FLOUNDERING IN THE CLWYD (Rhyl harbour) – Blog entry 612

In the last few years, as our girls have grown up and given us more freedom, my wife and I have been taking three vacations a year in Wales. However, since my involvement in Welsh football, the visits to the Principality have increased considerably. And with mile upon mile of coastline, it would be downright rude to ignore such a gift. And although it was just a flying visit, it was still great to cast out into the water of the Clwyd estuary.

The River Clwyd where it meets the Irish Sea
The River Clwyd where it meets the Irish Sea

As you can see – and of course hear – from the video, it was a very windy day. I often think, if I were producing professional videos then I definitely wouldn’t be filming today. That’s the point though, I’m not. My weekly videos are an insight into ‘real’ fishing. Not that I’m suggesting anyone else’s angling isn’t, I’m sure you know the point I’m making. Wind, rain on the camera lens, camcorder blowing over while I’m filming. That sort of thing.

What I went for - a nice flounder
What I went for – a nice flounder

The harbour area of Rhyl holds incredible memories for me as it was there that I caught my first sea fish, a flounder, way back in the late 1960’s. Although it’s changed very much over the years, the place still has a nostalgic hold on me. In fact, of the three vacations a year that we take, two of them are in the Rhyl area. Even though my fishing has moved on a lot since I was a kid, I still love fishing there.

One of many crabs I caught
One of many crabs I caught

One thing that has not changed over the years though is the fact that upstream or down of the Foryd Bridge, the crab rules supreme. Day or night, winter or summer, you are guaranteed to be plagued by the side-walking, ten-legged scavengers that must be wall-to-wall on the bed of the river. A great place to take your kids crabbing if you’re on vacation but I guess a real challenge for the angler. I managed just the one flounder, but nevertheless I was happy enough and that’s what really counts. (Published Saturday April 4 2015)

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