Cardiff – Cardiff foreshore has a number of marks can produce plenty of fish with big winter cod caught along with whiting and flounder. Other times of the year will see dogfish, pouting, rockling, bass and silver eels all caught. Fishing for conger eels can be excellent and it is best to step up to wire or heavy mono traces and a minimum of size 6/0 hooks baited with big mackerel, herring, squid or cuttlefish baits. This is a high tide mark, and the strong tidal flow means that grip leads are advised in most conditions. Certain parts of this area can only be fished with a permit so check this with local authorities prior to fishing. View this area on Google Maps here.
Sully Island – A good mark for a number of species, especially big winter cod. The ground is very rough and a lot of tackle can be lost here. Most anglers use rotten bottom rigs to minimise losses. Big hooks and big baits are used here for the large cod, with big conger eel and plenty of other species such as thornback and blonde rays, whiting, dogfish and bull huss also caught here. The Monkey Pole mark is said to be the best on the island although be very careful about climbing down the rocks. The island is accessible via a causeway which is only useable over low tide. Safety is paramount so never try and wade cross the causeway once the water has started to cover it. Best to fish this mark for the first time with someone who has been here before due to the safety issues. View this area on Google Maps here.
Aberthaw Beach (Power Station) – The beach in front of and around Aberthaw Power station is a great sea fishing mark for multiple species. It is a mixed ground mark with some sandy patches and a lot of heavy and rocky ground and weed can be an issue at times. Plenty of species can be caught here including bass in the summer and desirable species such as thornback and blonde rays, smoothound (to peeler and hardback crabs) and conger eel (to mackerel baits). Winter sees many big cod caught, along with whiting, flounder and rockling. This mark is seen as a low-tide venue, and fishes best on small neap tides. View this area on Google Maps here.
Monknash Beach and Nash Point – Monknash beach is a sandy beach which offers great flatfish fishing. Turbot and flounder are caught here, with the possibility of plaice and Dover sole in the summer as well. When the sea is calm smooth-hound will be caught on hermit, peeler and hardback crab, while a bit of sea running will produce bass to ragworm, mackerel and peeler crab baits cast just behind the breakers. Nash Point is a headland with a number of rock ledge fishing marks which allow an angler to put a bait into deep water. Conger fishing can be very good here with large specimens necessitating the usual strong gear, big hooks and wire traces. Dogfish, bull huss, smooth-hound, cod, whiting and many other species will all also be caught here. Daylights and feathers will catch plenty of mackerel here, and spinners can catch a summer bass. This is a low water mark but be very careful of both the incoming tide and slippery rocks. View this area on Google Maps here.
Porthcawl – Porthcawl breakwater/pier offers good fishing for a range of species. Dogfish, pouting, gurnard and school bass will all take bottom fished worm, mackerl stip and squid baits. Sandeel and mackerel fillets can catch thornback rays and conger will go for mackerel flappers or whole squid, while peeler/hardback crabs have caught smooth-hound here in calm conditions. Winter brings good cod and whiting fishing. Fish can be caught at any distance with some decent catches made by anglers fishing at short range. While the end of the pier is certainly a good fishing mark don’t worry if this is already taken as fishing further down can produce just as good – sometimes better – fishing. Area can be packed with anglers and tourists in the summer which can make fishing difficult. In stormy weather and rough seas waves will crash over the pier. It is too dangerous to fish the pier in these conditions as people have been swept into the sea in the past. View this area on Google Maps here.
Port Talbot – Jackstone Pier is an easy to access fishing venue. It usually provides comfortable fishing but avoid it for safety reasons in stormy weather or very big tides. While in good weather this spot is good for those new to sea angling the large number of small fish (whiting, dab and dogfish) caught here can put off the more experience angler. However, larger and more desirable species such as big cod, bass and conger eels are also caught here on occasion. Aberavon Sands can produce very good bass fishing in summer and still produce some bass at other times of the year. As always best when there is some sea running and try ragworm, lugworm or peeler crab baits. Various flatfish species are also caught here and there is the chance of a ray to a sandeel or fish bait cast a long way. View this area on Google Maps here.
Swansea – East Pier and Breakwater have access issues and at the time of writing it is not clear if they can be accessed by anglers at all. The west pier is still accessible and offers dogfish, pouting, conger eels, mullet and flounder. Light fishing gear can be fun here with mackerel caught on spinners and float fished baits, as are garfish. Winter can see good whiting catches and some decent cod. Technically a permit is required to fish this pier, but locals report that checks are rarely made on anglers. Further inland Swansea Marina can produce mullet to very stealthy tactics and very small hooks and bass and flounder can also be caught here. View this area on Google Maps here.
Mumbles – Mumbles pier is a very popular venue which can also produce a wide range of species. However the pier is undergoing a refit and is closed for fishing until sometime in late 2013 or into 2014. Mumbles Head is two islands, one of which has a lighthouse on. The both of the islands are cut off by the tide over high water. Just like Sully Island it is dangerous to cross when the water beginning to cover the causeway. Swansea coast guard should be contacted if you plan to stay on Mumbles Head over high water as well-intentioned members of the public sometimes call out the coast guard when they see people cut off on the island as they believe they require rescuing. Good bass fishing here from spring to summer, as well as conger eels to the usual strong gear and big hooks and baits. Rock marks can also produce very good pollock and wrasse, while and mackerel and garfish can be caught on float fished baits. Chance of something a little more exotic can be caught here such as a trigger fish, and cod and whiting are also present in winter. View this area on Google Maps here.
Mewslade Bay – Good mark made up of a sandy beach with rocky areas. Mackerel are around in the summer and spinning or feathers/daylights will catch them from the rockier, deeper mark parts. Plenty of bass are also around with smaller school bass being out in number but some very large bass are caught from this mark as well. Squid, ragworm, peeler crab and mackerel are all worth trying as bait and good fish can be caught from both the sandy bay and the rocks. Other species can also be caught from this area with dogfish, various rays as well as others also caught here. The British shore caught record spotted ray – a specimen of 8lb 5oz – was caught from this mark in 1980. View this area on Google Maps here.
Pendine Sands – Pendine sands is a seven-mile stretch of open, sandy beach in Carmarthen Bay. It is clean, snag free sands. The flatfish fishing can be great here with flounder caught in numbers here and all of the other flatfish species possible such as plaice, dab and Dover sole. Bass can also be caught here with smaller school bass caught in good numbers and the bigger fish coming in when the sea is running. Peeler crab is the top bait with ragworm, lugworm, sandeels and mackerel strip also catching as well. Dogfish can also provide sport when the bass aren’t biting. Pendine sands is fishable at any stage of the tide. View this area on Google Maps here.
Tenby South Beach – This is a two mile stretch of sandy, snag-free beach which, although it seems featureless actually holds a wide range of species. Big bass are here in summer and early autumn, with school bass throughout the rest of the year. Dogfish, bull huss, gurnard, pouting, black bream and maybe even a trigger fish are all here as well and flatfish such as dab, turbot and flounder can all also be caught. Best method to catch these species is to use 1/0 size hooks on two or three hook rigs with ragworm, lugworm, peeler crab and mackerel strip all catching these species. However, the razorfish which can be gathered locally can be a top bait here. If larger catches are desired calm summer weather can see smooth-hounds caught to hardback and peeler crabs, while sandeel baits fished at range could catch a spotted, blonde or thornback ray. Winter will see the usual cod and whiting coming in. Some rougher ground is located next to Giltar Point and holds conger eels to the usual wire traces, big hooks and squid or fish baits. Summer sees crowds descend so fish early morning or at night at this time of year. View this area on Google Maps here.
Pembroke Dock – The Hobbs Point area offers large conger eels to fish and squid baits, wire or heavy monofilament traces and size 6/0 – 8/0 hooks. Garfish and mackerel are also caught here in the summer months to spinners, lures and float fished baits, and dogfish can also be caught to worm or mackerel strip and small bass and flounder may also show as well and there is the chance of a thornback ray. Mullet can also be present in calm, summer weather. Cod are around in winter, although whiting can dominate catches. Ground can be very snaggy and lots of tackle can be lost so minimise this by using rigs incorporating a rotten bottom. Tackle losses will be greater on the larger tides, and some anglers avoid fishing this mark on a very big tide. View this area on Google Maps here.
St. Brides Bay, Pembrokeshire – Good rocky bay which can produce a good range of species and some large fish as well. In summer pollock provide good sport on spinners and lures and will also go for bottom fished baits as well, although seabed is snaggy. Bass will be caught with similar techniques while wrasse can be caught with floatfished mackerel strip or ragworm and mackerel will go for spinners, feathers and daylights. If the snags are tolerated/avoided bottom fished baits will also produce dogfish and bull huss, while upping the size of baits to mackerel flapper or full squid or herring could get a large conger eel. Rays are also about in this areas as well. View this area on Google Maps here.
St. David’s Head – There are a huge range of rock marks around the St. David’s Head area. Large bull huss can be caught here, as well as some very nice pollock, bass and wrasse. Spinners and plugs can be a great way of catching the pollock and some rough ground bass, and using light gear can give sport that it hard to beat. Wrasse will be caught to a variety of baits but hardback crab can be a top choice. Dogfish, rockling and coalfish can also be caught here as well, and large conger eels are also present. Certain parts of this mark can produce fish to a bait freelined down a rock face. This is not an easy mark to fish – the tidal flow can be strong and tackle will be lost to snags. Take care when walking to a fishing mark here – it is best to come here for the first time with someone who has fished here before. View this area on Google Maps here.
Goodwick Breakwater (Fishguard) – Good venue that provides a lot of species. Rough ground species such as pollack, wrasse and conger eels can all be caught here, along with dogfish, pouting, coalfish and whiting. In winter decent-sized cod come in and in summer mackerel can be caught to spinners, lures and daylights. Many anglers use two hook rigs with size 1/0 hooks baited with ragworm, lugworm, mackerel or squid and simply see which of the many species will be caught. However, those targeting conger eel step up the tackle, hook size and baits correspondingly Decent catches can be produced along the full length of the breakwater. This is generally seen as a high tide mark. View this area on Google Maps here.
New Quay and Aberaeron – New Quay beaches are packed in the summer but early morning session can give bass to peeler crab and sandeel baits when there is some sea running and there is also the chance of a number of ray species from here, and an outside chance of a smooth-hound. Flatfish such as flounders and dabs will also be caught on worm baits and peeler crab can used to catch silver eels. Best to vary casting distances to locate the feeding fish. Beach at Aberaeron produces the same species to similar baits and tactics. Rocky marks further along the coast line hold some very big conger eels and pollack and wrasse will also be caught, but as always take safety seriously and be careful. View this area on Google Maps here.
Aberystwyth – The south breakwater (stone jetty) offers good fishing for species such as bass, whiting, cod and pouting. Pollock and wrasse are also caught here and there is the chance of something more highly regarded such as a thornback ray, bull huss or conger eel. Mackerel and garfish can also be caught to spinners, lures or float fished baits in the summer. The ground here is mixed and longer casts will have less chance of getting snagged. Take great care here as there are no railings on the breakwater meaning this mark should not be fished in bad weather conditions. This mark can be packed in the summer with mackerel ‘anglers’. The sand/shingle Borth beach can be fished at any stage of the tide. Flounder and dab can be caught very close in to worm baits and thornback ray will be caught further out on sandeel baits. Bass are also a possibility if there is some surf running. View this area on Google Maps here.
Barmouth Bay – Fishing the sandy beaches of the bay itself brings plenty of flatfish. Flounder and dab will be caught along with the potential of summer plaice and maybe even a turbot. Try varying casting range until the fish are located. Further back along the beach to Fairbourne some of the more mixed ground areas may have the chance of producing a bass. Mullet may also be present around this area in summer. Barmouth Bridge is another good mark which can produce all of the same species as the bay. It is best to fish it at high tide because some parts dry out when the tide is fully out. Can be strong tidal flow and there can be issues with hauling fish up to the fishing position. View this area on Google Maps here.
Anglesey and Bangor – Anglesey is famed for its fishing and rightly so. Moelfre Rocks offer good mackerel fishing to spinners and daylights, with wrasse and pollock also taking float fished baits. Conger can also be caught to large mackerel and squid baits fished very close in. The ground is very snaggy here, to the extend that fishing a bait on the bottom can be difficult due to the constant snags and lost gear. This mark can get full of mackerel anglers in summer as well. Beaumaris pier can offer dogfish, whiting, rockling, pollock, wrasse and bass to the usual baits, but is another fairly snaggy mark. Rotten bottoms advised. Red Wharf Bay offers flatfish (flounder, dab, plaice and possibly turbot) to worm baits and can produce good bass when the sea is running. Cymyran Beach on the west of the island can also give rays, mostly small-eyed and thornback to sandeel baits, with bass and flounder also being caught here. Bangor Pier is a safe and easily accessible mark which can produce some good catches. This mark fishes best over high tide and will produce mostly dogfish, pouting, whiting, rockling and codling. View this area on Google Maps here.
Holyhead Breakwater – Long breakwater which offers a lot of good fishing. Both pollock and coalfish are caught here in good numbers. Some can be quite small but there is always a number of decent fish taken each year. Spinners and lures will take them, as will float fished baits and baits fished on the seabed. The very end of the breakwater is seen as the best spot for these species. Plenty of dogfish are caught here, and there is also a lot of whiting, although the average size can be very small. Wrasse can also be taken on the float, or to baits fished or freelined directly down the pier wall. Smaller species such as rockling, dab, poor cod and pouting will also show, as well as some decent codling in the winter. The general consensus amongst locals is that fishing from the outside wall gets bigger species but is snaggier (rotten bottoms a must), while fishing on the inside is easier but offers smaller fish. Most anglers fish this mark a few hours either side of high water. Watch out for big waves crashing over the breakwater in bad weather. View this area on Google Maps here.
Llandudno/Colwyn Bay/Prestatyn – Llandudno pier offers mackerel to lures and float fished baits in the summer, as well as plenty of dogfish, dabs, whiting, pollock, mullet and pouting. There is also the chance of something a fair bit bigger such as a bull huss, thornback ray or smooth-hound so bring a drop net. Fishing close in to the pier structure can produce very good results. There are opening times for the pier and a charge to fish here. The wall running along Colwyn Bay Promenade offers easy access and decent fishing. Cast out at high tide for winter cod, flounder, rockling and whiting or summer school bass, plaice, dogfish, mackerel, strap conger and possibly thornback rays. View this area on Google Maps here.
River Dee Estuary – The Dee Estuary is a large estuary on the dividing line between the Wirral Peninsula in England and Wales. Despite the large size of the estuary there is relatively little water within the estuary, which therefore has a shallow average depth and low tidal flow away from the channels. There have also been canal-like sections cut into certain parts of the estuary. Mostyn is one of the most popular marks and tends to fish best over low water, while many anglers find Flint fishes best over high tide. On the other side of the estuary Caldy and Heswall can also fish well. Flatfish are common here with plenty of flounder and dab present. Plaice are also caught in the summer and Dover sole can also be caught at times. Smallish size 1-2 long shanked hooks on two or three hook rigs are the best choice for flounder, plaice and dab, with peeler crab being to top bait but ragworm, lugworm and strips of mackerel also catching as well. Similar baits will work for the Dover sole but very small hooks (size 6-8) are best to use with extra drilled bullet weights being used to nail baits to the seabed. Dover sole are also much more likely to be caught as the sun begins to set. Lots of whiting are also found in the estuary, with summer visits from school bass and mullet possible, and winter sees codling caught as well, particularly around the mouth of the estuary. Conger eel may be present and caught from the rougher and rockier areas around the estuary with strong gear, big hooks and large fish or squid baits. View this area on Google Maps here.