Crucians caught by Tony Rees

The following crucians were caught by Tony Rees whilst fishing from Peg 2 this afternoon, Tony fished from 2.30 until 6pm, he landed 15 crucians, 1 goldfish, 1 bream as well as roach, rudd and perch.   Tony used a pole and double maggot bait.

Fishing Report for River Taff and Cyfarthfa Park Lake

Report By Ceri Thomas of Fishtec – 10/4/16

Spent a few hours on the Aberfan stretch of the Taff. Arrived at 1.00pm hoping to find hatch of LDO, MB’s and therefore rising fish. Airflo streamtec rod was rigged up with size 12 parachute Adams, my ‘go to’ dry for this time of year. Walked the banks looking for risers – and found some. Landed 6 nice fish, with each one spotted and targeted carefully with the dry. All in mint condition, each one in the 14 – 16 inch range and very strong. Missed, pricked and lost many more. Hatch and rise over by 3.00pm. Could have caught more by fishing nymphs blind, but what fun is that compared to a take off the surface!

Cyfarthfa Lake – 14/4/16

Malcolm Williams fished from peg 6 on the roadside of the lake and had an excellent days fishing catching Perch, Roach and Rudd.   Malcolm fished a waggler float and maggot hook bait

Fishing News 14 Apr

Cantref News

Hwyll Jones fished the far bank and landed a 2lb 2oz Rainbow Trout, he caught it on a gold head hares ear.   Gavin Jehu fished the neck of the reservoir and caught 6 rainbow/brown trout he returned them all.

Gavin Jehu and Dave Matthews are both trialling this weekend for the Welsh Bank fly fishing team and we wish them both the best of luck.



I have had a report that a young lad fishing the park lake last week caught 5 trout, whilst coarse fishing, he returned them all the water.   These have come into the lake via the feeder and are wild trout, we have not stocked the Taf Fechan for a long time.  If when fishing the park lake you catch trout they are to be returned to the water and not kept.



Local News – Cyfarthfa Park

Throughout 2016 we are inviting visitors to Discover Cyfarthfa and take part in our brand new heritage tours led by Park Warden Ian. Spaces are limited so if you would like to attend please book in now.
Saturday April 30th 2016

Discover Cyfarthfa- Flora and Fauna.
Spring has arrived at Cyfarthfa Park!
Join us to explore Cyfarthfa taking in the ponds, the newly restored Icehouse, underground water tunnel, meadows, the sensory garden, the bandstand and Cyfarthfa Castle. Our Park Warden will guide you through the tour providing a fascinating insight into the many varieties of plant and wildlife which call Cyfarthfa home. Record your findings- there may be a few surprises in store!

Tickets: £8 per adult (To include refreshments at the new Bothy Heritage Centre and free entry to Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery at the tour end). Approximately 2.5 hours.
Book now at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery or contact us on 01685 727371.

Trecastle Competition

The competition to be held on the Usk Reservoir Trecastle has been cancelled.   It will be re-organised to be held later in the year.

Fishing News/Newsletter

Jordan Pearson and Luke Ashley braved the weather to fish Top Pond today Friday 8 Apr.    Jordan landed 4 carp, 2 common carp weighing 5lb and 8lb, a mirror carp of 6lb and a leather carp of 5lb.   Luke 1 common carp and 4 mirror carp.   Dave Cousins was practicing for the match on Sunday (draw at 8.30am) on Tuesday he landed 3 carp and 6 bream, today he landed 4 carp and 3 bream.

Malcolm Williams fished the park on Tuesday from 4pm until 7pm and caught 3 bream all about 3/4lb.   His chosen bait was sweetcorn, he said that he had to be very patient because bites were few and far between and the only bites he had he managed to land.

The River Usk at Mardy is fishing well at the moment and the March Brown is hatching.   This fly was also seen on the River Taff for the first time in the Troedyrhiw area.   Ron Jones was not sure if they were March Browns so he caught 2 and took them home to check and reported that they were, which is very good news for the River Taff.

Newsletter, the latest copy of our newsletter compiled by Tony Rees is available here……


I fished the reservoir on Tuesday and caught a small brown trout on a GRHE.   Whilst entering the reservoir I couldn’t help but notice the frogs gathering in the margins, plus a couple of dead ones that looked as if they had been eaten by an otter, have a look at the pictures below…….


dead frog

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.