Thursday, 3 May 2007

Cornwall, Praa Sands.

Praa Sands, western end.
Praa Sands is a long sandy beach to the south of the A394 road from Helston to Penzance. There is a pay and display car park at the western end of the beach, (with most attentive clampers employed, be careful). There is a café and toilets near the car park.The beach is used by general holiday makers and surfers during the day so fishing is best done after dark or early morning. The ground in front of the car park is generally clean although there are some rock and weed patches in which to lose tackle. The beach is mostly fished for bass so long distance casting will not be required. Turbot show up on this beach and tend to favour fish bait or sand eel, other fish can be caught, try lug or rag worm on a running leger with a smooth weight.

Praa Sands, looking east.

To get access to the eastern end of the beach drive to the village of Ashton back towards Helston and drive down Hendra Lane, it is narrow but there are a few places to park before you get to the beach. The fishing is generally reckoned to be better at this end of the beach. The ground gets rockier and more snaggy as you move towards the headland.
There are tackle and bait shops in Penzance and Helston, but the nearest
is Newton Angling on the A394 in Newtown (just outside Praa Sands on the A 394 tel 01736 763721), this is a large shop selling everything you need, and a lot more. They sell a large selection of fresh and frozen bait.