 4 or 5 seats just to break even. So before we can confirm a trip we need to confirm minimum seats. We keep a list of anglers who request single (or more) seats and when we hit a certain number we confirm a SEATS AVAILABLE trip and email all interested parties with the news. It is a bit complicated BUT it works. Remember patience may be a virtue for some- but for anglers it is a necessity!
I have a gift voucher - when can I go?
Gift vouchers are valid for 5 years - and we won't argue over a month or two extra.
If you have a voucher for a full charter then first check the boat diary, https://kinsaleangling.com/harpy-diary , for availability and if your required date is free then simply send us an email (including details of the voucher number) to confirm your date.
If your voucher is for a single seat SEAT then please check the boat diary and contact us. We cannot obviously go to sea with only 1 seat but we try as much as possible to get a date that will suit. We also set aside SEATS-AVAILABLE dates that you can join - You will be regularly emailed details of these by joining our mailing list at:- https://kinsaleangling.com/join-mailing-list
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?
Drinking of alcohol aboard is NOT ALLOWED when the boat is operating on a SEATS basis, (i.e. not full charter).
Drinking of alcohol aboard IS ALLOWED ONLY IN THE CASE OF FULL CHARTERS - 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 beer cans.
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 has a P5 license from the Department of the Marine to operate up to 30nm offshore. A copy of the blicense is displayed on the boat. The skipper too is 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) ithe voucher 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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A very brief history of Kinsale Deep Sea Angling Charters
Though working for Celtic Coasters in Cork 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 other 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 such as the LUSITANIA.
In order to continue to develop we added UNDERWATER SURVEYING and DIVING to the repertoire with the investment in side-scan sonar, multi-beam sonar, ROVs, magnetometer hardware and very very sensitive 3-axis gyros. Survey software and sonar image post-processing software was added in 2011. In 2012 our first ROV was a JW Fishers Sea-Otter to which we added a VideoRay PRO3 GTO in 2015, equipped with scanning sonar and manipulator arm. Further hardware and software investments continue. Many surveys and operations have been done on the Lusitania, and also more recently surveys on the Pegu, UC-42, U-58, City of Chicago and some as yet unknown wrecks. Being involved in the AUD anchor recovery for the 1916 centenary was special.
Many of the above wrecks (and others) have been well fished by us too - both surveying and fishing are working well together for our customers. With the benefit of this experience, Carroll recently modified a winch of the Port of Cork's vessel m/v DENIS MURPHY, added hardware and integrated software - making this a very capable survey vessel to meet the growing demands of the Port of Cork. HARPY has completed surveys in Cork harbour, Courtmacsherry, Dingle, Caherciveen, Kinsale and we've even done some marine surveys many miles inland! In 2018 we started laying, lifting, inspecting and replacing moorings and channel buoys for harbour authorities. If you have marine requirements we will provide solutions.
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 diver, a qualified commercial pilot and previously a flying instructor at nearby Cork airport. He is also ex-RNLI lifeboat crew and ex-operations manager at Kinsale's RNLI 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.
How can I contact Kinsale Deep Sea Angling Charters?
Kinsale Deep Sea Angling Charters,
1, Rampart Lane,
Mobile: +353 (0)85 8631000 Business: +353 (0)21 2429000
Terms & Conditions
A link to our Vouchers & Deposits Terms & Conditions is here.