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Get your skates on ( 28 May)
I had this report in from Trevor (of Elizabeth Jane fame)...great fishing yesterday...
"Hi Tony,Dartford angler Sid Webb and friends had a great day out on "Elizabeth Jane"today,they managed 33 skate between 6-10lbs all uptiding,your blueys are working very well, Regards Trevor"

A new record for 'Fairchance' ( 22 May)

I had this report in from Alex Whittlesea (aka Shirley Codling) out with Jerry Oiller yesterday in 'Fairchance' ...
"Hi Tony,
Just a quick report from yesterday afloat on Fair Chance.
Between Foggy, Dave Knott and myself we set a new boat record for Skate with a 
total of 34. 11 for Foggy, 9 for Dave and 14 for myself.
Baits used were Bluey, Squid, Mackerel and Herring.
Regards Shirl"

Here is 'Foggy' Dave Robinson with a 'brace'...

Newsletter from Newquay ( 15 May)
I had this report from Anthony out on 'Peganina'..."Great first all day trip of the season yesterday at Newquay...12 species!"

A trip on 'Fairchance' ( 9 May)
I had this request in from Becky Lee Hodges...a quality trip..."Hi Tony 
I have a trip out with Jerry on the 30th of May (bank holiday Monday). Currently there is only the two of us which would make it very expensive day out. Would it be possible to ask any of those on your mailing list / website if they would like to join us for a trip out to the bullock / banks (weather permitting). I Have two spaces if anyone is interested in going. Happy for you to give out my number to anyone who is interested. 07909523840 
I have asked Foggy and he cannot go and all the usual crowd but with no joy so far. Kind Regards Becky"
Great day in the sun ( 9 May)
I had this report in from Warren Knapp...
"Hi tony fished the east bay Sunday 8th launched from the VBC managed 19 skate up to 9lb and 2 doggies took 10 of the 19 returned the rest regard Warren"

Lovely fish...lovely day ( 9 May)
I had this report in from Steve Savage...
Hi Tony
Went out with Bert from the Vbc and had a bonus 12 lb cod on one of "secret wrecks".Caught on one of Trev's jigs.Plenty of herring and mackerel on feathers.Regards Steve Savage.

Lots of fish ( 1 May)
Great report in from Ernestas Gavrilovas out from Rye Yesterday...
"Hi Tony,
Went to test new Henk's boat off Rye - in yesterday's weather did 23-30 knots easy.
Fishing as usual was very good. One of our secret wrecks produced loads of pollock in 2-5lb range and occasional cod - four of them were around 8-10lb mark. Probably if we had stayed on it the whole day we would end up with 100+ proper fish.
Also searched for plaice, but only little ones came out. Quite few mackerel around.
Regards, Ernest"

Peganina finds a 'weather window' ( 30 April) 
Peganina has gone west for the summer...Ant left in the early hours and is already approaching 'Lands End'...but don't worry he will be back in the autumn! If you fancy a trip out in Newquay call Ant on 079989778361..."First light off Brighton this morning."

Sunday plaice fishing ( 26 April) 
I had this report in today from Anthony out on 'Peganina'...
"Sorry for it being a late report, we had 33 decent plaice, a few were put back as well. Due to the North Westerly winds on the north Cornish coast I am staying for the bank holiday weekend now, so If fancy a trip let me know...possible wrecking, the tides are right. Cheers Ant. 07989778361"

Out of the wind yesterday ( 24 April) 
          I had these photos in from Ant out on 'Peganina' in the west bay yesterday...hard work...lets hope today is better.."The best fish yesterday" 

Flattie bashing ( 22 April)
I had this report in From Anthony out with 'Peganina' fishing the west bay today with Darren Brooks and Simon Newman...
"Around 35+ place and a turbo"

Happy birthday Dave ( 19 April)
I had this report in from Jerry Oiller of 'Fairchance' fame...I must say Dave has had his 'fair share' over the years...
"Hi  Tony,   Dave  Robinson aboard today, he boated 17  pollock 3 to 5 lb and a 4 lb bass,returned. He started  Fishing with me when he was just 18 , He is 55  on Thursday.   Now that's  a good customer. Regards  Jerry. O"

What a cracking day...( 18 April)
I had this report in from Becky Lee Hodges...what a cracking day...
"Hi Tony. Another good day afloat on Peginina with Anthony. We fished not far from Rye and our target was Plaice. The weather was good all day although a little more blustery in the afternoon. We started the day of well with a steady stream of fish. Later in the day we tried further out in the shipping lanes with no success so we headed back to our first spot and resumed the catch of Plaice. By the end of the day we ended up with 40+ plaice and if we had stayed where we were originally we would have added probably a lot more to the day’s total. We wasted about 2 to 2.5 hours trying the lanes, but as the saying goes ‘You Never Know until You Try’. I managed 20 Plaice in all, I would say that 90% we fat and most were between 30 and 40cm the best one was well over 2lb. Great day again Thanks Anthony. Regards Becky"

Another lovely blonde ( 16 April)
I had this report on facebook from Dan Parham who was out with Jerry Oiller of 'Fairchance' fame...Dave Robinson did well getting his second blonde of the season...
"Dave with another blonde!!..."
 Great day trying for rays ( 16 April)
I had this report from Ant out on Peganina today...
"Had to move but I found them 14 rays in total one was a blonde of 14lb.
P.s Kevin has hands like shovels that what's throwing your eye out!!!"

I know Kev...Ant's not joking...

Another cracking day ( 14 April)
I had this report in from Ant out on 'Peganina' today wrecking to the south for a change...
"19 pollock today biggest of around 8lb."...but what a cracking day!

Stunning day...catching rays ( 13 April)
I had this report in from Anthony out on 'Peganina' (in glorious conditions) today...
"I have spaces on Friday Sunday and Monday the best ray of today 12lb caught by Kev"

Blonde rays on the up ( 13 April)
I had this great report in today from Trevor Bunny of Elizabeth Jane fame..."Hi Tony ,Bexley Heath angler Sid Webb with a nice Blonde Ray,the fish weighed 18 LBS and was taken on a whole squid uptide ,it was weighed,photographed and returned alive,Sid and his crew also had six nice thornbacks between 7-10LBS,Its great to see these Blonde Rays,there has been half a dozen caught this year that I know of and its even better when they get returned alive. Regards Trevor"  

It certainly wasn't flat ( 11 April)
I got afloat yesterday in 'Peganina' with Ant to see how the new engine was performing (wow 19kts over ground against the tide!) Myself with Becky Lee and friends fished for plaice and thornbacks in a stiff north easterly breeze on a massive tide...things did not start well with the wind pushing over the tide. The land giving some shelter in the west easier after high water when we had some good drifts...even I caught a couple...

Skating at the VBC...update ( 12 April)
I had this update kindly sent in from Warren Knapp...great first start...
"Hi tony looked at your boat report and saw myself in the picture of the skate catch,my name is warren knapp and was fishing with my friend Steve perry aboard my boat misty blue, it was my first trip out of the vbc as a new member and my first as a boat owner we managed 17 skate in total we returned 4 and kept 13 all caught on herring biggest 9lb , regards warren"

Skating at the VBC ( 11 April)
I had this picture sent to me from Anthony...don't know any details...but he said they were new members of the 'Varne Boat Club' fishing the east bay for skate...didn't they do well.

Bevy of blonds ( 7 April)
I had this excellent report in from Becky Lee Hodges who was out with Jerry Oiller on 'Fairchance' yesterday in 'challenging' far this winter/spring I have had 6 blond rays reported!...

"Hi Tony  
Managed to sneak out on the boat again today despite the weathers best efforts. Our original plan if the weather had played ball was to head to some wrecks or go to the West Bay and try for some Plaice. The force 5 to 7 South Westerly winds put paid to any of that so we decided to head into some shallow water off Durville Rd only a mile and a quarter out from the shore. The water was very shallow only a maximum of 20 feet. The aim was to see if we could pick up some flatties in the East Bay.
After a couple of casts I decided I had already had enough of this trying for a Flattie and resigned myself to the fact that my best chance will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday from the beach at Galloways. So to the fish baits, I had a mix of these from Mackerel, Launce, Bluey and Herring. On the very first cast a chunk of Herring produced a small Thornback Ray of about 3lb. after this there was a steady run of Thornback Rays for us all.
As the day progressed the wind got stronger and stronger and things got more and more challenging as we rolled from side to side at anchor. About 3 hours in I had a few Thornbacks in the bag and I decided to move to the opposite side of the boat as it was a little more sheltered from the rain, sea spray and wind. As the tide picked up the fishing slowed a little but the Rays came at a steady pace and were good fun to land on light gear in a strong tide. 4 hours into the trip I had a good bite on one of my up tide rods and I watched patiently as the bite developed. It didn’t really take of until I lifted into it. But in the shallow water and strong tide this fish was giving a very good scrap on an 10-12lb rod.
As the fish got closer and closer to the boat I could tell this was something other than a Thornback Ray. Could it be that in the space of a week I could be into my second Blond Ray. As it broke the surface my face had a huge grin on it as I could see that it was another good Blond Ray. I was surprised to have such a good fish in so close to the shore. When we weighed the fish it was exactly the same weight as last week’s Blond Ray.
Another hour went by with only a couple of Thornbacks and the usual hoard of dogfish to keep us occupied. As the last of the flood tide eased back it was time to check the baits and as I did so I felt a good thump, thump on the end of the rod. Again I thought this was another Thornback ray but as it got closer and closer to the boat the fish decided to go berserk. To my surprise again it was my first ever Fair Chance Bass and what a cracker it was too, all of 8.5lb (fish returned). After this the tide kept easing and the fishing slowed even more with only the Dogfish keeping use ticking over. We did manage another couple of Thornbacks which brought the total for the day as follows
Andy – 3 rays (all returned as his freezer is full from a previous trip), Dogfish, a Dab and Whitiing.
Ken -  1 Ray, Whiting and Dogfish
Becky Lee – 9 Thornbacks in total, 1 Blond Ray 21lb, 1 Bass 8.5lb (returned), 2 whiting and Dogfish
Another successful trip with a great skipper. Becky"
Biggest so far ( 6 April)
I had this report in from Tommy Ashford...
"Hi tony with the weather looking good thought we would hit so offshore wrecks today and found some pollock with the best one going to the old boy .a new pb at just over 12lb"
...well done Terry cracking fish the best reported so far this year.

Nice Picture ( 4 April)
This photo of Peganina 'snapped' by Jo Thomas out deep at the weekend while Ant was wrecking...looks almost calm...
'Sea Otter' in first plaice ( 4 April)
I had this report in last night from Jason Adams of 'Sea Otter'...great fishing on light gear...
"Hello Tony,
Out again today. Weather was absolutely lovely! First we went and tried a wreck on the drift to see what we could find, water was to dirty so it did not produce. After yesterday's success on the plaice, we steamed west and had the afternoon drifting light tackle and managed to hook 23 plaice! Regards Jason"

Skating in Dover ( 4 April)
I had this report in from Tom Ashford fishing yesterday out of Dover...
"Hi Tony had a day out of Dover looking for some skate .managed 16 with the little ones going back to get bigger .great fun in 30ft of water on 12lb rods ."

Peganina goes 'wrecking' ( 3 April)
Peganina has been putting in the miles this weekend...trying out 'fresh' wrecks and finding a complete mix of summer species...did they ever go away?

Plaice drift pays off ( 2 April)
I had this report in from Jason Adams out on 'Sea Otter'...
"Evening Tony,
Had a bit of a bumpy start to the morning today, caused by a fresh breeze southerly! Went west to drift some new plaice ground with the tackle we got from you yesterday. It worked lovely! We had 3 hours on the drift and had roughly 25 plaice. Here is the 14 that we kept. Hopefully same again tomorrow? Regards Jason"

Great mixed bag ( 2 April)
This report from Ernest shows how good the mixed fishing is at the moment further out...
"Hi Tony,
Had quite busy day today from Rye. Quite few pollock up to 5lb, 7lb cod, monster weaver, around 10 early mackerel, some sandeels, hundreds of whitening and good size gurnard.
We were expecting more early cod on the our usual wrecks, but probably it was affected by the dirty water after the storm (clear water was just behind Bullock Bank, which was completely netted) and large amount of sprat shoals everywhere. 
Also tried for plaice, but baits were being stripped off in seconds by greedy whiting and gurnard. Regards, Ernest"

Becky Goes Blonde for the first time on 'Fairchance' ( 30 March) I had this great report from Becky Lee Hodges out on Jerry Oillers 'Fairchance' out of Dungeness...

"Hi all. Here is a report on today’s trip out on Fair Chance with Jerry Oiller.
I awoke with anticipation of today’s trip after having the last 5 cancelled. The last time I managed to get out was the 1st of January. Looking at the weather all week I was biting my nails and keeping my fingers crossed that the weather gods would be fair to us.

Andy and Ken arrived and 06:15 to pick me up, we loaded the car and headed down to Fair Chance where we met up with Tim R. We were all very keen to get fishing as we had all suffered with cancelled trips because of the weather. We had a good selection of baits Launce, Bluey, herring, Worm, Shellfish, Cuttlefish and Squid so we had all the bases covered. The Bluey and Herring supplied by Tim was as always TOP Class.

Anyways back to the fishing; we headed out to Kerton Road first on the bank as that’s where the fish were had the last time Jerry went out. We stayed there for about 2 hours and after quite a few Dogfish, Whiting and the odd Pouting. I did manage one ray of 5.5lb that came to Herring. 

We then headed out to the SS Annie Oakley to fish where there was more mixed ground and a bit more tide. Things weren’t looking that good and 4 hours in we had only the one Ray to show for our troubles. However as the tide began to pick up so did the fishing. Over the next 1.5 hours I managed to boat 4 more Thornback Rays 8.5lb, 7lb, 10lb and 11lb. After the flurry of Rays things went quiet for about another hour. Then I noticed a bit on my rod, it wasn’t huge bite nor did it run it only tapped twice and that was it. On the second time I picked up the rod to check if there was anything there. By this time the tide had eased so I wound in the slack gently until I could feel the weight. As I got to the weight I could feel a definite thump, thump on the fishing rod.

As I wound into the fish it decided to take off. I had all my fish on the 10-12lb uptide rod, and this one was the same. I had my small Abu Ambassador 6000 on as well. This fish was determined to give me a good run for my money and 3 or four times it dived and hung in the water where I couldn’t move the fish. Eventually I managed to land the fish and when I saw it was a Blonde Ray I was ecstatic, this is my first Blonde Ray ever and I was hoping to get one as I knew a few had been caught recently. We got the fish into the landing net (JUST) and as we lifted the net the fish fell off into the net (PHEW), this was a very good fish and it weighed in at 21lb.

As the tide began to ease more and more Jerry suggested we head back into the bank off Kerton Road for the last few hours to get the first of the flood tide and hopefully some more fish. It was becoming a bit of a spectator sport as Tim, Ken and Andy hadn’t managed anything other than Dogfish, Pouting and Whiting. As we fished the bank off Kerton Road the tide was very slow to get going but just as we had the start of the flood I noticed a bite on my uptider again. I gave it a few minutes for the bite to develop and then wound into what I first thought was a snag as I couldn’t shift the lead or the fish. I could feel it kicking and I thought it was another good double as there was lots of weight. As the fish broke the surface to our surprise there were two Rays on the pennel trace. No wonder I couldn’t get them out of the mud at first. One of the Rays was very small about 2lb and the other was 4lb. we fished on for another 45 minutes and just before the end Andy managed a Ray of about 4-5lb. Ken lost a ray out by the Annie Oakley on the way up near the surface. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable day as always with great company and a few fish and a new Species and a PB to boot.

Yes I did take the Rays and Blonde Ray home for dinner. Not everyone's cup of tea I know but one of my favourites. Until Next Wednesday when we are all out again. Regards Becky"
This is the fifth big blond reported this season...seriously good fishing!

Target plaice ( 20 March)
I had this report from Anthony out on Peganina who had a productive day on the Rye Bay plaice...
"The boys had 15 place 10 keepers couple dabs and some whiting. Biggest place was 50cm long"...Anthony has spare places this week call Ant on 07989 778361 
Peganina back in business ( 15 March)
I had this in from Anthony who has been working his 'socks off'...
"Hi all after having a very stressful few weeks the Peganina is back in the game fishing out of Rye again with a brand new iveco engine fitted. She is offering All day and evening trips. Off shore wrecking, inshore place fishing, ray and spring codling is what we are doing at the moment!!!! For more information or call me on 07989778361 cheers Ant"

Love a blonde ( 12 March)
I had this report in from Trevor Bunny of 'Elizabeth Jane' fame...lovely fish...
"Hi Tony, Ashford angler Martin Tuffs with a fish of a lifetime ,a cracking 30LB Blonde Ray caught on 20lb class gear downtiding,he used a herring section to lure this beauty from the deep,the fish made several powerful dives in a strong tide, later in the day he also had three nice cod to 6LBS uptiding on lug ,the Blonde Ray was weighed , photographed and returned alive in the true spirit of conservation, well done Martin ..........Regards Trevor"  
What a load of pollacks ( 6 March)
Nick Burton popped in to show me a photo of some of the pollack he had yesterday with Bert (photo) Trev out on 'Kraken' from the Varne Boat Club...Nick said it was a bit 'lumpy' punching back in a north westerly breeze.

Plenty of rays ( 3 March)
Jerry Oiller of 'Fairchance' popped in with a few photos of today's fishing out with Dave (the cod father) Robinson...a nice 15lb blonde ray and 13 thornbacks to 12lb...seeing how small the tides that's good fishing...
Beautiful Bass ( 24 February)
I had photo and report from Nick (no fear) Burton fishing out from the Varne Boat Club...beautiful bass...returned...good boy...
"Caught on Tuesday .uptiding with whole cuttlefish .a low double returned to fight another day" 

Lucky Dave ( 18 February)
Dave Robinson got out with Jerry Oiller (Fairchance) yesterday...only one codling but plenty of skate...

A ray of light...better fishing ( 4 February)
I had this report in this evening from Jerry Oiller of 'Fairchance' fame...he had Dave out again today...
"Hi Tony, NOT A COD IN SIGHT , for Dave Foggy Robinson today , four thornbacks and a fine 24 lb Blonde Ray, that was returned Alive. Regards. Jerry.O."

 Nice fish on Sunday ( 3 February)
Dave Robinson and Dan Parham got afloat with Jerry Oiller on 'Fairchance' Sunday and had some cracking fish, cod to 15lb, spurdog 19lb 4oz and eight thornback rays between 6 and 11lb... ten years ( 1 February)

With all the bad weather...I saw this on facebook so here it is to cheer you all up...
"German angler Michael Eisele have broken the All-Tackle world record for Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), which has stood for more than 40 years. Eisele pulled the enormous 47.03 kg (103-pound, 10-ounce) specimen from the icy waters surrounding Soroya, Norway on April 28th after it decided to eat the custom soft plastic/jig-head combo he was working. After a 36-minute fight on 20 kg (40-pound) tackle, Eisele subdued the massive cod and was on his way to the scales. If approved, Eisele's fish will replace the men's 24 kg (5-pound) line class record as well as the All-Tackle record which has stood since 1969!"

Cracking Day ( 20 January)

Jason Adams of 'Sea Otter' got afloat today with brilliant if cold weather...

"Good Evening Tony,
Had possibly the best weather possible for the time of year today, the sea was like glass! We landed a total of 3 cods and some nice channel whiting. Let's hope for the same show tomorrow. Here is Sam with his first ever cod! Well done. Thanks Jason"

Wrecking trip ( 20 January)

I had this report of yesterday's wrecking trip...the first of the year for Ernst Gaurilouas out of Rye..."Hi Tony, Had some fun today fishing off Rye - amazing weather, calm sea, speed 20 knots+ and few fish. Most of the wrecks 10 miles or more off shore are full of life, just nothing decent yet - loads of gurnard, some fat pollock and jumbo whiting, usual pout. Regards, Ernest"

What a lovely day ( 19 January)

Great day to get afloat flat as your hat...lovely day for Peganina..."Cod fishing in the sun first codling of the day"

Peganina spare places ( 18 January)

Hi All Anthony has spare places this week...check out the weather forecast...Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday...calm seas...wind 5kts! Call Anthony on 07989778361 

Fun on Fairchance ( 17 January)

Here is a great report from Cliff..."Good morning and a happy New Year Tony, and to all those Dungeness addicts. well having missed November and December due to a Caribbean rest it was time to return to blighty and challenge the elements aboard a frozen FAIRCHANCE  God its cold here!! Any way after a little hiccup launching  .... Bob! we got afloat on a beautiful crisp January morning even though the early week forecasts were dour. But once afloat the boat would not play ball so the ever younger looking Jerry (He knows where the fish are) Oiler disappeared over the back of the boat ( I wonder if he has a picture in the attic!!) while the crew wiggled the wheel in the wheel house!  Having discarded half of the shingle from the beach and rudder free we were finally on our way wondering what else lay in store. Well we were not disappointed as the sun rose on a lovely calm sea the fish began to bite. First in was Fozzy with 3 lovely cod one after the other to around 5 pound,and a huge grin to boot, A cup of tea and some banter then saw Bob the ROD formerly  Bob the Cod land a nice specimen cod again around the 5 pound mark.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well myself and and My co traveller Malcolm Just back from Cost Rica were wondering why the down tiders were having no luck but before long yours truly hooked into a nice thorn back around 12 pound which took a while to land with a fast running tide. But things were only just starting to liven up! I then took a good bite which initially we thought was a cod, but the fish surfaced some way from the boat only to reveal a fin that the skipper immediately recognised as a Spur Dog, Jerry weighed him on the beach at 16 and a half Pounds. 
  " The best I have seen for a while"  he said . While in my purple patch I landed another Cod again around 5 pound to finish my manic hour. Over to Malcolm who then hit three lovely cod and a nice thorn back before Bob the bank finished the rout with another lovely cod. 
            During this fish fest we were joined by another vessel not sure who they were any ideas? they were still there when we left. Total catch was 9 lovely Cod largest 5-6 pound 2 thorn backs and a lovely spurdog. All were taken on mixtures of Cuttle , squid, frozen & fresh lug. And i understand you are out of Cuttle at the shop other wise we would have paid you a visit to restock. i have included a couple of pics and hope the fish continue to bite, as i write the snow is falling so hope Sundays crew get out all right.
       Best Regards Cliff Hamblin"...Well Cliff the other boat was 'Peganina' out of Rye.

Beautiful blonde ( 17 January)

Stop Press...One of Anthony's customers on Peganina had a beautiful blonde ray this morning...this specimen weighed in at 23lb 8oz...

Last minute ( 14 January)

Anthony has had a last minute cancellation for this Saturday.Weather forecast (windguru) is North westerly 4 to 5, backing North shore for the west bay. This is a break from the south westerlies we have been enduring...this is only for one day Sunday guess what wind back to South by south west!If you are interested call Anthony on 07989778361 

Calmer than expected ( 13 January)

Great weather in the morning for Peganina fishing inshore..."Today 3 cod 2 skate loads of big whiting"

What you doing Friday ( 13 January)

Hi All Ant has some spare places on Peganina for this Friday, early start. If you are interested contact Ant on 07989778361. 

What will today bring ( 13 January)

Beautiful morning...bright sun with a south westerly breeze Peganina coming out of Rye... "Steaming out river this morning hopefully we see a view fish"

What a beauty ( 9 January)

I had this report in from Nick Burton...Dave Catt out of Dymchurch on 'Cattfish' Wednesday had some cracking fishing...with 3 spurdogs best 14lb, 7 Skate to 12lb and this beautiful 24lb cod.

Another good cod ( 7 January)

I saw this on the Dymchurch & District Sea Angling Club web site...
Lee Hills did well reported by Derrick Cripps...
"And the best one went to the jammy skipper... 28lb when weighed at the club house." 

All the way from Dover ( 7 January)
I saw this posted by Simon Newman fishing yesterday at Dungeness...
"Out on my Mates boat from Dover and fishing a mile off my house, this is my best for 2 winters, a few oz short of 20 lb.had 3 other low doubles as well and we've only been out 2 hours. Happy days!"

Simon Newman's photo.
Great day for 'Sea Otter' ( 6 January)
I had this report in from Jason Adams out on Sea Otter...
"Good Evening Tony, Happy New Year! Fantastic day today, flat calm weather with a bit of warm sunshine this afternoon, had a great flood tide catching cod and rays. Ended up with 6 Cods and 4 skate"

Wet wet wet ( 4 January)
I had this on facebook from Simon Newman...
"A cracking day out on Anthony Hills"s charter boat Peganine out of Rye today. Twas a bit lumpy and a lot wet but we managed a few fish despite the complete lack of ebb tide (I had 3 cod and 3 rays). Off to the pilot now to dry out, I can't go home all wet now can I? Lol"

Good start for 'peganina' ( 3 January)
Anthony got afloat on new years day had plenty of fish...
"Few fish that we kept for a feed on New Year's Day"

Not a bad day for the first catch of 2016 ( 3 JANUARY) 
Well Jerry Oiller got out with 'Fairchance' on Friday here is a report from Becky one of the crew  "...with there being a brief weather window we managed to get afloat and fish for the Cod. When we left the morning was beautifully still and calm but upon returning it was getting very choppy and rough. The Cod fishing was slow but we managed to winkle out 12 Cod from 3lb to 7/8lb, nothing massive but still the target species. As the tide took a while to get running and I knew there were a few Skate around I decided to fish for them on my two up tide rods and fish for Cod on my down tide rod. Baits for the Rays were frozen Herring and Lug and Cuttlefish for the Cod. The first couple of hours saw me land 2 Codling and about 5 Rays. As the tide picked up the fishing didn’t really get any better. The cod bites were very finicky and picky. We all persisted with a big bait trying for that monster Cod to no avail. Alex landed 3 Cod and a single Ray and Darren managed 3 Codling and 2 Rays, the rays they landed were caught on lug and cuttlefish baits. As the tide eased this is when most of the Cod were caught. I managed 6 Cod altogether 3 down tide on medium sized Cod baits and 3 up tide on a couple of worms with strips of cuttlefish , also 10 rays. I think to be honest the fish are all full with all the food that has been stirred up by this rough weather, we also noticed that a few were coughing up herrings. There weren’t many other fish about to be honest we weren’t plagued by lots of small Whiting, just a few Dogfish and the odd larger Whiting. The total for the day was 12 Cods / Codling and 13 Rays (4-8/9lb ish). Although the Cod fishing wasn’t great we managed 12 more than the other boat that was out as they didn’t catch any. Moral of the story is you can only fish for what is there. Regards Becky"


Wishing you all a happy new year...lets hope the fishing is as good in 2016 as it has been this year, we don't know what's coming...more plaice, thornback, bigger and more cod? But we don't know, just hope...that's the fun.


From the 1st of January the new rules from the EU come into force...all bass will have to be released unhurt to the sea immediately after capture. I have taken the guidance from the Sussex IFCA (Inshore fishing & Conservation Authority) the IFCA's control fishing from high tide to the six mile limit...
"The European Union has agreed to restrictions in 2016 to aid the recovery of sea bass stocks which have suffered from a long-term decline. This means that next year there will be a six month closure of commercial bass fisheries, January to June, with partial exemptions for low impact inshore fisheries. Low impact exemptions are line and gill net caught (excluding drift nets) who will receive a 1.3 tonnes per month quota for the period January to July, with a closed fishery period during February and March. Recreational anglers will also continue to be able to target the fish for in the first six months of the year on a catch and release basis, thereafter a 1 bag per day limit will apply. The minimum retaining size of Bass is 42cm."

It's been a struggle ( 29 December)           

Anthony got afloat in 'Peganina' today bit of a challenge with the weather but 'tucked in' at Kerton Road was OK...but worth it with 9 decent fish to over 10lb.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ( 24 December)

Wishing you all a great time and lets hope the fishing is even better in 2016.

The 'all weather' boat afloat ( 23 December) Jerry Oiller of 'Fairchance' got afloat today after he popped in the shop and gave me a verbal report of today's fishing...Thee  north Kent anglers (Gary Diggery, Phil Edwards and Roger the dodger) had 5 thornbacks to 10lb, 4 cod to 10lb...loads of 'dogs' and whiting (up to 3lb).

Good day on 'Fairchance' ( 15 December)I had this facebook link from Simon Newman who had a good day out with Jerry Oiller on 'Fairchance''s good to see the cod coming back on the feed...rather than chasing those herrings..."Nice day on the fair chance today. I had 5 cods for about 46 lb including 3 low doubles"

VBC Cod Open ( 14 December)
What a great call by Varne Boat Club fishing Captain Dave Eveson last Sunday...third time lucky to hold the event. At short notice 14 boats hit the beach to launch in a choppy easing easterly wind...not many boats got lucky but Paul's fish made the day special with the first thirty of the season...
"Hi Tony,
Please find attached some pics of yesterdays comp, the wind was blowing first thing in the morning but the forecast was correct making for a choppy but very fishable day. 1st Prize went to Paul Castle with a fantastic 29lb fish weighed in 5 hrs after catching, went 30 + originally 2nd prize went to John Ruffhead with a 19lb fish
3rd prize went to Martin Jones with a fine 15lb fish Best bag weight went to Martin & John on Predator with a total weight of 70 lbs I managed a single fish of 8lbs :- " ...never mind Dave there is always next year!
Getting better ( 14 December)
I had this report in from Jason Adams out on 'Sea Otter'...
"Good evening Tony, The cod are coming back! Great to sea a few out on the boat today, conditions were better and they were biting. Always nice to see someone catch there first cod! Congrats Andy! Thanks Jason" 
Tough going ( 14 December)
I had this report in from Becky out with Jerry Oiller on 'Fairchance'...the 'crack' crew did well with so few fish on the bottom ( the smart money is the're on the surface 'gobbling' herring/sprat)...
"Hi Tony
Fished on Fair Chance yesterday with Alex (Sirley Codling, Dan and Dave 'Foggy' Robinson). To say things were slow was an understatement. 4 Cods all day, speaking to other charter boats (4 of them) the only one to see a Cod was Trevor Bunny with one of 4lb. I had nothing until the last 20 minutes where I had two one of 9lb and one of 7lb, Alex had landed one earlier of 6lb and Foggy had two rays about 5lb on Herring and a Cod of 7/8lb. We also had two strap conger of about 3-4 lb.
What puts a bend in your rod ( 13 December)
I had this report in from Anthony out on "Peganina" cod but this was a day saver..."Tom with a lovely conger around 40lb" 
 Nice cod ( 11 December)
I had this report in from Jason Adams out today on Sea Otter...
"Good evening Tony,
Had a group of guys today who are usually fishing fresh water lakes, however today, they thought they would try there hand at cod fishing. Turns out they weren't too bad! Lovely 14lb cod! Thanks, Jason" 

Better day for Anthony ( 9 December) 
Anthony took a party out today on Peganina, a early start to get back before the strengthening south westerly wind kicked fish this nice 14lb 8oz's all about those weather windows...
Peganina got afloat ( 8 December)             Anthony got out today...tough going...big whiting and 'monster' Gurnard. but not easy trying to find a weather window...Anthony has spare spaces for Wednesday day and Saturday night...

Cracking fish on 'Fairchance' ( 4 December)
I had this report sent in today from Jerry Oiller of 'Fairchance'....what a lovely cod...not easy on these short tides..."Hi Tony 3 anglers aboard today, in a SW Breeze, only boated 3 cod,and a 7lb thornback. The best cod weighing in at  19 lb 14 oz on the Beach, just over 20 lb when caught, it fell to Gary Diggery s  large cuttle bait.  The best we have had this season. Regards  Jerry. O.

You've got to be in win it ( 3 December)
I had this report sent in today...out on 'Fairchance'....
"Hi Tony,
Very challenging conditions for the North Kent Duo of Phil Edwards and Nathan Smith out with Jerry today, and not another boat in sight. Just a hand full of cod between us but Phil managed this skinny one which went 16lbs 4oz. Cheers, Nathan."