Thyme to try for grayling

Anglers Mail - - 2. 1. 4. 3. -

THE end of the sal­mon fish­ing sea­son brings the open­ing of some prime stretches of the up­per River Wye and its trib­u­taries to win­ter bait fish­ing for grayling.

Grayling stocks have in­creased dra­mat­i­cally, with trout an­glers re­port­ing 60 or more in a ses­sion on dry flies and nymphs, so floats Where? Bri­ton Ferry, Neath, West Glam­or­gan. Day tick­ets £5, from Tackle & Bait, in Neath. Skewen AC mem­ber­ship £30 (in­cludes more canal and lake fish­ing). Tel: Jake Lewis on 07846 143933.

What’s be­ing caught? Small roach and perch from the deep­est wa­ter at Bri­ton Ferry. Pike sea­son just opened.

Tac­tics? Bread punch for roach from the deeper wa­ter at the Bri­ton Ferry end, or lures (max­i­mum two tre­ble hooks) and plenty of rov­ing for the pike. should be dip­ping reg­u­larly when they are car­ry­ing mag­gots, corn or worms down some of Wales’ most beau­ti­ful wa­ter­ways.

If you’ve never fished for the hard-fight­ing ‘Lady of the Stream’, with the fra­grance of wild thyme as you take out the hook, now is the time to head for Powys.

What’s be­ing caught? Carp to mid-dou­bles with small roach and rudd from the three-acre lake. Tac­tics? Feeder with boilies or corn catch­ing the carp, and tinned hot dog sausages also a favourite.

Cardiff Bay

Where? South of Cardiff city cen­tre, CF10 4PA (Bay Vis­i­tor Cen­tre). Day tick­ets £8. Cardiff Har­bour Au­thor­ity an­nual £47, from city tackle shops. Fish­ing sun­rise to sun­set only, from des­ig­nated ar­eas. Tel: Fish­ery Of­fice on 02920 378161.

What’s be­ing caught? Mainly preda­tor an­glers out, catch­ing lots of perch to 1 lb 8 oz and pike to 8 lb. Tac­tics? Keep on the move, as the perch are shoaled up and com­ing to small sil­ver spin­ners, with pike tak­ing lures well down in the wa­ter.

Pen­twyn Farm Lake

Where? Bril­ley, near Whit­neyon-Wye on Powys/Here­ford­shire bor­der, HR3 6HW. Day tick­ets £8, at the farm. Tel: 01497 831199. What’s be­ing caught? Carp to 7 lb, perch to 3 lb, roach and rudd. Tac­tics? Pole or wag­gler best in this one-acre, 5 ft-deep wa­ter. Favourite baits are corn, worms or mag­gots over ground­bait.

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