Pistyll Dock

Pistyll Dock is a half decent fishing mark but a bit of a logistical nightmare. Steep or long walks to the mark, I’m not 100% sure of how well it produces, however I have done well off Nefyn Beach which I fish a few hundred metres to the left if looking out go sea. I have been a few times and pulled in on occasion plenty of doggies, Spider crabs and little else, I keep going back for more though as once you are there it is quite a comfortable fishing Mark.

There are some decent size spider crabs visible below the dock when the clarity is good, caught a few too. I tend to camp at Penisarlon farm camping if fishing Pistyll Dock which overlooks Pistyll beach. Great views from above and a bit of a trek to get down but there is a path of sorts.

To the dock there is a path from the bottom camping field, head up and across the top of the next field (There is a small fence the scramble over) Follow the edge of the field, once above Pistyll dock head down the cliff. Zigzag down and you will be fine, the last section is very steep onto the dock itself. You can walk at low tide from Nefyn beach with a bit of a climb onto the dock but it’s not too bad if you are able bodied, this is the easiest route.

The dock it’s self is walled all around the edge and is a stable fishing platform, it drops down in the middle and has sandy floor (shame about rubbish left by previous occupants each time I go) I often see people fishing at night when camping above but haven’t tried it myself as littlun always wants to join me. Tried down the side a few times for minis with no joy but water clarity was poor, low tide can leave the base of the dock with little water, you can see the rocky section stretching out to the right, fishing straight out in front is on to a soft sandy section.

I have seen a few pics of decent size bass from a local lad who lure fishes over the rocks, there is also a man made fish trap visible on lower tides on Pistyll beach which I have been meaning go check out. I say beach, it is mainly shingle. The cliffs/ land behind the beach is traversable but suffers from very visibly from erosion so be careful if heading down, the beach is also fully covered at high tide. It’s doable if able bodied but it’s something to be aware of as its not easy.

Species: not exhaustive

Dogsfish, Corkwing Wrasse, Thornback Ray, Bass, Whiting, Smoothhound, Tope pups

Camping just above makes it that touch bit easier, place and owners are decent too. Reviewed it HERE

near B4417, Pwllheli LL53 6LW


Pistyll Dock

Dropped pin
near Pistyll, Pwllheli


Definitely worth a visit, try Nefyn beach just to the west if unable to make the walk/climb