Newton / Porthcawl
Newton in Porthcawl is a great venue to fish especially in rough weather. You can either fish the Point towards the furthest end of Newton Village at low water, or the beach in front of Beach road at high tide.
At the Point the ground you fish over is a mixture of weed covered ledges & coral. Although the sand seems to be making more of an appearance, you will still need a " rotten bottom " lead system to avoid tackle loss. The angler fishes from either the ledges in front of the 2 pillars of rock half way down the shoreline or the old sewer pipe to the west of the pillars. Rigs used should be kept basic to avoid tackle loss, so single hook fixed or pulley rigs should be used with gripweights to 5oz needed to hold your bait in the tide. Baits such as crab, squid & ragworm will produce specimen size fish throughout the year. The Point is renowned for its Smoothound fishing in the summer with both Starry & Common Smouthound being caught to double figure weights. Other Summer species include Conger eel, Bass, Wrasse & even Trigger fish. Winter fishing consists of good bags of Codling & Whiting. Low water is the best time to fish , with the 2 hours before low proving the most productive.
The beach is predominantly a high water venue which fishes best when a South westerly wind is blowing, roughing the sea up in the Channel. The beach can be fished anywhere from the new slip to Ogmore river mouth, with the old slip & the black rocks being the most productive spots. Rigs used should include small hooks for target species such as Whiting, Codling, Flounder & small bass. Best bait would be lugworm.