Sunday, 15 April 2007

Pembrokeshire, Newport

Newport is between Fishguard and Cardigan on the A487. Fishing marks here are Newport Beach, The Parrog, The Bridge and Estuary and The Slipway area.
Crabbing is popular with the ankle-biters along the wall behind the Boat Club at high tide.

Bait is a problem in West Wales. Frozen bait is sold at the garage in Newport. Mackerel can usually be bought from Tesco in Cardigan and there is a tackle shop in Cardigan (Castaway Tackle Shop in College Row 01239 621856 ) which sells frozen bait and very expensive farmed, boxed ragworm. As you go through the High Street on the one-way system you will notice a small square with Woolworths to the right, immediately turn left down the hill, this is College Row, there is a car park about 50 yards further on.
Bait can be collected in the estuary at The Parrog; soft or peeler crabs will be lurking under weed and rocks, mussels and limpets on the rocks and lugworm can be found in the sand/mudflats behind the boat club building but there are not found in great numbers and it is hard work to get enough for a session. If you look for crabs please put the stones back exactly as you find them, if you rolll the stones over trapping the weed underneath you do great harm to the marine environment and spoil the chances of anyone else finding bait.