Fishing for Dab at Shell island
Location- Shell Island, west coast of Wales.
Aim- To catch Dab in the surf.

The north coast of Wales is a great place to catch dab and whilst staying at Shell Island campsite which is situated between Barmouth and Llandanwg on the north west coast I decided to give them a go.

The beach is a long sandy beach with rocky areas to one end and a gully where the two meet. And this is where I decided to fish. Although I had never fished for them before I was assured by the local bait shop that it was a good spot, but fishing in the surf was new to me. Would the fish really come in that close?

I decided to use a single hook flapper rig which was designed according to the packet for flatfish and other smaller species.

I was also told by the bait shop to use strips of Bluey's which are basically very oily fish about the same size as mackerel but with a distinctive blue tinge. Having never used them either I was a little unsure but went with it.

I picked a tide where high tide was at dusk and headed for the beach. After about 10 minutes of casting my baits into the gully the tip started to bounce around and a small eel came out of the surf. The fish really were in the surf and close to the shore. Two more eels later and I had a small tapping which I struck on and low and behold a small dab came flapping out of the surf. Not a big fish but a first for me and a real lesson in sea fishing. I also had another dab that session and missed a fair few too.

It is always great to find out a new technique when fishing and it can also attract the resident Bass and Mullet in the area. There will be more trips fishing this way in the future for sure.

T Bawn

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