SEA FISHING AROUND
Species that can be caught from the shore include bass, cod, dabs,
dogfish, eels, flounder, garfish, mackerel, mullet, pollack, plaice,
rockling, sea trout, thornback ray, tope, weaver, whiting. There are stretches of beach for surfcasting, and the Mawddach estuary
and its associated features offer a variety of fishing marks.
There is a good variety of sea fishing around Barmouth.
Bass are usually around between May and October, though they have been
caught as early as March and as late as November.
Whiting usually arrive in November, and are caught from the bridge and
beach. Mackerel are caught from July, as long as the summer lasts. In
2004 we were catching them from the beach in November, which would have been
inconceivable a few years ago. Could it be that as sea temperature
rises we will have bass and mackerel all year round, but no cod or whiting?
North Beach (1-2)
At the north end of the promenade, just over a mile from the town is a
car park, Sean’s refreshment Kiosk, and one of our most popular sea fishing
areas. At high tide it is possible to fish from the sea wall around the
breakwaters. Or walk along the stony bank towards LLanaber. Fish from the
stones or from LLanaber itself fish from the rocks(2) (DANGER!) Bass, flatties, dogfish come quite close inshore all along this stretch, especially at night. So do
Mackerel sometimes, and when this happens, garfish and tope can be around
Beach Town End (3)
There is an area of beach with stony patches around the old sewer pipe.
Obviously unpopular with bathers, popular with anglers who catch bass,
flatties and dogfish here. Also a good stretch for mackerel, though wading
may be needed if they are shoaling far out.
No longer an island, walk across the causeway, and at low tide continue out
over the sand to fish the estuary channel. Beware incoming tide. It is easy
to get cut off. The point, underneath the beacon at the narrowest part
of the estuary channel is a favorite spot for bass. Bottom fishing
can be productive, though the sea floor is snaggy. Spinning, especially with
rubber eel lures has also proved effective over the years.
More favoured by children with crab lines than with serious anglers.
Can be a great spot for flatties, some bass, eels, dogfish and whiting. and beware the
poisonous weaver fish. If you like a challenge go after the mullet with fine float
fishing tackle and small ragworm or bread as bait.
Not fishable at low tide, when the only water is in the estuary channel
beneath the two iron spans, from which no fishing is allowed. Also the
outgoing tide can be difficult because your tackle tends to get washed back
under the bridge. On the incoming tide until just after the turn,
worth a try but can be frustrating when you lose a fish hauling it up from
sea level. A good place to fish though, sometimes you can be right on
top of the fish.
At Talybont beach, bathers permitting, beachcasting can produce bass,
flatties, and the occasional thornback ray. Frozen bait and some
tackle is available from nearby Macs Market.
Years ago I used to collect soft crab, Mussel, lug and ragworm at low
tide. Digging for bait is no longer permitted around the harbour.
Anyway we have three tackle shops,
Beachcaster, Barmouth Angling Centre (Church Street, 01341
280480) and now Viking Fishing (High Street, 01341281821) All
sell fresh and frozen bait.
Enjoy your fishing but please take care. It is easy when concentrating on
fishing, to fail to notice the tide coming in behind you. Rocks and
concrete can be very slippery when wet, and finally, the small weaver fish can
deliver a very painful sting from its poisoned spines. Treat other
outdoor users (human and otherwise) with respect. Please dispose of all rubbish, line and
Recognize this man? Yes its John from the Viking