The bit you should read.

I’ve always been an angler and after around the country moving I wanted to discover and document the best places to fish (where ever I might be) in the way of rivers, lakes, canals and ponds. When previously fishing in South Wales I often fished in club and winter league matches, however living up north presented me with new challenges, venues and angling clubs that I acquainted myself with. Now down in the South West I plan to do the same.

This fishing blog details my angling adventures around the UK (although depending where I am in the country I also sea fish from both Boat and Shore, Carp, Pike and Fly fish). I will be giving a summary of 3 values considered by most anglers as well as the additional Disabled Access rating. Since being diagnosed with CIDP and regaining my motor function Disabled angling and Disabled access is now something I always consider when visiting venues. They will all be rated on a scale of 1* to 5*;

1. Fishability *****

2. Accessability *****

3. Value for Money *****

4. Disabled Access *****

I think these 4 points are the key issues which are readily identifiable with all anglers. Feel free to take a look and add your own comments along the way!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Tackle Store Review – Cwmbran Angling

Finding bait on a Wednesday can be difficult living in South Wales. Mid week match day, as it is sometimes referred too, means that my nearest store is closed as it is run by a keen match angler. I only remember this after I pulled up and parked at the rear of the shop. This left me in the tricky situation of having arranged to go fishing, but potentially not having any bait. (School boy error!) A quick re-think involving Google and a few phone calls and I was on a rather impromptu trip to Cwmbran Angling to pick up the bait and see what else they had on offer.

Firstly the Sat Nav lied and 26 minutes quickly turned into 30 minutes+. This wasn’t helped by the ongoing road works at Pontypool and parking outside the store was a fiasco. I later learned that there is small car park behind the building, but you have to follow the one way system. I was lucky and found a short stay space just outside a nearby chippy and treated myself to a sausage in batter for my troubles. On entering the store, I could see it is no bigger than a large living room, but every inch of space has been filled with equipment. To utilise the space (and house an enormous amount of stock), the rod racks on the right as you enter are on top of a huge amount of fly tying equipment. Hackles, tubing, fritz, deer hair, you name it they had it, although you might have to move some things around to get to it. The rods on top of the fly tying equipment ranged from feeder and float rods, to carp and beach casters. Another rod rack which holds another multitude of rods is in the middle of the shop. The opposite side to this rod rack, you’ll find a large amount of coarse fishing equipment.

On the left hand side of the shop you will find the majority of the coarse fishing equipment, along with a good selection of Pike lures, ranging from Rapala’s to Storm Shad’s. There was also a surprising amount of Sea fishing equipment in this store which, given the size of the shop, is a very admirable. As for the coarse fishing equipment, every inch of wall was covered, with lines, hooks, rig bits, and almost everything you can think of. There were also buckets of various sized pellets all different flavours which can be bought in your desired quantities. 

There was also a good selection of Pole Fishing equipment with floats, elastic, bungs, pole cups (including the new Frenzee Softee cups which I have struggled to get hold of), readymade rigs and a reasonable selection of universal top kits, which are all packed into this small space. I spent the best part of 20 minutes, desperately thinking “what do I need?” so that I could root around, looking for specific items, all of which I found. Also, everything in the store seemed reasonably priced, which is always a plus when you are counting the pennies! 

There was a great selection of tinned and flavoured baits including the latest glugs, dips and additives. There is also an extensively stocked groundbait range compromising of Van Den Eynde, Sensas and Bait Tech, which is good news for local coarse anglers as these 3 brands tick all the boxes for any groundbait you may need on almost any venue. I was pleased to find that they had casters in stock (another plus), and along with a pint of maggots and a tub of dendrobena worms it came in just over £6 which seemed reasonable, given some places I have visited charge £3.50 for a pint of maggots.

This shop definitely qualifies the saying “big things come in small packages”, as this store was really something else given the size. I couldn’t get over the sheer volume of products they had on site, and that they also catered for sea fishing, pike fishing and fly fishing. A remarkable achievement given its size! I would recommend Cwmbran Angling to anyone in the area, coarse, pike, fly or carp there is bound to be something in this store for everyone.

Tackle Store Rating *** ½


Leslie Lim said...

Wow. Awesome article. Please do more articles like this in the future. Very informational and knowledgeable. I will expect more from you in the future. For now i will just bookmark your page and surely I'm gonna come back later to read more. Thank you to the writer!


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