Cornwall may be one of the least known Counties
for regular fresh water angling, and yet paradoxically Newquay is
recognized as one of the most popular holiday resorts in the United
Kingdom. It has long been considered that Newquay, by virtue of its
position on the north coast is the ideal centre for touring around
the County. By the same token, Newquay is also the ideal location
for dedicated anglers to fish the numerous lakes and rivers that are
literally within a few miles. It may not be generally known that
there is no close season in Cornwall, fishing is permitted 52 weeks
of the year. Couple this with fairly mild winters, lakes that do not
freeze over, and the sport can be enjoyed all year round. What
better than a few days in this milder winter climate, three rods in
the lake, a flask of hot tea and the prospect of a 20lb+ Carp on the
end of one of the lines.
Within ten minutes drive from the centre of
Newquay there are six excellent, well stocked lakes in picturesque
surroundings, and within forty minutes there are several more, both
coarse and fly, and several rivers. These include Porth, Whitecross
(just off the A392 (both White Acres and Oakside), Cubert, Nr
Newquay (Gwinear), Nr Perranporth (Bolingey) and at Goonhavern
(Rosewater). Just a little further away is the very popular site of
Lake View near Bodmin.
The fly fishermen are not forgotten with fishing
to be found on the Camel which stretches from the North West edge of
Bodmin Moor past Camelford to its estuary at Wadebridge. The run of
salmon tends to be late with some of the best fishing in November
and December. Sea trout in Summer, and also moorland brown trout.
The other nearest river is the Fowey which rises near the highest
point of Bodmin Moor from which it flows south then turns to the
west, and finally south again through Lostwithiel to its long
estuary. This is another late salmon river with good sea trout
fishing as well. Several other rivers are available also but at some
Stillwater trout fishing is available at
numerous sites with the nearest ones being at Cubert near Newquay,
Bodmin, Camelford, Falmouth, Hayle, Redruth, St Austell and Truro.
Fly fishermen are reminded that this branch of
the sport is seasonal, even in Cornwall, and that it is necessary to
have a current rod licence.
To consider but one lake - Porth - a superb
location of 40 acres of water, less than ten minutes away, we quote
from Peninsula Coarse Fisheries (a division of South West Water plc)
Angling Guide: "This fishery consistently produces the best fishing
in Devon and Cornwall, with match weights of 111lb of bream. Bags of
130lb plus have been caught by pleasure anglers. Best bream 9lb 2oz,
best Tench 9lb 12oz. Rudd to 3lb, roach 1¼ plus. Mixed bags of
Roach, Rudd and Skimmers to 60lb".
Add to this the opportunity to sea fish as well,
it has to be the answer to any anglers dreams. With the extensive
coastline on both North and South coasts of Cornwall, the
opportunities for sea fishing are endless and if one is prone to
seasickness much sport can be had from casting your line from the
headland or even from the shoreline.
With many thanks to Keith Rawstron who
has kindly let us use the information from his own web site