Major competition at Cefn Sidan
THE 2013 South West Wales Association of Sea Angling Clubs Open takes place at Cefn Sidan beach on Sunday.
Fishing starts at 9.30am and ends at 2.30pm.
Anglers are asked to meet at 8am at Pembrey Country Park.
It is a catch and release competition with a minimum fish size of 20cm.
There are prizes for the longest single fish and the longest overall length.
Meanwhile, a qualifying round of the Welsh Carp Championships is being held at the Fendrod Lake in Llansamlet next weekend.
It starts at 6pm on Friday, May 24, and ends on the Sunday.
A number of the anglers are competing in fancy dress to raise money for Golau Cancer Foundation and Neonatal Unit, which are both based at Singleton Hospital.
AT THE FISHERIES
Fishing has been slow at times, with some anglers doing well and other struggling to get a take.
The browns are still playing hard to get but are very active chasing fry in the margins in the early morning and late afternoon.
Jason Cook fished buzzer under the bob to land four fish for 25lb. Terry Morgan fished hare's ear and landed a nice bag of three fish for 18lb 7oz.
Tony Moor landed three fish for 17lb 4oz, all taken on hare's ear. Wayne Jones fished a team of flies — damsel on the point, hare's ear on first dropper and cruncher on bottom dropper — and landed four excellent fish for 26lb 7oz with a best of 8lb.
Matt Cole landed three good fish for 15lb, all taken on bloodworm. Mike Harrison fished mini-cat to take three fish for 15lb 8oz, and Ken Clay had a good day fishing hoppers, taking four fish from the island.
There has been a variety of fly patterns working but mostly the smaller patterns.
It's approaching the time of year to dump the lures. Dries are also starting to work. Put leader sink on the leader and gink on the fly, leave it sit there and retrieve the fly slowly.
From May 20-27 the fishery will be open from 8am to 5pm.
Blue rainbows have been stocked in Eglwys — these are prized fish.
Anglers need to photograph their capture and submit them to the club secretary to qualify for a £25 fly-tying voucher from Flyman Ltd.
There have been some great catches. The best flies have been buzzers used under an indicator, while various lures have worked.
Michelle Kiley, who fishes on the worm, caught all three of the stocked fish which included a rainbow, blue trout and an 8lb brown, which was returned.
Not many anglers catch all three.
Other great catches were Andrew Griffiths, who landed a 5lb 1oz rainbow caught on a green and orange buzzer.
Lee Hadfield caught a 5lb 1oz rainbow on a white and green lure. Ryan Roberts caught a 7lb 4oz rainbow on a cat's whisker.
John Wilkins caught a 5lb 9oz rainbow on a damsel nymph. Luke Jones also caught a 12lb brown, which was safely returned.
Evening fishing has now started on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-9pm.
Fly: Wayne Davies three fish 9lb 10oz caught on a black buzzer. David Richards three fish 9lb 8oz caught on a green buzzer.
Simon Walters three fish 9lb 4oz caught on a damsel nymph.
Worm: Mark Jones three fish 9lb 3oz. Keith Thomas three fish 9lb 1oz. Paul Carter three fish 8lb 9oz.
The weather has put fish on the feed and anglers were reporting good catches in the early part of last week on the pleasure and pit lakes.
Craig Thomas from Newport, having fished the pit for a day session only to draw blank, decided a second visit was due. He used a single-cell boillie on the pit and landed his first ever White Springs carp on his second session, which was 10lb 3oz.
The matches on Wednesday and Sunday saw good results.
On Wednesday there were six bags of more than 45lb and the winning bag fell to Llanelli's Dan Bowen with 90lb.
Second was Ryan Dummer at 76lb 8oz and third was Lew Spinks with 68lb 5oz.
Dan Bowen took third on Sunday, while first place went to James Thomas with 62lb 8oz, with Chris Bradley second on 55lb.
The specimen lake was a little slower until the fishery had strong winds, which put the fish on the move and into a feeding frenzy.
Seventeen-year-old Frankie Shellard from Newport doubled his personal best in strong winds with a 28lb 8oz off peg 13. Ashley Hopkins from Pontarddulais landed a stunning 23lb fish, while peg two produced several fish for an angler who stayed for the week, including ones of 24lb and 22lb, and his nephew on 3A also landed a 24lb 8oz fish.
But the fish of the week must go to Pontarddulais angler Richard Jones. A colleague had been fishing for four days and as nobody was on the next peg to him he had his rods in peg 11a.
When Richard arrived on 11a his colleague reeled his rods in. Richard put one of his rods into the same spot and the next morning was woken at 5.30am when he landed a fish of 41lb 10oz. It was on a cell dipped in a special secret additive and tipped with a plastic corn.
With the Welsh Carp Masters approaching, the management at the fishery have been busy repairing some of the old platforms and pegs.