Fishing is a popular pastime; shore fishing is available from the rocks around Capstone Hill; from the pier (tide permitting). Local shops keep a variety of fresh & dried bait.
Ilfracombe is a great place to fish as it offers a variety of different fishing conditions within a small area. Within walking distance of Ilfracombe harbour you can fish on a beach, of the pier or from rocks which makes it ideal for a large variety of fish and tactics. Most people head straight for the pier when they first come to Ilfracombe as not only is it a great place to catch fish, but also a hot spot to get tips from local fishermen and meet people as it is a popular walk for tourists. You are never alone for long when you fish from the pier!
Fishing charter boats can be hired from Ilfracombe Harbour. You can join a group or go as a group and all details are on display boards along the harbour wall. There are only a hand full of fishing charters operating from Ilfracombe, so it is essential to book early during busy times.