Situated adjacent to Porthcawl Harbour, the town breakwater is a productive year round venue.
It is best fished three and four hours either side of high water, depending on the size of the tide. Anglers should not fish here during heavy seas as large waves and swells can break over the top of the breakwater.


During the summer months, a wide variety of different species are caught including dogfish, conger, pouting, pollack, rays, smoothhounds, bass, mullet and even tope have been caught in the past. During the autumn and winter, the whiting and cod fishing can be good.


Peeler crabs and fish baits including sandeels are generally regarded as the best summer baits. Good quality worm and squid are tops for winter cod and nothing beats small strips of frozen mackerel and herring for whiting.
Anglers fishing this venue use standard beach casting tackle and tactics, which generally include a 12ft rod with a multiplier or fixed-spool reel loaded with 15lb to 18lb mainline and shockleader.
A single or twin hook fixed paternoster rig with size 1 to 4/0 hooks, depending on species and size of bait. Pennell rigs are best when using large worm baits for cod.


PORTHCAWL ANGLING CENTRE, 10 Dock Street, Porthcawl, tel: 01656 772404
Opening times: 8.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Saturday, 9am – 4pm Sunday.
Bait: Fresh rag and lug, plus frozen bait.

EWENNY ANGLING SUPPLIES, 11b Ewenny Road, Bridgend, tel: 01656 662691
Opening times: 8am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, 8am – noon Sunday.
Bait: Lug, rag, peeler crabs, plus frozen baits.

KEENS TACKLE, 119 Bridgend Road, Aberkenfig, Bridgend, tel: 01656 722448
Opening times: 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.00pm Wednesday, 8.30am – 5.00pm Saturday, closed Sunday.
Bait: Lug and rag plus frozen bait.

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Directions : To get to Porthcawl Breakwater exit the M4 at junction 37 and follow the signs for Porthcawl. When you get to the large roundabout outside the town, follow the signs for the seafront. The harbour and breakwater cannot be missed. There is usually ample car parking space, but Porthcawl can become crowded in summer months where parking can be a problem.