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daddymatty82

deepsea fishing

I know nothing about it  and want to know more basicly i know iv wanted to do it since i was about 15 now my brother has said aipril time he wants to plan a trip. what should we expect? what should we go for? what sort of price ranges? do you take home what you catch? best place to go? how far out do you go? any more info needed? cheers in advance matty
Jonty

Re: deepsea fishing

daddymatty82 wrote:
I know nothing about it and want to know more basicly i know iv wanted to do it since i was about 15 now my brother has said aipril time he wants to plan a trip. what should we expect? what should we go for? what sort of price ranges? do you take home what you catch? best place to go? how far out do you go? any more info needed? cheers in advance matty


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furdy

Wow.....What a question...!!!

There are so many variables. What you'll catch and how far you go out will depend on what port you are sailing from. I can only tell you what to expect catch wise based on where I fish, the Solent and surrounding area.

April is bream time here. You can expect the first run of decent sized fish to arrive in April, along with a few bass. You should catch plenty of dogfish and some early spring rays, thornbacks and the smaller spotted rays are the most common. If you pick a neap tide you could push further offshore and fish the overfalls on a good day where you'll find bass and big blonde rays.

Mid May will see the tope and smoothounds arrive too. Great fun if you can find the packs of fish but you'll also find lots more bream arriving. Unfortunately these are mostly small fish and can become a bit of a nuisance.

Most charter boats will have tackle you can hire, some will even let you use it for free. All skippers will organise bait if you ask them too.

Cost wise, a small boat to fish up to six will be around 320 for an eight hour day and a bigger boat for ten will be around 600. You'll have to book and send a deposit to secure the boat. The downside is you cant predict the weather in advance so you'll have to phone the night before to see if the trip is on or not. Its pretty frustrating if you have waited for six months and then get cancelled due to bad weather.

From Swindon I guess you have the options of the Bristol Channel or anywhere along the south coast.

All that aside, if there are only two of you and you dont mind an hours drive I'd be happy to take you out with me. I have plenty of gear you can borrow and plenty of patience..... ....it may give you an idea of what to expect.
daddymatty82

and how much would i be likely to spend on a trip out with you furdy  as i have told a mate about this trip and i owe him a fish and when or what time of year is best?  with this trip i dont know the best place to aim for so any help on that would be great the solent how far out would you go out around there? when a trip is canceled due to weather what happens then then? you lose money or what?
furdy

I dont charge people to come out with me....so it would only cost you the petrol to get to Portsmouth....

The fishing is hard anywhere right now. There are a few cod being caught and the whiting are beginning to show. There are still rays around but you have to look hard to find them. There are conger in the deeper water but its a matter of waiting until the weather breaks enough to be able to get out to the deeper marks.

Spring is probably the most reliable time if you just want to try the odd trip. In this area the third week in May until mid July would give you the best chance of a good day out.

I go where the fish are. I know it sounds obvious but there is no point going miles offshore if the fish are just off the beaches. I have a little spot I fish for the early bream that is only half a mile offshore but it's produced bream nearing six pounds, and four pounders are not uncommon. If we are looking for numbers of tope I'd more than likely head for the spoil grounds about fifteen miles offshore and if I go wrecking I'll often go thirty miles.

If you book a one off charter trip and its cancelled through no fault of yours, the skipper will refund your deposit. If youjust dont turn up he'll keep it. One thing to bear in mind. If only a couple of the party of anglers turn up on the day they will be expected to pay the balance owing for the noat for that day. If you arrange a trip make sure you are sure of the crew. You may be able to get a place on an individuals day but you often get a boat load of beginners which can make the day difficult.

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