Fishing in Falmouth

January 27th, 2020

Falmouth is a cute seaside town situated in Cornwall, in the south-west region of England. Here you will experience spectacular scenery along with plenty of independent shops selling everything from surf equipment and beach gear to handcrafted jewellery and unique clothing. The town is also bursting with a plethora of history, with Pendennis Castle being a popular tourist spot. Alongside all of this is a fantastic fishing hot spot.


As Falmouth is a seaside town, it should come as no surprise that fishing commonly takes place. Anglers and tourists alike are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the perfect fishing spot in Falmouth. In this blog, we explore the fishing scene in Falmouth and provide you with some of the best spots to throw the line!


Where to go Fishing in Falmouth

There are numerous fishing spots dotted across Falmouth, but there are some that are better than others. For a better chance of a successful catch, make sure you visit one or more of these spots while you are visiting Falmouth.

The coast of Pendennis Point in Falmouth, Cornwall
CC by Tim Green

Pendennis Point

Pendennis Point is where Pendennis Castle is located, and this is a very popular tourist destination, especially in the summer as it boasts incredible views of Falmouth. Pendennis Castle was built by Henry VIII high up on the Fal Estuary and for more information on castles in Cornwall, take a look at our previous blog!


Like most of the Cornish coast, Pendennis Point is beautiful. The rocky location is perfect for spring and summer fishing, offering a wide variety of species. It is brilliant for a day of fishing; set up, have a picnic and enjoy the spectacular scenery while trying for a catch!


Getting there

Begin your journey in Falmouth and follow signs for Pendennis Castle. Once you have arrived, you will notice that there are numerous pay and display car parks along with road parking towards the castle.

The Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth
CC by Tim Green

The Prince of Wales Pier

Anglers of all abilities can fish at the Prince of Wales Pier with ease. Access to the pier is straightforward, and the simple style of fishing that is required makes it an excellent spot for families that may want to spend the day fishing. But, in addition to this, the pier is also a very popular spot for fishers!

In the summer, the pier can become somewhat populated with holidaymakers who are crab fishing, so if you would prefer a quieter and more peaceful experience, it is recommended that you visit the pier at night on a flooding tide.


Getting there

Start your journey in Falmouth and follow signs for the front or the quay. You will know when you have arrived because you simply cannot miss the pier! In terms of parking, there is a pay and display service nearby the pier.


At both of the above locations, in the summer you can expect to catch any of the following:

  • Bass
  • Pollack
  • Mackerel
  • Wrasse
  • Garfish
  • Mullet
  • Eels
  • Pouting

Then, in the winter, you can expect to catch any of the following species:

  • Flounder
  • Pouting
  • Whiting
  • Rare codling

The local tackle shop for both The Prince of Wales Pier and Pendennis Point is The Tackle Box, and we would recommend you use any of the following bait:

  • Ragworm
  • Peeler crab
  • Mackerel
  • Lugworm
  • Lures

Fish of The Month in Falmouth

For those not familiar with fishing, or those who would simply like some more information, some species of fish are more common to catch in certain months. We have broken this down into months in the table below:

Infographic showing the fish of the month in Falmouth

Please Note: when catching Blue Shark you MUST tag and release


Boat Fishing Trips in Falmouth

If you would like to experience fishing but not sure where to start and would prefer to go with an expert, then we would highly recommend trying one of the many fishing boat trips located in Falmouth. These trips include going out into the sea on a boat and trying some deep-sea fishing. The experts will guide you the whole way, help you when needed and provide you with all the necessary equipment.


Top Fishing Tips for Beginners

Alternatively, if you are new to fishing or you are looking to take your family out for the day to try and catch some fish but want to go at it alone, then here are top tips to ensure you have a fun-filled day while also remaining safe:

  • Do some research beforehand.
  • Learn the basics: adding bait to the hook, tying knots and casting the line.
  • Learn which bait attracts which fish.
  • Ensure you check the weather before you head out on your fishing trip.
  • Wear appropriate clothing (if it is sunny, remember plenty of sun cream!).
  • Take plenty of food and water to remain fuelled and hydrated.

We hope that you have found our guide insightful and have enticed you to try out fishing when in Falmouth! If you would like to visit Cornwall, why not plan a trip with The Valley who offer luxury Falmouth holidays?


We are based in Truro which is less than half an hour away from Falmouth and our holiday cottages are the perfect hub for your Cornish holiday! If you do decide to stay with us, check out some of the brilliant towns surrounding Truro to add to your holiday itinerary.