ANGLERS in the tidal region of the River Teifi could be in for a bumper harvest of sea bass on the evidence of several sizeable fish caught between Cardigan bypass and downriver of St Dogmaels.

As bass were taken in numerous locations last week, locals recalled the summer of 2013 when over six weeks in July and August there was an invasion of the fish.

So plentiful were the species that year, anglers from various part of west Wales descended on the town primarily fishing between Priory Bridge and Netpool.

In one week there were reports of more than 200 bass caught, many of the fish between four and six pounds in weight and a whopper taken from a boat near Cardigan Island weighing in at 10½lbs.

As anglers anticipated a rich haul in the weeks ahead, a fisherman from the Golwg Y Castell area of Cardigan fishing for bass at Priory Bridge, landed an 8½lbs salmon

Asked about the large numbers of sea bass, a National Resources Wales spokesperson said “The recent settled warm weather has led to low river flows with less freshwater entering the estuary.

“These conditions can encourage marine fish such as sea bass to enter the estuary in search of food.

“Bass sizes vary from year to year and it could be that 2020 is a particularly good feeding year for the species,” added the spokesperson.