FLOUNDERING IN THE MAWDDACH (Flounder) – Blog entry 624

In a recent blog entry I fished the Mawddach estuary in the county of Merionethshire. If you checked that one out you’ll know I targeted bass – and caught a few of my target species as well. Anyway, over low water, I also had flounder.

Where Snowdonia meets the coast
Where Snowdonia meets the coast

Back on the venue, and with a couple of sessions planned, this time I went for the latter. For me, whenever I think of estuaries and low water it’s always flounder that comes to mind. I’ve caught one or two in recent years from the Clwyd estuary, although compared to the Mawddach, that’s like a brook!

The Mawddach estuary in Merionethshire
The Mawddach estuary in Merionethshire

As you can see from the footage in the video, especially the filming from one of the hills alongside it, it’s a pretty impressive geographical feature. At low water it’s a wide expanse of sand but a few hours later it’s filled with incoming water.

Going back to where it came from
Going back to where it came from

I’ve always been fascinated by estuaries since I was a kid. I guess living in land-locked Staffordshire the coast has always had a tug on my heart, especially where the river meets the sea. As we ‘discovered’ this particular estuary on a recent vacation, it’s definitely been pulling me back.

Looking towards Barmouth across the estuary
Looking towards Barmouth across the estuary

One of the things that I find so attractive about the area, as indeed I do anywhere really, is the natural beauty.It’s an incredibly beautiful place and when you’re fishing in those type of surroundings sometimes just being there is enough. Catching a fish is a bonus.

Returning a flounder
Returning a flounder

That’s why I did some filming beforehand, with flowers, trees, birds and even sheep taking up lens-time. In fact I kicked off the video with the backdrop of a waterfall that flows down the hillside and into Cardigan Bay. I came across it on my recent vacation and thought to myself, I’d love to film an introductory clip there.

When the mist descends the scenery disappears
When the mist descends the scenery disappears

As you can see from the accompanying video, session one threw up three flounders in the short time I was there. I did return for a high-water outing and didn’t take my camcorder as I had enough footage for a video. It was good timing as I blanked, unless you count crabs that is.

There's plenty of nature in this week's video
There’s plenty of nature in this week’s video

Oh, and the weed. In fact, so much weed that every cast it was that heavy I had to step back up the beach and hand-line it in and then move forward and reel the slack line. It was a laborious process and then I had to pluck the mass of weed. At least I had my fish in session one though. So I guess, on both outings but for different reasons, you could say I was floundering in the Mawddach. (Published June 27 2015)

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