Pembrokeshire: a fishing mecca
Moc Morgan, The Western Mail’s fishing correspondent, explains how a weekend trip to Pembrokeshire made him realise the grass isn’t always greener.
The idea of the “grass being greener” drove me to visit nearly 40 overseas fishing “Meccas”, whose distant locations give them a status not afforded to domestic fisheries.
I eventually realised that there are far more advantages to fishing nearer home, not least to avoid the travel disruption and adverse conditions from which some of these Meccas have suffered.
When I took what was meant to be a weekend trip to Pembrokeshire, I stayed for 8 days because of the superb angling on offer and, as the fisheries are fairly close together, I did not waste time travelling.
I began on the Pembrokeshire bank of the Teifi and enjoyed a night’s fishing with a number of beautiful silver sewin coming to the net. Having a helpful guide was a great bonus.
The smaller Nevern, with its rapidly-changing levels, made my visit to its wooded banks very challenging. An angler who enjoys spinning or bait fishing will be fully rewarded with superb sport. It is a favoured river for sewin and do not be surprised if, like me, you have an otter as a companion!
The Western Cleddau has 17 miles of well-managed fishing. The wild brown trout give good sport in April-May, while the cream of night sewin fishing is in July-August. Salmon no longer favour the spring, but September or October often results in more success. This is a fishery for all seasons and ages, and ideal for short breaks or longer holidays.
The Eastern Cleddau is more controlled and, in addition to sewin and salmon, offers superb bass fishing in its lower beats. This is not to be missed, and neither is the sea fishing; bass is available from most of Pembrokeshire’s delightful, productive beaches and is now a capital sport in its own right.
The Taf has two major clubs offering reasonably priced fishing, and is one of a very few UK sewin rivers that has not suffered a drop in catch statistics in the past decade.
It fishes well in open places, benefits from occasional flood flows and is ideal for a weekend visit.
Pembrokeshire has stillwater fisheries galore, and Llys y Fran offers plenty of top quality bank and boat fishing. Enjoy a summer afternoon sitting on the ‘popular bank’ fishing a worm, next to rich flora and fauna, and the many, varied activities on offer.
Pembrokeshire is certainly a big fishing Mecca, not too far away and always gives great value for money.
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