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Chrisk

family fishing in S W Wales?

My eldest son, his daughters, my husband and myself love sea fishing but don't get to go often.  Last year we hired a boat from Saundersfoot and had a great day - I caught the only sea bass    of the day - although we caught loads of mackerel and pollock.

This year we would like to go on another trip whilst they are visiting us but my son's new wife is seasick!!!  So we thought we would try and find somewhere, not too far, where we could fish and she could sunbathe.  Any one in the S W Wales area that can recommend somewhere suitable?  Preferably some fishing off rocks and away from the maddening crowds   .
Gareth

Yes.

From the rocks 1/2 a mile along Glen beach at Saundersfoot.

There is a block of flats size boulder that stands out about 30 metres from the shore. Note: this boulder is cut off 2 hours before high tide and for
2 hours after high tide ... so be prepared for 4 hours in total. it is the premium spot along Monkstone point for: Sea Bass, Mullet, Bream and Garfish. Along with odd Mackerel and Sea trout and the occosional Cuttle fish and Squid. Get a couple of baits out 30-50 yards, and back lead them in the same way as some Carp angling rigs, then fish surface and shallow diving lures over the top of the static baits.


My parents live in Saundersfoot (if you went for a drink in the "Captains" on the harbour chances are you probably elbowed dad out of the way to get to the bar .
Gareth

This the set of rocks that I mentioned in the post above; you can just make out the beach users at it's point, but the majority of the rocks are in the shade on this google image.



http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=....001509,0.004801&t=h&z=18
welshboy

Gareth has  pointed out the best location. Another place is just west of Pendine  on the point between Morfa Bychan and Marros beach - usually isolated and secluded- better for sunbathing but not quite as good as Monkstone for fishing.
If you tire of either place try Barafundle bay for sheer beauty/ isolation and the fishing .You have to park at Stackpool Quay south of Pembroke town and right out on the coast.
Chrisk

Thanks both of you    - sorry for not getting back sooner.   Will go and take a look at all of them soon.   Fished off the pier at Saundersfoot but it gets a bit crowded.   Are any of these places difficult to get to in terms of disabilities?  One of the crowd has problems walking long distances.
Gareth

Access to the Boulder on Glen beach can be achieved by going up and over the cliffs and then down a set of concrete steps. However, this route is not suitable for for a disabled person.

Easier access can be obtained by walking the 1/2 mile or so along the beach .... from the Cafe and boat Chandlers at the far end of the harbour. But has to be done at least 2 -3 hours before high tide. You will then be cut off until 2-3 hours after high tide.

I fish from this spot at least once a year and allow a minimum of 8 hours for my fishing session, 4 of which will be cut off from access, and I make the necessary allowances; rain gear, plenty to eat and drink including a hot flask, and above all patience.

There is more than adequate room  and shelter from an on-shore wind on a shelf at the base of the cliff, and about 15 feet higher up which is easily accessible via a well worn path. But patience and calmness are the keys here ... ... just be prepared to sit it out and not do anything rash; which can be a great pleasure in itself, as the wildlife at the top end of a summer tide here is spectacular: Seals, Porpoise, the occasional Dolphin, Small Blue sharks, an exceptional variety of birds wheeling overhead, and fish swimming through the clear water, and if you are really, really, really, lucky you may glimpse either a very large Sun fish or a Loggerhead turtle which visit the bay almost every year.


I'll be going down to stop with my parents several times this summer, maybe we can hook up together and enjoy a strees free rock fishing session.
Chrisk

Sound idylic    - have to organise out fishing trips with precission, have to get a neighbour to see to sheep, dogs, cats and chooks (and he works away quite a bit!) but I am sure Andy and I would love to join you if we can get cover.
welshboy

Chrisk wrote:
Thanks both of you    -    Are any of these places difficult to get to in terms of disabilities?  One of the crowd has problems walking long distances.

Morfa Bychan and Barafundle Bay involve about 3/4 mile walks - thats why they are relatively secluded.
Chrisk

Thanx welshboy - was going for a recky this weekend but we have snow!

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