Species that can be caught from the shore include bass, cod, dabs, dogfish, eels,  flounder, garfish, mackerel, mullet, pollack, plaice, rockling, sea trout, thornback ray, tope, weaver, whiting.  There are stretches of beach for surfcasting, and the Mawddach estuary and its associated features offer a variety of fishing marks.

There is a good variety of sea fishing around Barmouth.  Bass are usually around between May and October, though they have been caught as early as March and as late as November.  Whiting usually arrive in November, and are  caught from the bridge and beach.  Mackerel are caught from July, as long as the summer lasts. In 2004 we were catching them from the beach in November, which would have been inconceivable a few years ago.  Could it be that as sea temperature rises we will have bass and mackerel all year round, but no cod or whiting?

North Beach (1-2)
At the north end of the promenade, just over a mile from the town is a car park, Sean's refreshment Kiosk, and one of our most popular sea fishing areas. At high tide it is possible to fish from the sea wall around the breakwaters. Or walk along the stony bank towards LLanaber. Fish from the stones or from LLanaber itself fish from the rocks(2) (DANGER!)  Bass, flatties, dogfish come quite close inshore all along this stretch, especially at night. So do Mackerel sometimes, and when this happens, garfish and tope can be around also.

Beach Town End (3)
There is an area of beach with stony patches around the old sewer pipe. Obviously unpopular with bathers, popular with anglers who catch bass, flatties and dogfish here. Also a good stretch for mackerel, though wading may be needed if they are shoaling far out.

Island (4)
No longer an island, walk across the causeway, and at low tide continue out over the sand to fish the estuary channel. Beware incoming tide. It is easy to get cut off.  The point, underneath the beacon at the narrowest part of the estuary channel is a favorite spot for bass.  Bottom fishing can be productive, though the sea floor is snaggy. Spinning, especially with rubber eel lures has also proved effective over the years.

Harbour (5)
More favoured by children with crab lines than with serious anglers.  Can be a great spot for flatties, some bass, eels, dogfish and whiting. and beware the poisonous weaver fish.  If you like a challenge go after the mullet with fine float fishing tackle and small ragworm or bread as bait.

Not fishable at low tide, when the only water is in the estuary channel beneath the two iron spans, from which no fishing is allowed. Also the outgoing tide can be difficult because your tackle tends to get washed back under the bridge.  On the incoming tide until just after the turn, worth a try but can be frustrating when you lose a fish hauling it up from sea level.  A good place to fish though, sometimes you can be right on top of the fish.

Talybont (7)
At Talybont beach, bathers permitting, beachcasting can produce bass, flatties, and the occasional thornback ray.  Frozen bait and some tackle is available from nearby Macs Market.
Years ago I used to collect soft crab, Mussel, lug and ragworm at low tide.  Digging for bait is no longer permitted around the harbour. Anyway we have three tackle shops, Beachcaster,  Barmouth Angling Centre (Church Street, 01341 280480) and now Viking Fishing (High Street, 01341281821) All sell fresh and frozen bait.

Enjoy your fishing but please take care.  It is easy when concentrating on fishing, to fail to notice the tide coming in behind you.  Rocks and concrete can be very slippery when wet, and finally, the small weaver fish can deliver a very painful sting from its poisoned spines.  Treat other outdoor users (human and otherwise) with respect.  Please dispose of all rubbish, line and tackle responsibly.


Recognize this man? Yes its John from the Viking fishing boat on dry land in his new shop VIKING FISHING, High Street Phone 01341 281821 or 07778597572 for information on tackle or fishing trips.