Top 3 places in the UK to go kayak fishing

Top 3 places in the UK to go kayak fishing

Do you love kayak fishing and are planning a trip to the UK? Do you live in the UK and would like to explore the best places to fish in a kayak? Planning to buy a fishing kayak for your trip? Well, you have some amazing options. Let’s check the top 3 places in the UK to go Kayak fishing.

1. Derwent Water

Derwent Water is located in the Lake District, UK and is one of the most famous places to go Kayak fishing. The place is also fondly called “The Queen of The Lakes”. If you want fish that weigh over 20lb, this is the perfect place for you. This place is well known for its natural beauty and the elegance of Derwent Water is simply breathtaking. Many tourists from all over the world come here to appreciate its charm. The access granted to the Kayak fishermen is good near the east shore. The fish commonly available here are Pike, trout, perch, etc.

The waters are still and calm. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this place will be suitable for you.

Summers can be crowded with lots of hustle and bustle around.  If you are looking forward to having a quiet time away from the multitude, plan accordingly.

2. Cornwall River Fal

The River Fal rises on the Goss Moor through Cornwall in the United Kingdom. The waters of the River Fal are sparkling and clear. The surrounding area is comprised of an amazing system of waterways. 

In the winter months you can find Cornish mackerel in the estuary. This is an ideal spot for winter fishing as it is a little more sheltered from the elements than the open water. Other fish you can find here include: herring, pollack, whiting, dogfish, john dory and seabass (to name just a few!). 

Be careful, as it is prohibited in some areas of the estuary to catch certain species of fish from a vessel – yep that includes kayaks! But there are plenty of other fish in the area to legally catch. Be sure to check local fishing restrictions and plan your trip accordingly.

Make sure you take your kayak fishing equipment like your rods, scissors, scalars and fish finders

There are a huge variety of lakes and places to choose for kayak fishing, but this is also a great place to satisfy your wanderlust. You could go with a group or even as a duo, the fishing experience will be incredible. Over the years, this has become a real fun spot for many people in the UK as well as around the world.

3. Snowdonia

Snowdonia is the ideal place to go kayaking for the very first time. The idyllic freshwater lakes are most suitable for a relaxing time. 

The National Park of Snowdonia is one of the best places for kayaking and is home to many kayakers. The scenery and the freshness of the lakes there make it an attractive picnic spot for many tourists. This is one of the best places to go for a British holiday, especially during the summer.  

Lyn Tegid (Bala Lake) is a vast lake in Snowdonia. It contains 14 species of fish including perch, roach, pike, trout, grayling and eels. You must obtain a rod licence and a fishing permit before fishing here, you can find more details here. If you plan to take your kayak you will also require a boat permit (these start at £3.50).

Other popular Snowdonia fishing spots include Llyn Dywarchen (a stunning reservoir stocked with rainbow and brown trout) and Llyn Brenig (fly fishing only).

Apart from kayak fishing, you could also enjoy rafting, surfing, bodyboarding and wakeboarding in the area. Great for family members who may be adverse to fishing!  

Snowdonia has many picturesque lakes to go to and have a breathtaking adventure!

The Blue Anchor Cod Classic 2018

The Blue Anchor Cod Classic is back for 2018

After a number of successful years, the Blue Anchor Cod Classic Competition, is back in 2018. It will be held in Blue Anchor, Somerset and will challenge all who participate to bring home the biggest catch of the day. All competitors must fish from kayaks, and the lucky winner will receive a fishing spec Fatyak Kaafu. All proceeds will be split between the prize fund and the RNLI.

Blue Anchor Cod Classic 2018 Rules

No Angler shall go afloat without being in possession of and using appropriate personal safety equipment which will include a suitable PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE.

    2. No more than two rods fishing at any one time.
    3. No more than four hooks fishing at any one time (includes pennel rigs)
    4. Only one cod per entrant will be eligible to be weighed at the scales with a minimum length of 14 inches.
    5. The winner will be determined by the heaviest cod caught then second heaviest and so on.
    6. Entry will be by payment of £20 (cash only) on the day.
    7. It is anticipated that the entrance fees will be split 50/50 between the prize table and the RNLI.

Blue Anchor Cod Classic 2018

Rosa, the winner from 2017

What am I likely catch?

From the organiser: “First a foremost there are plenty of cod to be caught. You will though encounter plenty of Ray, mostly thornbacks to double figures. Plenty of good sized and double figure conger to fish baits. Some reasonable size whiting and various other resident fish. The secret at this venue though is to winkle out a cod which love all the baits that the others like too.
Believe me, this is anyone’s for the taking. You don’t need to be a technical angler like in the species comps….. just get a decent bait down on the sea bed and hope for the best. Oh , did I forget the dogfish? You may get one or three thousand of those too”

Start Times

At 10am there is a compulsory safety briefing before the launch at 11am. Please check the Cod Classic Facebook page nearer the time however in case of any changes.

What anchor to use?

Again, from the organiser: “It’s a matter of personal choice but in my opinion the most appropriate in terms of anchoring your kayak in the high tidal flow that you’ll experience is a 1KG Bruce or Plough style anchor. I attach a metre or so of 6mm chain and it works fine for me. Some say don’t bother with the chain and just let out more anchor warp. If you’re intent on using a grapnel anchor you may experience it pulling out. They’re a bit hit and miss especially on the ebb when the flow really gets going”


TA24 6LD. Head for the western or Minehead end of the beach.

Sponsors include:

Fatyak Kayaks – providing a Kaafu fishing kayak for the winner.

Reelfun Fishing will also be sponsoring the event, providing other prizes.

blue anchor cod classic 2018
For up to date information, check out the Blue Anchor Cod Classic 2018 Facebook Page.

The Fatyak Team