Lleyn Peninsula - Carreg Y Llam (High and low water mark)

This section contains directions to a wide variety of venues,plus information on the type of fishing available,and the bait/rigs used
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Lleyn Peninsula - Carreg Y Llam (High and low water mark)

Postby Godders123 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:32 am

There’s been a bit of interest in this mark since I posted a report following a session there so I thought I’d provide a more detailed report on the venue itself should anyone want to take on the colossal trek down there!

How to get there
The venue is located on the north side of the Lleyn Peninsula in between the villages of Llithfaen and Pistyll. It’s known locally as Carreg Y Llam or Penrhyn Glas so if you wish to do a bit more online research into the venue then these are your keywords.
The venue itself is a disused granite quarry with an eroding shoreline in parts and therefore care needs to be taken when fishing here, particularly if you’re walking in between the rocky point and the beach. This is an extremely remote venue accessed from two different points, and both are a testing hike for even the fittest of folk. Travelling as light as possible is key so take a light holdall or rucksack equipped with the bare essentials.
Via Nant Gwtheyrn/Llithfaen (LL53 6NU)
It can be accessed via Nant Gwrtheyrn, a Welsh Learning centre to the east of Carreg Y Llam. The drive down to Nant Gwrtheyrn isn’t for the faint hearted! The road is immensely steep in one section - you turn a corner and the road beneath you almost disappears such is the gradient! But once down there there’s ample parking amongst some stunning scenery. From the car park bear to the left of the cafe and follow the steep track down to the beach. Once on the beach bear left again and it’s a mile long hike along heavy shingle towards the quarry. There used to be a concrete jetty and old quarry buildings at the end of the beach but they’ve now been demolished so you may now need to scramble over some boulders to gain access to the quarry from the beach.
Via the quarry track (LL53 6NA)
Alternatively, you can access it via a (very) rough track leading off the B4417. Travel straight through Llithfaen village towards Nefyn, and once you pass the last row of houses on the right carry on for another ½ mile and you’ll come to a solitary house on the right. Continue for some 100yrds or so and you’ll see a narrow track on the right. Park up here on the roadside, take in fluids, eat an energy bar and prepare for a hike. Walk down the track bearing left when the track forks (about 400 yards down). The track continues for ¾ mile or so to a ledge about 150ft above the quarry. There’s then a very steep incline that leads down to the quarry. Bear left at the bottom and you’ll come to another short slope that leads down to the rock point.

The venue offers a wide range of fishing options with a long shingle beach to the right, a 500 yrd stretch of rough boulder lined ground (ideal for targeting bass and small-medium sized Pollack on the lure), a medium-deep water rock mark, and a small cove to the left.
The rock point is fairly comfortable as far as rock marks go. There’s room for three fishing a couple of rods each off the point and another off the left into the small cove.
When fishing from the point there’s very rough ground to the right, great for targeting Pollack and bass on the lure but don’t fish the bottom past 1 o’clock (when looking straight out to sea) unless you want to loose your gear. If fishing bottom into the small bay make sure you cast at least level with the rock point or beyond as there’s a band of kelp that runs right across the bay and if you hit this say goodbye to your tackle.
Shingle Beach
Rock Point
Rough Ground

Species - What to expect/When
With such mixed ground there’s a wide array of species to be had from this venue. Here’s how it fishes for the more targeted species (date ranges denote the key periods however fish can be taken either side of these months):
Bass: May-October. Plugging along the boulder lined shoreline and also from the low rock ledge to the left of the main rock point. Lug, crab or fresh macky on a pulley pennel on the main beach immediately as the boulders fizzle out. The closer to the boulders the better but naturally you run the risk of some tackle loss the closer you get.
Rays (Thornies, Small Eyed, and Spotted): April – August.
Bull Huss: Feb-May.
Smoothies: June-Aug. Also spurdog during the spring, one specimen of 10lb taken from the cove.
Coalies: Nov-May.
Pollack: May-October. Taken on soft plastics or float over the rough ground to the right of the point. Nothing huge, typically around the 1-2lb mark.
Gurnard (Tub, Grey and Red): Plentiful from May-September, particularly Greys. Fish baited feathers work wonders, or occasional movement of the bait by using a standard lead (non wired) with an occasional few turns of the reel.
Codling: Nov-Feb. Not prolific or to any size but 3-4lbers are taken from here. Pistyll beach to the west is a better mark for codling particularly during a strong northerly blow, otherwise during calm conditions it’s whiting city!
Tope: I’ve never targeted them (or caught one!) but they are taken off boats in this area throughout the summer months. Mackerel are plentiful from here from June-Aug and so fresh bait is as good as guaranteed.
This mark is plagued by doggies, whatever the season, whatever the conditions, particularly when fishing fish/squid baits. They slow a little during the summer months but you’ll still have to battle through them to hit other species.

Hopefully this helps those that are brave enough to venture down to this mark. However, despite the trek the fishing and scenery make it well worthwhile, particularly during the summer/autumn months.

If you need any further info then feel free to PM me and I’ll do my best to help.

2017 Species [21]: Flounder, Conger, Bull Huss, Codling, Whiting, Dab, Dogfish, Plaice, Mackerel, Ballan Wrasse, Pollack, Smoothhound, Thornie, Eel, Sole, Bass, Garfish, Cuckoo Wrasse, Corkwing Wrasse, Goldsinny Wrasse, LS Sea Scorpion


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