NewsThom AirsThe Wharf, Wales

Cardiff Wharf's winter warmers

NewsThom AirsThe Wharf, Wales
Cardiff Wharf's winter warmers

A former shipping dock just a stone’s throw from the sea has been producing a flurry of urban 20s despite freezing conditions.

The Wharf in Cardiff has been in fine form, with 16-year-old Luke Mallett blazing a trail with eight fish in 24 hours at the weekend.

His haul included four 20s to 23lb 9oz, while in a separate session first-time Wharf angler Simon Holmes managed two 20s to 28lb 12oz.

The former free-fishing venue is now under the control of the Wharf Angling Club which has replenished the lake's carp stocks. A full ticket costs £225 a year.

As we reported earlier this year, it is the home of Wales's biggest living carp at 46lb.

 

Teenager Luke visited on Saturday and took full advantage of a surprisingly quiet lake.

The Bridgend angler said: “I arrived at the Wharf at around 4pm Saturday night with the expectation it would be very busy.

 This 23lb 9oz mirror was Luke's biggest of eight

This 23lb 9oz mirror was Luke's biggest of eight

“I walked one side of the lake to find out that there was no one on. I didn’t see any fish on my walk so it was very tough to decide on where to go.

“I thought I’d start in the middle of the lake and hope to be on some fish,

 This pretty mirror went 20lb 8oz

This pretty mirror went 20lb 8oz

“I finally got my rods out on dark and was rewarded with a small mirror within 20 minutes.

“The night saw me catch a further three in the horrible weather and another five in daylight before going home at 4pm.”

 Another 23-pounder for Luke

Another 23-pounder for Luke

Luke fished at almost 15 wraps and baited with Sticky Manilla boilies and pellets, with 14mm Sticky Signature hookbaits attached to PVA bags of crumbed boilies.

He used hinged stiff rigs made with Korda components.

Fellow Bridgend rod Simon Holmes made his first trip to the venue and caught commons of 28lb 12oz and 21lb during his 24-hour stay.

The 42-year-old fished in a windward corner and also used crushed Sticky Manilla boilies in PVA bags and white 12mm Manilla pop-ups on KD rigs.

 Simon's 28lb 12oz pb common

Simon's 28lb 12oz pb common