Boat Catch Reports


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More bass for Fairchance...( 24 September)
I saw this report yesterday from Jerry Oiller of Fairchance fame...
"Fairchance fishing today 01797 363544 Dungeness
A nice fine Summer's Day to be afloat, The Trio worked hard and got a result with a nice few Bass, the best going about 8 lb, well done tight lines. Happy Days"

Cracking fish for George...( 13 September)
I had this report in from Ant this morning out on Peganina from Rye 07989778361...fantastic...
"Massive congratulations to Young George (12) smashed his pb with a conger tipping the scales at just over 50lb (half his own body weight lol) it was an absolutely Herculean effort bringing the monster to top almost unaided- top angling! He now has his sights firmly set on the 100lber!!"


A nice pair of bass...( 6 September)

I saw this report in from Jerry Oiller last night launching from Dungeness beach...

"Fairchance fishing today 01797 363544 Dungeness Maidstone Angler Glen Carter, with a fine pair of Bass, one just shy of 8 lb the other just over 6 lb, Target Species, 15 Bream a Tope and Mackarel also caught. A nice day to be afloat. Happy Days."

Nice to see some bull huss...( 30 August)
I saw this posted by Jerry Oiller of 'Fairchance' face launching from Dungeness...
"Fairchance fishing today 01797 363544 Dungeness Just the odd Fish to be had today, Managed 3 Bass on live Mackerel, but dropped another 3 by using to smaller Hook! , Two good Tope around the 40 lb Mark, and 5 Bull Huss, kept one returned 4, Stewart topped his day off with a 6 lb Lobster. Happy Days"

Nice thornback...plenty of species...( 08 August)
I had this report in from Kevin Hicks a week or so ago...but as I said we have had computer problems...but better late than never...

"Hi Tony see you have not had many boat reports lately

We went Thursday left early as sun was rising what a great day to be afloat weather forecast was spot on for once
Started off wreck hoping had pollock & Bass then the plan was to anchor up and enjoy the flat calm seas for once with Black bream the target started well then the Pout came and destroyed any bait that hit the bottom time for a move, waited till the tide turned and anchored another wreck we had bream the rest of the day with a mixture of bass, pollock, mackerel, Scad, skate biggest 15lb, Whitting, pout, Lance lovely day to be afloat. Sent from my iPhone"
Sun, sea, plaice...and more plaice( 08 August)
I have had a few computer problems...so I have some catching up to do...here is a report from Anthony out on Peganina (07989778361) last week from Rye...
"Just quick report to keep dad happy!! Well the fishing..... it’s definitely been a case of fishing and not catching lol it’s up and down although we've had a fantastic day on the plaice today, there weren't any real monsters but we got well into treble figures! The Congers are steady with plenty hard fighting sport although again a bit on the small side! The bream fishing is improving by the day and last year they stayed in good numbers til early November. In regards to booking it’s very very busy with only a couple of days left in September, but we have a lot more space in October so drop me a text if you fancy a trip and I will get back to you at some point! Saying that I might be able to do an evening trip for congers sooner as long as it’s flat calm!!! Tight lines, Ant"

Great day...11 species boated...( 19 July)
This report I saw posted yesterday from Jerry Oiller... 
"Fairchance fishing Dungeness 01797 363544 Today. A Day of many Species, Shirley had the best Codling, 5 or 6 Pollock caught, 12 Bream, ,Skate, Tope, Smooth Hound, plaice, 11 species in all. Happy Days"

Fairchance is Turbo powered...( 19 July)
I saw this post from Jerry Oiller on Friday...
"Fairchance fishing today 01797 363544 Dungeness. Dave Foggy Robinson aboard today along with one other, Dave on good form as usual, landing a nice plump Turbot ( Target Species ) and a 5lb Bass, a couple of Pollock and Black Bream also caught, Mackerel were hard to find for Bait. Happy Days.
Playing with the big girls...( 12 July)
I had this report just in from Anthony out on Peganina from Rye...
"Absolute beast of fish no bite just a click click then a screaming racket as she picked the bait up and went for her house!! After finally stopping her with my doubled up zippy, tld 25 on full clutch and my thumb, she slowly started to come to the boat, deciding to swim in to the tide staying as deep she could. After multiple crash dives she was in the net - A very happy skipper!! Quick wrestle for a photo and then gently slipped through the stern door to watch her swim off strong!! Now thinking I might have go even heavier on the tackle to land my 100lber 🤣🤣🤣


A nice mixed bag for Jerry...( 11 July)
I saw this report from Jerry Oiller of Fairchance fame launching from Dungeness Beach...
"Fairchance fishing today 01797 363544 Dungeness. A Beautiful day to be afloat, The Harper family aboard today, with a mixed bag of Fish. 3 good codling, 12 Pollock, 14 Black Bream and 2 strap Congers, Mackerel were a bit scarce but managed to get a few, another 5 smaller codling were also caught, but returned to fight another Day. Happy Days."
More fun in the sun...( 27 June)
I saw this report from Jerry Oiller of Fairchance fame launching from Dungeness beach...
"Fairchance fishing today 01797 363544 Dungeness. Beautiful day to be afloat, the Fishing was hard going, but Foggy Robinson tried his hardest as usual, resulting in a good Blond Ray, 3 Thornbacks and 2 Tope. Happy Days."

Enough is enough...( 19 June)
Well after twelve weeks of 'lockdown' I have decided to open Seagull Fishing Tackle from tomorrow. Back to Friday, Saturday and Sunday...we will see how it goes.

So many beautiful codling...( 16 June)
I had this report in from Ant this afternoon out on Peganina (07989778361) from Rye...
"A very happy David with a lovey plump codling. Fishing wasn’t easy - as normal! But with lots of hunting around we still managed 10 different species."

Good mixed bag...( 13 June)
I saw this report from Jerry Oiller today out on Fairchance launching from Dungeness...

"Fairchance fishing Dungeness 01797 363544 Today

The Three Amegos aboard today, Dan, Shirley and Foggy Robinson, managed 3 plump
Codling about 3 or 4 lbs, on one Drift, also caught 5 or 6 Pollock on the last of the Flood Tide. Anchored for the ebb, Tope, Bass, , Thornback caught. Happy days"


Hello boys...I'm back... ( 13 June)

I had this report just in from Anthony out on Peganina (07989778361) from Rye...

"So finally back to sea today, and a good steady flow of fish all day! Very encouraging to see was the half dozen or so codling in between the pollock. As normal I am behind on my diary so if you have messaged me about a trip I will get back to you soon! Obviously with the current situation we are not running at full capacity and I only really want take small whole boat booking but as the weeks go on I will start running mixed crews again! Cheers Ant"

Dawn patrol...some great fishing ( 09 June)
Just seen this posted by Jerry Oiller taking out Fairchance launching from Dungeness....

"Fairchance fishing today 01797 363544 Dungeness. Dave Foggy Robinson aboard again today, Early start this Morning in the water by 5 50 am, a Beautiful Summer's Day, managed to boat a couple of nice Bass on live Mackerel, a couple of Thornbacks, Tope, and a show for a Mackerel. Happy Days."

What a load of pollocks ( 03 June)
I had this report in from Jerry Oiller launching from Dungeness
"Fairchance fishing Dungeness 01797 363544 Today.
Self Isolating Dave Foggy Robinson aboard today, tried 5 or 6 Wrecks, hard going managed 6 or 7 Pollock and 1 small Codling, not a Mackerel to be had. Happy Days"

Cracking weather...Cracking fishing ( 27 May)
I had this report in this afternoon from Jerry Oiller of Fairchance fame launching from Dungeness...
"Fairchance fishing today 01797 363544 Dungeness
Another Happy Angler, Self Isolating Stewart Drifting the wrecks today, a rare 4 lb codling. 
Happy Days."


Jem in front...Dave at the back... ( 21 May)
I saw this report from Jerry Oiller of Fairchance fame (01797 363544) launching  from Dungeness...
"Fairchance fishing today 01797 363544 Dungeness
Dave Foggy Robinson, Distancing on his Own Today, Caught a Fine 40 lb Tope, and the Mackerel have turned up. A Beautiful day to be afloat. 
Happy Days."

Another report this time last year...we can dream...
Return of the plaice... ( 05 May)
I had this report in this evening from Anthony out on Peganina (07989778361) from Rye...
"Much better day on the Plaice this afternoon. Tim was top rod with around 20."


Another report this time last year...we can dream...
Summer come early... ( 02 May)
I had this report in this morning from Anthony out on Peganina (07989778361) yesterday from Rye...
"Hooked three and landed 2 small straps. Had some cracking bites considering the time of year - very encouraging also had a couple of codling and 7 pollock!!"


Another report this time last year...we can dream...
Cracking weather...lots of miles ( 29 April)
I had this report in from Anthony out on Peganina (07989778361) from Rye...
"Lovely day afloat but fishing was a bit depressing if I am honest lots of miles of searching for turbots with no joy, still managed 9 species lots of mackerel, skates, a hound, pollocks, greater weevers, gurnards, herring, pouts and whiting tho."

Another report this day last year...we can dream...
Beautiful day for a plaice or two ( 20 April)
I had this report in this morning from Anthony out on Peganina (07989778361) from Rye...
"Few more plaice yesterday unfortunately I picked a rope up at the start of the trip so was restricted to 4kts making the day hard work. I have a couple of spaces on tomorrow's Plaice fishing trip if any one fancy’s it. Cheers"



I had put up on the beach page my story about a 'Winters Tale' and my fish of the week 'cod'...has generated some interest... here's Peter's story...


Another Dungeness Cod story:
Forty years ago on a cold winter morning my dad (Bob), my son (Darren) and myself (Peter) set off from Sevenoaks. We met Bob Tanner, the skipper, on the beach by his boat. After greasing the skids we slid the boat into the sea.
 We set off around to the front of Dengemarsh about two miles out then Bob looked through his half binocular (he was blind in one eye) to get his land marks - no fish finders then.
We anchored, baited up and started. Large cod straight away - we caught seventeen over 8 lbs and we were putting codlings back for another day. All for £40 for the boat. 
They were good days fishing with my Dad and Son and Bob Tanner.

Peter Cruickshank
As a point of interest Bob Tanners boat broke the Pollock record in 1987, a fish of 29lb 4oz...it still stands to this day.



I know we are going through very difficult times...but to try and cheer you up I thought I would post "what was published this day last year" just to give you a bit of a fish fix...so enjoy...
Tough going but fish are there ( 09 April)
I had this report in from Anthony this evening out on Peganina (07989778361) launching from Rye...
"Russel with his best plaice from today’s trip" 


I know we are going through very difficult times...but to try and cheer you up I thought I would post "what was published this day last year" just to give you a bit of a fish fix...so enjoy...
Another sign, summers coming ( 07 April)
I had this report just in from Anthony out on Peganina (07989778361) launched from Rye...
"Had some lovely big Grunters (tub gurnards) on today’s trip - another species I’d associate with summer. Won’t be long until the bream are on their way!"


I know we are going through very difficult times...but to try and cheer you up I thought I would post "what was published this day last year" just to give you a bit of a fish fix...so enjoy...

Wall to wall thornies... ( 6 April)
I saw this on facebook yesterday posted by Jerry Oiller...
"Fairchance fishing today 01797 363544. Derby Dynamic Duo, and Birthday Boy Nathan Levi Smith aboard today, managed to boat 26 Thornback Rays, well done, and Happy Birthday Nathan"

Will 'Mr Spiky' came out to play...( 04 April)
Well its good news from April the first until the last day of October we can take one (sizeable 42cm) bass a day so lets see if the bass come out to play this weekend...
Just in case you have forgotten what a bass looks like, here is a picture of one caught on Anthony's boat Peganina last year...



I know we are going through very difficult times...but to try and cheer you up I thought I would post "what was caught this day last year" just to give you a bit of a fish fix...so enjoy...
More superb pollack...( 30 March last year)
I had this report in this afternoon from Anthony out on Peganina (07989778361) from Rye...
"Some of the pollock caught on today wrecking trip."


Corona-19 update...( 20 March )
I thought I would update you all on the current situation at Seagull Fishing Tackle due to Corona-19 virus...I have had to go into isolation for three months so the shop is closed. My son Anthony (of Peganina fame) said he would help where he could phone 07989778361.
The blogsite and facebook page will continue as normal...so please send me your catch reports as usual. Stay safe Tony Hills.


Great to be back out... ( 19 Mar )
I had this report in tonight from Anthony out on Pegania (07989778361) from Rye...
"So after all the bad weather we finally got back out - it wasn’t easy but we did the grind and it payed off!! Top rod on was John with a cracking codling and pollock."

At last, a change in bass regs... ( 29 Feb )
Tomorrow (1st March) the bass regulations change...yes you can take two sizeable fish a day...This from the Kent & Essex IFCA (Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority) website...

"Recreational bass regulations for ICES areas in the KEIFCA district (IVc and VIId):1 January 2020- 29 February 2020 and 1 – 31 December 2020, only catch-and-release fishing with a rod or a handline for European seabass shall be allowed. During those periods, it shall be prohibited to retain, relocate, tranship or land European seabass(a) 1 March 2020 – 30 November 2020, not more than two specimens of European seabass may be caught and retained per fisherman per day; the minimum size of European seabass retained shall be 42 cm."
Perfect day for Trevor...(09 Feb)
I had this report in last night from Trevor Bunney out on 'Elizabeth Jane' from Dungeness...
"Hi Tony,cracking day on the Rays today, local angler Steve from Ashford kent with a superb 14LB 6OZ Blonde ray, next up was Glen Stephenson with a Blonde just over 10LBS,the lads had plenty of thornbacks to 9LBS, to round off a perfect day, Martin from Ashford had a nice plump 3LB Codling, Well done guys !
Regards, Trevor"


Jerry shows them how to do it...(06 Feb)
I saw this report from Simon Newman out with Jerry Oiller on Fairchance (01797 363544) from Dungeness beach...
"Mr O with the best squid of the day on our exploratory squid trip. We're not with Stephen Collins, I have no idea why Facebook is saying he is here and I can't find out how to change it!
 — with Jem Oiller and Stephen Collins."

The last flat calm day tomorrow...(06 Feb)
I had this report in tonight from Anthony out on Peganina (07989778361) from Rye...
Champagne weather...crisp and calm...
"Had another one of these again today, pollock are bit shy still, some cracking gurnards, plenty of brown bream and you could have filled the boat up with rays - lovely day afloat!!"

The quiet before the storm...(05 Feb)
I had this report in from Anthony tonight out on Peganina (07989778361) from Rye...
Marvelous conditions, flat calm, and guess what...
"Tough day today but we still found a few fish!"

He just loves to get afloat...(01 Feb)
I saw this photo Ant posted on line last week...of a nice blonde ray...he was out 'freelancing' in his commercial rod and line boat...when he had no 'Charters' due to bad weather...he just loves fishing.

So lightning strikes twice...(24 Jan)
I had this report in tonight from Anthony out on Peganina (07989778361) from Rye...
"So it wasn't a fluke - I have actually found them again!!! The lads had plenty of bream today also got in to the eels as it came dark!! I have spaces next wee