As a big fan of Welsh football, one of my favourite chants comes from the Lilywhites. Whenever you hear ‘Sunny Rhyl’ being belted out then you know that it’s game on. The best rendition came at Park Hall a few seasons back. With the heavens opened to full capacity, the group of fans gathered at the open-end behind the goal gave it their very best. Definitely a case of singing in the rain.
Anyway, for me this week you can add Windy Rhyl to the list as I managed three short sessions in one of my favourite places, the town’s harbour. Fishing right at the end into the Clwyd estuary you could argue that I was just out of the jurisdiction of the actual harbour itself, but let’s not split hairs over a few metres.
I spend a lot of time in Wales and it’s always on my radar if I know that I can fish in the area. Fortunately, although the winds were pretty strong all-round (20+ mph), they were coming in such a direction that I didn’t get the brunt of the extreme gusts where I was fishing. Out for three short sessions, two were in darkness and the other in daylight.
Outings were timed to coincide with high water, which is my usual slot in that venue. I have, however, had good sessions when the river has been at its lowest and pretty much like an upland stream in terms of depth and flow. If just goes to show, don’t wait around for perfect conditions, tides or whatever, just go anyway. As long as your bait’s in the water you’ve got a chance.
Lots of crabs showed up, as expected, with whiting on the two darkness sessions. It was the daylight one that produced what I was really after though as I landed a flounder. I also caught an eel to make it three species overall. Make sure you watch the video for more details of the outings. (Published December 12 2015)