Fishing In Wales: Barmouth
Barmouth offers a variety of opportunities, including a breakwater, a harbour and a shingle/sand beach.
Fish caught include bass, flounder, dogfish, eels, plaice, mullet, garfish, dabs, turbot.
On the left before you get to Barmouth, there is the Old Harbour where you can fish into the Mawddach Channel. This venue fishes well at both low and high tide. Here you will catch Bass, Plaice, Flounders and Whiting. The water current is fairly strong and hence bottom fishing with a single hook flowing trace is favoured. The top bait is peeler crab, followed by sand eel and worm. A small car park within 50 yards of this old harbour makes for easy parking. It is an excellent location to fish in adverse weather conditions.
Approximately ½ mile further on towards Barmouth, there is a layby on your left and it is here that you can park your vehicle and walk down to fish from Barmouth Railway Bridge. During the daytime, there is a small admission fee for both walkers and anglers of about 60p. One of the favourite Bridge fishing spots is about 50 yards on from the metal turning section. However, you can only fish this venue on the rising tide as the railway line is behind you and you cant cross the line to fish on the seaside. A long cast is not necessary. The best bait is live sand eel, live prawn or peeler crab. You can expect to catch Bass, Bullhuss, all flat fish, and Whiting. Because of the distance from sea to the bridge, a drop net is recommended.
In Barmouth itself, you can fish from Barmouth Point.Parking is on the esplanade and from there you can walk on the concrete walkway that leads straight out onto the Mawddach Estuary. The harbour wall has a red light on its point, and you can fish here for Bass, Dogfish, Garfish, Dabs and the occasional sea trout. A minimum of a 4oz led is required, and I recommend a 2 hook trace. Again, bait can be sandeels, crab or worm.
If you follow the road along the promenade (approx. 1 mile) you will come to a small roundabout at the end of the promenade. There is parking adjacent to the sea wall. In front of youis North Beach, which is a shingle beach. This shingle beach fishes well for Turbot, Bass, Mackerel, Whiting and Dogfish. The best all round bait is frozen sand eel or crab. Distance casting is not necessary, and a 2 hook scratching rig catches most species. A flowing trace at distance with frozen sandeel will attract Thornback Rays. There is an ice cream kiosk opposite which is open daily for refreshments.
If you fish between any of the Groynes towards Barmouth then you can catch all of the above. At high water, shoals of Mullet can be seen close to the shore. Fresh water fishing tackle is needed for those.
Further to the north is the clean sandy beach at Llanaber, reached by a road down the side of the church on the northern edge of Llanaber village. Parking is available and the approach to the beach is via a footpath and bridge over the railway.
Barmouth is also renowned for its Boat Fishing .There is a fishing boat that leaves daily from the harbour (weather permitting) on 2, 4, 8, 10 or 12 hour trips. It takes large parties or individuals. The skipper is local and very knowledgeable, and bait and tackle are provided if required. The species you would expect to catch according to the time of year are : Dab, Plaice, Conger, Bass, Dogfish, Rays, Mackerel, Black Bream, Cod, Whiting, Flounder, Gurnard, Mullet and Pollock. Contact John (skipper) 07778 597 572 or Viking Tackle Shop 01341 281 821.
In Barmouth, there is a local tackle shop that stocks both sea and freshwater tackle, and always has an excellent supply of bait. Additionally, they sell fishing permits for Trout, Sea Trout and Salmon in local lakes and rivers.
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