NOT FLOUNDERING AT RHYL – harbour and beach FLOUNDER fishing. Blog entry 562

Click to play video. Includes: Fishing at Rhyl harbour/Clwyd estuary, Beach fishing, Flounder/Whiting/Three bearded rockling, Pumping lugworm.

In last week’s blog I shared my experiences on my visit to Talacre while on vacation in North Wales. This time round I concentrate on the bread-and-butter of the week, as far as the fishing was concerned, as I focused on the harbour at Rhyl and the nearby coast. I do love fishing for ‘flatties’ and if dabs are my favourite species, then flounders run them a very close second. My first ever sea fish was a flounder, caught from Rhyl when I was a kid.

First fish of the week
First fish of the week

This time round, my connection with Rhyl actually began the day before the holiday as I travelled to the border to watch the town’s football team take on The New Saints. I love Welsh Premier League football, and just like the fishing, if I lived closer I’d do a lot more. This was the third time I’ve seen the teams play in two seasons, and although Rhyl came closer this time round, it was TNS who again bagged the win.

The opening flounder is a good one
The opening flounder is a good one

Twenty-four hours later I was beginning my first session as I cast out into the harbour, fishing an incoming tide. The opening fish of the week was another one of my favourite sea fish, the three bearded rockling. I always think back to when my girls were very young, I caught one on a vacation and one of them called it a ‘rockerling’. It’s one of those things that has always stayed with me.

Another Rhyl harbour fish
Another Rhyl harbour fish

The opening night also saw me bank two flounders, so although it was past midnight when I retired to the caravan after lots of driving behind me, I was a happy bunny for sure. The rest of the sessions were short ones, with rockling and flounder on the menu, so to speak. All figuratively though as all fish caught this week were returned.

Back to where it came from
Back to where it came from

I also added ten new species of birds for the year. Pretty much, birding is about location. If you’ve got the time and the petrol money you can soon build up a big tally, so just because someone sees 200 in a year and another ticks 100, it doesn’t in itself mean he’s a better birder. In some ways that’s like fishing, if you travel to venues that hold monster fish then your pb will undoubtedly be bigger than the angler who fishes just local waters.

The sun sets over Llandudno
The sun sets over Llandudno

On the nature front I also encountered natterjack toads. Extremely rare in Britain, just down the rod from where we stayed, there is a breeding colony. I didn’t manage to see any as they are in an enclosed conservation area, but I captured them calling. In fact I’ve just started to put together some short videos under the umbrella title of ‘Celebrating Britain’s Natural World’ so even more reason to subscribe to my YouTube channel! (Published April 12 2014)