Removal of Canadian Pond Weed on Top Pond

A small work party attended the pond on Sunday and removed a large amount of the weed choking the pegs on the long concrete bank,   Hopefully the match next Sunday will proceed without any problems. The same crew went back up today (Friday), and cleared some more weed out.   Although weed is showing on the surface now it is floating.

On Sunday 3rd April at 9.30am a work party will be removing  Canadian pond weed from in front of the pegs on Top Pond, if you wish to help you will be very welcome.

Fishing Report

Malcolm Williams has fished Cyfarthfa Lake three times this week with some success. On the first day he landed five bream over 4lbs each fishing on a feeder and using two pieces of sweetcorn. The same method the following day resulted in three crucian Carp, two Bream, and a common Carp of four pounds. He only managed one bream on day three.
Neil Ashman fished the river Taff this week. Using a Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, and Red Tag Nymphs and the French leader style he caught these trout. All the trout were returned.
 Ceri Evans of Fishtec fished the River Taff below Quakers Yard and using a parachute adams caught and returned the trout below
Ceri Evans Trout 1

Usk Poaching Prosecution

AN angler has been fined more than £1,300 by magistrates after he got into an argument over fishing.

Jackson Davies, 19, failed to appear at Newport Magistrates Court yesterday but was handed the fine by magistrates.

The court heard how Davies, of High Street, Pontypridd, had been fishing in the river Usk on private land near Newbridge on July 29 when the offences happened.

Ian Jones, an officer employed by Natural Resources Wales, came by the scene at around 1.20pm after seeing two cars parked up.

Mr Jones approached the men and asked to check their fishing licences, to which Davies said he had left his at home. Mr Jones said he could tell Davies “did not like” his presence.

Mr Jones seized Davies’ fishing equipment and then ran checks which showed Davies had been lying and did not have a licence. Davies also lied about his address.

The court heard how Davies then started to try and run away from the scene.

Prosecutor Mohammed Yakub, for Natural Resources Wales, said: “He became aggressive. He said, you can’t arrest me, you have got no power.

“He tried to walk past and to get to the gate.”

Mr Jones said Davies’ face was getting red and his voice was loud and aggressive.”

A scuffle ensued and Davies was tackled to the ground. He was restrained until police officers arrived at around 2pm.

Yesterday Natural Resources Wales prosecuted Davies for four offences. Davies did not enter a plea but the offences were proved in his absence.

He was fined for fishing in the river Usk without a licence, using a piece of equipment called a spinner which is banned, obstruct an enforcement officer including resisting arrest and the attempted theft of fish.

Magistrates had the power to impose fines of more than £20,000.

But they fined Davies a total of £1,301.

The biggest fines were £440 for obstructing the officer and £440 for the attempt to steal fish.

Cyfarthfa Park

Steve Francis fished the grass bank on Friday and caught bream to 3, 4lb on bread flake and fed liquidised bread.   Whilst I was talking to Steve one of the Cygnets came along and firstly tried to eat the float, which Steve quickly moved, the cygnet then put its head under the water and kicked its tail up to reach Steve’s groundbait, it seemed to do so quite easily.

Fishermen are advised when fishing the lake, if a swan takes an interest in your float or dives down to feed near your float/feeder please reel in and wait until the swan moves away, we don’t want to hook these magnificent birds.


Members should be aware that Merthyr Council have recently started using a private company to take action against anyone found illegally depositing litter in public places throughout the Borough including Cyfarthfa Park , Penywern Ponds & river banks . The Association completely support the efforts to keep our Town free from litter .
Should any member be found to have left litter at any of our facilities as well as facing on the spot fines from the Council they could also find their membership status in jeopardy .

Sea Trout

Our Chairman Gary Davies loves his Sea Trout Fishing and found the following video on You Tube

Cyfarthfa Park

On Sunday Steve Francis fished from the grass bank using liquidised bread and bread flake, when I spoke to him he had landed 13 bream between 2½ and 3lb.


Newport Sea Anglers are holding a competition on April 24th from 7.30 until 11am.


St Brides Foreshore

Sunday April 24th  0730- 1100am

Main Sponsor



Garry Evans Seamaster Leg

Selection of take your pick table prizes including :-

15ft Continental Rod & Reel donated by Garry Evans Newport

£25 tackle voucher donated by Dave Richards Newport

Shakespeare fishing rod donated by Pure Fishing

1 days trout fishing donated by NRSFA

£25 Meal voucher donated by Blaina Wharf pub restaurant

£25 cash donated by Gwent SAC

£30 cash donated by Host Club

£25 cash donated by Host Club

£25 cash donated by Host Club

£25 cash donated by Host Club

£25 cash donated by Host Club

Size 9 Waders donated by Dave Leader Plumbing & Heating

£30 cash donated by Friendship Public House

£30 Cash donated by Hartridge RFC

£25 cash donated by Parkwood Garden Services

Rod donated by Masterline Walker

Bottle of Whisky donated by Host Club 

Raffle Prizes donated by Granville Thomas

Penn Points Qualifier

1st Prize £300

2nd Prize £200

3rd Prize £100

Plus 3 Junior Prizes

Supplied by Dave Richards Newport

Entry Fees :-

Seniors £8-00

Juniors & OAPs £5-00

Plus opt. pool £2-00

Split 50/50 1st & 2nd

Booking in on the day :-


From 05-30am

 Secure Parking

Breakfasts, Bacon Rolls, Tea & Coffee etc

Advance booking in :-

Local tackle shops

Weigh in :-


Scales close 12-00

WFSA Minimum size limits apply.

Catch and release allowed only if

weighed by appointed stewards

on verified digital scales and must

be in kilograms.

Any fish brought to the scales should

be kept in a bucket or suitable

container with fresh seawater.

( No buckets may be shared

with another angler).

N.B. Silver eels must be kept alive

and returned to the water asap

after weighing

Limits :- Garden in front of Old

White Lighthouse to

Peterstone Gout.

Further information contact

club secretary 07756768819




WFSA & Host Club rules apply



On Saturday, Barry Hayman and his son Thomas along with Doug Hawkins fished the canal near the top and had a brilliant day catching lots of dace, Doug also had a couple of small chub.   Barry and Thomas fished maggots and Doug used punched bread.


With the trout and salmon season opening on Thursday, anglers are requested to take care when walking down to and from the river, John the farmer has installed Solar Panels near the farm and works traffic can be expected at any time.