Mackerel Rock

Mackerel Rock is a well known fishing mark just up the road from Treadurr bay and Porth Defarch.

There is small rough car park that is not too far from Mackerel Rock for the able bodied, it is a bit of a trek if you are not so mobile. The end point does involve a bit of a scramble down, both hands and feet in places so travelling light is a must.

Small or telescopic rods are easier and tend to be lighter to handle when scrambling, occasionally people with beach casters fish from the mark. This seems a bit too much like hard work for me, it is a good depth of water though. Pollack and Wrasse are in the area and are great sport, Pollack are decent eating if you get a big enough fish.

It is fish-able at low and high tide, just watch out for swells. There are a couple of rocks that do get covered so make sure you get back to the main ledge before the tide is too high. You will be fishing into a decent depth of water, this is the main reason people head the to mark.

Using basic silver feathers with a 2/3 ounce lead will get you far enough out into the shoals. That said if the fish are not there you wont catch, 2018 didn’t seem to produce as well as previous years from Mackerel Rock belying its name sake.

One thing to watch out for is people! Lots of people flock to this venue in fair weather, it can be very busy at times and cannot support many anglers.

There are a few local camping/caravan sites in the area, a lot of holiday makers come the mackerel rock to fish. A free tea of fresh fish I suppose is always nice.

I just wish people wouldn’t leave so much rubbish, empty feather packets making up the bulk of items left behind.

Click the link below to start google maps on your phone, it will take you to the car park:)

https://goo.gl/maps/VbBDj7x2ey92

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