Angling in Cornwall

Angling in Cornwall

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Cornwall's fishy things

Coarse fishing can be enjoyed all year round in Cornwall, and the mild Cornish winters ensure  that it is not too much of a hardship. The salmon and trout season depends on the river and runs from April or May to October or November (check with the phone numbers given for exact details)

Newquay makes a good base for the fisherman, with half a dozen well stocked lakes within ten minutes drive from the centre of Newquay, and if you drive an extra half hour there are several more, on a range of lakes and rivers offering both coarse and fly fishing.


A Trip in a Boat

Whether you fancy an hours mackerel-ling in the still calm of a summer evening, available at many of the resorts, including Looe, St. Ives and Mevagissey, or a longer trip say four hours off the reef, or even an all day wreck fishing out of Padstow or Boscastle, both on the North Cornish Coast, there's plenty of choice. Species include pollack caught on feather, conger and pouting on mackerel strip, bass and cod in the autumn, and even flatfish such as plaice or skate on the patches of sandy ground between the reefs. If its a really hot summer there may be even delicious black bream around.

Shore Fishing from the Beaches, Headlands and Cliffs

On many of the Headlands the water deepens quickly and rock dwellers such as cuckoo and ballan wrasse are to be had, if you have the skill to prevent the initial dive once the fish takes. Small crabs are an ideal bait for wrasse. Most of the Headlands have good marks from Logans Rock in the far south-west to Pentire in the North of the county. Many of the best marks involve a long walk and a stiff climb. There are some celebrated bass marks in the County, but you'll have to find them yourselves.

The Estuaries and Harbours

Though many anglers only retreat to the shelter of the estuaries and harbours when its too rough to fish the open sea, good fishing is still to be had, especially on an incoming tide on a winters night. For example both the Looe and Fowey hold very large flounder. Pollack venture well up the Looe River looking for scraps under the Fish Market, providing great sport on light float tackle on cold winter nights.



Lakes & Reservoirs



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