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Gower shore fishing marks
 Caswell Bay
 
 
 
Beginning here Gower reveals its truly golden sands. This bay is magnificent. On a calm day, with the tide out, there's every chance of powerful surf conditions. In the summer day time as you can expect it is very attractive to holidaymakers. So fish evening and night or in October and November, when they have all but gone.  This beach produces the best catches late in the year. At high water there's comfortable fishing to be found off the rocks on both sides of the bay.
 
 
 
 
 
Fishing on the western side off the large flat concrete platform in front of Freshwater Cave, it is a stony area in front of you for some 20metres and  then clean sand.  Toward high water the beach access will be cut off, but there is a steep climb at the back up over Redley Cliff and onto the coastal path and then back down to the beach in front of the Redcliffe Apartments.  If the tide is right in you will have to go round the back of the apartments and up on to the road and back down to the Caswell Bay car park.
 
 
 
 
To fish the eastern side walk round the back of the shops if the tide is in, up the coastal path to fish the rock marks, at the point where you see the post with an emerg
ency buoy attached (hopefully), casting westwards towards Redcliffe onto clean sand.  Or, carry on around the headland path to the third post with the emergency buoy attached, hopefully, scramble down the bank to fish two metres to the left of the post, casting about 25 metres  onto shingle.
 
 
Also try fishing off the shingle, tides permitting, and cast about 20meters to clear the rocks onto clean sand.  Just beyond point is a hole in the rocks to stash your gear in inclement weather.
 
Another 170 metres around the headland there is a large half round type rock with a flatish top in front of which is a shingle and sand gully, use a rotten bottom rig or try float fishing off the rock towards high water.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Species: There is a variety of fish to be caught, bass mackerel, some plaice, dabs during the summer months. With whiting and some codling during the winter.
 
Methods and bait:  Fish the surf after dark with a two hook rig baited with lugworm. have both hooks flowing above the weight.  Distances casting is not necessary at Caswell.  When fishing late in the year change back to squid and black/blow lug and put it out on the furthest breaker.  The best area of the beach for this is the extreme right hand corner.
 
From August onwards the rocky point to the left of the bay will yield plaice, dabs and maybe a turbot.  Add a little colour to the lugworm bait by adding a few small clams.  Also step up the rig to three hooks.  From these rocks a twenty metre cast will the bait onto unbroken sand.
 
 
Along the remaining rocks of Caswell's eastern shore bottom fishing with a soft or peeler crab will attract fine bass.  The further east you venture spinning with a red rubber eel will also find bass, while a mackerel spinner or small wobbler will tempt mackerel and pollack.
 
The coastal path runs along the rocks back from Caswell to Langland. Taking this path and at the highest point is a fine promontory for spinning, feathering or float fishing.  It's a steep and tricky to climb down, especially in wet weather, but with care it can be well worth the effort. The choice of lure; use a mackerel spinner or feathers for the best results. If you need to change tactics during a session wherever there is a swill of water from the waves as they break against the rocks float fish with crab for bass at a depth up 50ft or with a strip of mackerel for pollack at a depth of 10 to 12ft.  The bedrock here is virtually flat but is criss-crossed by gullies and crevices that are usually full of seaweed.  It's well worth a session in the winter months for codling provided the sea will allow you getting close to the water's edge. 
 
 
 
 
 
Member's comment:  'Much better to fish the point on the left. Fish the early part of the tide into the surf then on to the point then fish into the bay until top tide, best of both worlds'.
 
 
 
Due to its depth and exposed position it doesn't take much of a wind to produce a large swell. So once again please be careful.
 
 
Hunts Bay- Deep Slade
 

 
This mark is pure rock.  All rock with just a couple of square metres of sand, whether the tide is in or out.  But thank goodness it is all flat bedrock.  There is a lot of weed growth and the whole area is criss-crossed by many shallow cracks and crevices.  No great difficulty getting down to the Bay, just a long walk from the car park.  A fine Bay for surf conditions.
 
Walk down the path from Hunts Farm, at the bottom take the left hand path down to the rocky foreshore, and just where the rocks start to get higher you will see a stone and coarse sand gully at low water, it's the only bit of sand in the bay.
 
Fish off the top of the rocks here with a single hook and crab trace, with or without a rotten bottom. You have to cast out 60 metres just slightly to the right clear of the seaweed beds onto coarse sand and flat rock.  You are in the right place if there is a cave type shelter behind you, and you can cast off the top of it from here.
 
To the right of the bay, westwards, between deep slade and bacon Hole Cave is a bottom water spring tide venue.  You will need to travel light, taking everything you need. The further west you go towards Bacon Hole Cave, the more wary you will to be regarding the state of the tide and your escape route back to Hunts Bay.
 
Species: Bass towards high water and alone at low tide. Pollack for the last hour to high water and the first after it.
 
Method & Bait: Distance casting out over kelp and rocks with single hook rotten bottom trace.  But, in practical terms two methods and two baits are all that is needed.  From low water to the hour before high water rig up rough ground gear and ledger with crab. Not enough depth to float fish and the total rock seabed is only suitable to soft and peeler crab.  This may not be the place for long casting, a gentle lob into the surf is quite sufficient.
 
For the hour before and after high water it is possible to spin for bass and pollack.  Red gills are reasonable for the bass while any silver lure seems to attract the pollack here.   No great size to the pollack but great fun on light tackle.
 
Foxhole Bay & Ravens Cliff Cove - Pennard
 

 
 
Walk from Pennard Cliff NT car park down a steep path through gorse and bramble to a very rocky foreshore, see photos above, best area to fish is towards the left of the bay down a man made rough concrete type slipway covering an outfall pipe.
Fish directly in the front end of the pipe casting over rocks 40 metres onto clean sand, a fast retrieve should clear the rocks.
 
Start fishing 2 to 3 hours before high water. Garfish can be caught along this stretch, as can bass.  The area eastwards, left, towards Hunts Bay along the cliff path is nigh impossible trying to push through thick gorse with fishing  tackle.
 
Ravens Cliff Cove
 
From the car park walk to the right, westwards, along the bridleway tarmac road for about 500 metres until you reach the 'sleeping policeman' by the wooden posted Bridleway sign.  Turn left here and look for the narrow path leading down a steep slope to the flatish type rocky foreshore, possibly the last fishable mark before Pobbles Bay.
 
Expect heavy tackle losses around both these marks.  Try crab bait at Ravens Cliff around low water, harbour rag and fish bait at Foxhole Bay.  Also try float fishing with live sand eel at both marks.

Pobbles Bay
 

 
Not the place to fish if the sun is shining, even from its productive eastern cliff mark.  On such days the beach and sea are packed with locals and holidaymakers.  At these times try after dark, either from the beach or rocks. This is a small bay next to Hunts Bay and in contrast very sandy and produces surf conditions in south or south westerly winds.
 
 
 
To get here is a long walk from either Pennard Cliff NT car park or Park Mill. As you can see from the photos this mark provides a surf/sandy beach, best fished starting about 2 hours before high water,but try fishing earlier at the left side at Shirecombe, and follow the tide back to the centre of Pobbles.
 
Species: Predominantly flatfish.  Dabs, plaice and the occasional sole. There are also bass, dogfish, and garfish.  Fishing from the rocks may produce a black bream or two.
 
Method & Bait: Fish two rods, one long range, one close, with worm baits, seeking out the roving bass with a paternoster and running ledger rigs.
When fishing from the beach wait until the sun sets and then use a two or three hook nylon trace. Bait the hooks with lugworm or ragworm for the bass and flatties.
From the rocks on the eastern side long cast the same terminal rig for sole or float fish, using small hooks, for bream.  Get the float as far away as possible from the rocks.  Spin with a mackerel spinner in late August for the mackerel and garfish.
 Tor Bay
 
Tor Bay is a large sandy beach that is shaped like a horseshoe. There is always some sand even at high tide and because it is enclosed and partially sheltered, this makes it popular with bathers and anglers. However there are no lifeguards on this beach.

 
It stands at the Eastern end of Oxwich Bay. At low tide you can walk West to Oxwich, past Nicholaston Burrows or East to Three Cliffs. If the tide is in, then the coastal paths need to be followed.
 
As far as fishing goes Tor Bay is along the coast from Three Cliffs.
 
Once down to the dunes walk across the burrows to the remains of an old brick built lime kiln, descend just before here to the sandy beach, or walk along to the left along the cliff path, care is required. 
 
 
Then walk along to the end beneath Great Tor but do not go round the corner, look for some flat ledges, off which to fish. Fish two hours before high water, casting on to clean sand.  Four anglers can fish here in comfort, fish 2 up and 2 down off the rocks.  In summer the bay is a popular area so fish of the rocks either side of the bay.
 
 
Slade Bay - Lucas Bay - Holywash
 
 
 
 
We are now on the west side of Oxwich Head.  To get to Slade drive past the Oxwich Bay car park, straight over at the small cross roads, up the hill past the caravan park and then follow the signs to Slade Bay.
 
These fishing marks are between Oixwich Head and Horton.  Lucas Bay and Holywash are closer to  Oxwich Head and Slade Bay closer to Horton.
 
Lucas Bay and Holywash is the area with greyish white pebbles and small rock gullies ( good offshore plaice mark here).  Try fishing the gullies until the tide makes it unfishable, with a rotten bottom rig and just one rod, crab bait for the bass.  Heavy tackle losses are a possibility.
 
You can fish here on number of occasions with not a lot of success.  Then there is a time it can be very productive with variety of species.
 
At low water try the gully where the rocks go the further out to sea.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Try fishing the sandy beach area of Sandy Bay in early spring before the holiday makers and surfers. Use two rods if you can manage it, because of the run of the tide and lively surf, you will need waders and a good long steady cast.
 
Or, use a one hook rig long range using crab and fish bait, and a paternoster with worm baits, switch baits until successful.
 
Not worth digging for bait here, perhaps a few peeler crab and small mussel, although edible crab can be found along the stretch of rocks.
 
 
Horton
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Horton is the east of Port Eynon Bay and has very good surf conditions.  It is steeper and deeper than Port Eynon with a swifter water flow along its shore. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There is scope for rock fishing on Horton's eastern side, but beach is best.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Walk to the beach  past Horton Inshore Lifeboat station, then go to the edge of the rocks. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If still there, two buoys marking out the wreck of the 'Ivanhoe', fish in front of the left hand buoy.  Behind you should be two white houses and a house with red roof tiles, try here at low water just as the tide starts to make.  Try using two rods with a mixture of bait.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Another mark is the cove at high water. To fish this walk the cliff path past the Nursing Home and about 500metres past the house with red roof tiles you should come across an access point to the 'cove and sloping rocks.  Here you should try some crab and shrimp tied on with elesticised cotton - bass mark.
 
 
 Species: The rocks at Horton will produce bass, pollack, mackerel and rockling, while from the beach bass, dabs and plaice
 
Method & bait:  From Horton's rocks good fishing is achieved with a ledgered rig and soft or peeler crab.  The ground is hard so tackle up accordingly. Set the crab 18 to 24 inches above the weight to help keep the bait clear of the rough ground.  Access to the water's edge is relatively easy so there is no problem with lifting fish.  There is plenty of depth here at high water to spin for mackerel and pollack, first light being the best time.  Look out for whitebait that maybe around the edges and you'll find the fish.
 
The beach at Horton presents no problem of choice of method. Basically, two hooks baited with lugworm or razor fish fished on the bottom for bass.  Fish one hook below the weight and one 12 inches above it. You'll have to cast a fair distance at low water but much less as the tide floods and becomes deeper.  Once again this is a beach for after-dark fishing during the summer months. This isn't only because of holiday makers; but because bass and flat fish like to scavenge along much used beaches for tasty bits left behind by countless people. Over the years the fish have been conditioned to it and now expect it.  Otherwise fish this beach between October and April.
 
 
 Port Eynon (Photos)
 
 
Port Eynon Point from Sedges Bank port eynon head
 
 
Sedges Bankculver hole
 
 
Gower shore fishing marks
 
Superb sea fishing is available in and all around the Gower popular locations include Mumbles Head, Tutt Head, then at the rocks below the coastal path running between Langland and Caswell, Brandy Cove, Pwll Du Head, Oxwich point, Slade, Port Eynon point. . Worms Head, is regarded as one of the best rough ground bass venues in Britain.
 
 
Brandy Cove (Originally known as Hareslade)
 
Brandy Cove is a little known beach to the west of Caswell Bay, on the south of the Gower peninsula.
 

It is a small cove with vast expanses of rock on either side and, at first glance at low water, it looks an ideal venue for bass. It certainly is. The optimum time to fish for bass is over low water, with night fishing is often the most productive.

Brady Cove is a mixture of rock-shingle and sand, and difficult fishing in front of steps, so fish off 'Cunning Corner'.  Take the coastal path, to the right, for about 300metres then turn left down a grassy path and deep descent to a rock mark, casting slightly to the left, 10 to 15 metres to clear the rocks onto clean sand.
 
 
 
Try this venue for early spring bass as soon as you can get some crab for bait.
 
The fishing from Brandy Cove to Pwlldu Bay is a very rugged section of coastline, with a difficult climb down the rocks. There are one or two possible marks, but expect heavy tackle losses, one is the  mark known as 'Seven Slade' midway between Brandy Cove and Pwlldu.  If interested check it out at low water.
 
The distance from Brandy Cove to Pwlldu is just under a mile.
 
SPECIES
Bass can be caught here from April through to November. Other summer species include wrasse, pollack, rockling, conger eels, black bream and trigger fish. Plaice and other flatfish can be caught over the sandy patches and the small beach.
Few anglers fish here throughout the winter, though if they did they would almost certainly be rewarded with whiting, codling and probably a few late bass.
 
 BAIT AND TACKLE
Ledger peeler crab at short range in the deeper gullies. Try lure fishing at high water. A standard beach rod and reel can be used, but you may prefer a bass rod or spinning gear.At low water it is possible to walk across the beach and rocks into Brandy Cove from neighbouring Caswell Bay. At all other times you will have to take the cliff path, which starts at the western end of Caswell, or another path signposted from the top of the hill leading out from Caswell. Travel light because it is a fair walk to Brandy Cove.
 
Pwlldu Bay
 
 
This is one of the pearls of Gower; a beautiful, horseshoe shaped, steep beach.  There is deep water everywhere.  At its eastern edge a freshwater stream runs into the sea under a pebble ridge.  Access is by walking, and it is a quite a long trek which is why, during the summer, there are few people on this beach.  It's an easy enough walk, just a long one! 
After emerging onto the limestone strewn shoreline, crossing over the stream which goes under the pebbles and emerges out on the shore.  Walk over to the left eastward side onto rocks, casting from here towards Pwlldu Head onto clean sand, vary the casting distances and try fishing close range.
 
Species
Mackerel, pollack, plaice, dabs, dogfish, gurnards,conger eels, cod, thornback rays....!  It is also one of Gower's few shore marks where you can catch tope.
 
Method and Bait
Fishing in the middle of the Bay, try long range casting, over limestone onto sand.   Fish these two areas either side of high water with two rods, one with a single hook with crab bait, the other a paternoster running ledger type of rig with worm and fish baits.
 
 
From the beach a gentle cast will put yout bait into quite deep water at high tide.  Two hooks fished on the bottom with lugworm will find the dabs and plaice. 
 
When the mackerel are shoaling you can also spin from the beach.
 
On the east side there are many gullies worth float fishing for bass, soft crab being the choice for bait.  The west side holds the greatest promise and excitement.  Known as theNeedles even at low tide the water is deep just 20metres out.  Lugworm placed on the bottom will find the dabs and plaice while a soft or peeler crab will bring in the bass.  If you choose to a fish strip then change your tackle.  These can be the waters for double figure conger.  Here is the spot to put in those long casts and get among the thornbacks.  During the winter months the same tactics will bring the reward of cod.
 
Spinning from the Needles a small spoon or wobbler can produce heavy catches of mackerel and pollack along with school bass.  First light of day for the mackerel, try the evening for those pollack.
 
 
Also on the right side of the bay, westward, there is a large boulder at low water with a steel ring sunk in the top, Ring Rock.  Fish this area with rotten bottom, trying various baits, with only one rod starting about 3 hours before high water.
 
 
 
 
Bantam Bay
 
 
                  Pwlldu to Bantam Bay                                   Bantam Bay
 
Located on the south of Gower west of Pwlldu. Bantam bay is a cove stretching into an inlet of sand covered with scattered rocks and sandwiched between rocks on either side. It is quite inaccessible but very secluded. There are limestone cliffs sheltering bantam bay.
 
The easiest way to get to Bantam Bay is to scrabble over the rocks at the back of Ring Rock, arriving at low water to find a stretch of sand running up the bay from left to right.  On a first visit fish from low water up, to get to know how the beach fishes. There is a sheep path up at the back which leads back down to the Bay.
 
There are a couple of flat rock gullies to fish after Bantam Bay, such as Graves End towards Hunts Bay, low water venues with crab bait. Be very aware of the tide coming in.
Quite few species can be caught from Pwlldu to Bantam Bay.  Experiment with bait from worm, fish, crab, squid and even buttered kipper.  Edible crab can be found along this stretch of coastline.

Heatherslade - Three Cliffs

 
 
To fish the inner rock marks.  Walk down the steep stoned stepped lane, and take note of the path to the right of the wooden slatted path, this path goes through the woods to fish the inner rock marks.  Arrive just before low water to check out the marks.
 
 
When fishing from the beach, fish in front of the first sand dune.  There are a few other good inner rock marks round to the right hand side, with an escape route at high water back through the woods.
 
Further round the Bay there is 'William Rock' Cove a large rock separated from the mainland at high water. Fish this sloping sandy cove as the tide comes between the rocks.
 

 
On a spring tide there is no easy route back, the escape route at high water is up a steep sandy bank, along the headland and back down through the wooded area.  The Pennard Pill winds itself out to the sea to the left of the Bay, which will flood at high tide, so a lot of common sense is required when fishing these marks. It is easy to get swept away.
 
Species: A wide variety of species can be caught here, flounder, plaice with the possibility of ray and bream, plus the occasional bass.
Bait: Try a variety of bait, and when fishing of the rocks, try peeler crab and mussel tide on with elastic cotton.
 
Nicholaston Burrows
 
Nicholaston Burrows are about 1/4 mile from the road, follow the signs down the path through Crawley Woods, follow the left hand path, a distance of 1/2 mile from car park down to the beach.
 
                                        Nicholaston Burrows              and             Nicholaston Cliffs
 
 
Fishing can be done three hours from high water on the left hand side towards Little Tor, following the tide in along the front of the cliffs.  Nicholaston Burrows is on the extreme easterly side of Oxwich beach and has not so many holiday makers.  Look for a small sheltered inlet where the cliffs finish and fish for bass or mackerel.
 
Bait: There is no bait to be had along this stretch of sandy bay.  Lu and razor fish can be gathered at Oxwich, try a cocktail of lug tipped with fresh razor fish.
 
Oxwich Bay
 
 
 
 
 
The largest South Gower beach. At low tide it also encompasses the little cove of Tor Bay and reaches into the dangerous Three Cliffs Bay where currents and undertows can be difficult.
 
Oxwich itself is spread of golden sands.  Extremely shallow inshore and popular with holiday makers and water sport enthusiasts.  When the beach is too busy go to the wooded Oxwich Head/Point to the west of the bay.  The promontory stretches about a mile out from the high water mark and has along its length, every type of water condition any shore angler could wish for.  Utopia rock fishing.About two thirds along its length and some 200 metres offshore are the remains of a wreck (HMS Solar) worth fishing.  Its a long and tiring walk (1.5 miles) out to the very end of the promontory  for the path take you to the very top of the hillside, then down once more, again and again and again.  But it's easy to find as the path starts by the beach and passes the village church.
 
 
At the Point there is heavy kelp beds on the left where it is nearly impossible to retrieve here with light weight tackle.  Arrive at low water to check it out, look to the right for a small bay with less kelp and a strip of sand going slightly to the right, it's some 6 to 8 metres wide. fish here following the tide in and trying to cast along the strip of sand.
 
Around 600 metres further round the headland before Lucas Bay and Holy Wash there is a bay with four finger strips of sand running up to the cliff path.  If you fish this mark nearly or up to high water, you will NOT be able to walk back along the beach, you will have to go up through the woods and back down by the church.
 
 
 Fish the from the church to the beach, low water to top water, try off the rocks beneath the church onto clean sand at 20 metres.  When fishing along the rocks, the tide will cover the rocks, but there are escape paths through woods and back down by the church.  Make sure you know where these escape path are before you start fishing, if stay to around high water.
Species: All the summer species can be caught.  Almost unlimited - you could encounter anything, 17 teen species in season are not uncommon.
 
Method & Bait:  Fishing from the shore is a simple affair with a two or three hook nylon terminal rig.  Bait with lugworm or small, thin slivers of herring or mackerel for the dabs and plaice.  When the beach is clear of holidaymakers fish the flooding tide in a similar manner for the bass that come in to scour the sands for titbits.
 
Oxwich Head has scope for all rock fishing techniques.  For three quarters of its length a modest cast will put bait onto sand and provide sport with flat fish, dogfish, bass, gurnard, pouting etc.  From the same rocks spinning will produce mackerel and garfish, sometimes in very large numbers. Use crab and float fish for bass, or fish strips for pollack and wrasse. Generally the further along the headland you go the deeper the water, particularly on flood tides.  However, for the last quarter of its length the nature of things change.  Here the waters are shallower due to a rocky shelf that extends eastwards. There are many gullies here and plenty of weed so make a choice between floating with soft crab or placing it on the bottom for the healthy bass that abound here.
 
During the winter months this last section of the head is probably on of the most comfortable spots to fish for cod on Gower.  Only south or south easterly wind will produce a stormy sea. If interested in whiting combine a big tide with a frosty morning its worth fishing the rest of the head with two hook trace and fish strips. While float or ledger fishing crab, or spinning with wobblers searching the waters for the roaming shoals put out one rod with heavy tackle and a large piece of mackerel or squid for bait and you may well meet up with one of the thornbacks, smoothhound, blonde rays our even a tope that do, from time to time, cruise the length of this headland.
 
Bait Gathering: Razor fish can be collected at low water along the beach, also lugworm. Crab can be collected amongst the rocks around the Church area. The best time for gathering razor fish is is during the summer on a Spring Tide but unfortunately they are being over picked.
 
Angler's Review

Oxwich Beach, South Gower 

The beach at Oxwich is a very popular tourist area and coupled with the shallow water this means that during the summer months the beach is only really fishable at night or during poor weather!  the ground at Oxwich is primarily sandy with the only real features to aim for being the rockier side of the beach, or if you are willing to walk there is a small stream which joins the sea approximately 1 mile along the beach towards Tor Bay.

The rockier corner in the picture above is right by the slipway on the beach (in front of the car park). Unfortunately this area is very busy during the warmer months but it provides fishing much the same as Church Rocks.
 

Oxwich Church Rocks, South Gower 

These comfortable ledges are fishable on all sizes of tides (on big tides you will be pushed further back up the sloping rocks - don't fish when there's a swell). The better fishing occurs on the bigger tides and night fishing is more productive especially in the summertime when jetskiers and bathers affect the fishing in the relatively shallow water.

The ground consists of a generally sandy bottom interspersed with odd rocks and mussel beds close in. The cleaner ground is easily reached with a 30yd cast. The further right you go (towards Oxwich Point) the rougher the ground gets. On a very big tide you will be pushed back up towards the church and so there will be a ridge of rock underwater right in front of you. This ridge can cause problems when retrieving your rig so remember to keep the rod tip high and wind as fast as possible. Generally tackle losses are very low from this particular mark but the seabed is constantly changing here and so its best to plan your spot at low water.

Best fishing is had on the early flood (from the beach in-front of the ledges) and then all the way through the flood. The ebb can fish well and tide runs are fairly light so 5oz of lead is the most you will ever need unless fishing in big seas. Darkness provides better fishing - as with most marks on the Gower, but the dogfish at this mark can be present in plague proportions. Only recently three of us caught over 35 dogfish during a late evening session here. When the dogfish are feeding in this magnitude other species wont get a chance at the bait.

Oxwich Beach is sheltered from everything apart from an easterly. When an easterly is blowing strong the bass fishing can be superb. Both from the beach and the rock marks. Due care must be considered if fishing Church Rocks during such a wind. Target the bass by using peeler crab baits over the rougher ground or worm baits over sand. Weed can be a problem during these conditions but good bass can be caught. I remember a 12lb bass coming from Oxwich Point to a whole squid bait presented over the rough ground. 

In the past this mark was very good for plaice, undoubtedly present due to the mussel beds. Although plaice can still be caught here its no where near as good as it was. A Welsh record plaice weighing over 5lb was caught inside a ssmall boat at Oxwich in the 80's. There are surely still plaice here to be caught and Im sure they are worth targetting around April time with shellfish and worm baits.

Other species include flounder, red gurnard, tub gurnard, whiting, dogfish, mackerel and small pollack. These ledges are often crowded with tourists feathering for mackerel during the summer months so early morning sessions are best advised.

Best baits would be worm and shellfish for the flatfish, fish baits for the whiting and dogfish, peeler crab for the bass. The gurnards are normally caught using small worm baits. There are small sandeel hiding in the sand on the beach and so live sandeel will work for bass and pollack.

 
Port Eynon
 
port eyenon from airport eynon beach
 
 
The bay has two villages Horton and Port Eynon, hence the two beach with no visible border line between them.  You'd think the fishing would be the same anywhere along the shore.  The two areas contrast in their catches both in terms of quantity and quality, see opposite for Horton, Port Eynon to the west is shallower and slower due to the protection offered by the promontory. 
 
 
 
At the very point of this rocky arm there is good surf over hard ground. There are many productive gullies too. For most of its length the waters are shallow and still, sheltered from the prevailing west and south westerly winds.
 
 
To get to the rocky marks walk down to the foreshore and go right past the youth hostel, then the Salthouse ruins, walk straight out along the spit of sand to the sea.  You have now passed the areas from the Youth Hostel known as; Inner Quay, Crowders Quay, Perchers Pools, Sedgers Bank with the grass on top, then Skysea.  At Skysea turn right and walk a couple of hundred metres, to arrive at low tide to fish off the flat rock surfaces.
 
There are a number of small rocky bays along this stretch of coastline, try the ones between Skysea and Port Eynon Point. The East Helwick Buoy out in the bay should be to your right.
 
 
 
 
 
The rocky area in front of Culver Hole is fishable two hours in from low water casting  out over the kelp beds.  The distance from the car park to Culver Hole is just over a mile.
 
Species: The beach can produce its fair share of flatfish but very few bass. Fishing the rocks to the west has caught several double figure fish. Mackerel late in the season and a few pollack. Wrasse, rocking and gurnards make up an interesting selection in a day's fishing.
 
Method and Baits: To compensate for a lack lustre beach the bay's western flanf and point are a superb venue.  All the west area is rocky, so use just one rod, light as possible that will cast 4oz as far out, but one that can fish the gullies in close.  Obviously you will have to use a rotten bottom rig, with crab being the preferred bait during the summer months. Edible crab can be gathered along this stretch of coast in the crevices facing the sea.
Visit at low tide to have a good look at the venue. If the day is calm and bright then fish your crab bait on the very rough bottom for bass. If the surf is breaking then float fish in one of the many gullies.  Put your crab to work in the back swill of the breaking waves and be prepared for a big fish.  You may need help to lift your catch out of the water. Again on a calm dayit's well worth casting out a terminal rig baited with lugworm or small crab. With a good cast you could reach coarse sand and pick up some fine gurnards.  Spinning here will attract the mackerel and pollack, but as the ground is irregular and of varying depth, this can proved to be expensive.
 
Port Eynon is very popular in summer, and if you prefer to fish onto sand, fish the tide in on the right hand side around the curve of the rocks, casting toi the lleft onto to clean sand.
 
Black and Blow Lug can be dug/pumped towards the middle of the bay at low water.
 
 
A member's review:
 
The beach at Port Eynon is OK for flatfish and sometimes bass on a rising tide but your better off heading to the steeper more turbulent Horton end of the beach. If its bass your after you should head out along the point on the west which is actually one of the better places on the peninsular to fish. I have had good luck here using peeler crab set about 20 inches above the weight  to get clear of the rocks. Also try spinning for mackerel and pollack at full tide.