Rhos on Sea Fishing Weir

A postcard from pre 1900 describing a Mackerel catch from the Weir at Rhos on Sea. Now virtually non existent apart from a line of stones barely projecting upwards . As a boy I can certainly remember some of the upright stakes still there plus quite a substantial pool which was held by a rectangular ridge of stones with an open end towards the An outine drawing of what the Weir looked like promenade. In the picture one can see the masses of mackerel lying in the pool of water awaiting collection by the local fishermen. To the right is an artists impression of what the Weir looked like in its working life. The dog in the picture could possibly be Jack the famous fish catcher. He had been trained by his master, Mr. Parry Evans who lived at Rhos Fynach and owned the weir. In an excerpt from the book "Colwyn Bay its origin and growth" by Norman Tucker, he writes:

CANINE FISHER

No account of the Rhos Fynach Weir would be complete without reference to Jack, the dog which attained such fame as a catcher of Salmon that it was presented with a solid silver collar subscribed for by its admirers.

"This collar was presented to `Jack`the celebrated dog fisher, by public subscription, as recognition of his skill as a salmon fisher, October 1868"

A Prussian schooner had dropped anchor off Rhos, as the crew were short of potatoes. Jack was about eight months old at the time and the manner in which he swam around the ship attracted the notice of Mr. Parry Evans who gave a big bag of potatoes in exchange for him. He was called an `Otter Terrier`.

RARE CATCHES

In 1865 an eight foot shark was caught in the weir and exhibited in Llandudno market place, and then sent to be stuffed. The year before that a Sturgeon weighing over 200 lb. was taken. The greatest catch of herrings was 35,000 in one day. This was on the night of November 2nd. 1850.

For the quarter ending September 30th. 1907 the record catch of Mackerel on the west coast was from Rhos Fynach weir. Ten tons were taken on one tide, but only realised £20.

Jack died as a result of wounds sustained after killing a small shark.