Sea fishing is a popular pursuit off the south coast of Cornwall. You can often see fisherman inspecting their lobster pots, marked with bouys, off the headlands. Kayaks and dinghies can be launched from Pentewan Sands – see the sailing club for more details. Mevagissey harbour is the place to look for day trips out in a small fishing vessel under the supervision of a local fisherman. Have you seen Michael Portillo’s TV Train Journeys? In the early 19th century Mevagissey was shipping daily train-loads of pilchards to London. Pilchards are large sardines, a delicacy still found off these shores. We’re not doctors but the omega oils are reputably good for your health! Find the right conditions and a shoal of mackerel and last summer’s visitors were hauling them up in quantities every time they put their hooks over the side – they were using kayaks launched from the beach and floating along towards Black Head. Absolutely beautiful barbecued that same night, sitting on the terrace.
Bodmin is the centre for salmon, sea trout and brown trout on the River Camel (which goes out to sea at Padstow, Rick Stein’s seafood centre). Or try The River Fowey, 2 miles at Lanhydrock, for salmon and sea trout from 1st April to 30th Sept.
For those of you who like ‘moules’, find a very low tide (Spring and Autumn) and you might bring some home yourself. There was a memorable TV programme with the Two Fat Ladies cooking hand-picked mussels on Hemmick beach.
If freshwater fishing is your bag, White Acres Coarse Fishery, White Cross, is recommended for a day out. About 40 mins towards Newquay (01726 860220) it has 15 lakes covering more than 36 acres and offers some of the best variety of coarse fishing in the country. The lakes are fed by natural springs and provide a superb fishing habitat, surrounded by spectacular parkland and woods.