Angling tips for Stackpole and Martins Haven

The Pembrokeshire coastline is the UK's only coastal National Park and was voted the second best coastal destination in the world by National Geographic. The area is protected by a host of conservation designations including a European Special Area of Conservation for its marine wildlife but there are a number of things you can do to help. Stackpole and Martin Haven are popular angling destinations but are places where anglers snag and lose a lot of tackle. This is due to a number of factors including the underwater topography, tides and choice of rig.

Neptune's Army of Rubbish Cleaners (NARC) are a voluntary group of divers and non-divers who carry out underwater clean-ups along the Pembrokeshire Coastline. They regularly carry out clean-up dives at Stackpole and in just one dive collected over 700 lead weights and hundreds of hooks and metres of line.

The Pembrokeshire Federation of Angling Coaches (PFAC) are a group of local expert coaches with superb knowledge of the coastline, including what tackle and techniques work best at a number of marks around the county.

NARC and PFAC have teamed up to produce this advice, which is relevant for most of the cliff angling marks in Pembrokeshire.

Tackle Tips for Stackpole
One of the main issues associated with angling is the litter left on ledges and beaches including line, bait packets and food and drink packaging. Please take all of your litter home. This not only protects the wildlife and habitat but puts anglers in a good light as recreational users of the coast.

• It is always best to fish at high water. The extra depth of water (up to 7 metres) helps avoid snags and fish generally come in with the tide.

• If you feel the bottom or a snag, reel in faster and always increase your reeling speed when getting close to the shore. As you can see on the maps there are areas of thick kelp and rock crevices close to the waterline. Increasing your reeling speed when approaching these areas will help avoid tackle loss.

• If spinning or feathering use a light, 2-3 oz weight and remember mackerel generally swim in the upper regions of the water. Do not use grip weights when spinning or feathering.

• If possible use hooks that will straighten and biodegradable line.

• If bottom fishing it may help if you use extra long wire grip weights. This stops the weight rolling into holes. You will also need to cast in excess of 50 metres to find a sandy bottom.

• Use 25-30 lb breaking strain line straight through when bottom fishing or feathering/spinning. This will enable you to pull free from most snags within the kelp zone.

• Try not to fish to the right of the ledges at Stackpole when bottom fishing as the ground is very rough.

• Large hooks may decrease your chance of hooking small juvenile fish.

• Anglers are encouraged to use the ‘anglers tackle bin' which is located at the gate above the slipway down to Stackpole Quay.

To download the full PDF version of the Stackpole leaflet, CLICK HERE. For further information, visit www.narc-cc.org.uk.

Tackle tips for Martins Haven
• One of the main issues associated with angling is the litter left on ledges and beaches including line, bait packets and food and drink packaging. Please take all of your litter home. This not only protects the wildlife and habitat but puts anglers in a good light as recreational users of the coast.

• It is always best to fish at high water. The extra depth of water (up to 7 metres) helps avoid snags and fish generally come in with the tide.

• If you feel the bottom or a snag, reel in faster and always increase your reeling speed when getting close to the shore. As you can see on the maps there are areas of thick Kelp and rocky crevices close to the waterline. Increasing your reeling speed when approaching these areas will help avoid tackle loss.

• If spinning or feathering use a light, 2-3 oz weight and remember mackerel generally swim in the upper regions of the water. Do not use grip weights when spinning or feathering.

• If possible use hooks that will straighten and biodegradable line.

• If bottom fishing it may help if you use extra long wire grip weights. This stops the weight rolling into holes.

• Use 25-30 lb breaking strain line straight through when bottom fishing or feathering/spinning. This will enable you to pull free from most snags within the kelp zone.

• If fishing at West Hook always fish downtide. This helps in avoiding the reef where the tide will sweep your tackle and any hooked fish into the reef.

• If possible avoid low water when fishing here as there is a much higher risk of getting snagged.

• Large hooks may decrease your chance of hooking small juvenile fish.

• Anglers are encouraged to use the ‘anglers tackle bin' which is located at Martins Haven next to the Deer Park gate leading to the Wooltack sites.

To download the full PDF version of the Martins Haven leaflet, CLICK HERE. For further information, visit www.narc-cc.org.uk.





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