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Species

Bass: This strong predatory fish is the most popular species that is targeted around the coast of Wales. Can be caught in most areas on a variety of methods from May to October. Gower, Pembrokeshire, Anglesey and Llyn are particularly good.

Cod: A winter species, visits North Wales coast and South Wales Coast from late October through to Spring. Coast from Newport to Swansea is considered big Cod territory with Cardiff foreshore deserving a special mention.

Plaice: Can be caught over shallow clean sandy areas, often feeding on worms and Mussel. Can be caught when fishing for Bass from storm beaches such as Llangenith and Freshwater West.

Flounder: Often mistaken for its Cousin the Plaice. Tends to be found in Estuarine systems feeding on Worms and small crustaceans. A flounder spoon is often a deadly way to target this species. The Loughor estuary between Llanelli and Swansea has a Flounder fishing festival which is hosted by the local angling club. Other good areas are the three rivers estuary of the Towy the Gwendraeth and the Taf just south of Camarthen.

Dabs: Often caught when fishing for other flatfish species, tends to feed on worms and small crustaceans found near sandy areas.

Tope: An obvious member of the shark family which is fished for mainly during the Summer months. A scavenging fish which feeds on smaller sick, injured or dead fish. Always use a wire trace when targeting this species. Can be effectively targeted from the shore in places such as Broughton bay, South Pembrokeshire and Cefnsidan.

Mullet: Several species of Mullet can be encountered when fishing in Wales, from Grey Mullet which inhabit harbours and estuaries to the Golden Grey Mullet which feeds alongside Bass on Storm Beaches such as Rhosilli. Areas such as the Dysynni estuary near Tywyn in Mid Wales or the Loughor Estuary can be productive when fishing with light tackle or even on the fly.

Pouting: often considered a bait robbing pest by Cod and Whiting Anglers it can grow to a couple of pounds. A characteristic rat-tat-tat bite often experienced by anglers fishing from piers and harbours such as Penarth, Mumbles and Bangor.

Rockling: Three, Four and Five bearded versions of this fish will take baits offered in rocky locations throughout the year. Use small ones as baits for conger and Tope.

Conger: A feared and respected species which is mainly taken near snags and obstructions. Sizes vary from 4 – 5 lb right up to 50 – 75 lb monsters which can be encountered in deep water. A wire trace is necessary to prevent the sharp teeth of the conger from tearing through your line.

Weever Fish: One species that can pose danger to the visiting and resident angler alike. Often caught during the summer this brown and white spiky character hides poisonous spines in its dorsal fins and gill congers sharp teeth from making light work of your line. Penarth and Mumbles pier are worth a mention as well as the Milford Haven waterway where the angler can cast into very deep water from the shore.

Wrasse: Two varieties of this colourful fish are likely to be caught around the Welsh coast. The ballan and cuckoo wrasse feed amongst the rocks, their strong teeth wrench limpets from the rocks. A species that can be caught on all types of mollusc, worm and sandeel, it’s tell tale rattling bites can keep a holiday angler occupied all day. Llyn, Pembrokeshire and Anglesey has the ideal type of habitat for this hard fighting species to flourish.

Pollack: Another hard fighting species that will entertain the holiday angler fishing from the rocks. Mackerel feathers, sandeels, spinners and worms are all good baits for this tough fish which hunts in kelp strewn areas. A tasty fish when eaten fresh, will often grow to 4-5 lb but are usually caught around the 2lb mark.

Mackerel: An underrated fish. Often considered stupid and easy to catch in large numbers on feathers. It can offer super sport on the fly or light lures and nothing tastes as god as fresh mackerel fried or cooked on the barbecue on a summers evening. Can also be used as a fantastic versatile bait for virtually any species.

Black Bream: A summer visitor which is particularly common in Cardigan bay. Baited feathers are usually the method used to catch this fine eating fish. Can grow up to 4 lb.

Thornback Ray: Fairly common in deeper water over sandy ground where they will take fish baits, crab and worm. Cardigan Bay and Camarthen bay are particularly good areas.

Weever Fish: Extreme caution is needed when handling this fish and any handing avoided if at all possible. Seek medical attention immediately if you think you may have been stung by the Weever