Once more we ventured to Anglesey for 2 weeks of relaxing, seafishing and walking and although the weather wasn’t particularly kind to us we managed to catch a few fish.
This holiday ended up with us catching a lot less fish but having a lot more fun doing it, let me explain…
Our first sea fishing session saw us lure fishing in the Menai Straights, a technique that we’ve both just started and although we think we may have had a couple of ‘pulls’ nothing came of it except the chance to be ‘out there’ which for a two week holiday is the whole point. We lure fished a couple of other places as well but we’re still novices to this method and we need to do a bit more ground work as to what works where, during what weather and at what state of tide. It’s like learning to sea fish all over again only more exciting.
We did the usual bait casting in some of our usual haunts catching mainly Dogfish, but only managed one solitary Bass from Cemlyn Bay which fell to Crab fished over high water into darkness, we also tried Sandy Beach for Smooth hounds but once again, as last year, they just didn’t show up.
Our main success though was our first saltwater fish falling to a fly, a small Bass took a chartreuse (bright green) and white Clouser during the final bit of the flood tide at the lagoon formed by Afon Alaw flowing into the bay opposite Penrhos. To say I was pleased would go down as this years understatement.
The actual fly was mangled by the Bass but a similar one can be seen in the front of these three which I also tied.
Once more we tried for Mullet and although we’re now convinced we have the right flys to catch them we couldn’t get any to take either a fly or a combination of bread / Mackerel / Ragworm even though we could see them. They just weren’t feeding in any numbers and all we saw was the odd splash as a Mullet took the fishy bread off the surface. We need to locate the shoals but we just can’t seem to find out where they are feeding in numbers.
So, not many fish but once again a fantastic 2 weeks relaxing and recharging in a way that only Anglesey seems to provide.