Cwmcarn Angling Association is situated in the tranquil, picturesque setting of Cwmcarn Forest – South Wales. Club Secretary Chris Horswill from Pontllanfraith said: “I have enjoyed fishing for about 40 years. It gives me the opportunity to find peace and to relax. The club was established in 1983 and we can fish on a stretch of a nearby river or at the lake. We welcome anyone wanting to join our club.”
Photographed (Left to Right) Chris Horswill, Adam Stephens and Monika Kudaseva
The lake is approximately 1 acre in size, having spring fed, crystal clear waters. In the vicinity of the lake, there are seating areas, BBQ/picnic facilities, car parking and toilets. It’s an ideal location for a family day out or for that little bit of ‘me’ time with the excitement of catching some fish.
The lake boasts Grown-on Brown Trout, which are presenting a challenge for the more experienced angler. There are also young small brown trout, which are the offspring of the grown-on brown trout. There is also a stock of coarse fish e.g. Carp, Tench and Bream.
All fish are ‘catch and release’ and therefore Keep Nets are prohibited. Monika Kudaseva (24) from Newport (originally from Lithuania) said: “I really enjoyed fishing and it was my first time to try fly fishing. The setting is lovely and a great place to come for a picnic or just to relax and enjoy the stunning views of the Welsh countryside.”
There are opportunities to fish on ‘taster’ sessions for children, during school holidays, dates. The club runs a session for disabled people on a Saturday morning from 10.00am to 12.00pm in conjunction with Disability Sport Wales. All tackle and bait is supplied for a nominal fee of £2 per person – all disabled users must be accompanied by a carer.
Adam Stephens (15) from Abertillery, a pupil at Brynmawr Comprehensive school said: “I like fishing with the club because it gives me the chance to fish peacefully on my own or to enjoy fishing in the company of other people.”