Anglesey – First Bass of 2011

bass from broad beach near rhosneigr angleseyFinally our first visit to Anglesey of 2011 came around and to say we were looking forward to it would be an understatement and then a bit. We stayed, as we nearly always do at Ty Cristion Holiday Cottages, in Bodedern, which gave us access to the entire Anglesey coastline with about 30 minutes.

After the thankfully non-eventful journey down, unpacking more gear than would supply an Amazonian expedition and a trip to the local supermarket to stock up on food and beer we decided on an easy venue for our first nights sea fishing, hoping for Bass and armed with some fantastic peeler crab as bait from Menai Angling we arrived at Cemyln Bay a couple of hours before high tide.

The wind was a bit unpleasant and it looked like everyone had the same idea as us as Cemlyn is fairly protected from the weather. The fishing wasn’t great to say the least but we managed a few dogfish, no Bass this time…

The following few days we gradually ‘turned off’ and proceded to soak up the sun and think of nothing more taxing than ‘what shall we have for lunch?’ The weather was fantastic so we just relaxed for a few days, making the most of it.

Tuesday was a day for fishing though so with the wind in the East we elected to try a rock mark called Ty Croes, where the Anglesey race track is. On arriving at the car park there were a few cars there already but stupidly we made our way down to the rocks only to find all the available spots taken – I’m sure there are more but we don’t know the Ty Croes area well enough to find them. Plan B was put into action, go back to the cottage, chill out some more then fish Broad Beach, just South of Rhosneigr a couple of hours either side of high water into darkness.

dogfish from borad beach angleseyThis proved to be a great move, as we were entertained the whole evening by a contant stream of dogfish. Not the target species until I spotted the classic bang of a Bass bite on the rod I was fishing with peeler crab relatively close in and reeled in my first Bass of the year. At about a pound and a half isn’t wasn’t a monster and it swam away safely to terrorise more tiny sea denizens.

We also managed to catch a few whiting but by about midnight we’d had enough and happily made our way back to Bodedern.

The following day dawned bright and cheery once more so it was another one of those chilling out days, it’s amazing how doing nothing but relaxing can tire you out…

We did go for a stroll around Penrhos Beach and found a couple of likely looking marks to try during our summer visit as well as finding an old boat house, complete with rusty rails leading down into the sea. It must have been here ages but was long abandoned and was now just a remnant of ages past.

old boat house on penrhos beach

Thursday the weather turned a bit unpleasant but we couldn’t complain and continued to do more relaxing…

Friday was to be our last full day on Anglesey so after picking up some more peeler crab bait from Valley Baits and having a chat about likely venues we made our way to Cymyran Bay where, instead of walking over the dunes to the sea we went right and fishing a pool in the ‘river’ that separates Anglesey from Holy Island. The tide blasts through this channel and we would only get a a couple of hours either side of low water to fish it but it was worth a try.

anglesey cymyran river

Fishing down to low water we got a few bites but nothing to get excited about but once the tide turned and we moved ‘up’ the ‘river’ a bit to stop being cut off the place went nuts. Although we didn’t connect with anything, and I’m not entirely sure why, we both had some thumping bites for at least an hour, after than the weed and tide became too much of a problem. Why couldn’t we connect with the fish? Maybe the hooks were to big for a bait, maybe weed masked to points – I’ve not idea – but we’re definitely going back either armed with crab again or, after being to actually see the fish on the surface, armed with the fly rods and some Sandeel ‘flys’ as hopefully by summer thats what the Bass will want.

No fish from this venue but damn – it was exciting…

Saturday dawned with mixed weather so we packed the car and had lunch at the refurbished cafe at RSPB South Stack where the cliff top flowers are stunning and the cliffs are covered in breeding sea birds of all types.

anglesey flowers south stack kidney vetch

Once again Anglesey didn’t disappoint and we came home relaxed, a little sun tanned and with a few fishy stories, we’ll be back in a couple of months and we’re looking forward to it already…


  1. Phil Hollington said:

    Stewart – as ever an excellent blog post. I tried Cymyran for the first time yesterday – Gareth sent me there for flatties, but it looked a terrific plugging spot and as you say it is a perfect location. Yesterday I was there too late – the tide was running too fast to plug, but got there over low today and despite blanking had a great time (until I broke a rod ring!). Your “up-river”spot looks perfect – where is it exactly (I’m parking on the airfield side of the sand basin). I’ll try to give it a go tomorrow.



    July 7, 2011
  2. Stu said:

    Hi Phil

    Only just got back from a 2 week break on Anglesey where we failed to catch any Bass – never mind though – we had a damn good time.

    The spot above… if you park in the basin (be careul of the high tide and your car) walk right past the house and head straight out over the sand bank – that should put you where we were.


    July 16, 2011
  3. Phil Hollington said:

    many thanks Stu – will try to get out some time soon. Glad you had a good time up here, and pity there were no bass



    July 17, 2011
  4. Mark Thomas said:

    Hi Stu, I’m on Angelsey for a few days and would like to try the Holy Island area for bass. Any suggestions for bait and a spot. Also low tide? I was trying to figure out where the photo was taken above in the ‘river’. Is it just North of Silver bay? Thanks for any help. Cheers. Mark

    August 24, 2011
  5. Stu said:

    Hi Mark

    Bass should come from almost any beach this time of year so long as there’s a surf. Use lug or ragworm and don’t cast to far. Another place to try maybe the menai straights just past Beaumaris, just as the tide starts to flood (ie, low water up) for a couple of hours – using peeler crab as bait cast among the boulders.

    The ‘river’ in the above photo is just north east of silver bay but on the main island side.


    August 24, 2011
  6. Mark Thomas said:

    Many thanks Stu. Will give it a go and let you know if I have any success 🙂

    August 25, 2011
  7. Mark Thomas said:

    Hi Stu tried the river a couple of times without success apart from a Dab but will try again. Also tried Menai as you suggested and caught my first Bass on a lure. Now I’m hooked. Thanks for the advice and will be trying again for the final few weeks of the caravan season 🙂

    September 4, 2011
  8. Stu said:

    Well done Mark!

    We’ll be trying for a Bass on the fly at the end of Sept – haven’t managed it yet but that’s why we keep going 🙂

    September 4, 2011
  9. Jacob Roberts said:

    i was wondering if i could use the flowers on the edge of the cliff please for a school project promoting Anglesey

    Thank You

    July 1, 2015
    • Stu said:

      Hi, no problem at all, let me know how it goes

      July 1, 2015

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