Fishing in Cardiff, is without doubt, some of the best found anywhere in the United Kingdom and the area offers a wide variety of angling disciplines including coarse fishing, carp fishing, fly fishing, game fishing and sea fishing.
For most, fishing in Cardiff is a chance to enjoy a few hours of peace and tranquility on a river bank or beach with friends and family and get away from it all. For some, it’s a way of life and almost an addiction as they dedicate hours, days and even weeks trying to catch that certain elusive fish. However, whichever bracket you fall into, there is definitely something for you in Cardiff and the surrounding area.
If coarse fishing is your passion, then Cefn Mably Lakes is definitely the place for you with a wide variety of species including specimen carp lakes amongst the eight it offers. Trout fans should try out Canada Lakes, which offers some of the best fly fishing in the principality, or if its sea fishing you are looking for, then both onshore and offshore you find some fantastic angling throughout the while year.
Cardiff Coarse Fishing
Cefn Mably Lakes
If coarse fishing is your type of angling, then Cefn Mably lakes is definitely the place for you. Being located north east of Cardiff in Cefn Mably itself it is easily accessible from J28 of the M4 and the A48, postcode CF3 6L.
Regarded as one of Wales’ top fisheries, Cefn Mably lakes offers 8 different lakes, 6 coarse fishing lakes and the other two dedicated solely to carp fishing. All of the lakes have their own distinctive character and nature and all offer a differing type of fishing experience.
Carp Pond: Carp between 4lb and 25lb including Common, Mirror and Koi.
Horseshoe Pond: Carp averaging 6lb along with bream, roach, tench, barbell and perch. Great for those looking for a mixed bag.
Willow Pond: Carp, skimmers & chub. Ideal for beginners.
Match Pond: A mixture of fish including carp. Match record catch stands at 186lb in 5 hours.
Bridge Pond: Mirror Carp, Barbel, Rudd, Roach, Chub, F1 Carp, Koi Carp, Perch & Tench. A good winter fishery.
Overflow Pond: Carp, Chub, Roach and Rudd, the ideal pond for beginners and families. Float fishing only.
Lodge Lake (Carp Fishing): Great for carp angling enthusiasts and experts with specimen carp up to 28lb.
Spring Pond (Carp Fishing): Another specialist carp fishing lake with fish slightly smaller on average than Lodge Lake.
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Prices, Day Tickets & Session Tariffs for Cefn Mably Lakes
There are differing options available on where you want to fish, want you want to catch and how long for. Current prices, as at 31st May 2013, are as follows…
General Coarse Fishing
Parent & Child: £12.00
Day Ticket: £11.00
24 Hours: £22.00
48 hours: £40.00
Day Ticket: £91.00
24 Hours: £18.00
48 hours: £30.00
Cefn Mably Lakes Contact Details, Address, Postcode & Telephone Number
Cefn Mably Lakes
CF3 6LP Tel: 01633 681101
Cardiff Coarse Fly Fishing
Canada Lodge Lake
Set in secluded woodland grounds covering 5 acres, Canada Lake is a stunning setting offering the perfect day’s fly fishing for both the expert and the novice. Being located just north of Cardiff on the outskirts of Creigiau village it is easily accessible from J34 of the M4 and the A4119, postcode CF15 9NF.
Stocked with both Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout, Canada Lake is a fly fishing only venue with a variety of day tickets and prices, with a choice of catch & release or taking home your catch.
Tariffs, as at 31st May 2013, are as follows…
Catch & release 4 hours: £12
Catch & release 8 hours: £17
Catch & release take 1 fish 4 hours: £15
Catch & release take 1 fish 8 hours: £20
Kill two fish 4 hours: £20
Kill three fish 8 hours: £25
Kill four fish 8 hours: £28
Various season ticket packages are also available.
Bookings for Canada Lake are not required and they are open 7 days a week during the summer from 7.30am to 9.00pm and during the winter 8.00am to 4.00pm.
N.B Brown Trout must be returned to the water and only Rainbow Trout over 1lb may be kept. Barbless hooks only.
Canada Lake Contact Details, Address, Postcode & Telephone Number
Canada Lake, Heol Pant-y-Gored, Creigiau. Cardiff. CF15 9NF Tel: 02920 892090
Cardiff Sea Fishing
One of the most popular beach sea fishing sites in the area is the Cardiff Foreshore. Despite it not being the most attractive venue, the fishing is often excellent throughout the year and access is relatively easily compared with other locations.
Species at Cardiff Foreshore vary and include masses of whiting during the autumn/winter period, excellent cod fishing, as well as silver eels, flounder, conger ells, mullet and bass. Daylight fishing can be good but night fishing tends to be more productive with the mark being fished approx. three hours either side of high water. Use frozen mackerel for whiting, ragworm or black lug tipped with squid for most other species including cod on a paternoster rig.
Turn off the A48M at the Cardiff Docks exit and follow the signs around Rover Way to the dock entrance. Park on the approach road to the dock security gates and the foreshore is a short walk away.
Offshore Sea Fishing
During the past few years, both the Cardiff & Penarth areas have become regarded as one of the best rod and line cod fisheries in the United Kingdom. With large numbers of wrecks lying on the seabed in the Bristol Channel, within a couple of hours you can be fishing in some of the best fishing grounds around.
Some of the more noted areas include The Monkstone, the Cardiff Grounds sand banks, The Ledge off Sully Island, One Fathom Bank off Barry Island and an area next to Flat Holm Island. All are reachable by using one of the many fishing charter boats, such as Escape Charters, Anchorman Charters, Devocean Charters, which operate out of both Cardiff and Penarth, as are other well known areas such as Nash Sands and even Lindy Island off the Devon coast during the summer when the weather permits.
Species available off the coast of Cardiff and the aforementioned fishing grounds include Cod, Monkfish, Turbot, Smoothound, Pollack, Huss, Conger, Mackarel as well as many types of rays, and shark which average around 100lbs and can be taken over 200+lbs.
Cardiff Tackle Shops
As fishing is a popular pastime in Cardiff, there are a number of tackle shops in the city which cater for all types off angling, including sea fishing, coarse, fly fishing and game fishing. Some of the more well known and reputable are…
172 Penarth Rd
Tel: 02920 220723 Opening times: 9.00am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Garry Evans Fishing Tackle
105-109 Whitchurch Road
Tel: 02920 692968 or 02930 619828 Opening times: 8.00am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday. 7.00am – 5.30pm Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Arthur Bale & Sons
166 A Richmond Road, Cardiff, South Glamorgan. CF24 3BX
Tel: 02920 499889
Opening times: 9am – 5.00pm Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday.
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