Fishing around Dartmouth
Rivers, estuaries, cliffs, beaches and boats – so many options for fishing to suit your style. The area is blessed with clean water and a generally sheltered coastline. In the river Dart you can catch trout, mullet, salmon, and even the elusive sea trout; along the cliffs you may catch bass; the beaches may offer various ‘flatties’ and boats give you access to conger, sharks and other wreck fish.
Walking from the Pottery, The nearest place to fish is 10 mins away at Castle Cove, just below Dartmouth Castle. Following the South Devon Coast Path past the castle, there are several more coves and rock outcrops which are regularly used by anglers. Further along the coast There is the vast beach at Slapton, where you will always find kindred spirits perfecting their beach casting. There are other suitable beaches such as Man Sands on the coast north of Kingswear.
You may prefer to fish from a boat, given the cliffs, sand banks and the many local wrecks to entertain you. There are skippers and boats of many shapes and sizes available in Dartmouth and Torbay. A comprehensive list can be found on Rob Miller’s fishing resources, indeed this website gives you justa bout all you need to know about fishing around Dartmouth. If you prefer to be skipper, you can hire a range of small boats from Dartmouth Boat Hire
It is not easy to gain access to the shores of the tidal River uptream except by boat or canoe). There are accessible locations around Dittisham, Stoke Gabriel, but things are more organised in freshwater stretches above the weir at Totnes – see the Dart Angling Association.
There are various places to buy bait and tackle locally, the better tackle shops are located in Torbay, or at www.ashbysonline.co.uk a few miles away near kingsbridge.
If you enjoy watching the fishing, but get sea sick, try watching Mike Concannon’s YouTube channel – always entertaining.
If you want the fish, but you have neither the time nor the gear to go fishing, then you can’t do much better than visit Moby Nick’s shop – local fish (and shellfish) as fresh as you could wish for, often including lots species you don’t often see!
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