Fishing in Falmouth

October 18th, 2021

Falmouth is a seaside town located 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.


Within this tranquil section of the world is a series of activities and a plethora of history, with Pendennis Castle being a popular tourist spot. Not only is there much to do, but with it being right on the coast, there are plenty of hotspots for fishing! In this blog, we will explore the best fishing spots as a luxury Falmouth holiday awaits you!


The Best Places to Fish in Falmouth

There are numerous fishing spots dotted across Falmouth, but like most things, there are some 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
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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 – 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 view while trying for a catch!


How to Get to Pendennis Point

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
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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 it’s a hotspot for tourists to attempt to catch fish. Additionally, fishers love to camp around this spot for obvious reasons.

In the summer, the pier can become somewhat populated with tourists looking for crabs, 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.


How to Get to the Prince of Wales Pier

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 near the pier.


What Fish Can You Catch in Falmouth?

At both of the locations above, you can catch an array of fish throughout the seasons.



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

Get the Right Bait with The Tackle Box

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 aren’t 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 some 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! Come join us for new adventures, exciting memories and a t


We are a 5 star luxury holiday park in Cornwall 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.


Fal River Festival 2018 Guide

May 14th, 2018

Celebrating the history and culture of the Fal River, and the people who live around it, the Fal River Festival runs from 25th May to 3rd June this year. With celebrations lasting for ten days, and over 150 events to choose from, there is sure to be something for everyone. Displaying the creative feats of locals, with plenty of art, film, theatre, music and food, the festival gives you the perfect excuse to explore the area of outstanding natural beauty and all it has to offer. Here are some of the biggest events taking place for the festival


Falmouth Street Food & Craft Ales Festival

A festival within a festival, the Street Food & Craft Ales festival takes place each year in Falmouth, this year from the 25th –  28th May. The best street food in Cornwall will welcome you to Events Square with the delicious aromas from the diverse collection of mouth-watering dishes. The flavourful feast is paired with the finest of Cornish craft ales. Accompanying the food and drink will be a market showing-off local produce, arts and craft. If that’s not enough to keep you entertained, then there will also be live music performed throughout each day!


Coastal & Woodland Foraging Course

Head to Pendower beach to learn how to survive in the wild, identifying foraging and cooking up nibbles that are found in the wild. Explore the Bluebell woodlands to discover what is edible and which are poisonous. Following the stream down to the beach, see if you can spot the variety of seaweed that is sought-after by many a chef, as well as the many other seaside edibles available. Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, learn how to safely incorporate them into some yummy modern recipes. The event ends with a big cook up on Pendower Beach so that everyone can have a taste! The foraging course takes place at 10.30am to 1.30pm on the 28th May. Booking is essential; an adult ticket costs £25, teenagers £10 and children go free!


Treasure From The Sea

This free exhibition is taking place on the 29th May, celebrating the launch of new children’s book ‘Treasure from the Sea’. The exhibition displays treasures and oddities obtained through beachcombing, with cabinets full of finds from the beach. The book’s illustrator, Sarah McCartney, will be at the exhibit, showcasing some original drawings from the story, as well as her resin sculptures, prints and sea photography.


Film On The Ferry

Transformed into the only floating cinema in Cornwall, the King Harry Ferry will have a huge cinema screen on board for you to enjoy a film in open air, as you float on the river. The screening of the Oscar Award winning film Dunkirk (2017) will take place on 29thMay, while Cast Away (2000) will be screened on 31stMay. Both films will begin screening at 10pm, with the ferry picking up viewers on the Philleigh side of the river at 9.30pm, and those on the Trelissick side at 9.40pm. Bring along a fold out chair, so you have somewhere to sit, and remember to wrap up warm! Tickets cost £9 for adults and £7 for under 16’s and are available on the Fal River website.



Head to Kimberley Park for a series of acoustic live music performances from 6 unique musical acts, alongside a variety of activities. As you listen to the tunes, get involved with the circus skills workshop, theatre and storytelling activities and plenty of art and creativity! ParkLive takes place on 27th May from 12pm to 5.30pm.

For more activities taking place over this week, check out our May half-term guide here! If you would like to enjoy the Fal River Festival, then why not come and stay with us here at The Valley for a luxury Falmouth holiday!? This week we are having a flash sale, so book now to get the best deal!


Image Credit: Tim Green