Flounder, Poor Cod, Dab, Ballan Wrasse and Smooth-Hound were also among the top 10 most-caught fish species brought ashore around Ireland’s coasts last year.
A survey of 1,200 sea anglers by IFI in 2021 showed that more than 90% of respondents said they primarily fished to relax and unwind, and be in the outdoors.
In addition, they reported spending an average of €100 per fishing trip on food and drink, transport and bait.
They paid a further €970 annually on items such as rods, reels, clothing, and on fishing and boating expenses.
Commenting on the 2022 figures Dr Diarmuid Ryan, Research Officer with IFI said: “We are very keen for more anglers in this community to sign up to our anonymous, free, and easy-to-use, app.