Guide to Sea Fishing in the Cardigan Bay Area, North Wales

Criccieth beach

For a change, and because the weather has been truly dreadful recently so we’ve not been out, this post is by Daniel P. and gives a brief overview of the sea fishing potential in the rest of Cardigan Bay – thanks for the post Daniel.

If you’re a keen angler, the UK has some of the best spots to go fishing. Wales, in particular, has miles upon miles of beautiful coastline which are ideal for the keen fisherman. Cardigan Bay in North Wales is a great area to try sea fishing. In this article, we’ll be looking at the best places to go fishing in Cardigan Bay and how to make the most of your time there.

Let’s begin by looking at some of its many beaches, where you can catch Bass, Mullet and Cod in winter, and the many rocky shores where Pollack, Wrasse, Mackerel and Conger lurk.

Tresaith Beach is a sandy beach between Aberporth and Penbryn and is a good place to spot Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins in the water. It is named after the River Saith, which ends in a waterfall over the nearby cliffs and offers two beaches for beach casting and shore fishing. The first is the main sandy beach and the second is a rocky beach found by going under the waterfall. Be careful of the tides. The beach is a good place to catch Mackerel and it’s best to fish at night during the summer months when the tourists aren’t swimming in the sea. There is also a cafe, a first aid post, a corner shop for essentials and The Ship Inn pub, which serves some great grub.

New Quay (Cei Newydd) has another great beach for the fisherman. A popular tourist town, thousands of visitors flock here every summer, attracted by its sandy shore. There are lots of café’s here and boats are available if you want to fish in the Irish Sea. The pier wall is a good place if you’re after Conger Eels, and the rocks are great if you’re after Mullet and Bass. Be careful around the rocks since they can get very slippery. If you don’t have any luck with fishing, there are some wonderful pubs here. The Wellington Inn serves some great locally caught seafood whilst the Penwig has a great range of beers to try.

Mwnt is a sheltered sandy cove owned by the National Trust. There are a few steps to get down, so be careful. The fishing here is ideal for beach-casting and fishermen have reported catching Dogfish, Mackerel, Pouting, Pollack, Tompot Blenny and Fivebearded Rockling. There aren’t many facilities here, though, just a cafe and toilets. Dogs aren’t allowed here, so be aware.

Llangrannog Beach is another good area for fishermen. The spectacular Ceredigion Heritage Coastal Path leading right to the beach produces some wonderful views. There are plenty of mackerel to be caught off the rocks and nearby Ynys Lochytn offers opportunities for crabbing and the odd Bass. There are lots of pubs in Llangrannog and a convenience store.

If you are interested in catching Sea-Trout, try the Dyfi estuary near Aberdyfi. Boat fishing is illegal in the area because it is a nursery area for fish, so return any young. Flounder and Mullet can also be found in the brackish waters. Note that the area is popular among tourists in summer, so it’s best to come at a quiet time in autumn or winter.

There are lots of opportunities to catch some wonderful fish in Cardigan Bay. Always remember to be responsible and release what you’ve caught. Look after the environment and be rewarded for years to come.

Written by Daniel P who works for – find out more about their short break experiences here


  1. danniapearl said:

    When I was a kid my father and I used to fish every weekend, I really enjoyed the time when were together. Fishing is somehow a great activity to strengthen bonds between you and a family member, It’s kinda relaxing and enjoyable moments. I really missed that time. It’s really a perfect place for fishing, Nice!.

    Dannia from renewables finance

    March 12, 2012
  2. j tux said:

    Am i just unlucky or can it be that the bay near Aberystwyth is fished out. Three boat trips, good anglers, no fish. Worrying or what?

    July 9, 2013
  3. Nathan said:

    Just returned home from a weekend in mwnt tried every bait and lure known to man plenty of mackerel but not a bite from anything else

    September 19, 2016
  4. colin thomas said:

    Going to try the area next week .

    April 20, 2018
    • Stu said:

      Good luck.

      April 20, 2018

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