Prestatyn is another easy accessible fishing venue on the north Wales coast. There is plenty of parking available directly in front of the fishing mark. You can see your car at night which is always a positive, toilets too but not open out of season.
The car park is pay and display but after 5pm the parking is free. This incidentally is roughly about the same time the holiday makers start to vacate the beach during the warmer months. It is a safe beach with a lack of gullies but as sand is always shifting it’s best to be safe. As always try to check areas at low tide prior to fishing the venue at high tide.
The beach is clean ground fishing, 4 ounce grippers are enough here. Standard 2 hook flapper will work fine, clipped down rigs if targeting the Smoothhounds at low tide. These clipped rigs will need to be a bit stronger with larger hooks than your standards rigs.
Fishing along the entire stretch is possible with Prestayn being made up of 3 beaches. Stick your car on the car park next to Prestatyn boating club and fish the beach directly in front of the Beaches hotel. It fishes similar to the area east and west of the mark ie Smoothhounds at low tide in warmer months and your usual summer species, with Cod and Whiting in winter. Not the most popular venue or if it is it’s little reported on. It is practically fishing out of the car at high tide and a little walk across firm sand at low.
The Smoothhounds are about in number but not quite as many as you would find further East at Talacre. To increase your chances of catching these little sharks use Peeler Crab. Failing that large sections of squid or Prawn can work almost as well. If the Smoothhounds have the option they will go for Peeler Crab every time.
Comfortable fishing once the tourists have gone in summer, so best really early or late on. The fishing is similar to the beaches to the east and West, an under fished venue in my opinion. Usual suspects in terms of bait will work fine for standard fishing.
Species: not exhaustive
Dab, Plaice, Bass, Smoothhound, Dogfish, Whiting, Codling