Mackerel Rock, Llyn

On the south facing shore of the Llyn Peninsula, just east of Aberdaron is Mackerel Rock (Porth Cadlan). Not to be confused with the same named sea fishing mark on Anglesey. (Info on the Anglesey section of the menu)

This is definitely not a sea fishing mark for the less able. It involves a walk across cow infested fields and a trek through wild pony territory. Once you have walked through the various fields the final descent down is very steep and not be attempted when it is wet, able bodied or not. Avoid this mark if there are strong on shore winds or swells. If the sun is out then definitely get out and play.

Access from the main road when heading East out of Aberdaron (up the hill and past the church on the right)  is via a single lane road/track down to a farm house, there is enough parking room for a couple of cars only. The parking area is a very uneven grassy area and a small depression that turns into a small pond after heavy rain. There is an honesty box on the gate, think it was £2 last time I went.

The steep grassy slope turns into grippy rocky ledges, there is enough room for a few anglers around the rocks. Fishing to the right towards the bay is a lot shallower onto a sandy bottom, straight out or to the left puts you into deeper water. Rocks and kelp closer in, I once caught a good size Red Gurnard here on a hooked crab line no more than 8ft from the side.

The mark has standard tidal in and out rather than any significant side pulls, 4 ounce grippers are fine here. Lrf is possible literally under your feet as there is decent depth at high tide and enough at low with a little cast. The ground itself is really grippy under foot too in the places you will be fishing. In terms of bait anything will work in this area. If you are bottom fishing and have the venue to yourself or just a couple of others get the Mackerel feather out. I have had good catches here as well as few bass (honestly) to feathers.

Most people tend as its name sake suggests to fish for Mackerel with feathers at this venue, it tend to be filled with holiday maker on certain days particularly in the summer holidays.  The mark also provides excellent bottom fishing but travel as light as possible, given the very steep hill. Its definitely steep and dangerous when dry so not to be attempted in poor weather. One piece of advice is to travel light, the hill and walk together are a beast to tackle. There are also a couple of gates to climb over to so bear that in mind.

The below shows you where to park and fish when travelling to the mackerel rock, Llyn Peninsula fishing mark. You can see it is a fair distance to the fishing mark with a potential climb to contend with. I think its worth it though, especially when the sun is shining.

Avoid in poor, windy or wet weather.

Species: not exhaustive

Mackerel, Dogfish, Gurnard, Mini species, Dab, Pollock

Clicking the link below will open up google maps on your phone, sat nav directions straight to the parking area

The closest post code is  Rhiw, Pwllheli  LL53 8BD

Tight Lines, live tide times below

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