• Fishing in Cardiff

    Fishing in Cardiff is regarded as some of the best anywhere in Wales and offers a fantastic wide range of angling opportunities including fly fishing, coarse fishing, game fishing and sea fishing.

    If you are looking for a few hours of peace and tranquility on a river bank or lake side, then fishing in Cardiff is definitely your chance to achieve this, along with the excitement and challenge that the sport has to offer. In contrast, if you are an angling enthusiast who spends hours, days and sometimes even weeks at the water side, then you will not be disappointed with what the city and its surrounding area has to offer.

    The formation of the barrage to generate Cardiff Bay has produced a huge and rapidly maturing venue for fishing in Cardiff Bay itself, there is a separate article which highlights the opportunities available.

    For Cardiff fishing news you might wish to take a look at the Fishing in Cardiff blog which is full of great pictures of fishing triumphs in Cardiff and South Wales.



    Sea Fishing in Cardiff


    Cardiff Foreshore

    Offering excellent fishing in Cardiff throughout the year is the area known as Cardiff Foreshore.

    Fishing in Cardiff- View of the barrage from the foreshore

    With relatively easy access  compared with many other beach locations, species to be caught at Cardiff Foreshore include whiting during the autumn/winter period, cod, silver eels, flounder, conger ells, mullet and bass. Night fishing in Cardiff tends to bring the bets results with the most productive period with the mark being fished approx. three hours either side of high water.

    Cardiff Foreshore can be reached by turning off the A48M at the Cardiff Docks exit and following the signs along Rover Way to the dock entrance. Parking is on the dock security gates approach road with the beach a short walk away.


    Offshore Sea Fishing

    Now regarded as one of the best rod and line cod fisheries in the UK, fishing in Cardiff & Penarth have some of the top fishing grounds around including the Bristol Channel.

    Fishing charter boats from companies operating out of Penarth and Cardiff such as Escape Charters, Anchorman Charters, Devocean Charters, will take you to the fishing grounds as well as other areas such The Ledge off Sully Island & Flat Holm Island, with expert guidance on where to find the best fishing experience. Varieties of species include Turbot, Monkfish, Cod, Pollcak, Huss, and sharks up to 200+lb.


    Coarse Fishing in Cardiff


    Cefn Mably Lakes

    Located north east of Cardiff in Cefn Mably, postcode CF3 6L, Cefn Mably Lakes offers coarse fishing on its 8 different lakes, 6 mixed coarse fishing lakes and two carp fishing lakes.


    Highly regarded and extremely popular as an angling venue, Cefn Mably Lakes caters for all levels of anglers from the complete beginners, to families, all the way through to the experts. Carp fishing in Cardiff is catered for by its two carp lakes, Lodge Lake and Spring Pond are home to specimen mirror carp up to 28lbs and are perfect for those looking to spend a day or a week seeking that one big catch. In contrast, the mixed coarse lakes such as Horseshoe Pond, Overflow Pond and Willow Pond are great for beginners, young children and families as fish are smaller, easier to catch and the banks are easily accessible.


    Prices, Day Tickets & Session Tariffs for Cefn Mably Lakes

    Current prices, as at 31st May 2013, are as follows…


    General Coarse Fishing in Cardiff

    Day Ticket: Adult £7.50, Senior £7.00, Junior £6.00

    Evenings: Adult£5.50, Senior £5.00, Junior £5.00

    Parent & Child: £12.00


    Lodge Lake

    Day Ticket £11.00, 24 Hours £22.00, 48 hours £40.00, Week £125.00


    Spring Pond

    Day Ticket £91.00, 24 Hours £18.00, 48 hours £30.00, Week £100.00


    Cefn Mably Lakes Contact Details, Address, Postcode & Telephone Number

    Cefn Mably Lakes

    Cefn Mably


    CF3 6LP

    Tel: 01633 681101

    Canada lodge fly fishing in Cardiff Website


    Coarse Fly Fishing in Cardiff


    Canada Lodge Lake

    Canada Lake, postcode CF15 9NF, offers fly fishing in Cardiff surrounding area for both rainbow and brown trout in a stunning woodland setting just north of Cardiff on the fringe of Creigiau village


    Ideal for both novices and game fishing experts, the venue has a choice of day tickets and prices, with a choice of catch & release or taking home your catch. Bookings are not required with the facility being open seven days a week during the summer from 7.30am to 9.00pm and during the winter from 8.00am to 4.00pm.

    Prices, 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


    Canada Lake Contact Details, Address, Postcode & Telephone Number

    Canada Lake

    Heol Pant-y-Gored



    CF15 9NF

    Tel: 02920 892090

    For a more detailed article on fly fishing in Cardiff, particularly the fly fishing venues in Cardiff we have included a detailed article on the subject, it also covers venues in South Wales as well all being a short drive from the city.

  • Cardiff Carp Fishing and Tackle

    We are beginning to think that Cardiff Carp fishing is one of the best kept secrets in in UK!

    It is true that 40lb fish are rare in Cardiff area but regular 30lb fish can be caught at multiple locations and then we have the fast growing jewel in the crown. Carp fishing in Cardiff Bay.

    Glamorgan Anglers Club are reporting that regular anglers in the Bay are catching personal best carp with a report of 30 lb being a recent catch.

    We all know that time and food are the recipe for big fish, what we may be overlooking though is temperature.  Cardiff carp ponds probably produce larger fish that their counterparts in the valleys simply because it’s a bit warmer nearer the coast.

    Cardiff Carp Fishing Locations

    So where can Cardiff carp be found? Well we have already mentioned one location, Cardiff Bay , cardiff carp fishing locations where fishing is permitted can be found on the map.

    Within a ten mile radius we can add 2 more. Cardiff Carp lakes do not come more central than Roath Park Lake. It is perhaps an unlikely spot for a spot of Cardiff carp fishing, and we are not talking about the Koi Carp in the conservatory!!

    The second is Lamby lake is situated off Lamby way and is home to some of the larger Cardiff carp, there are plenty of fish over 20lb and 30lb in there too. Fishing is not restricted to different types of carp but includes perch, tench and golden rudd with their stunning colours.

    Lamby Lake, Lamby Way, Cardiff

    Telephone 07878 831048

    Cardiff Carp at Lamby Lake website


    Cefn Mably Lakes

    Cardiff carp are fished for in swims these are well organised, a decent size and tidy. Fish populations are about 40 at 20lbs plus and at least 150 just under that weight.

    Cefn Mably Lakes

    Cefn Mably


    CF3 6LP

    Tel: 01633 681101


    carp fishing

    Mike Jones, Shop Manager putting a carp back into the water.

    Cardiff Carp tackle shops

    There are plenty of good tackle shops in Cardiff, offering excellent equipment and vigorous live bait and you all have your favourites but forgive us if we focus on a newly opened tackle shop that specialises in carp tackle.

    Cardiff Carp fishing- First4fishing

    First4Fishing – The shop in Taffs Well

    Cardiff carp are extremely well looked after, the care that goes into landing a big fish without damaging it is legendary within the sport but even recognised outside fishing circles.

    Situated off the A470 and close to the M4 the shop is located on the Taffs Well industrial estate, it’s close to ‘Travis Perkins’ an in the same building as ‘Cash 4 cars’ . Mike Jones and Simon Spinola offered a very friendly welcome and its layout was fantastically organised. the ranges offered are Taska and Nash, Mike is a consultant for Nash and has vast knowledge of Cardiff Carp scene.

    The business started  2006 however, the shop has only been in existence since May 2013. It has wider aims than just being a business though, as evidenced by its dedicated team of field testers, who fish in England and Wales, testing products and offering advice, only where wanted of course!

    The goal is to promote carp fishing in Wales through social media and personal contact, Mike is generous with his tips and advice and is available every weekend.

    So what products are popular at the moment? It turns out that the big new selling item is the Diamond Hook Files, made by Taska.  But the shop stocks every imaginable accessory for carp fishing including carp mats to protect your catch on the bank.


    Cardiff Carp Fishing- Diamond sharpening stones

    Taska Diamond Hook Files, A really big selling new item.

    So with 4 terrific locations to choose from in Cardiff to fish for Carp and a tackle shop to offer all the products and advice you could ask for. You have to ask what is stopping you from having a go.

    If you are a complete novice to fishing for Carp and need advice on the right kit to start with or if you want the latest tackle to land and return your monster fish to the water look no further than this page!


    Unit C,24B Garth Works, Taffs Well, Cardiff, CF147HP

    Phone: 02921 155617



    Check out their Facebook site and Ebay shop with over 22,000 customers

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  • Fishing Boat Charter from Cardiff Bay

    One of the most pleasing things about visiting or living in Cardiff as a fisherman is that there is a large variety of manners to enjoy the sport a fishing boat charter being one of them.

    Being a major Port on the Bristol Channel means that there is plenty of choice to take a fishing boat charter with three marinas in Cardiff Bay to choose from.

    If you want to take a fishing boat charter you are almost certainly going to have a good day out and the chances are you will end up with good catch as well.

    The Bristol channel is on of the most tidal regions in the world so taking a fishing boat charter will nearly always bring you a productive day, irrespective of the time of year.

    The Bristol Channel is famous for its Cod but you also need to remember that with 3 islands in the Bristol Channel, Steepholm Flatholm and Lundy the variation in habitat and depth mean that Conger, Bass, several Rays, Smoothounds and Tope are also available.

    The Cod season starts towards the end of August and continues to mid May.

    Optimum fishing is October to January, followed by March and April (spring run) where fish feed up before migrating to the Irish Sea for summer.


    Fishing Boat Charter Cost and Equipment

    Fishing boat charter will probably cost of the order of £50.00 per person, hire of rod and other equipment would cost a little more and of course don’t forget your bait. Typical bait for the channel might include Lugworm, Ragworm, Mackerel, Herring and Sprats, Squid, Peeler Crab, Sandeel. The skipper of your fishing boat charter can advise you and even get the bait for you. The wrigglier the better ! There is no refund on unused bait.


    Fishing Boat Charter Opportunities


    Escape charters

    Penarth Marina

    Wayne Cook

    (Office) 01633 660488

    (Boat) 07890 782344

    Email: –fish@escape-charters.com


    NIK-I-LOU – Cardiff Bay

    Cardiff Charter Fishing Boat Charter

    Telephone Steve: – Boat 07976 444569 or Office: – 01446 736735

    Email: – enquiries@nik-i-lou.co.uk


    PHAT CAT Charters based in Cardiff (Penarth)Fishing Boat Charter - Phat Cat Charters

    Cardiff Marine, Watkiss Way, Cardiff. CF11 0SF

    Craig the Skipper on 07814 941932


    Free secure parking.


    Anchorman ChartersFishing boat charter-Anchorman Charters

    Telephone: 01446 403168
Mobile: 07974 101 888

    Email: anchorman.charters@ntlworld.com

Anchorman III Charters
184 Colcot Road
Vale of Glamorgan
CF62 8UJ


    DevOcean Fishing Charters, CardiffFishing boat charter - dev-ocean-charter

    Alan Mobile: 07989748701

    Email: alan@devoceancharters.co.uk


    White Water Charters

    Based at Milford Haven in Pembrokshire and Penarth Marina in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.

    Tel: 01446 710815

    Mob: 07970 936443

    You may not always be able to contact me on the mobile if the boat is out, the best time to call is between 6pm and 9pm.

    Email: info@whitewatercharters.co.uk



    To book your trip call 07855714590 or drop me an e-mail look forward to seeing you soon 😉

    My email address is salvo@tunnaracharters.co.uk

    Regards Salvatore



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