Fishing and St Ives go together like, well, fish and chips. Whether you want to grab a rod and hunt for your supper, enjoy a family fishing trip on a boat, or fancy a relaxing day of coarse fishing, St Ives has plenty of fishy fun on offer.
If you want to fish in St Ives, Porthmeor Beach is a good place to start. When the surf’s running, you can catch bass; and although dogs are banned from this beach in the summer, dogfish are a year-round visitor. In the winter, you may be able to catch plaice, turbot and flounder, or occasionally cod. St Ives harbour and pier is a good location to catch mackerel on lures, as well as various flatfish.
Please be aware that sea fishing can be dangerous, and if possible, go with a friend or two (more fun anyway…). Let the landlubbers know where you’re going, and always check the tide times.
Visit the British Sea Fishing website and the South West sea fishing forum to find out more.
If you don’t fancy the DIY approach, there are fishing trips from the harbour in St Ives. Bluefin Charters have a range of fishing trip options, from the family-friendly mackerel fishing trip starting at £20, to chartering the boat plus the skipper for a day. The Dolly P offers pleasure trips to Seal Island and Godrevy Island. The mackerel fishing expeditions on Bluefin in the summer use rods and reels, ideal for new and young fishers.
Just three miles outside St Ives, in the beautiful and wild Penwith moorland, is Amalwhidden Farm, a family-run coarse fishery with three well-stocked ponds. Teaching and rod-hire are available if you’re a novice, and it’s a lovely place for experienced pleasure anglers to enjoy a day. Nance Lakes, also near St Ives, combines coarse fishing with camping – the perfect holiday for the freshwater angler.