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Swansea

At the heart of South Wales, the area of Swansea is many destinations rolled into one. Swansea the 'city by the sea'harbours the picturesque resort The Mumbles, on the opposite side of Swansea Bay. As a wider area, Swansea contains some of the UK's finest coastline on the Gower Peninsula, a cherished area of outstanding beauty. The River Tawe can be fished just north of Swansea City by game anglers. The countryside's mountainous slopes and rolling valleys are a popular destination for walkers, cyclists and the adrenaline hungry mountain bikers. You can enjoy the landscape by following one of the many dedicated trails.


Clive Branson's
Fishing Guide

to
Wales
and the Borders


 

By popular demand from visiting anglers I have been asked on many occasions
“Where best to go fishing including best facilities such as refreshments, toilets, disable access etc”
Therefore I have introduced for each venue within the guide my personal
1-5 star rating *****.
Including my personal views, helping anglers decide where best to experience
this great sport of ours.
I recommend that you phone first and check details before setting out. You will need a valid Environment Agency rod licence to fish at any venue listed
Also check out the easy to navigate post code and google map

COARSE / GAME / SEA


COARSE



Venue; CLYNE VALLEY POOL

Location; Adjacent to Clyne-Valley Walk
Owner Permit; Swansea City Council
Availability; Day and Season tickets
Tel; 01792 635436
Fish Species; Carp, Rudd, Roach
Web Site; http://www.swansea.gov.uk
Additional information; A small water near Blackpill, Swansea on the Clyne Valley cycle path ,with approx room for 8 anglers and depth of water to 3m. Roach are the main species together with the odd rudd, tench & carp.  Worth a visit if you just have a few hours to spare.
Star Rating **

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Venue; FENDROD LAKE

Location; Situated in Swansea Enterprise Park Junction 44 off M4
Sat Nav:
SA6 8RN
Google: Map
Owner Permit;
Brynmill A/C
Availability;
Day Season Tickets on bank 1.5 acre Lake
Tel;
01792 202245
Fish Species;
Carp,Perch, Bream, Rudd, Golden orfe, Crucian, Dace
Web Site;
http://www.bdac.btck.co.uk/
Additional information; The Fendrod Lake occupies an area of some 13 acres in the heart of the Swansea Enterprise Park. The water contains carp to 20lbs, skimmers to bream of 8lbs, tench to 6lbs, roach to 2lbs together with crucian carp, dace, orfe, perch & rudd. The lake has approx 75 pegs, the vast majority of which are concreted. A small number are also designed for the Disabledd.
Star Rating **

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Venue; GELLI HIR COARSE FISHERY (GOWERTON LAKES)

Location; Gelli Hir Three Crosses, Gower
Google: http://goo.gl/maps/M3deG
Sat Nav:
SA6 8RN
Owner Permit; Swansea A/C (Simon Medicke )
Availability; 3 Lakes Day and season tickets
Tel;
07836 319450
Fish Species; Carp, Bream,, Roach, Rudd, Tench
Web Site;
http://swanseaanglingclub.wordpress.com/
Additional information;
Swansea Angling Club offers day ticket coarse fishing at Gelli-Hir Farm on the beautiful Gower Peninsular.More information and Also tickets available from Country stores Gowerton
Star Rating ***

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Venue; HALF ROUND POND

Location; Situated in the Swansea Enterprise Park behind Wyvale Garden Centre
Google: http://goo.gl/maps/FpvnF
Owner Permit;
2 Small Canal type Ponds
Availability;
Bryn Mill A/C
Tel;
01792 202245
Fish Species;
Rudd, Tench, Perch
Web Site;
http://www.bdac.btck.co.uk/
Additional information;
These 2 ponds cover a half-acre site some 300yds from the Fendrod Lake. They are situated behind Wyevale Garden Centre and have their own car-park that can be accessed opposite the Macro Cash & Carry store. The waters contain carp to 20lb+, tench to 6lb together with perch, rudd, skimmer bream, brown goldfish and roach. There are currently about 40 concreted pegs and a security gate, but this is open most days through the summer months.
Star Rating **

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Venue; PLUCK POND

Location; In Swansea Enterprise Park close to Morfa Stadium
Google: http://goo.gl/maps/FpvnF
Owner Permit; Swansea City Council
Availability;
Day tickets County Hall
Tel;
01792 635436
Fish Species;
Tench, Perch, Bream, Rudd, Eel
Web Site
www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3979
Additional information;
Also known as the Lily pond and situated NE of Singleton Park. There is room for only 4 anglers with juniors taking precedence. A good head of small bream, rudd, crucians & carp. Access is by foot from the park entrances on Brynmill Lane or Sketty Road.
Star Rating **

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Venue; PENLLERGARE VALLEY WOOD FISHERY

Location; Junction 47 M4 Off the A483 between Cadle and Tircoed Village
Owner Permit; Cadle Angling Club
Availability;
Day/Season tickets Contact Ben Monk
Tel;
0787 9011534
Fish Species;
Tench, Perch, Bream, Rudd, Eel
Web Site;
http://www.penllergare.blogspot.com/

Additional information;
currently in the process of adding pegs, picnic areas and teaching platforms
Star Rating **

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Venue; SINGLETON PARK BOATING LAKE

Location; Mumbles close to Hospital
Google: http://goo.gl/maps/qpRjQ
Owner Permit;
Swansea City Council
Availability;
Day & season tickets, 15 pegs
Tel;
01792 635436
Fish Specie;
Carp, Tench, Bream
Web Site
www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3979
Additional information; Near to the new White Rock Stadium development Stadium and Ski Slope on the fringe of the Enterprise Park. This water has about 18 pegs but is extremely weedy. You'll need to clear a swim before use. It's rarely fished but has some big bream, tench & eels for those looking to put some work in. Quite frankly no one knows what's in there!
Star Rating **

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Venue; SINGLETON PARK LILY POND

Location; Singleton Park
Google: http://goo.gl/maps/qpRjQ
Owner Permit; Swansea City Council
Availability; Day tickets 4 pegs only
Tel; 01792 635436
Fish Species; Carp, Rudd, Bream
Web Site www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3979
Additional information; Situated on the west -side of Swansea near to the University. It has about 10-15 pegs with a maximum depth of 1.5m. Suprising carp reside here to 20lb, together with bream & tench to 4lb & roach. Anglers are not allowed to fish here in the summer months when the boats are operating (usually 10am to 6pm).
Star Rating **

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Venue; WHITE SPRINGS LAKES

Location; Pontardulais M4 Jct 48
Sat Nav:SA4 8QG

Google: http://goo.gl/maps/uoQyV
Availability; Several Pools Day tickets on bank
Tel;
Mr E V Lloyd 01792 885699
Fish Species;
Bream, Tench, Carp, Roach, Rudd, Perch, Gudgeon, Golden Orfe, Crucian, Rainbow Trout
Web Site; 
www.fisheries.co.uk/whitesprings/

Additional information;  Situated on outskirts of Pontardlais. A fishing complex that has every thing. Including Toilets, Disabled access, Bait & Tackle shop, Carp  Lake, Match bookings, Fishing Lodges & Camping
Star Rating ****

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Location; Near Felindre North of Swansea
Sat Nav SA5 7NP
Google:
http://goo.gl/maps/aeUHz
Owner Permit;
Hamdden LTD
Availability;
Day tickets 21 acre Lake
Tel;
01792
781 521
Fish Species;
Brown Trout, Rainbow trout,
Website; http://www.thevalleys.co.uk/attractions/lliw-reservoir-cafe-and-fishery-p171711

Additional information;
Day tickets  on bank, Fish limit, WC, Disabled access, Refreshments,
Star Rating ****

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Venue; RIVER TAWE

Location;
Glas North of Swansea
Google: (Upper reaches) http://goo.gl/maps/AUA21
Google:
http://goo.gl/maps/on78b
Owner Permit;
Inco A/C
Availability;
1.25 miles of Left Bank fishing
Fish Species; Trout, Sewin, Salmon
Website:
http://www.taweangling.co.uk/
Additional information; 
This really is a cracking little river and a real challenge to the keen game fisherman, who will be very pleased to learn that the whole river is open to the visitor through permits issued by two angling clubs. The main river and tributaries in Kite Country, extending to some 25 miles of fishing in all, are in the hands of the Tawe and Tributaries Angling Association and day tickets are available from dealers in Ystalyfera, just South of the impossibly name town of Ystradgynlais on the A4067 (see the web site for full details). Salmon and sea trout may be caught from mid-March to mid-October.
Star Rating **

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Venue; Tawe-Craig-y-Nos


Location;
Head Waters of Tawe
Sat Nav
SA9 1GJ
Owner Permit; Dan-yr-Ogof showcaves
Availability;
750 yds in front of Caves,
Fish Species; Trout, Sewin, Salmon
Tel;
01639730801
Web Site;
http://www.showcaves.co.uk/

Additional information; Fishing is situated on the River Tawe 750 yards in front of Dan-yr-Ogof showcaves. Public fishing available. Call at Dan-yr-Ogof showcaves for permits
Star Rating **

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Venue; SHIMANO FELINDRE

Location; North of Swansea near to Felindre Jct 46 off M4
Google: http://goo.gl/maps/aeUHz
Owner Permit; Shimano Fishery
Availability;
Day Tickets
Tel;
01792 796584
Fish Species;
Rainbow trout, Brown trout
Web Site;
www.shimanofelindre.co.uk
Additional information;
Day and Season Tickets from Jud Hamilton on bank. Refreshments, WC, Tuition, Fly only, Record Trout,

Star Rating ***

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Location; SWANSEA

The modern marina sports a popular charter boat fleet and access from inland via road is easy with the M4 motorway close by. Swansea is also home to vast array of smaller private vessels enjoying the quality summer and winter fishing on offer.

WHERE TO FISH The ground off Swansea is a mix of clean sand and mud, rough ground patches, reefy ground consisting of coral, and further out undulating sand banks.

One of the more popular areas is the Outer Green Grounds which gives some of the bigger post Christmas cod. This lies more towards Mumbles at the outer edge of Swansea Bay itself and is made up of mixed ground amongst sand.

Another noted area is the White Oyster Trench. This is a deep gutter running parallel with the shore on a line set between Langland Bay and Pwlldu Head with a depth up to 100-feet. The tide run here can be bad and few boats bother to work this area in anything over medium sized tides.

Also rated are the distant Scarweather Sands, a good bass and ray mark, plus the Kenfig Patches to the south-east, again sand but holding turbot to 4lbs with occasional 10lb plus fish and quality rays.

The beauty of Swansea is that most of the popular marks are within Swansea Bay itself and only a short steam of maybe 20 minutes is required to reach the prime fishing grounds. Just long enough to tackle up before the skipper sets the anchor.

SPECIES The cod move inshore during mid to late October officially, but a few earlier fish are intercepted, a vanguard of the main shoals. The prime months are from mid November through to mid January, though the cod stay until April some years.

There’s a chance of a 20lb cod during December, but the bigger 30lb and the occasional 40lb cod, like the one featured here, show from mid January through to late March.

April can be quiet month, but by May small-eyed, spotted and thornback rays are showing in good numbers. These stay pretty much through to Christmas. The deeper water offshore also holds blonde rays to good size.

Tope move in during late May and June with fish to over 50lbs on the cards. The same period sees good bass working the sand banks and staying through to the autumn. From June, you’ll also intercept smoothound until late August and plaice.

Mackerel make a showing in June and by the end of the month encourage a few porbeagle sharks within range. The porgies stay until late July before heading out and north. Catches of shark recently have fallen due to both commercial pressure and some individuals killing sharks for their food value, a practice that is now frowned upon by the professional skippers.

The reef structures hold black bream through the summer, and give a year round procession of conger, some of these touching over 40lbs and accompanied by bull huss. Turbot and very occasional monkfish show over the sand and sand banks.

The offshore wrecks can give excellent pollack fishing at times with fish well in to double figures. This is a high summer sport, and the wrecks also produce out of season cod, huss, and big conger. No boats seem to target the wrecks in the late winter period due to the weather, but you have to wonder just how big some the resident cod go to on these.

The swing to winter arrives again with the influx of whiting that appear in numbers from early September. Dabs are an alternative target from October when they move tighter inshore over the clean sand off Swansea itself and off Aberavon Sands and Porthcawl.

TACKLE Even inside Swansea Bay the tides can run with some force on the bigger spring tides. For this reason, most anglers favour fishing with an uptide rod and casting their baits away from the boat. I’d suggest a 3 to 5oz uptider for the summer fishing when after bass, rays and tope, but opt for the heavier 5oz to 8oz version for the big winter cod. A multiplier reel like the ABU 7000C is ideal when loaded with 18lb line.

Carry leads of 5ozs, 6ozs and 8ozs with breakout wires and fixed grip wires. These will see you through anything the tides can throw at you providing you let out enough line immediately after the cast.

For downtide fishing, choose a 30lb class rod and reel holding about 300-metres of line. You’ll need leads up to a pound. This tackle is suitable for trotting a big whiting or pout live-bait back from the stern of the boat to target conger and big winter cod.

For the bream, a lighter spinning rod handling leads up to 3ozs and either a multiplier or fixed-spool reel and 10lb line is perfectly adequate and gives maximum fun.

The best rig for both uptide and downtide fishing is a long and low rig with the hook trace of about 36-inches (90cms) fixed just above the lead to keep the bait tight to the seabed. Hand the bait on the grip wires of the lead for uptide casting to protect other anglers in the boat.

TIDES For the offshore wrecks, choose only the very smallest neap tides. The drift is slowed down to acceptable levels on these and the fishing time is maximised.

The medium tides produce summer bass, rays, tope and bream well enough, but for the winter cod you need the medium to very biggest springs. Personally, I choose only the biggest springs as experience has shown that the best numbers of fish are inshore and feeding at this time.

The same applies to the sharks. These move in with the mackerel shoals that come tighter to shore during the bigger spring tides. The shark fishing is done on the drift, though I think that boats who experiment with anchoring during the neap tides could do just as well for the duration of the shark fishing season.

BAITS Anglers here will tell you to fish only black lug baits. This is true of the lug has not been gutted as they still have all their juice when added to the hook and put lots of scent in the water. If you only have gutted black lug, then buy some fresh blow lug and add a couple or three of these to the bottom of a black lug bait. This adds enough juice to already bulky bait to bring the cod homing in.

Worm baits also take whiting, dabs, dogfish and host of other species including the summer plaice. Fish baits are good for the rays and conger, but they also take whole small fish well when down-tiding.

Over the inshore reefs, any bass will take large worm baits or peeler crabs, but over the sand banks the killer bait is live sandeel or whole live pouting. Late in September a switch to whole squid can pick out a specimen 10lber.

For the wreck pollack, carry an assortment of Redgill artificial eels in sizes 112 and 172mm. You need all black which is the most reliable, blood red, all white and a few mixed blue/white or green/white colours.

ALTERNATIVE SHORE VENUES Try the breakwater for summer and autumn rays, plus whiting, dabs, codling, pout and odd bass. Just to the west, Mumbles Pier is good for summer bass, garfish, mackerel, plaice and trigger fish. In winter it offers whiting, dabs and codling, plus numbers of dogfish. Port Talbot Breakwaters again give opportunities for rays, bass and codling, or try Sker Rocks for rays, bass, codling and turbot.

 


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Seren-y-Mor , Dave Axtell Tel; 01639 646588

Susan Jane , David Griffith Tel; 01792 648033, 07836 785409

Felix catamaran , Simon Fudge Tel; 01792 474181, 07703 970764

Dominator , Wayne Morgan Tel; 01792 844141 , 07785347549 
Web Site
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Lady Helen , Mark Tel; 07816 956521

Sarah Louise , Alan  Tel; 01792 798180 , 07860 805690

Enterprise  01656 863364 , Tel; 07855 930990

Susan Jane , David  Tel; 01792 648033 , 07836 785409

Blue Thunder , Mark  Tel; 01792 845786 , 0770 3797974


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NOTICE; It is inevitable that whilst producing fishing guide Wales, some fisheries details may change or some fisheries will have been omitted. I would be grateful if any errors or omissions could be brought to my attention, please email me clive@angling-news.co.uk

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