Your continued use of this website implies consent for usage of cookies. Our cookie policy.

Smooth-hound - Fishing in Wales
smooth-hound fishing Wales

Smooth-hound

Smooth-hound

Mustelus mustelus

Smooth-hound are now a very common fish in Wales – they are a member of the shark family, and favour sandy, shingle and light broken ground rather than heavy, rocky marks. They live in relatively shallow water and are seldom found in very deep water. They regularly come close enough to land to be targeted by the shore angler.  
 
Hounds are a very strong fish that give a good account for themselves on light tackle. Smooth-hounds hunt on the seabed for crustaceans. As such, crab is the best bait – either peeler or hardback. They will also take squid and fish baits. 

Smooth-hounds are most active from May through to the end of the summer – they are a fantastic sporting fish to target from the shore and afloat during the warm months. They are found all over Wales, but some of the best marks are on the Glamorganshire coast, such as Llantwit major and Aberthaw. Smoothies are also found in good numbers in North Wales – for example off Hollyhead, in Trearddur bay and llanddwyn. 

Newsletter

sea fishing Wales

Sea Fishing Paradise: Short Breaks in Wales

With COVID-19 restrictions in mind, international saltwater journalist Dave Lewis looks at sea fishing breaks closer to home – and…

Read More
Blog
Trout fishing on the Taff

Trophy trout fishing on the Taff

Nature has a wonderful way of repairing itself when left alone and nowhere has this been more evident than the…

Read More
Blog
perfect tenkara water on Dee

Tenkara fishing in Wales

Wales is a veritable Mecca for wild brown trout and grayling fishing and is already enjoyed by many experienced anglers.

Read More