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Cornwall offers some of the best sea fishing in the UK, both in winter and summer. Winter storms provide some of the best Bass surf fishing around while the many fishing ports all host boats providing leisure fishing trips out to sea.

Fishing from Cornwall’s Beaches

Here’s a little about some of the better spots…

Chapel Porth

Particularly good in winter on a rising tide this cove's large flat sandy beaches offer some great evening or night fishing for Bass, Turbot and Skate. You’ll need to be prepared to retreat with the incoming tide, and be careful when the tide is particularly low, some spots on the sand can become supersaturated.

Loe Bar

On the south coast just onto the Lizard, facing south west, Loe Bar is a popular fishing spot and hosts a number of competitions throughout the year. It’s a steeply shelving shingle beach, with strong tides, but does offer some excellent results with the right bait. A good cast can get you into some nice deep water.


Similar fishing to Chapel Porth, this beach has a strong reputation for providing good sized fish. Like any surf beach care should be taken not to get caught by fast incoming tides and a good long cast will be needed to get right into the breakers.

Boat Fishing in Cornwall

The main ports for leisure fishing in our part of Cornwall are Falmouth and Fowey on the south coast and Newquay, Padstow and St Ives on the north.


There is a wide variety of opportunities from Falmouth ranging from a long run 20 miles offshore fishing deep wrecks, to inshore fishing for mackerel or shallower wrecks. There are a number of operators.


Fowey has a similar geographic aspect to Falmouth, being tucked in behind Dodman Point so a variety of fishing trips are available.


The most easterly fishing port in Cornwall, Looe is extremely tidal (ambitious people can wade across the river at low tide) but has a number of fishing charter boats and is well located for some excellent wreck, rock and shark fishing.


Tucked in on the western side of St Austell Bay, Mevagissey also has a number of commercial and leisure fishing boats.


Probably one of the best known fishing ports on Cornwall’s north coast, Padstow boasts some excellent fishing grounds without too many hours travel time.


Newquay offers a great compromise if not everyone wants to go fishing…
The old fishing harbour, which is still an operational fishing port, has a number of leisure angling services and is right in the middle of the town, and of course Newquay has plenty to offer the non-angler…

St Ives

This tidal fishing port has several leisure boats operating and is close to some really good fishing spots. Be warned though… the tidal nature of the port means that you might have an early start.


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