Fishing in Solva and St Davids
There are many coves and rocky marks that provide superb Sea fishing, including some of the best Bass fishing in the UK. For children or the novice angler there are also many safe fishing locations including Porthclais harbour wall, where float fishing can provide some excellent catches of wrasse, Pollock and mackerel. For experienced anglers some ‘rock hopping’ will allow access to superb lure fishing areas all around the coast and if you enjoy a challenge, then there are plenty of serious competitions for you to get stuck into including the Stena Line Sea Angling Festival at Fishguard Harbour, with a top prize of £750. For mackerel fishing form the shore my personal recommendations are St Davids Head, and the Quarry at Porthgain. Both these marks can be extremely dangerous in rough seas and both require a long walk, but the taste of fresh mackerel at the end of the day can definitely be worth the effort.
3 other popular local beach fishing locations are Newgale, Whitesands and Broad Haven. Newgale Sands Attracts many surfers and swimmers, but gives good night fishing through the summer months, when you can often catch bass, whiting, flatfish and mackerel. The casting is from shingle out onto a sandy seabed; sandeel is therefore good bait for bass and the occasional ray, while mackerel strip or worm baits are better suited to the flatties and for taking coalfish during the winter. Whitesands Bay With a beachcaster, you can easily reach deep water from this shelving beach, allowing good bass fishing from early spring to the end of November. Rays can also be caught, in addition to flatfish such as plaice, flounder and the occasional turbot. It is a good winter venue for whiting, cod and coalfish. Fish baits do well; sandeel and crab are particularly good for bass in the surf. Broad Haven - A good surf beach with bass a popular quarry. It is a gently shelving, flattish beach of sand and shingle and so provides good fishing for plaice and dabs. Dogfish, gurnard and a few turbot can also be caught from the beach, where good distance casters sometimes make contact with tope.