Small Eyed Ray Result at Cymyran Bay, Anglesey

Our annual September visit to Anglesey coincided with some truly horrid weather this year – payback for a beautiful 2 weeks in July maybe. In fact it was so bad that our first nights sea fishing was cut short, the wind and associated weed was so bad that even huge leads couldn’t keep the baits in the water for any length of time. It doesn’t look it in the photo above but trust me, it was horrid.

Saturday, according to the weather forcast didn’t look so bad so we arrived about 2 hours before high water and made our way to the small ‘bay’ formed by the bend in the ‘river’ between Holy Island and Anglesey proper. There were a lot of anglers fishing the beach to our left but with the tide racing in and out on such a flat beach it can be a bit of a hassle moving all the time, and since we were on holiday, we wanted something easy.

Actually we always fish this spot – it’s been good to us in the past and once again it didn’t let us down. As normal there wasn’t much action during the flood and realistically the weed was a bit more of a problem than we anticipated but we wanted to get there early to get our favourite spot.

Once the tide started ebbing the weed vanished and fishing began in earnest. An hour into the ebb my rod gave the tell tail bend, which just kept going, and I struck into what was obviously a good fish. It put up a fair scrap in the surf but eventually a lovely female Small Eyed Ray was beached, weighed at 9lb 3oz, photographed and returned to fight another day.

Unfortunately that was the only fish of the weekend and once again the weather came down, making fishing impossible for the rest of our trip but after a few days on Anglesey even the weather can’t stress you out.

A wonderful island with great fishing which we will continue to visit as long as we are able, in fact we’re already planning next years visits.


  1. martin said:

    Hi Stu,

    Very nice fish.

    Ditto re weather just returned from a week on the Lleyn staying at Cricceith, only doggies from west beach but nice wrasse taken nearly every cast at Trefor peir and Porth Ysgarden.

    Had a trip onto Anglessy but no fishing as my other half Janet wanted to look round (only likes fishing out of the tailgate of car on warm sunny days !) realy like the look of Meolfre rocks and shall return with rod.

    This is my first reply but have enjoyed your site for some time and has promted me to look at places like Hightown and Hesketh Bank – keep up the good work ! – I also find a good source of info for north wales / anglessy.

    Just to rub it in look at the weather forecast this week – cheers – Martin

    September 27, 2011
  2. Stu said:

    Hi Martin

    Thanks for you’re comments – the weather was a bit naff wasn’t it 🙂
    Haven’t fished Trefor for ages, used to go there on the way or way back from Nefyn – i thought it was closed due to it falling to bits. Haven’t tried Ysgarden for a while either – I always found it a bit shallow.

    We sometimes go to the golf course at Morfa Nefyn – just to chill out with a box of rag and some light / float gear so that’s always worth a go if you’re in the area although the walk from the car park at the bottom is a bit if a killer.

    Cheers once again for the comments.


    September 27, 2011
  3. andy said:

    Well done for the ray ! I had similar weather in Ireland for 2 weeks at the beginning of September.
    The wind really did screw-up things rock-fishing wise. We still had a great time though : 7 species, with the biggest being a 9 lb huss and the best a 6 lb bass( both returned ). Enjoyed fresh grilled mack on the BBQ 4 times !

    October 2, 2011
  4. Stu said:

    Thanks Andy, sounds like you had a good go at it in Ireland with a couple of good fish. There’s nothing like a fresh fish BBQ 🙂

    October 3, 2011

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.