Llanaber Sea Fishing Mark

This beach, just north of Barmouth, is backed by boulders and heavy shingle down to the mid-tide line. Being fairly shallow, it is a night venue.
Clean sand, which carries a good surf during south-west and westerly winds, can be found behind the shingle. The deeper parallel gullies hold the bulk of the fish.
Spring tides are best at low water and the first two hours of the flood, then the two hours either side of high water.

 

SPECIES
April to June good for bass in onshore winds, thornback rays at long range in settled seas, plus dogfish and flatfish.
Occasional plaice and small turbot show. Whiting appear from late September until January, accompanied by dabs, dogfish, flounders and infrequent codling.

 

BEST BAITS
Worms and fish baits are used for general species, but peeler crabs out-fish mackerel for spring rays. Crabs take the bass too. Sandeels or long belly strips of mackerel pick up turbot.

 

TACKLE
The tide run is lateral and fairly light allowing 5oz leads to hold at long range. Fish a lighter 2-3oz rolling lead for bass at low water.
Most anglers targeting whiting and flatfish choose a two or three-hook rig for fishing low water. A clipped-down one hook rig is the best bet for a ray. Bigger bass are hooked on pulley rigs cast close in over the boulders, though plugs and spinners also take fish.

 

GETTING THERE
Follow the main A470 to Llanelltyd, then take the A496 through Barmouth to Llanaber. Look for the church on the left as you leave the village.
Access to the beach is down the side of the churchyard by a footpath and metal bridge spanning the railway line. Limited nearby parking and some walking may be involved.

 

TACKLE SHOPS
Barmouth Angling, 1 Ael-Y-Don, Church St, Barmouth, tel: 01341 280480.
Beachcaster Fishing Tackle, High St, Barmouth, tel: 01341 281537.