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Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is a city that will surprise you with its vast diversity and cosmopolitan air.  Europe’s largest freshwater waterfront development (and one of the largest engineering projects in Europe), the Cardiff Bay Barrage, was completed in 1999. It has created a 500 acre freshwater lake with 8 miles of waterfront and was designed to make the historical ‘Tiger Bay’ a tourist and leisure destination. With its stylish shopping arcades, attractions for all the family and bars and eateries to cater for all tastes, Cardiff is a destination that appeals to everyone.
Highlights for anglers include the excellent sea fishing (especially for cod) in the Bay area co-joining Penarth to the south, the beautiful Victorian Roath Park Lake in the centre of Cardiff, where Captain Scott set forth on his ill-fated expedition

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Venue; CEFN MABLY LAKES

Location; St Mellons A48 Castleton
Sat Nav 
CF3 6LP
Google:
 Map
Owner Permit; 
Cefn Mably 
Availability; 
Day tickets on Bank 10 Coarse Lakes
Tel; 
01633 681101
Fish Species; 
Chub, Bream, Roach 
Web Site; 
www.cefnmablylakes.co.uk
Additional information; Night fishing, Disabled access, Refreshments, W/C, Tackle hire and shop, Match bookings, Tuition available,
Star Rating ****

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Venue; HENDRE LAKE

Location; St Mellons on the eastern side of Cardiff 
Sat Nav: CF3 0RG
Google:  Map
Owner Permit; Hendre A/C
Availability; 
Day or Season tickets 
Tel; 
07974053322 / 07878 831048 / 07891 638977
Fish 
Species; Roach, Carp, Tench, Bream, Perch, Ruffe
Website: 
https://clubfaw.weebly.com/hendre-lake.html
Additional information; 
6 acre Lake. Disabled anglers access. Carp syndicate Limited fishing area due to conservation
Star Rating ***
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Venue; LAMBY  LAKE
Location; Lamby way, Rumney, CardiffSat Nav: CF3 2EQ 
Google: Map
Owner Permit; Lamby AA
Availability; 
Day Season tickets 
Tel; 
07878831048
Fish Species; 
Roach, Rudd, Carp, Tench, Grass Carp
Web Site 
http://www.lambylake.com/
Additional information; 
New 3 acre Lake opened June 2006  Syndicate and day tickets available
Star Rating ***
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Venue; LAMBY POND
Location; Lamby way, Rumney, east Cardiff
Sat Nav: CF3 2EQ 
Google: Map
Owner Permit; Wentloog fisheries
Availability; 
Day tickets on bank or from Mr Clive Roberts
Tel; 
07720 924704
Fish Species; 
Tench, Carp, Roach, Rudd, Perch, Carp, Crucians
Additional information; 
No night fishing. 12 peg venue 0.33 acre pond
Star Rating ****
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Venue; RIVER RUMNEY (Cardiff)

Location; Llanrumney Motor way Bridge to Cardiff to Estuary 
Sat Nav: 
CF23 9AD
Google: Map
Owner Permit; Cardiff City Council
Availability; 
FREE

Website: River Rumney Boat & Fishing Club
Fish Species; Chub, Roach, Dace, Eel, Sea trout
Additional information; 
Tidal Reaches are FREE
Star Rating **

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Venue; RIVER ELY
Location; Running through St Fagans, Fairwater, Ely, Leckwith Cardiff
Sat Nav: 
CF5 6XB
Google: Map
Owner Permit; Glamorgan A/C
Availability; 
Day Season tickets from Local Tackle Shop
Tel; 
07804 097857
Website http://glamorgananglersclub.org.uk/
Fish Species; 
Sea Trout, Rainbow trout, Brown trout , Roach, Chub, Perch, Dace, 
Additional information; 
The river is about 24 miles long. Its source lies in the mountains to the south of Tonypandy, RCT rising in the eastern slopes of Mynydd Penygraig (Penygraig) and Mynydd y Gilfach (Penrhiwfer), and the western slopes of Mynydd Dinas (Williamstown), whose eastern slopes feed the Rhondda by Porth. The Ely flows through Tonyrefail, and then through the grounds of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital at Ynysmaerdy, following the main A4119 (Tonypandy to Cardiff Bay (Welsh: Bae Caerdydd)) route through the valley pass formed between Mynydd Garthmaetwg (Llantrisant Forest), to the west and Llantrisant, to the east. Flowing through Talbot Green (Welsh: Tonysguboriau), the Ely is joined by the Afon Clun at Pontyclun, before heading east to Miskin (Welsh: Meisgyn) and turning south once more, reaching the western edge of the rural lowlands of City and County of Cardiff (Welsh: Dinas a Sir Caerdydd) immediately south of Junction 34 of the M4 motorway. It passes the Museum of Welsh Life at St. Fagans and then continues through residential Cardiff suburbs such as Pentrebane and Caerau and Ely (Welsh: Trelai) before flowing into Cardiff Bay, by Penarth Marina. (This area is free fishing)
Star Rating ***

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Venue; LOWER RIVER TAFF

Location; Below Castle Bridge running to Cardiff Bay
Sat Nav: 
CF11 7BE
Google: Map
Owner Permit; Cardiff City
Availability; 
Free Section 
Tel; 
02920 619828 Local Tackle shop
Fish Species; Roach, Chub, Eel, Barbel, Dace, Gudgeon, Sea Trout, Sewin, Salmon
Star Rating ***
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Venue; RIVER TAFF (Radyr to Cardiff)

Location; Running from Radyr to Cardiff City centre
Sat Nav: 
CF15 8AB
Google: Map
Owner Permit; Joint clubs sharing Bute A/c Glamorgan A/c Birchgrove A/s
Availability; 
Day Season tickets from local tackle shops
Tel; 
02920 499889 /07804 097857 
Fish Species; 
Salmon, Sea Trout, Grayling, Roach, Chub, Dace, Gudgeon, Eel
Websitehttp://www.glamorgananglersclub.org.uk/
Additional information; From Abercynon, it is joined by the Cynon river, and at Pontypridd it is joined by the Rhondda river. From Pontypridd, it runs roughly south, through Taff’s Well and Radyr, before arriving at the city of Cardiff in Llandaff. In Cardiff, the course of the river was changed during the 19th century; from Cardiff Castle it now follows an artificial riverbed west of where it previously flowed, now following a path through Bute Park and next to the Cardiff Arms Park and the former National Stadium, now the Millennium Stadium, and into Cardiff Bay, an artificial lake created by the construction of a barrage across the mouth of the river. It then flows out into the Severn estuary.
Star Rating ***

_______________________________________________________________________Venue;ROATH PARK LAKE

Location; Roath area Cardiff City
Sat Nav: CF23 5NP
Owner Permit; Cardiff City Council
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages
Availability; 
Day Tickets on bank 46 acre Lake
Fish Species; 
Roach, Rudd, Carp, Tench, Eel
Additional information; Controlled by Cardiff City Council, Bird conservation area top of Lake W/C Disabled access
Star Rating **
_______________________________________________________________________Venue; EAST DOCK – ATLANTIC WHARF
Location – Cardiff Bay Wharf
Sat Nav: CF23 9AF
Google: Map
Owner Permit – Wharf Fishery
Tel: 07972 736714
Website: https://wharffishery.co.uk/
Availability – Syndicate and Winter Predator tickets on the 25 acre lake
Fish Species – Carp, Tench, Pike, Perch, Roach, Rudd, Bream, Eels
Additional Information – Syndicate only water contact on website
Star Rating **
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Venue; CARDIFF BAY

Location; Cardiff Bay Docks Cardiff
Sat Nav: CF10 5BZ
Google: Map
Owner Permit; Cardiff Harbour
Tel; 
029 2037 8161
Availability; Limited area on 500 acre Lake
Fish Species; 
Roach, Chub, Eel, Carp
Website; http://www.cardiffbay.co.uk/
Additional information; 
At present fishing is permitted from Hamadryad Park on the River Taff, between Grangemoor Park and Sanatorium Park on the River Ely, and the Barrage Embankment.There are also four purpose built angling platforms on the River Ely just above Penarth Road suitable for disabled anglers. 
Star Rating **
 
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Venue; PENTWYN POND
Location; Llanedeyrn Cardiff
Sat Nav: CF23 9PD
Google: Map
Owner Permit; Pentwyn A/c
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/Pentwyn.Lake/
Availability; Day Season Tickets on bank 1.5 acre pond
Fish Species; 
Roach, Rudd, Perch, Carp, Bream
Additional information; Situated just off the Llanedeyrn Housing estate
Star Rating ***

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Venue; TAFF FEEDER STREAM

Location; Blackweir to Docks
Google: Map
Owner Permit; Bute Park/Cardiff city
Availability; FREE
Fish Species; Roach, Chub, Barbel, Dace, Gudgeon, minnow, odd Bream
Additional information; A feeder stream that runs from the River Taff at Blackweir and continues through Bute Park and Cardiff City centre
Star Rating ***

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Venue; CANADA LAKE

Location; Creigiau village
Sat Nav; CF15 9NF
Google: Map
Owner Permit; Canada Lake Hotel
Tel; 02920 892090
Availability; Day Tickets 5 Acre Lake
Fish Species; Rainbow, Brown trout
Website; http://www.canadalodgeandlake.co.uk/
Additional information;
 Canada Lake & Lodge can be found on the outskirts of Creigiau village, a few miles northwest of Cardiff and just a few miles from Junction 34 of the M4 This Lake may go to coarse fishing in the near future 
Star Rating ***

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Venue; LLANISHEN AND LISVANE RESERVOIRS

Location; Situated in Llanishen and Lisvane, north of Cardiff. Entrances from Rhyd-y-Pennau Road, Llanishen and Lisvane Road, Lisvane.
Google: Map
Owner Permit; Welsh Water
Website: 
https://www.dwrcymru.com/
Availability; Closed until further notice
Additional information; One 59 acre Lake and one 19 acre Lake. 
Star Rating 

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Sea Fishing

Locations; CARDIFF / PENARTH

Information; Over the past decade the Cardiff and Penarth area has established it’self as arguably the top rod and line cod fishery in the UK. But it doesn’t end there, for the summer fishing is just as good with a large variety of species, and for the adventurous there are also huge numbers of wrecks littering the seabed of the Bristol Channel within a couple of hours steaming.

The main port is Penarth which sports a large marina facility, but charter boats also work out of the old docks in Cardiff too. The whole area though is undergoing massive transformation with facilities improving almost daily.

WHERE TO FISH The ground here is a mix of clean ground, rough patches, rock and coral reefs. Some of the more noted marks are The Ledge just off Sully Island, One fathom Bank off Barry, ground adjacent to Flat Holm Island, The Monkstone, and the sand banks called Cardiff Grounds. Many of the boats make the longer journey westwards to the Aberthaw area and to the famous Nash Sands and Nash reef off Monknash, especially in the summer. It’s the Nash area that gives up the best variety of species. Reef ground is also visited on the English side of the Bristol Channel for conger, cod and tope in season. Long range trips to the wrecks are undertaken in the summer, with a few vessels pushing out the 70 odd miles to Lundy Island off Ilfracombe in Devon when the weather allows.

SPECIES January, February and March still give good cod fishing here with the biggest fish, some touching 40lbs, showing during the mid January to end of February spell. Codling remain inshore right through until June, though their numbers obviously drop. By late April bass have moved onto the rougher patches along with thornback, spotted, and the first of the small eyed rays. All the rays, including blondes, are well established by mid May with early turbot also taken. By the end of the month, then attention turns to smoothound and some good fish well into double figures are caught along with the odd monster. Huss and dogfish, plus pack tope to 25lbs are also around. July and August sees some porbeagle shark move eastwards up the channel with the mackerel shoals. Shark average about 100lbs but fish to 200lbs plus have been taken. The wrecks are well visited in June, July and August giving quality pollack to 15lbs, huss, conger, and rays. Monkfish move in on the sand banks around the Nash, too. August sees the first codling back inshore, along with whiting, and whilst conger, rays etc, continue to be caught right through the autumn, most boats focus on the cod fishing from here on in.

TIDES The Bristol Channel has the second biggest tides in the world, only the Bay of Fundy in Canada has larger, so this tells you that even the neaps run at a fair pace. The bonus is that the fishing does not differ too greatly on a day to day basis. Fish will be caught on all tides. Having said that, obviously any wreck trips have to be centred on the neap tides, and some of the shallower reefs are best fished only over the slack water periods. Very heavy and persistent rain water flushing down the estuary can push the cod out at times and effect the distance travelled by the shark during the summer. These fast moving channel waters never clear and always carry silt making the water permanently coloured.

TACKLE Due to the ferocity of the tides this is mainly uptiding country. You’ll need big leads too, so choose an uptider rated to cast 4-10ozs using a multiplier loaded with between 18lb and 25lb line. Most anglers choose the heavier line because big fish will have to be bullied back against the tidal current. Carry leads from 5ozs to 8ozs with both release and fixed grip wires. Sputnik leads with their oversize grip wires are very popular here. Keen local anglers tend to fish only a two hook pennel rig for cod and also for rays. Hook lengths need to be between 2-6ft. The uptider also does a good job on the wreck pollack, but what downtide fishing is practised can be done with a 30lb class rod and reel with leads around the pound. This downtide method is the best way to take the bigger cod by trotting a big bait well downtide of the boat.

BAITS For cod and general species you’ll not beat black lug or king rag baits, and make them big, at least 9ins long. Squid works well both as a tipping bait, or whole for the bigger cod and bass. Conger like a small pout or whiting. Edible and shore peeler crab is good for bass and smoothound over rough ground. Frozen sandeel is the best bait for the small eyed and spotted rays, with mackerel and herring strips okay for tope, conger etc.

ALTERNATIVE SHORE MARKS There are loads to choose from. Try Cardiff Foreshore for whiting, codling, eels, conger etc, in season. Redwick and Magor are good for codling and sole. Ogmore Deeps is a rock mark offering good ray fishing in the summer.

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Tackle Shops in this County

Garry Evans Tackle Centre
105-109 Whitchurch Road
Cardiff
Wales
CF14 3JQ
Telephone: 02920 692968

Anglers Supplies
172 Penarth Rd,
Cardiff
CF11 6NL
Phone: 029 2022 0723

TackleMart
182 Habershon St,
Cardiff
CF24 2LE
Phone: 029 2045 3274

Caerau Angling Supplies
8 Heol Trenewydd,
Cardiff
CF5 5LU
Phone: 029 2059 6807

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NOTICE; It is inevitable that whilst producing fishing guide Wales, some fisheries details may change or some fisheries will have been omitted. I would be grateful if any errors or omissions could be brought to my attention, please email me clive@angling-news.co.uk