Easy guide to fishing from Holyhead.
This area has an amazing mix of water depths and underwater features, both of which do much to put a wide variety of species on to the list. Most of the rough-ground marks hold plenty of wrasse, pollack, bull huss and the occasional conger eel. There are a couple of small reefs a little further offshore beyond the South Stack, which can fish really well, too. Ballan, cuckoo, corkwing, rock cook and goldsinney wrasse are all regularly caught where hook sizes allow, offering a potential wrasse ‘grand slam’.
In fact, a general day’s fishing can often produce 20 or more species, which is why the area is so popular with match anglers.
Over the more broken to cleaner stuff, which can also start very close in, particularly as you get around towards Trearddur and Rhosneigr, dogfish, bull huss, codling and rays can be found.
Dabs and whiting should also be around in good numbers during the winter months.
Offshore, heading out to the Holyhead Deep, you will find some great tope sport, along with spurdogs and bull huss. In recent years, there have been some very big sharks hooked and lost here, and one charter boat in particular, Gethyn Owen’s My Way, is now geared up to do the job properly.
The best months to fish out of Holyhead are from March to November, but the area does produce well all-year-round.
TACKLE AND TACTICS
It’s a good idea to carry two different sets of gear with you, because quite often the day will be spread over two types of terrain, either at anchor, on the drift or a mix of both.
A 10-20lb rod and reel outfit will suffice for fishing the ‘Deep’ for the tope, spurs and huss, while either a beefy lure rod or Continental quivertip boat rod will cover all other bases, especially the smoothhound sport in Church Bay, which can be phenomenal at times from May through to July.
Holyhead is noted for producing a number of 20lb-plus smoothies throughout the summer months, including the Welsh record 25lb 6oz beast caught by Brian Taylor.
As far as rigs go, it all depends on where you are fishing and what you are targeting. It’s best to call your chosen skipper beforehand to find out what you are likely to be seeking and what gear you will need to take with you.
If you are wreck fishing, most of the modern artificial lures will catch you cod, pollack and coalfish, plus a few other surprises such as gurnard and wrasse.
There is a large car park available for public use at the marina, along with a shop that sells food and drink, and a café. There are toilets and showers on site inside the marina building as well.
Access to the charter boats is restricted to key fob holders, but a quick call on the mobile will have your skipper open the gates to the access pontoons.
There’s really only one wind direction that can hamper sport here - a stiff north to north-westerly. For all other wind directions, unless it’s absolutely howling, there should be some shelter somewhere. Also, because of the nature of the ground, there will be fish to be found very close in, even inside the one-and-a-half-mile-long breakwater and the vast harbour area it protects.
Holyhead Marina offers lots of useful facilities
How’s that for a pretty cuckoo wrasse?
If you want big spurdogs, head to Holyhead
There are some good rays to be caught off Holyhead