Fishing in Pembrokeshire
Surrounded on three sides by the sea and with several inland fisheries, Pembrokeshire offers a wide range of opportunities for angling and fishing.
Whether the enthusiast wishes to enjoy some sea-angling from boats, rocks, beaches or jetties, or make their catches in the ponds, lakes, rivers and reservoirs in the area, the choice is wide.
Sea-angling for mackerel, bass, wrasse and flatfish is a regular pastime, the most popular locations being Newgale, Freshwater West, Amroth, Dale, MIlford Haven and Tenby, and there are opportunities for offshore fishing for tope and shark.
There is even some angling available at Bosherston Lily Ponds near Stackpole, although there are restrictions there and a licence is required.
One of the most popular inland fisheries is Llysyfran Reservoir and Country Park, one of the largest game-fishing venues in West Wales, where Dwr Cymru (Welsh Water), maintain a stock of 22,000 rainbow trout throughout the season, and where there is aso an indigenous population of brown trout.
Fly-fishing or ledgered worm angling from the bank are permitted, but only fly-fishing is allowed from the 30 motor-boats on hire. Special ‘wheely-boats’ are available for disabled anglers and winter fishing is available from November 1st to December 15th, between 9am and 4pm. Permits, boats, fly-fishing tuition courses and tackle are all available from the Visitor Centre overlooking the reservoir. Contact: Area Land Manager John Sampson on 0758 5964996 or telephone the Rangers or Visitor Centre on 01437 532694 or 532273.
White House Mill Trout Fishery near Llampeter Velfrey, Whitland, is another premier fishery specialising in ‘top of the water’ fly fishing for rainbow, blue and brown trout, with equipment available and flies for sale. The emphasis is on nymph and dry fIy and it is open all year round Wednesday to Sunday from 9am until sunse, the tariff £15 for three fish or £30 for six fish. It is necessary to book as spaces are limited. The contact numbers are: 01834 - 831304 or www.whitehousemill.co.uk.
Yet-y-Gors Fishery and Campsite at Manorowen, Goodwick, is another coarse fishery set in 17 acres of unspoilt countryside, with two lakes and a third in process of restoration. The fishing is for common, grass, ghost, koi and mirror carp, bream, perch, roach, rudd and tench and the facility is open between February 1st and January 2nd at 7am. The tackle shop, which also sells live bait, opens between March and September. Night fishing is allowed and there are toilets and parking, and would-be clients can view the website to see photographs of recent catches. Contact: 01348-873497, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
As for inshore boat fishing trips Awesome Fishing Trips operates from Dale and offers sport “in sheltered and secluded bays and over inshore reefs in stunning scenery.” There are many more providers, whose flyers can be picked up in Information Centres, Town Halls and libraries.