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SmattyB

Great boat trip

Just got round to posting this from last Monday. A great trip out from Southsea on 'Moonshine' skippered by Pete, (highly recommended).

It was my first boat trip for a couple of years and the guy who runs these trips treats the fish with some respect, kills only what he needs, and encourages everyone to do the same. I was hoping for some Bass for the freezer, plenty of mackerel and the possibility of turbot. Some of the photos are below, fabulous Bass at 8lb 4oz a personal best by a country mile!

The brill was perfect size for 2 and was one of the best pieces of fish I have ever eaten. I got seven good portions out of the Bass but only managed half a dozen mackerel, they just weren't interested all day. I also managed a couple of rays that were a bit on the small size so they went back for another day, a good day out, a fascinating insight into the world of the charter skipper and some of the tastiest fish in the sea (well in the freezer now).

Off to North Cornwall this weekend so might be able to hook a few more Mackerel for the pot.

M



tahir

Got one of the brill? Or is that the spotty thing that looks like plaice?
boisdevie1

I am insanely jealous.
SmattyB

Second photo's the brill, better one here.
tahir

Excellent, never knowingly seen one ta.
Jonnyboy

Lovely pics, glad you had a great day.

Took my little boat out yesterday, sea was rougher than expected so i headed back in after catching three mackerel. They're still around anyway.
Penny Outskirts

Looks like a wonderful time was had by all Very Happy Did you get to eat the fish too?
Penny Outskirts

Penny wrote:
Looks like a wonderful time was had by all Very Happy Did you get to eat the fish too?


Edit: Ignore me, I just read the first post properly Embarassed
Bodger

Cor mate ! Some fantastic fish there. Very Happy Those bass in particular, are clonkers.
Stewy

I had a whole grilled brill in Lyme Regis a few years ago and it was delicious, fair old size too and just about fitted on the plate!
Hammer Man

Sorry to bring up an old post but I'm new here and having a look around. The pictures are great, I'd love to go sea fishing. How much does it cost to go out on the boat? Is tackle hire included? It looks like a great day out!
SmattyB

Hi Hammer Man,

The trip I went on cost about 60.00 for the day including bait and the skipper did have tackle if it was needed.

It's a good idea to have a look at some of the sea fishing forums to get recommendations of boats in your area.

I would always go for a full day because it means proportionally greater fishing time to travel time. Half day trips are around in the summer though.

M.
Hammer Man

Hi SmattyB,

Thanks for the reply. I'm amazed at how cheap the day fishing was! I always thought it would cost 1 or 2 hundred pounds! I've always wanted to own my own boat and if I can learn about fishing then it will make getting a boat more worth it I think. It looks great fun! *goes off in search of a sea fishing forum*
SmattyB

Hi again,

Sorry, I should clarify that that was 60.00 per person. The boat was about 240.00 for the day and we split it 4 ways. I still think it was good value (not all trips are as successful though!).

Good luck.

M.
Hammer Man

Ahh, now that sounds more like I was expecting. As you say though thats still a good price, especially if the cost is shared between a few of you. I'm just looking at a sea fishing forum now, there are some great pictures dotted about on it!
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