We’re down at Broadhaven in Pembrokeshire this week for our annual pilgrimage to West Wales.
I’ve been quite inspired by many of the mini-species LRF videos I’ve seen on Youtube, and I really fancied giving it a shot. There were a few marks that I fancied trying, Porthgain and Saundersfoot being two of them. However, having seen aerial shots of Porthclais and the harbour wall, it looked too good an opportunity to pass up.
I arrived at the harbour car park around 10:00am, just as the incoming tide was peaking. The car park was rammed with kayakers and I was very lucky to get the last space available. It only cost £2 for the day, though and the attendant was an old sea dog who immediately put me on the right track to the harbour wall, a short five minute hike over the headland.
It was surprisingly quiet, angler wise. A father and son were float fishing for mackerel and a few guys jigging who left shortly after I arrived. I perched myself in the middle of the wall with my Yokozuna dropshot rod (snapped and forced back together after a prior mishap) and rigged up a light running ledger on 8lb mono with a size 8 wide gape hook. For bait I had raw prawn and mackerel, but only ended up using the prawn. The local tackle shop wanted £6.95 for a small parcel of frozen lug. No thanks. I picked the prawn up at Morrisons in Haverfordwest on the way in.
The prawn worked like a charm. A two hour session saw a succession of small pollack, blennies, gobies and a long spined sea scorpion. Fishing slightly to my left and right proved to be problematic really close in due to snags, but a few sandy patches four or five yards out were ideal spots. With minimal swell the small leads stayed put and bite indication was good. In fact, it was so calm I’m sure a quivertip would have worked.
The Blennies are voracious feeders and I could see them congregate around the bait as soon as it hit the bottom. Some quite big ones too! The pollack were a little more shy and the few I caught were on the drop. A float would be ideal for them.
A thoroughly enjoyable morning. Hopefully I can get another session in before we go home.