If you get a good catch let me know, you can also send me your pictures! ARJHills@aol.com
Who's a big boy!...20lb+ male tope...and big mackerel for bait!!!
Hit & run bass ( 27 July)
Nick 'No Fear' Burton had a hit & run short session out of the Varne Boat Club to a wreck east of the CS3 buoy...he had five nice bass between 4 to 5lb...beatiful fish on blue & white 'sidewinders'...here are four of them...
Postcard from Newquay ( 27 July)
I had this report from Anthony...a charter captain of few words, but they are nice pictures...
Yesterday's trip ( 26 July) 7 miles out a few fish, amazing weather!!
It beats working! (25 July)"I just had this report from Simon Newman of 'Casterways' B+B fame out with Jerry Oiller of 'Fairchance'...
A lovely day afloat with the Wright family yesterday aboard the Fair Chance. When guests at Castaways have a spare place on a boat trip, it would be poor customer service if I didn't tag along.
Fishing at anchor for most of the day, we caught Plaice, codling, dogfish, pouting, black bream and mackerel. The BBQ was busy last night!
Tight lines Simon"
Postcard from Newquay 'part two' ( 20 July)Second day for the Portsmouth boys great day 15 miles off...half a dozen pollack over 10lb plus a couple of surprizes a john dory and a megrim a rare flatfish...first caught caught on 'Peg'.
Postcard from Newquay ( 19 July)
Peganina out on the 17 th some decent 'shark' fishing in a four hour trip a few topes and smoothounds to around 9lb...
A pollack bash today...the 19th, the boys from Portsmouth have come down for 2 days...this is day1...a good catch of pollack ...the best a beautiful fish of 12lb fish...
Fairchance yesterday ( 14 July)
This report came in from Paul Hodges this morning...
Fished yesterday on fair chance fishing for Plaice on the Bullock. It was a grey overcast start to the day with lots of drizzle, mist and fog. The crew consisted of myself, Nick Plum, his good wife and Nigel. It was hard start as the boat came off the wooden runners so it took a lot of effort to push it over the ridge of shingle at the top of the beach. When we eventually got the boat into the water it was a little breezy and choppy on the water but not too bad.
Upon our arrival to the bullock we had a few fish but the fishing was slow all day. We all had Plaice throughout the day with the fishing being in fits and starts. It was a very enjoyable day out on the water despite the not so good fishing. Especially watching Nick being out fished by his wife, not just out fished totally smashed by his wife in size of fish and number of fish.
We headed back in around 12 ish and arrived back on the beach about 2pm. I managed about 25 plaice in total and kept 15 of which the best went 3lb 12oz. I think the total for the boat was about 40 Keppers with quite a few smaller fish returned.
Out again in August hopefully the weather will be a bit drier and less windy, hopefully there will be a few more fish too.
You never know whats out there...( 14 July)
I had this email from John...
"Just a quick note on Saturday I was moving our new cat 'Aristocat' fishing boat from Eastbourne round to Dover
At around 8.30am off Dungeness point 2 miles out we over took a sunfish who was also on way towards Dover.
Might think about getting some tuna gear sorted for September ???????
John Whitten watch this space"
...I don't know about tuna but how about some sharking...I was chatting to Jerry (Fairchance) the other day, he saw a dorsal fin sticking four feet out of the water...basking shark or an orca?...I bet there are plenty of surprises out there!
Anthony Hills had a 'Red letter' day yesterday out on his charter boat 'Peganina'
forty four pollack the best being over nine pounds...
At a pinch ( 13 July)
Here is a report from Jamie Keeble...
"Hi Tony, Had a nice day Saturday fishing the inshore wrecks at Dymchurch, off the RIB. Pouting everywhere with the best fish a few 4-6lb Cod. The best catch of the day though was this feisty 4 1/2lb beast. Regards, Jamie"
A very flat day on the 'Bullock' ( 11 July)
Dave Knight sent this report in from 'Sunny Dymchurch'...
Went afloat on Tuesday and fished the Bullock Bank. Had about 40 plaice and Tim had a PB weighing in at 4lb 6oz.
I even had one on mackerel feathers fishing close to the bottom.
Best Regards, Dave"
Happy snaps ( 9 July)Had some great photos sent in by Jim Quinn... the Dymchurch 'Seaker 2' team on holiday catching some great fish...nice to see Jim's wife Joanne enjoying herself!
You always have a 'Fairchance' with Jerry ( 7 July)
I had this report from Paul Hodges...yes...fresh mackerel really is best...
Myself and Nick Plum were invited out with Dan and Steve on Fair Chance yesterday. The weather forecast was touch and go up until the evening before, and the forecast for the morning looked very wet (and it was). We left the beach at 7 am and steamed out onto the Bullock, as we arrived the rain continued to pour down but the sea state was slight and the wind was very light, which was to change dramatically on the way back into shore.
during the day the stream of fish was very steady with a wider variety of species being caught. The Plaice fishing was slow to begin with and a surprise was that of 4 rays being landed on the boat (2 of 9-10lb and 2 smaller ones of about 4-5lb). There were lots of Mackerel out on the Bullock yesterday, compared to a couple of weeks before where we struggled to get any. There were quite a few larger Mackerel too of up to 1lb or more. This also seemed to be the bait of choice, despite us all bringing plenty of lug and squid, I even tried Sandeels and these came back untouched after being down for 20mins. The best bait without question was fresh Mackerel, 90% of my fish fell to this as did the skippers fish. Jerry landed the biggest Ray of the day and several very good plaice. The Plaice fishing was definitely not as prolific as a couple of weeks ago but this could have been due to several factors, the weather the day before, dropping tides and the fact we were being held up in the drift by the wind.
We still managed lots of fish on a thoroughly enjoyable days fishing. Oh yes the journey back to the beach shall we say was very lumpy as the wind had increased. We were rolling about quite a bit and all I can say is that I am glad I had my waterproofs with me. All I could compare it to was a wild rollercoaster ride, but it was enjoyable.
you're going on holiday to Cornwall...( 4 July)
My son Anthony's charter boat is going back into the water on Monday after its refit...
Dymchurch & District Sea Angling Club ( 4 July)
I had an email this afternoon from Doug Martin...
"Hi Tony, We are holding an open species hunt again this year but only the one day, it will be held on Sunday 27th July kick off at 08:30 back on the beach at 16:30, I have attached the complete info pack to do with as you wish. Regards, Doug
I have a full information pack downloaded in the shop to view or contact Dave Knight on 01797 366850...Better late than never ( 17 June)
Paul Hodges kindly sent this report in...
Hi Tony. Sorry for the late report
4 of us went out on Fair Chance on Saturday 14th June. The tides were big so this meant a very early meet of 3.30am. On the way out we were greeted with a lovely sunrise over flat seas. On our arrival to the Bullock we begun fishing, and despite a quick drift we had fish throughout the day. There was a period of fewer fish and bites over slack water, but this didn't last long and as soon as the tide began to turn the fish cam on the feed again. Everyone caught plaice, I think we had roughly 80 or so fish with a few good ones to 2.5 lb. We even caught plaice on baited feathers and hookais. I had one plaice of 2.2lb using hookais with an inch of worm on, and Adam had a double shot of Plaice using tinsel feathers baited with worm. We did not have many other species and struggled to catch a few mackerel for bait. We were also witness to the boat checking the buoys marking the Bullock. They lifted it and gave it a quick check and clean before returning it back to its mark. The chain on those buoys are huge, never quite realised how thick they are. Regards Paul Hodges
We are getting a lot more reports of 'greater weaver' at this end of the channel...rising sea temperatures...global warming?
The first rays of dawn ( 10 June)
Dave Wood-Brignall did a dawn patrol on Sunday...some cracking kayak fishing...
"Had a quick trip yesterday morning on the kayak . Conditions spot on . Found a few skate 7 in total all between 4 and 7lb . Took the largest on a spinning rod & 6 lb line took 20 mins to land !! . Had 3 on lug, 2 on herring ( frozen ), 2 on mackerel ( frozen ), Fished 6am to 9 am.
Banking on a sunny day ( 10 June)
I had this email from Zalan down at the VBC...they all had a great day on the bullock bank...
"Hi Tony, Trevor asked me to send you some pictures from his trip on Sunday to the banks - he has done a great job and found a big bounty of place. No wonder he is smiling like a kid in a sweet shop! Z"
'D' Day ( 6 June)
When I was a lad in the 'fiftys' I used to come down to Greatstone every summer to my Grandmother's bungalow, as we came down the avenue heading towards the beach I got really excited to see the first glimpse of the sea...and the 'mulberry harbour'...I thought it was an abandoned submarine ( it had a structure one end like a conning tower...washed away in a storm many years ago) only years latter did I find out this was part of a floating mulberry harbour from 'D' day...seventy years ago, we have other 'caissons' in the bay deep in the mud , many didn't make it across the channel...every time I see it I think what those guys at 'D' day went through for us...on a fishing note the 'mulberry' is home to massed shoals of school bass (and bigger) every summer.
Another sunny day at Dymchurch ( 6 June)
Well the sun has brought Paul out to play...
"Hi Tony – 5 bass, best 10lb 8oz, also 8lb, 7lb 4oz, 6 lb & 5lb on launce. Sid had a 9lb 8oz on an artificial. 8 plaice to 2lb 8 oz, tommy cod about as well. Sorry about the ugly bloke in the pic. Stunning weather last Sunday once the murk cleared; but not easy fishing, rather green and bitty."Great day on the wrecks ( 6 June)
Nice report from Paul Woodfine...
"Took the other half out for a drift over the inshore wrecks off Dymchurch lots of Pouting and she had her 1st Pollock and Codling on sidewinders, was a lovely sunny day and not many boats out "probably all out on the banks Plaice fishing" which we did the week before and she had her 1st Plaice of just under 3lb but she likes the wreck fishing more..."
The '100' club ( 5 June)
I had the email from from Simon Newman out with Jerry Oiller on 'Fairchance'...
"a catch report for you (Tony)....
Bullock bank on fair chance yesterday 108 plaice to 3lb 8oz with a lot of 1-2lbers. Outstanding days fishing, Couple of pics attached...."
Pushing the boat out ( 3 June)I saw this on facebook from Dave Wood Brignall showing that the Kayak fishermen down at Dymchurch on Sunday...all those fish and no petrol!
"Perhaps we are using the wrong bait for rays !!! All caught 1/2 mile of smb today"
Long cast...I don't think I can cast that far!
I had this great email from Cliff, superb photo...there is an old saying "wind makes fish"...
Travelled down to Dungeness Sunday morning with a fantastic forcast in prospect. Went out with Gerry but the Fish would not play. So here's a couple of pics, and the UNSUNG HERO Bob who was on the beach at 5am to help us launch with a smile. Cheers Bob"Well done bob you have more energy than me, it beats bait digging...and I won't mention your age!
Out on the Varne ( 15 May)
Jim Quinn and Mark Bostock had a trip out to the Varne bank from Dymchurch...lovely weather with plenty of codling and plaice to 4lb 8oz...great day...
The water as you can see is a bit green...may water it's coming...but the sooner it does the sooner its gone!
Sharks are us ( 10 May)
Last weekend was superb...flat calm...I had this report from some great inshore fishing at Herne Bay...plenty of the wider shark family about...the same in the east bay...and a photo of my favorite fish...the gorgeous 'Starry Smooth hound'...
"Father and son out of hernebay on bank holiday Monday in their own boat UPTIDE. 7 thorn backs from 5lb Upto 9 lb and 4 stary smoothhounds also upto 9lb
Nigel Mark Harris"
A 'flat' day at the VBC ( 6 May)I had this report from Zalan down at the Varne Boat Club...what a beautiful day...
"Hi Tony , with all the good weather, weve had one of our busiest day this year so far at the club. Boats were out all directions finding good fish on the grounds and wrecks. I often think that fishing cannot possible get any better - but this weekend topped it all so far... Many many cod a pollack on Sunday, while several big fat bass on Monday - now back at work.....what a contrast."
Here is a report from Jerry Oiller...
"Hi Tony 'FairChance' Finds a Few...North Kents Rupert Harris with a brace of fine Bass , along with cousins from DERBY, managed to land 21 cod 10 pollock and 9 Bass, a good day had by all. Regards Jerry O"
Summers started? ( 22 April)Here is a great report from Cliff Hamblin with a postscript from Jerry...
Where do I begin aboard the Easter Monday Cruise aboard FAIRCHANCE the clue is in the name. On a fine morning we set off to a beautiful sunrise with Master Angler Warren Knapp (photo included) Laying into the Pollock then Cod only to sort out the Bass before a couple of Plaice fell foul of him and then to end up with the first Mackeral of the season follow that!! Well along came Maestro Mike Dougherty ( Docky) to hit the Pollock, Bass, and Cod and then chipped in with lovely Gurnard, not forgetting yours truly who popped up with the BIGGEST Cod, Lastly the Agile Handsome organizer Pete Foster (fozzy) who weighed in with 4 Pollock.
Well you would have thought that was enough for 1 day but no our Intrepid captain Jerry made chase to 3 fantastic Dolphins ( see pics) this kept us intrigued while traveling between wrecks.
GREAT DAY hope you like the pics, Thanks Jerry ............ sorry about bucket overboard just a bit too exited! Cliff..."
and from Jerry...
Warren Knapp with our first string of Summer Mackerel. The Crockenhill
mob managed to boat 5 Bass 6 Cod and 12 Pollock. Plus we had a visit
Spotty bashing ( 18 April)
"Hi tony been out of rye harbour today had 9 place all nice sizes. 2nd trip on our boat so all groovy!! Regards Jack
Cracking Bass ( 15 April)
Had this email from Trevor Bunny from 'Elizabeth Jane'...good day...
"Hi Tony,A nice fish for Ken Morrison a retired fireman from Brixton in London,a superb Bass weighing in at 9LBS on Elizabeth Jane today,Well done Ken!....
regards Trevor "
Fine day to be afloat ( 14 April)
Here is a report from Zalan Pasky at the VBC with the good weather eight boats got afloat and had a fun day...
"Hi Tony, many boats afloat today for the Varne Boat Club; we have fund good sport on several wreck with pollock and cod playing ball up to 8lb. I am getting exited about this season; so far so good....! Zal
Beautiful weather ( 11 April)If you are lucky to have a trip booked with Jerry Oiller on 'Fairchance'...with such great weather its nice just to be afloat...fish are a bonus...here's a report from Steve Letch...
"Had a lovely day out in Jerry's boat today.had a few dogs nice size cod and loads of whiting.but weather was great so thanks. We will be back but off the beach ."
The lure of summer ( 5 April)
Jerry Oiller of 'Fairchance' went wrecking today...
Summers coming, Had the Fab Four in the boat today, A fine 8lb Bass
for Dan P, 3 others were landed, 7 Cod and 16 Pollock.
Regards Jerry. O.
Lovely weather ( 2 April)
Here is a report from Zalan Pasky of the Varne Boat Club afloat yesterday...
April fool...well fool, we were not.... on the drive this morning...dilemma...turn left and go to do some work - or turn left and head to the beach...long thinking, about 2.5 seconds. 10 minutes later - beach boat out launch (within a safe distance!) Found Dave standing in the beach with his tackle box -turns out Legs threw him out of his boat to make more room for Daisy ...cheers trev Dave and I, afloat, catching skates one after the other, not a ripple on the water, sunburn, big yawn, more fish, 6298 pin whiting 3pm, anchor up, home.... sooo deserved it, been waiting for a day like this for six months or so. and if it sound too good to be true, - got pictures to prove it!
Loads of fish ( 31 March)
I had this email from Qasim Mirza this morning...
Managed to get a day out with Jerry aboard Fair Chance on Friday the 28th. The sea was very choppy and there was a lot of tide however that didn't stop the skipper from trying his hardest to get us on the fish. Overall we had an excellent day out with quite a few large whiting nearing the 2lb mark, an obscene amount of dogfish (can more people please start eating them) several pouting, a few small codling and the highlight of the day was a plump 3lb codling for my mate Das.
This was our first time out with Jerry and true to his reputation he is a lovely guy who was happy to help and answer questions all day. Can't wait to hit the wrecks with him in a couple of months! All the best Qasim"
Well done Qasim, I'm glad you enjoyed the day...lets hope next time its a bit calmer.
There is still decent cod out there...here is a report from Trevor Bunny of 'Elizabeth Jane'...
"Hi Tony,a cracking fish for the time of the year for London angler John Ahyoon from Tooting,this fish tipped the scales at 24LBS and was taken on a lug and squid cocktail fished downtide onboard ELIZABETH JANE today..regards Trevor"
Cracking photo's ( 17 March)Here is a email from Cliff Hamblin who had a great day out on 'Fairchance'
"Hi Tony Went aboard FAIR CHANCE Sunday, with beautiful weather all we needed was the fish. Pete foster managed four nice codling but Bob the Bank and my self didn't have much luck at all. Gerry called time, lines in and anchor up, but then a little nibble and hey ho!! probably the unluckiest skate in the channel. Nice end to a luverly day thanks Jerry. Regards Cliff"
A happy customer ( 11 March)
I had this report from Dave ( the cod father) who is on long term loan 'playing for' Fish Tickler 3 out of Ramsgate..."Hi Tony, Just a thanks for the boat rods, reels and accessories purchased in your shop last week.
As you can see by the picture equipment coped superbly with another good catch of rokers. Regards Dave Robinson
Zal down at the VBC had a good day...plenty of codling at 'Kerton Road'....
More cod in the sun...springtime ( 1 March)
Here is a report from Zal down at the VBC enjoying the good weather...
"We all were winners today - even though the day started a bit lumpy and bumpy with the persisting NW wind - eventually the sun came out and the wind dropped so we were all able to enjoy the first day of spring.
(apart from the couple of people who were putting some ground bait down from time to time. )
A couple of us went up towards dymchurch to fish in the 30ft mark;- while most of the others were paying a visit to Kerton rd. Was impressed by the good stamp of cod still being caught out there; lets hope they stick around a bit longer so we will have an other chance to have a bash.
Right, thats enough blah-blah...
the runner ups were
- Daisy Mae 15lb cod 62.5%
- Kraken 16lb 5oz cod 67.9%
And the winner is.....wait for it......drum roll....
- Seadog 2lb 5oz dogfish 77.8%
Thats just shows folks.... if the boy and I can win a match; everybody can!!!
And raised an other £20 for the big orange water taxi next door!
I certainly look forward to round two; i fancy my chances with a big pouting, perhaps?...
Be careful out there ( 26 February)
I was chatting to Nick (No Fear) Burton about a story he had come across concerning a ship that lost a load of containers in the storms...
"520 was lost from the svenbdborg maersk in the bay of Biscay on the 14th February" ...scary!Just another day at the VBC ( 23 February)
Be careful fish...Nick (No Fear) Burton has got his boat back from the menders...first trip yesterday short trip to Kerton Road...and a very nice bass...on cuttlefish?...
And down at Dymchurch ( 20 February)
While the VBC were catching cod Nick (No Fear) Burton...a VBC member had an 'away day' out with Dave Catt a D&DSAC member and picked up this 12lb 8oz fish.
Here is a picture and report of another nice cod caught today by Dave Clark on Trevor Froud's boat...report by Zalan...
"Five boats out -
weve had 3 codling to keep - Dave Clarke on board 'TEABAG' skippered by legs landed the best around 12lb. Very warm out there today - felt like spring!"
The cod are back...here is a report from Zalan down at the Varne Boat Club fishing the 'Kerton Road' mark at Dungeness...
"Hi Tony, four boats got out today; nice weather (makes a change) good fishing - everything a grown man needs. Weve been waiting for a days like this patiently for months now... There were plenty of action with several cod in each boat, - the best ones were 2 over 10lb and a 21 and 24lb as well."
Hit and run...( 11 February)
Well done Zal...if you get a gap go for it...by the way I do sell nice headlamps!...
"Hi Tony, could not resist to slip out on the evening tide yesterday - Had to cut the trip short as the sea got lumpier (and I was scared in the dark) but still managed to bag a nice bass for tonight's tea. Kind regards Zal."
At last...( 10 February)
Finally got afloat today Monday; after being weathered off for 9 days. The north Kent boys managed to scratch out 5 skate and 4 codling all about 4lb. Regards Jerry. O."
At last some better news from the boats...
Here is a report from Zalan Pasky Commodore of the Varne Boat Club...
Unbelievably- we were fishing the Cod Open earlier today!John Ruffhead & Rocket who swept the board...
The overnight rain eventually fizzled out by the early hours give way to that big yellow thing in the sky.
Shortly after launch - as per forecast- the wind started to drop out as well to all the fisherman's delight.
Followed on from recent catch reports we didnt have overly high expectation to set new records today, and even though we were on the right track with the prediction, still the catch was better than expected.
We've had prizes in seven categories today, plus an additional prize in form of a reel from Ronnie Boy - (Thanks Mick!)
Weve also raised £100 for the lifeboat; thank you all very much!
And the results are: ( a slight heads up; due to the one fish can win only one prize; some of the scores may not read obvious at first read)
John Ruffhead/Rocket - 20lb 1oz (total 29lb bag, but the biggest cod of 8lb 13oz entered in a separate category.
Striker skippered by Ryan 11lb 10oz
Jim Q and Mark B 9lb 8oz
John Ruffhead/Rocket - 8lb13oz
Cod nearest to 10lb - winning a filleting knife
Martin Jones & Crew - 4lb2oz
Cod nearest to 5lb - for an other very nice folding knife
Nick B and Steve S - 4lb
That left of with to other recorded catches- out of which Paul F and Crew managed to land the bigger fish winning the reel.
Thanks for all for turning out and be a good sport, and a sincere thank you for all the volunteer helpers, marshals, drivers, cooks, etc.
I really hope that this coming new year we will be able to further build and promote our section within and outside of the club - and today was just the first of many fun days out there!
A change in the weather ( 13 January)
I had this email from Cliff Hamblin who was out on 'Fairchance'...
Small weather window today (Sunday) so took the opportunity of a day out on FAIRCHANCE with Jerry. As you can see we were on the beach for a 5.45 am launch, and waited for the sun to come up, here are a couple of shots of the sunrise, quite a site. Plenty of whiting and a few dogs, but only 2 small codling. WHERE ARE THE COD? Anyway a good day had by the three of us, Pete the MEAT, Bob the BANK and Me Cliff, thanks Jerry."
A nice fish ( 20 December)
After a quiet time on the boats its nice to see Alex have a good fish out with Jerry on 'Fairchance'...
"Hello Tony, was out with Jerry last Friday and Saturday. Managed to scratch out a few. Here's the best at 16 Lbs. Regards Shirl."
The odd big fish ( 10 December)The boats have been having a bit of a tough time...some big fish but not many...
the fishing has been very slow over the last week,but a couple of good fish were landed in last two days;
Canterburys Gary Diggery in the blue with an 19 lber and Crowbouroughs Adrian Coliver with a full roed 20 lber. regards Jerry. O.
Here is an email from Jerry Oiller of 'Fairchance' fame, I'm glad things are looking up...
Fishing has been a bit slow the last couple of days,
but picked up today thursday. The Margate trio managed seven Cod. The biggest of 19lb being caught by Rodger Tapperden.
Good day had by all Regards Jerry O
Nice one ( 19 November)
Here is a report from Trevor Bunny of Elizabeth Jane fame...
Hi Tony,Essex angler Paul Gonzalez with a fine 20 pounder onboard ELIZABETH JANE today,the fish took a big squid bait downtide.....regards trevor
The cod 'meister' is back ( 19 November)
Here is a report from Jerry of 'Fairchance'...
Dave 'Foggy' Robinson, Aboard today, managed to land 7 Cod , two tipped the scales at 14 lb . . . .The Boy is back, after working all summer aboard , Fish Tickler Three, from Ramsgate. Regards Jerry O.
Thanks to Simon Newman for this report...
"Castaways hosted a party of 4 anglers from Gloucestershire this weekend. They spent 2 days fishing aboard the fair chance
Sunday they caught 12 cod, several mid to high doubles with Mike getting the best fish at 24lb 6oz. With no roe and an empty stomach, it would be pushing 30lb in a few weeks time!
Monday I joined the party. We boated 16 cod , I sneaked the biggest of the day with 5 cod to 18lb"
I had this email from Paul Woodfine...not sure of the weight...but nice photo...
"Hi Tony. Here’s a photo of young Reece with a 25 1/2 pound cod, caught a board Final Fling. We only had one more small codling, but plenty of dogfish & Whiting."
More pictures ( 14 November)
Here is a email from Simon Newman...
a few more pics from the last couple of days. I had my 1st 20lber of the season with Jeremy on FC on Tuesday and a few better pics of Chris and Lee with yesterdays catch aboard the Elizabeth Jane."
Here is an email from Trevor Bunny of 'Elizabeth Jane'...what a great day...
"Hi Tony,a great fish for canvey island Essex angler Chris Warren and friends today,it tipped the scales at 24LBS 8 ounces,the Essex lads had a fantastic day with several other mid double figure fish as well as a 13LB spurdog!...........well done the Essex lads, regards Trevor"
And better ( 11 November)
Had this email in from Shirly Codling (Alex) afloat on 'Fairchance'...
"Hello Tony, Went afloat with Jerry today (Sunday) Had 8 Cod's on the boat. One tiddler of 1 Lb the rest between 7 Lbs and 21 Lbs (I think the others were 11,15,17 & two 18's or there abouts. The 21 was a new PB for Darren. Regards Shirl"
Big Boats ( 10 November)
Just had this email from Nick...
"Hello Tony ,just looked out towards dungeness .spotted those two large English trawlers fishing close in .just had a look on my I pad ship finder app.They are two sister ships ph220wiron1&2 .one is 167ft the other is 171ft .I hope it's not going the same way as last feb !!!!!!.let's hope not .cheers Nick"
I guess they are pelagic fishers...unless anybody knows different?Its getting better ( 10 November)
I had this email from Geri...tough weather out on Jerry's 'Fairchance' ...and what I heard very, very big swells!...
Went out on Jerrys boat yesterday, a trip Paul Hodges arranged, the back of the boat managed 8 fish up to 11lb. I was fish less all day up to my last drop when I hooked this 19lb cod. A lovely day of persistent rain, hail stones, thunder and big swells... All worth it in the end thoughCheers Tony, see you soon"
Roll on Summer ( 10 November)
Here is a email from Dave...lovely fish...
Had some cracking Bass drifting varne. Live horse mackerel. Here is a picture of 4 bass all between 6-8lb.
Regards Dave The Robinsons
Here is an email from Zalan, Fishing Captain at the Varne Boat Club...who did a 'dawn patrol' at the weekend...
"Hi Tony, made to most of the small weather window on Saturday - four boats from the Club got out to see whats about on the cod grounds. Fishing wasnt all that, bites were few and far between but the quality of the catch was encouraging for rest of the season. Rudi managed to bag the best of the day - with a rather well rounder specimen of 25lb. I was out with Tom on his fine vessel 'Murdina' - weve had one fish all day of 15lb. Hope its the way of things to come - Best Zal
Nice fish ( 1 November)
Had this report in this evening from Jerry Oiller out on 'Fairchance'...
a photo of Phil Edwards from north Kent out today. The biggest weighed in at 18lb 12oz. Three others were landed by team mate Rue Harris. The fishing has been slow, since the Big Blow , With only 2 or 3 Cod landed each day.
Awash with codling ( 21 October)
Had this report from Shirly Codling out with Jerry on 'Fairchance...
"Hi Tony, Managed to get on the cods last Monday, we had around 20 up to 8Lbs. Was good to see Foggy back in the bay, all be it on a Ramsgate boat!! All but one fish fell to uptided cuttle baits Regards Shirl"
I had this email from Doug Martin from the D&DSAC...
"Hi Tony, Many thanks for advertising our little comp on your website, find attached registration form and rules, the times and dates are: Sunday 3rd November fishing times 7.30 - 14.15, high water 10.05 last book in 30mins before start Reserve date 17th November fishing times 8.00 - 14.30, high water 10.30. Regards, Doug"
...and here are the form and rules...
Dave goes double ( 16 October)
Things are getting bigger at the 'Kerton Road' mark...
"Hi Tony, I thought it might be of an interest - our much loved Davy aboard his boat 'Daisy Mae'from the Varne boat club bagged this fine specimen;- all 24lb of it. All the signs are there fora cracking cod season, all we need now enough calm days to be able to get afloat. Best Zal
Thanks to Zalan Pasky for keeping us informed of this superb catch.
Things are getting better for Jerry ( 14 October)I had this email from Jerry Oiller of 'Fairchance' fame...
Sunday 13th oct. team Castaway braved the wind and rain,and managed a 36 cod haul. all between 5 and 13lb regards jerry O."
Just had this email in...how does he do it...I know its Ramsgate...but Dave is just on loan for the season...
"Hi Tony In case some of your anglers are interested, except Shirley Codling,been getting some good Bass lately. This one just under 10lb.
Regards Dave The Robinsons
Had this email from Simon Newman who was lucky to a trip out with Jerry Oiller having a 'dabble' at the Kerton Road mark.
"A great day out on the Fair Chance yesterday and our first go at the cod this year. We were about a mile offshore at the bottom of the bank pretty well directly in front of Castaways B&B and Guest House, Dungeness, Kent. We had 9 cod to the boat, I managed to sneak 5 out myself including 3 low doubles, this being the best at 14lb. Twas Jerrys best hit on the cod so far and this winter and bodes pretty well for the beach as soon as we have a decent winter storm to colour the water and get some food washing around."
Another good bass ( 8 October)
Our friend Dave (foggy) Robinson emailed this evening...
Been getting some good Bass lately. Had one today just under 10lb.
Regards Dave The Robinsons"
...a very good fish but I must the bass from the beaches around the coast has been 'brilliant' so far.
Gentlemen prefer blondes ( 7 October)
I had this email from Trevor Bunny...massive tides yesterday...but it payed off!
"Hi tony,a great fish onboard "Elizabeth Jane" today for Ashford angler David Salmonds,a fine blonde ray which tipped the scales at 27lbs and was caught in a strong tide,downtiding on mackerel bait,this fish was unhooked,photographed and returned alive...........Well done Dave........regards Trevor"
It's looking good ( 3 October)
Here is a report from Jerry Oiller of 'Fairchance'...
"They Are Coming" !! North Kent angler Rupert Harris, out on weds, 1st try in the bay this winter a fine 16lb 8oz cod.
...What a beautiful fish
Global warming...bring it on! ( 28 September)
I had a chat with Nick (No Fear) Burton the other day about an amazing catch of Rye...
Here is a bit that appeared in the Rye Observer...
"A RYE fishing boat landed four tuna fish overnight on Tuesday in what has been described as a ‘once in a lifetime’ occurrence.
Terry Hadden, of Rye Bay Fish, said: “I am in my 60’s and have never seen that before in local waters. It is very rare. I don’t think I’ll live to see it again.
The tuna were the smaller skipjack type and weighed around 3kg to 4kg each.
They were caught between Hastings and Rye in a drift net.”
Turbo charged ( 24 September)
Here is a report from 'Shirley Codling' who had a nice day out with his mates on Jerry Oillers 'Fairchance'...
Hello Tony, I see that Foggy has been at the top of the reports for too long and from a Ramsgate boat as well! I dont know about him being on loan, more like Dungeness deserter!! :) Anyway, I was out with Jerry on Sunday, had a mixed bag of Turbots, Plaice, Gurnards, Greater Weavers and some huge Mackerel Regards, Shirl
You never know what opportunities arise...
Saw some bass following mackerel on feathers, couldn't resist. Live joey went over.. tied rod to boat and put rachet on reel. Wow ! only 3-5 lb but good sport on a 12lb class rod. Regards Dave
Young guns ( 31 August)
Nice to see a young lad with a decent fish...
Tom Midgley 13 years old on baited feathers on a inshore reef only 2 miles out aboard Peganina skippered by Anthony Hills out of Newquay Cornwall.
I know its not Dungeness but its a family thing.
A great mixed bag ( 29 August)
This email from Simon Newman who bagged up with Jerry Oiller yesterday...
A real handful ( 29 August)
Dawn patrol pays of today for Nick (no fear) Burton...
"Went out today solo ,had a nice catch of bass,5 all over 5lb ,2 about 8lb. all caught on the red ,yellow lures I purchased from your good self "...yes I know there is only four he gave one away on the beach!
Triple shot ( 25 August)
Here's a report from Dave Robinson (the Cod father) on temporary loan to Ramsgate crewing on Fish Tickler 3...
Sneaked a rod over the side yesterday..oops two Turbots and a 4lb plaice not bad for 30mins. Regards Dave...The Robinsons
Zalan Pasky out of the Varne Boat Club had a very good black bream session, a very pretty fish, great fighters...real characters , I know they're good eating...but I hate knocking them on the head...I'm getting soft in my old age...
Ive blanked on them last year; the last couple times I was out still not being able to find them - until today. Anyway, managed to break the spell with this nice bunch today. Also hooked into a 6lb cod and a pollock as well on the size 4 hooks, good fun. All the best, Zal
I think Ant needs bigger hooks ( 13 August)
Just had a photo emailed today from Ant (my son) running a charter boat out of Newquay...I think I will send him some bigger tope hooks...
Good indications for the winter ( 10 August)
Nick ( no fear) Burton has been at it again...chasing loads of codling on the wrecks with his mentor Steve Savage...
"Hi Tony just back from a days wrecking with Steve,plenty of small cod and pollock with the odd better fish.Regards Nick."
Dave gets his 'eye' in ( 9 August)
I had this email from Dave Robinson...the 'codfather' a regular out with Jerry O off Dungeness...now helping out with 'fish tickler III' out of Ramsgate...
Skipper let me have a fish. Sneaked a couple more Turbots. Please find attached photos. Regards Dave, The Robinsons
Summer = plaice ( 9 August)
I had this photo from my mate Jim Quinn out of Dymchurch...there are some cracking plaice being caught...
Up the Gunners ( 5 August)
Here is a report from Shane Pullen concerning Paul Gunner DAA committee member...
"Paul Gunner and his dad Brian with two fine Cod fishing aboard Der-dogs from Ramsgate. We had a great day drift fishing wrecks catching Cod and Pollock. Brian landed some great fish so well done mate."
Girl power ( 5 August)
Here is a report from Terry Ashford (Dymchurch member) with a photo of his daughter Maisie and some cracking plaice...
"Hi tony another good day fishing on the banks Maisie with a place and a dab 28 keepers with the same returned for another day"
I had photo's sent in by Jim Quinn of Mark Bostok out of Dymchurch...nice to see more turbot about..
Cracking Bream...I guess these were had Sunday.
What a beauty ( 28 July)
Here is a report from Trevor Bunny of 'Elizabeth Jane' fame...with a report of the best plaice I have heard of this year...
"Hi tony,a cracking plaice for Sittingbourne angler Dean Flannery onboard ELIZABETH JANE today this fish tipped the scales at a fine 6lbs 1oz,this was part of a great days plaice fishing for the Sittingbourne lads.......regards Trevor"
The right plaice at the right time ( 27 July)
Here is a report from Jerry Oiller out on 'Fairchance'...
had Nick Plumb and crew out today, kept 50 good plaice,Colin Heart managed to land the Thornback of 14 lb 4oz on light plaice gear,on the drift, it put up a good scrap.
Regards jerry O."
Fill your freezer ( 24 July)I had this email in yesterday from Stuart Brown...one of our beach anglers...
Tony, Finally got afloat today on board Jolly Fisherman out of Dover, drifted over the Varne Bank, 5 of us on board, all done well, I managed 21 codling, 2 black bream, 1 gurnard and a couple of Mackerel. Kept 7 codling a 1 bream, thanks for the rod/real combo and advice!
Dymchurch on holiday ( 21 July)
Hi Tony, Just got back from Alderney were 10 DDSAC boys went for five days, the mid channel wrecking was hectic on the way over with everyone bagging pollock to 13lb and a few cod, the bank fishing was hard with a few turbot caught and one brill to Dave Knight on the reefs red gurnard was the order of the day up to about 1.5lb. On our return we fished a couple of wrecks resulting in pollock to 16lb, cod to 16.5lb and a few ling with a beauty of 27.5lb to me, here's a couple of photos. Doug
A bit of a pollack ( 16 July)Here is an email from a very proud father...
"Hi Tony, couldnt resist the temptation of flat oily seas today, so Zane and I went out from the Varne Boat Club to try a couple of wrecks. Only had a couple of hours as Zane needed to be back for his Cubs.. The last time out he was catching his first ever bass and mastering fishing with live sandeels; today he was trying to fish with jelly worms, as he not done that before. On the first drop he landed his first ever cod, on the second his first ever pollack. He bagged 3 in total while I only managed to get one. To top that I have lost three sets on rigs while he didnt snag once. His head is bigger than a nuclear reactor tonight telling me what i was doing wrong! Speak later, ZalDave's a bit flat ( 13 July)
Some nice flatfish coming aboard 'Fish Tickler 3' for Dave Robinson out of Ramsgate...
Sneaked out another Turbot 3lb 8 oz on the banks today.
"After a good trip on Friday we I was a little "bassed out" so on saturday Alex and I headed out from the Varne Boat Club to the Bullock Bank in search of plaice. Wind over tide made for some interesting drifts but we still caught plenty of dabs and plaice with half a dozen in the 2 to 3lb range. We also caught the biggest weaver I have ever seen at about 18 inches. I'm told they are good to eat but have yet to pluck up the courage to try one!"
I'm getting more reports of 'Greater' weevers being caught in our part of the channel, I guess this is down to the rise in sea temperatures...Cracking photo...
I had an email from John Ruffhead out on his boat 'Preditor' from the Varne Boat Club...Good Friday ( 8 July)
"Friday the 5th saw us heading out to the shipping lanes from the Varne Boat Club in Predator. On board were Martin Jones and Mike Dobriskey. After catching some live launce we spent the morning drifting wrecks. The final tally was 15 bass and 3 codling. It was Mike's first trip out in Predator but he managed to take 4 good bass and a codling."Lovely summer cod ( 3 July)
Here is a very nice summer fish...
"Hi Tony, One of our most athletic members Andy 'skinny' Jarrett was fishing out from the Varne Boat Club working some inshore wrecks nearby. He landed this prime cod - all 20lb of it- on a 12lb rod, - a real achievement given the kind of fight this summer cod puts up! Now as the water cleared- seems to be a lot of cod about all over the place;- is this usual for this time of the year? On a different note, my son Zane had a some more to cheer about with some nice bass on Sunday, catching plenty up to 8lb. Best Zal
Congratulations John ( 30 June)
Here is a report from John Ruffhead at the VBC...
"Hi Tony, this is my son Alex holding part of a catch of 12 bass and 1 cod taken on a trip out from the Varne Boat Club to the bank that gives the club it's name. Six boats launched from the club with three heading out to the Varne where we all had good catches of bass, cod and pollock. The boats that fished the wrecks nearer to the club caught plenty of cod. All in all it was a great day that also happened to be my birthday! Regards John"
Down at Dover ( 26 June)Doug Martin a Dymchurch member had a good day...here is his report...
"Hi Tony, Went out of Dover yesterday on my mates boat Sirius, Tony, Lee and me set off at about 8.30a.m. the inshore was infested with may weed so "on the slack" we went to the banks to catch a few sand eels on our way to our chosen wreck we noticed that the water had cleaned up a bit and was a lot clearer this had the desired effect giving all three of us bass up to 7.5lbs of which yours truly caught one. as you can see in the second photo of the "keepers there are a couple of macks which are now starting to show. Regards, DougBig Blue...( 20 June)
Caught off Kerton Road...just dreaming...
But here is a real 'first of the season' 100lb+ big female caught fifteen miles off Newquay Cornwall by James Young fishing on Matt Robbins boat 'Atlantis'...I know it's not local, but it is a beautiful fish...safely returned...this report was sent in by my son Anthony down in Newquay!
It's great to start them young...( 17 June)
Here is a report from Zalan Pasky fishing captain at the Varne Boat Club...
"Hi Tony, We had made most of the weather window, and 4 boats 'popped' out to see what we can find on the Varne Bank. The forecast was spot on (for once), and we were able to enjoy flat seas and some warm sun on our faces. My boy Zane had managed to outfish me hands down; later on he fell asleep with that grin on his face. Priceless! Best Zal"
What a great brace of fish ( 15 June)
Just to keep you 'boaters' drooling, Doug Martin (Dymchurch member) sent me this report today...
"Hi Tony, My mate Tony took the opportunity to grab a couple of hours fishing on his own boat Sirius today out of Dover he had these two, 10lb 11oz and 10lb 2oz and another of 8lb 9oz that he returned alive to fight another day."
Proof that it is summer ( 12 June)
A couple of Dymchurch members (Mark Bostock and Jim Quinn) got out yesterday and had a good day on the wrecks...here is Mark with a nice wrasse he had on the 'Grosser'...
A DAA members away day ( 3 June)
Well done Ian nice to see the club members keeping their end up...
"Hi Tony did not get the Congers mate but yet a again a Dungeness club member won the day at Newhaven 17lb.9oz Pollock Heaviest most fish and most species!!!
Just had this email in from Terry Ashford...live from the Varne Bank...
"Hi tony Just a quick pic before the next drift some nice bass between 2 and 5 lb will send more later, regards terry
Good hit on the bass ( 30 May)
Doug Martin a Dymchurch member had a rewarding trip out from Dover...
"Hi Tony, Today Tommy Ashford, Maisie A and me went out of Dover on my boat to play on the wrecks, the weather was not as forecast which made it interesting but we had a cracking day with all of us catching plenty of bass up to 5lbs (a PB for Maisie) most of which went back to fight another day. Heres a couple of photos of some of the "keepers". Regards, Doug"
Whats being caught down the road ( 28 May)
Here is a report from Terry fishing down at sunny Dymchurch...
Was out in the boat over by the Martello tower nr Dymchurch, had a few Dab’s, medium size place and a fair few dogs. Regards Terry Price
Yep about 'par' for the course, plenty of good fishing close in...and it saves on petrol.
What a load of Pollacks ( 26 May)
Not only did Ant have a nice ling today, his crew filled 'their boots' with some cracking pollack...it does make you a bit jealous!
It's been a bit quiet ( 26 May)
I have had few reports from the boats, so we can assume the fishing has slowed down a bit (unless you know different), so I thought I would put up a photo of this ling caught today by Anthony (my son) on his 'charter boat Pegganni' out of Newquay...I know its not local, but 'hey' it's a nice fish
caught on his 6lb class 'ugly stick'!
After the bad weather ( 17 May)
Jerry ( Fairchance) got afloat today...and what a day it was...brilliant, here is Jerry's report...
Had 'The Folkestone four' aboard today. Managed to net 62 cods from 3 - 10lb, plus 2 nice Bass for little John. Regards Jerry"
Spot on ( 9 May)
Here is a report from Paul down at sunny Dymchurch...
Just a sample of fish caught Sunday by Sid and Andrew on some mid channel lump or other, best 2lb 10oz.
Goes to show what can be done without 14 stone of unsightly ballast in the boat......
...Well cracking fish, what a cracking day.
Rhubarb & Custard...The Cods Crumble ( 6 May)
Here is report from Cliff, another great day out on 'Fairchance' last Saturday...
"Hi Tony, Jerry Rang to say you were’nt able to download the pics I left you sat, so I have included them as an attachment.
We had a rough day weather wise and a little rocky but the fishing was good, we had 41 cods up to about 7 pound, crew were myself Cliff, Bob the bank and the Doc the 4th member malc not in pics was so worn out he had 40 winks, Bob say’s the Title should be................... Rhubarb & Custard... THE Cods Crumble!! as they were all caught on Rhubarb sidewinders. Few pics of my catch. Many tanks Cliff Hamblin"
Another good day for 'Fairchance' ( 4 May)
Jerry had a brilliant day yesterday...
Fair Chance finds them today! Derby duo and cousin Rupert on board today , with a fine catch of 55 cods, average 3-7lb. A few pics of the crew in action and part of the catch in the cold box. Cheers Jerry"
What gorgeous weather...
Place to be...( 23 April)
More news from sunny Dymchurch...
"Hi Tony, Ian and me went out on Sunday along with 9 other Dymchurch boats, all boats reported good catches, we had 10 keepers up to 2.5lbs including theses two,
and the weather was spot on as well.
Its getting better ( 23 April)
Last weekend 'kick started' the boats...a rise in temperatures...here is a report from Doug down at sunny Dymchurch.
Hi Tony, Ian and me went out on Sunday along with 9 other Dymchurch boats, all boats reported good catches, we had 10 keepers up to 2.5lbs including theses two, and the weather was spot on as well.
Wow...at last some good news ( 22 April)
After a horrendous period of bad weather and poor fishing we have some good news from Jerry Oiller out in 'Fairchance'...
Hi Tony...Cods on rods;
A few pics of the 45 cod haul we had today, all in 3 to 7lb range. Warren Knapp in action and Lewis with best fish, plus part of the catch.
Caught on side winders. regards. Jerry O.
More Pollack ( 21 March)
Simon Newman ( Castaways B&B) got out yesterday with Jerry O) had a few pollack and plaice, best pollack caught by Bob Belcher 7.5lb.
Wrecked again ( 18 March)
Summers coming here is another report from Jerry...
Monday 18th; North Kent Duo,out today . Drifted a couple of wrecks, managed 10 pollock and 8 cod, all the fish were in the 3 to 6lb range.
Regards Jerry. O.
Well done Jerry for taking advantage of the calm-ish conditions to have a go at the wrecks today.
Another beauty ( 14 March)
I had an email from Jerry (Fairchance) one of his regulars had this beauty, calm but cold brilliant...
there is still some good ones out there, as Phil Taylor from North Kent found out today,this hit the scales at just over 30 lb. the rest of the day was quiet ,with only 1 other cod being caught .
regards jerry. O."
A very fit fish ( 9 March)
I had this report in today from Trevor Bunny skipper of Elizabeth Jane one of our beach launching charter boats at Dungeness, he reported this fit looking cod caught today...
"hi tony,Martin Tuffs from Ashford,Kent with a nice 16lber caught uptide on lug and squid,he also had an 8lb thornback ray earlier in the day on whole squid uptide...........regards trevor"
It has been quiet ( 8 March)
Nick Burton took pity on me with so few reports...it could be something to do with the weather...north easterly winds?
Here is a nice 'double' thornback taken recently!
A few boats are going afloat tomorrow lets see what happens?
Early spring ( 15 February)
Nick (no fear) Burton had a trip out today to Kerton Road in his boat 'Kracken' launching from the Varne Boat Club...beautiful spring like weather.
besides this nice 14lb cod Nick had some 'chunky' thornback's around 10lb!...lets enjoy the early spring weather...next week it could be snowing?
At last...(14 February)
What with the freezing weather, strong winds, at last some good news from 'FAIRCHANCE'...
Here is Jerry's report...
Hi Tony Bisley old boys braved the cold weather today, Lucky Eddy turned up trumps with this 22lber, 6 others also caught all around 3 or 4 lb.
Regards jerry . O.
Plenty of codling about, Ryan Elvey (out from the Varne Boat Club) caught eight last Saturday.
Still about ( 27 January)
Beautiful fish come back from spawning...is it the first of many?
Here is a report from Carl Pashley...
Managed to get afloat today with Johnny Whenday on The Sea Jewell. Just myself and Thomas this time. Had 7 cod altogether, mostly small ones, but did manage this one which weighed 20lb 10oz when weighed on the beach.
Best regards, Carl.