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

News
Hot Weather fishing Wales

Hot Weather Fishing Warning

With the extremely hot weather set to continue for the next few days at least, we urge freshwater anglers in…

Read More
Video
fly fishing tips stillwaters

How To Fish a Stillwater Trout Fishery - Tips and Tactics at Garnffrwd

Wales has some fantastic fly fishing opportunities including plentiful stocked stillwater venues! In this video Welsh bank captain Rhys Wadley…

Read More
News
take a friend fishing

Take A Friend Fishing in Wales!!

The summer holidays are a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy some time next to the water. Taking a…

Read More