Gone Fishin’


This weekend Flood Alerts have been issued for coastal areas in North Wales and other parts of the country. Natural Resources Wales has issued 10 flood alerts, warning of dangerous conditions that could breach sea and river defenses. Higher than normal tides, the biggest for two decades, will combine with unsettled weather to batter our coastlines.

Yesterday I was on Rhyl  seafront, which has only recently been repaired and strengthened since last years storms which caused so much damage, and was able to capture some great photographs.

That's Enough

About an hour before high tide the sea was up, some big waves were breaking but nothing series yet. The young lady had just cycled along the promenade so it wasn’t too bad yet.

How things change though, within a quarter of an hour the wind had got up and waves were crashing right over the railings. The two fishermen seen in the photograph had decided enough was enough, they packed up and left, leaving one brave soul to carry on.

Gone Fishin'

Eventually even he decided it was getting too dangerous to be on the sea front. Although it doesn’t look as bad, this wave nearly swept him off his feet. Fortunately he regained his balance and was able to get behind the small wall you can see at the bottom of the photograph.

Stormy Seas

We are expecting higher wind speeds today so the sea will be much rougher. At the moment 09:30 about four hours before high tide there is only a soft breeze blowing, hopefully it will stay that way and allow the high tide to pass without incident.

6 thoughts on “Gone Fishin’

  1. Tina Schell February 22, 2015 / 15:32

    Great storm captures – looks like the photographer was braving the elements too!!

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    • Mike Hardisty February 22, 2015 / 15:53

      …and stupidly I didn’t put on my waterproofs. Although I was standing back using the 40-150mm I was still getting wet from all the fine spray blowing in the wind. I lost count of the number of times I had to clean the lens because it was misted up.

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  2. petspeopleandlife February 22, 2015 / 16:27

    Mike the sea loooked quite nasty there. I have yet to figure out how the fish bite in rough seas but I reckon they do or the fisherman would not be out there. It looked awfully cold with the high winds making it seem even colder.

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    • Mike Hardisty February 24, 2015 / 19:30

      It sure was cold Yvonne. At the really high tides the seas do get quite rough but the sea defences were designed to disrupt the power of the waves, which is why we get those big high sprays

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  3. lensaddiction February 23, 2015 / 08:55

    Those are some waves, it never fails to puzzle me why people go out with fishing rods in weather like this, surely the fish have dived deep to avoid all the nastiness?

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    • Mike Hardisty February 24, 2015 / 19:28

      I’m not sure. All along the seafront there were guys fishing but a lot of them left once it got really rough. He was the last one to leave…

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