Got to be one of my favourite venues and host to the European kayak fishing Championship in July. It's situated on the stunning Gower peninsular in South Wales which is renowned for its natural beauty.
The venue itself has a carpark on the beach, pay at the gate and drive straight up to the beach carpark that over looks the bay. The slip way is to the far right of the carpark with a gradual slope down on to the beach which can be busy with boat and jet ski launches in the afternoon. There is a Small take out cafe for light snacks and refreshments in the carpark.
The bay is one of the best fishing venues I have fished from for multiple species, with a record of 33 species on the competition day you can see that it's rich pickings for the species hunter. It fishes at all states and heights of tide but care bust be taken if you venture near Oxwich point as the tide really starts to race and is not suitable for a novice however the bay itself is ideal and a totally safe place for novices and experienced kayakers to learn and feel safe on a kayak.
Way to many species to list as it's one of the best venues I have fished but usual baits will produce with mud rag being one of the best.
Another fantastic venue on the Gower peninsula, situated in the next bay over to the west of Oxwich bay.
The Carpark is a pay and display with a short walk with the kayak to the slipway. There are a few shops near the carpark to get refreshments or some lunch.
The venue is a bay similar to Oxwich but smaller, the ground is mixed with good Bass to be caught along the right hand side and around the point fishing the ledges and drop offs.
Drift for plaice over the sandy bottom around the bay which will also catch gurnard
Usual species can be caught here like dab, dogfish, ray, pollock, pout and many more.
To the left is Horton, sharing the same bay you will catch bass along the rocky outcrops and plaice on the drift again, same species as Port Eynon can be found here.
Best baits to use, mud rag being the best but king rag, lug, squid and mackeral will produce.
The Burry inlet / Loughor
My Home, grew up on this estuary and love it although care must be taken here due to the force of water coming through on the bigger tides so I would recommend a maximum of 7.6 metre tide Llanelli scale to enjoy the benefits of this venue.
Please note this is a bass nursery and there is an imaginary line from whitford lighthouse to the old lighthouse in North Dock Dock Llanelli and there is NO fishing from a floating craft from April the 1st to October 31st inside that area, Burry port side out is OK, There is another boundary line being the railway bridge further up the estuary in Loughor where you can fish from the bridge up at any time but on no occasion can you target bass inside that imaginary bass or up the river beyond the railway bridge in closed or open season.
Famous for it cockles and lavabread as its a rich cockle bed and well managed.
Burry port launch is easy, nice outer slipway with a carpark that you can launch at any state of tide as you can pull the kayak to the river if completely out. There are also two inner slip ways one in the other mariner and another in the west Dock / inner harbour, these two slips will however need water on the cill for you to paddle into the estuary
Straight out you have the Whitford lighthouse, no longer in use but a lovely place to paddle to and being a hotspot for decent Bass. Crab or spinning a lure is best for this mark.
To the right of the outer slip you have the north channel which you can see to the left of a stone wall and post and further out on the Gower side is the south channel, both area can be good fishing for Bass flounder and plaice.
Best baits is maddies again closely followed by lug and crab.
Further up the estuary you have loughor a flatty fanatics paradise, when this fishes it really does produce some nice fish in quantity.
Just over the Loughor bridge on the east side you will see Loughor boating club. Nice slip and carpark. You may need to pay a launch fee from here if you are not a member of the club.
Not much fishing time here due to the time it takes to flood but we usually got 2-2.5 hours either side of top. As per Burry port care must be taken with height of tide as it can race through this section.
On launching, go to the right and up the river and anywhere from the first bend you will have flounder, maddies (mud rag) being the bait of choice.
There is no fishing past the motorway bridge up the river
Amroth is just along the coast, to the east of Saundersfoot, it is a south-facing sandy beach. Approaching the village from the Saundersfoot direction you will drop down to the seafront, there is free parking and also a toilet block.
Launching is easy with a nice concrete slip which is free to launch.
Fishing can be quite good along this stretch of coastline with bass in abundance along with flounder, dab, dogfish, smoothound, mackerel, tops, gurnard and many more, usual baits as the other venues but try a float rig with 3-4ft rig with small slithers of mackerel on a size 10 hook for garfish.
Please note The new bass fishing regulations will only allow you to take one bass per day per angler from July 1st to December 31st
More wales fishing and lauches to follow.
About the author
About the author
Founder and Chairman of South Wales Kayak Anglers, Ed Gibson has been fishing for as long as he's been able to stand. Mentored by his grandfather from before he can remember, Ed followed his family’s heritage, becoming a commercial fisherman, before downsizing his craft of choice for the excitement of kayak fishing.