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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."

A happy customer ( 26 November)
I had this report in today from Jason on Sea Otter..."Good Evening Tony,
Quality today rather than quantity! Cracking 15 1/2lb cod caught on lug and cuttle! Thanks, Jason Adams" 

Cracking fish Roy ( 26 November)
I had this report from Roy Godden out from the Varne Boat Club today had cracking fish..."Just reached 17lb"
What's to come ( 24 November)
I had this report from sent to me from Anthony he saw the post on facebook from Sunday...Alan TompsettWest Wight Angling Center Great fishing for Brian Vincent on Manta Ray today with this superb 32 lb cod caught using quality bait supplied by the West Wight Angling Centre."
They are getting bigger ( 23 November)
I had this report from Trevor Bunny out on Elizabeth Jane At Dungeness..."Hi Tony,a nice fish for Paul Gonzalez,the Canvey Island angler tempted this nice 16.5lber uptiding on a lug and squid bait and was the biggest one of the day,the bigger ones are on their way hopefully, Regards Trevor"
Lovely day ( 20 November)
I had this report in from Jason Adams on Sea Otter..."Evening Tony,
Fishing was slow today but was made up for by a cracking calm day at anchor! Ended up with a couple of cods, A Thornback ray and a colourful Tub Gurnard! Thanks Jason"
Great fishing ( 14 November)
I had this report in today from Anthony out on 'Peganina'...
"The last couple trips both produced 9 cod a trip with biggest being 15lb, also
had a few thornbacks and some lovely tub gurnard biggest of 3lb. Think I going
to be stuck in now for few days, but I'm expecting good fishing when I
do get out as the SW gales should colour the water up nicely. Cheers Ant"

"Managed to scratch another 10 today biggest of 12lb Cheers Ant"
Cod Open ( 5 November)
I had this update in from Doug Martin...great day..."Hi Tony, Can you post this on your website please, I have included your sponsorship of the RNLI Pool many thanks for that and let's hope the weather gods are kind. Doug"
Midweek mayhem ( 4 November)
Superb fishing today on Peganina...they hit the 'jackpot'...
"Great trip today aboard the Peganina loads of fish, two landing nets going at one point when they were feeding hard and we even had to start putting them back as the boys had enough for a good feed! 36 in total a 17, 14, 13 and 4 or 5 around 10lb rest all mostly bigger then 5lb. Cheers Ant"
 Magic Monday ( 3 November)
I had this report in from Jerry Oiller of 'Fairchance' fame...
"Hi Tony
North Kent Angling Duo, Nathan Smith and Phil Edwards ,on board today managed to land 21 Cod,the best of 15 lb,caught by Nathan.    And a Stow away in my wheelhouse,sat there for about an hour,  Knackered. Regards. Jerry. O."
Great Sunday ( 2 November)                      Here is a great report from Paul Hodges out last Sunday with Jerry Oiller on 'Fairchance'...
"Hi Tony
4 of us set out with Jerry on Fair Chance at 05:30am. We had quite a good day with a few Cods being caught from 4lb to 12lb with the average being 4-8lbs. We had a visitor while whilst fishing, a little bird turned up looking all dishevelled and very tired and cold. He spent a long time with us and in Jerry's cabin on the stove and left a little present for him. You can see in the picture Darren trying to chat to it. Lug and Cuttlefish cocktails worked the best and most of the fish came to up tiding rather than down tiding. I managed 13 for the day with my best three being 7-8lb and the first picture is of Dan with his 12lber. Regards Paul"

And then the fog lifted ( 2 November)

Anthony reported out today on Peganina...

"Slow start few moves but we found them in the end 19 cod biggest of 12lb"

Good day ( 2 November)
Here is a report from Anthony out on 'Peganina'...another good day yesterday...
"Sunday's fish 15 cod to 11lb and two bass 6 & 8lb" Anthony still has some spare places
for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Call Anthony on 07989778361!