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Oystercat fishing trip

Monday 14 May 2018
 
Skipper Richie Pearce

Skipper Richie and crew Simon Clark took the Cat to the SWIGG and Mixon fishing grounds searching for early mackerel, but nothing doing.
 
Then out to the Knoll and caught some decent dabs. Went to a couple of other marks in the bay didn't really make much of a catch.  Then into the moorings in Mumbles, did reasonably well caught dabs - wrasse - bullhuss and a thornback ray. The ray was  caught on a small hook with a tiny piece of lug worm.
 
Richie was the top angler.
 
Not a brilliant day but fish were caught and everyone had a great day 
 
Commodore Nigel Ellerton
 
 
 
Mumbles Belle fishing trip

Monday 14 May 2018
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
"Dogged to death"
caught hundreds between us, along with some hounds, pouting, a Ballan wrasse, a couple of dabs, but catch of the day went to me, with a 3.5lb lobster.
Phil Cryer did most of the catching (& the crewing), without hime it would have been a difficult day, thanks Phil, accept the lobster as a goodwill gesture.
 
Unfortunately, the boat was left in a bit of a state after the trip. Dirty bait boards, discarded bait containers, dirty rags & empty plastic bait bags tucked into buckets, discarded mono & braid left where it was dropped! 
If it continues, I will have to keep the anglers back until I am satisfied the boat is clean.
 
Skipper Vic
 
From the club
This your boat and not cleaning up after a trip is unacceptable. How would you feel if you arrived on board for a fishing trip and found it in such a state. The skippers are volunteers and it is not their job to clean up after a trip. No volunteer skippers no fishing trips for members. There is plenty of time to clean up on the way back to the marina, so we would appreaciate your co-operation in cleaning up after your fishing trip.
Club Secretary
 
 
 
 
 
Catch of the day - 3.5lb lobster
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phil Cryer - Smooth Hound
 
 
Phil Cryer - Smooth Hound
 
 
Phil Cryer - Ballan Wrasse
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Saturday 12 May 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
Productive morning but afternoon was a bit slow. We ended the day with blondes to 12lb 4oz, hounds to 13lb 8oz, bullhuss to 12lb 8oz, thornbacks, spotted ray, pouting and a ton of dogs. Conditions up off aberthaw were good but it was a tad interesting coming back through the nash passage on the way back.
 
 
Skipper Dean.
 
 
 
 
Dean Gifford - Ray
 
 
 
John Bevan - Bull Huss
 
 
 
 

What a Smoothie Colton Jones
 
 
 

Mark Thomas - Ray
 
 

John Bevan Ray
 
 

John Bevan Ray
 
 
 

Pete Jordan& Dean Gifford with hounds
 
 
 
 
 
John Bevan- Huss, Dean Gifford - Ray
 

Dean Gifford - Ray
 
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Monday 7 May 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
Few rays this morning, lots of dogs too; caught before lunch!

Skipper Dean.
 
 

Dean Gifford - Ray
 

Peter Mansell - Ray
 

Richie Pearce
 

David Gazzard ?
 

Phil Carroll with planted ray
 
 

Asun Nad Tom Sheterline - Nice rays
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Oystercat fishing trip

Sunday 6 May 2018
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
Setting out from the 8.00am lockout we left the river in what was not so much a pea souper but a play doh. With only 40/50 meters visibility, it was time for Me to remember how to get the Radar to work. After a slow chug up the channel we opted to just sit out past the SWIG and wait for mist to lift. This we did and had 2hrs of dogfish for our trouble. so with the Radar working and the bratwurst gone we "went for it". The radar was showing something large sitting between the Mixon and Oyster ledges and there was a nice Honnnk every two mins from that area. Anchored up on ledges and wondered what size ship was alongside. At full tide heard engines start and an anchor being retrieved. When the fog lifted at 12.30 there was nothing there. Oh and the fishing report! not much to say other than lots of dogfish. Three Huss couple of Dabs one conger two smoothy one plaice and a pout also a hermit crab and whelk. best fish 11.5lb huss and 1.5lb plaice. Rissoles and frikadellen all gone we followed Derek(rescue ranger) into the river and even gave a yacht a tow out of the mud ourselves.
 
Skipper John
 
 

John Elvine 11.5ib bullhuss
 
Conger for Colton Jones
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Plaice at 1,5 lb
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Saturday 5 May 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
We had good day at Lundy today on the Oystercat.
 
Started a bit slow but ended with plenty of pollack, a few ballen wrasse, pouting, whiting and a ling.
 
We also had the pleasure of the company of a pod of dolphins that stayed with us for 3-4hrs while we were fishing.
 
A really enjoyable day!
 
Skipper Dean.
 
Great day - brilliant to see you all and good fishing! Looking forward to a fish supper for tea!  Matt Taylor
Great day's fishing, thanks Dean. Colin Breen
 
 

Pollack
 
 
Pollack for Matt Taylor
 
 

Small ling for Matt Taylor
 
Polck for Dean Gifford
 
Belle fishing trip

Saturday 5 May 2018
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
No bream for us, not a sniff, we had lots of huss & dogs, some small whiting & pouting. On Langland Reef  we all fished hard with Wessex rigs but got no bream, we must still be early, they haven't crossed the Gulf Stream yet, it is thought they travel with the trigger fish, catch one & you catch the other. 

George landed a small conger, Kerry landed a codling, but of the target species there was no sign.

We drifted on the way back for pollack but nothing & eventually anchored in the moorings where we had more dogs & a couple of small dabs.

Catch of the day was a "rockling" caught by Sam (Keith James) who claimed it weighed a "stone".

Lovely day, boat went well, we all caught the sun somewhere, hopefully we have more days like that.

Skipper Vic
 
 
Stone Rockling caught by Keith James
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Sunday 29 April 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
 
Another productive day on the rays today; we had 50 or so all together, a mix of small eye, blonde and spotted along with the occasional doggie.
 
Dean.
 
 
Dean Gifford
 
 
 
 
 
Tate Lloyd
 
 
Pete Jordan
 
 

Tate Lloyd & Steve Cullen
 
Steve Cullen
 
 
Colin Breen
 
 
 
 
Tate Lloyd
 
 
DeanGifford
 
 
Ciolin Breen
 
 
Nigel Davies
 
Mumbles Belle fishing trip

Saturday 28 April 2018
 
 
Not as a spectacular a day as Oystercat's, but we caught enough dogfish to keep us on speaking terms with the whelkers.
 
We had a lot of dabs (some of which were keepers), small whiting & pouting, & George missed "something big" on his sprat bait (which we reckon was a smoothhound).
 
Boat performed as she was expected to, new wheelhouse serves its purpose, so good to be back on the water ready for the bream, plaice & anything else that fits into a frying pan.
 
Skipper Vic
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Saturday 28 April 2018
 
 
A very productive day's fishing on the Oystercat. Weather was good to us.
 

Lots of nice dabs, Dogfish galore, a lone whiting and Few Gurnard.

Commodore Nigel caught the catch of the day with a very nice turbot, not a bad size from the Oxwich marks.
 
Tight line all round
 
 
 
Turbot for Nigel
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Saturday 21 April 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Productive day on the Oystercat today. A few rays started to feed as we were about to have brunch too! 
 
Fishing slowed up a bit, but we finished up with 40 and 50 rays between the 4 of us.
 
Mostly small eyeds but a number of blondes, thornbacks and spotted rays too, along with s lone conger, a smooth hound and some dogs!
 
Weather was good, not a bad way to spend a sunny Saturday!
 
 
Skipper Dean.
 
 
The rays have it for Neil Wilson & Colin Albert
 
 
Dean Gifford
 
 
 
Colin Albert
 
Neilr Wilson
 
 
Dean Gifford
 
Peter Jordan
 
 

Neil Wilson
 

Neil Wilson
 
Dean Gifford
 
Neil Wilson
 
Colin Albert
 

 
Oystercat fishing trip

Saturday 31 March 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Not sure how 4 Anglers can tangle each other so much.
 
Plenty of dabs feeding at the moment, we’ve just polished of the first round of Morrison’s sausage roll. Bacon and sausage to go on next.
 
Blustery but busy day, lots of dabs (most small but enough insize for Richy and John to leave with a bag full each), a few dogs and a lone whiting!
 
We ate like gluttons sausage rolls for breakfast, sausage sandwiches for lunch, mega meat sandwich for afternoon tea 
(bacon, roast pork, roast chicken & stuffing and roast beef) punctuated by Mc vities gold bars and chocolate covered Swiss rolls as well as plenty of tea, coffee and cup-a-soups to keep the cold out!
 
Sea state was lovely, fishing was good, company was great - not a bad way to spend a Saturday.
 
Skipper Dean
 
 
 
Richie Pearce two timing dabs
 
 

Sauages for hot dog lunch

  John Bevan with double dabs
 
Meat feast - what a cook up
 
 
2 dabs Colin Albert
 
 
 
Mega neat sandwich afternoon tea

 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Friday 30 March 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Another fairly unproductive day today. We tried a few wrecks west of Lundy; not too much seen in the way of marine mammals but lots of shearwaters, a few gannets and fulmars.
 
We had a dozen or so pollack to 7lb, a few pouring and 2 grey gurnard.
 
Hope the dabs play ball tomorrow!
 
Skipper Dean
 
 
Mark Thomas in on the Pollack
 
Richie Pearce top Pollack
 
 
 

Colin Breen -Pollack
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Sunday 25 March 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
Really poor day aboard the Oystercat today, covered 50miles, fished 3 mid Channel wrecks for a grand total of 1 conger, 1 spurdog of 19lb 8oz and a dozen dogfish... conditions were just ok, food was good, thanks John E for catering but the heart burn is killing me! Ah well, there’s alway next time.
 
Skipper Dean
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jamie Breen 9lb 8oz spurdog
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 18 February 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
 
Fairly sow day aboard the Oystercat today, a few whiting, dabs and dogs in the morning; a few whiting and strap congers in the afternoon - garlic bread went down well, but my first batch of frozen sausages all stuck to the pan causing the skins to split, all tastes the same in a sandwich though! The second batch faired much better.
 
Skipper Dean
 
Jamie Breen Conger and Tate lloyd Conger
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
 Monday 18 February 2018
 
Skipper John Elvins
 


Seems no one really wants to go out in the cold. However 3 of us ventured out today to find some new marks off Port Talbot. after sonar checking back and for we assumed that someone had salvaged the Wrecks for scrap in PT steel works. with only one small whiting (promptly released attached to a hook) producing two thornbacks we had what could be called a very Dogged day. Crisp fresh and plenty of fresh air only thing missing......FISH
 
Skipper John
 
 
John Elvins Thornback 1
 
 
 
 
John Elvine Thornback 2
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 4 February 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
A fairly slow day on the Oystercat today, lots of pin whiting, couple of spurs, couple of huss, dab and dogs. Came in before the lock closure so we could make it home before the rugby kicked off.
 
Skipper Dean.  
 
 
 
Dean Gifford got a Spurdog
 
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 4 February 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
Poorish day on Mumbles Belle today, plenty of undersize whiting & dabs, with keepers of both species few & far between. We chased the calm water from Green Grounds, to the "Blin Hole" & then into the moorings catching much the same everywhere. Peter Mansell was bad before we started, & got worse as the day progressed, how he vomited that often I dont know :DGeorge recorded a "Personal best" (seeing as it was only his second ever boat trip that wasn't too difficult) but he was delighted, & that pleases me. Looking for the next decent day to go again.
 
Skipper Vic
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 20 January 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
Slow start to the day aboard the Oystercat today, maybe not helped by the seal feeding close to our chosen mark; once he left the fish came on the feed, only whiting (some nice ones) and dogs.
 
We headed off shore for low water, first drop we had a nice spur, followed by a couple dropped ones but the wind went from nothing to 20+mph in a few mins over slack water, which forced us back inshore.
 
Not much in there so called it a day early! Nice to be out, saw a few pods of porpoises feeding which is always great to watch!
 
Skipper Dean.
 
 
Nigel Davies - Spurdog
 
Jon West had few whiting
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 14 January 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
Reasonable day aboard the Oystercat today; plenty of congers to 28lb 8oz, spurdogs to low teens, just a couple of dogs and a few huss approaching double figures - one that did a very impressive cod impression!
 
Skipper Dean.
 
 
 
Colin Albert doing the Conger
 
 
 
 
Alan Jones - spurdog
 
 
Congers for Dean Giffird and Colin Breen
 
 
 
 
Spurdog for Paul Eaton
 
 
 
 
Conger this time for Paul Eaton
 
 
 
New member Alan Jones caught a spurdog on first trip
 
 
 
 
Alan Jones having a good day - bullhuss now
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
 Friday 12 January 2018
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
 
Great trip ...if you want to show people how different the world is 4 miles off pierheads!
Went out just before slack low water so thought we could hover over strombus to pick up anything that was there.
No chance a SE slop every 1.5 seconds kept the boat rolling side to side.
Reverted to plan, anchor just off the swig with the incoming tide and the SE should be hitting the port side/bow. This was ok for a couple of hours and some Dabs dogs and whiting were taken.
By then we were sitting nicely broadside into the SE swell with a bigger ground swell from the west every now and then slopping the sea all over the place.
With one *never been seasick* and one turning grey we called it a day. came back in Marina 11.30 lock conditions great there. Fresh air at least and as I say different world ....
 
Skipper John
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Friday 12 January 2018
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
 
After the service the Belle was mechanically & electrically great, but the fishing was poor.
it must have been poor generally as most of the boats that were out were moving about, which is usually a bad sign.

We had keeper whiting but no jumbos, & plenty of dabs but no "dinner plate" specimens, weather was good until about 1200 then it lumped up so we went into Mumbles, where we had more of the same fishwise.

It was a very enjoyable day overall & I will be looking for another suitable day with a bigger tide next week.
One thing that was unusual was Peter Mansell's big toe sticking out of his orthopeadic boot? Is that his doctor taking the p**s? He claimed at one stage that he had frostbite in it .

Skipper  Vic
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
 Sunday 7 January 2018
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
 
 
Poor day aboard the Oystercat today, a few strap congers and dogs up east this morning, lots of pin whiting, dogs and a few dabs closer to home; we finally managed a few insize whiting at the end of the day.

The wind kept it chilly all day but the sea state was comfortable enough inshore. Sorry again to the guys who were originally booked in but couldn’t make it after the change of plan; it was poor planning on my part, that said you didn’t miss much of note, other than fried spam sandwiches!

Skipper Dean
 
 
 
Jayson Whitehouse caught this whiting 7 January
 
 
 
Jon West caught this whiting from West Pier
 
NTERNATIONAL TOUR PARTY TO
 
COBH SOUTHERN IRELAND
 
JANUARY 2018
 
 
Lovely morning in Southern Ireland 

 
 
 
 
 

Fishery Protection Unit out early
 
 
 
Some great fishing 3 miles out - however we are down to 8 two ill patients on board
 
 
Setting up
 
 
 
 
Commodore - I'm in charge
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Going out to the fishing grounds
 
 
 
 
 
Dressed for action - Richie Pearce, John Bevan. Nigel Elleerton
 
 
 
Now for the catches - whiting
 
 
 
and crab
 
 
Doing It the Richie Pierce way 
Two whiting one dab and an edible crab on a three hook trace
 
 
 
The spoils of war ! - nice to take everyone's cash for the biggest fish of day !
 
 
 
Bella Vista at night
 
 
 
 
 Cobh at night
 
 
Sunrise day 2
 
 
 
 
A little bit more bumpy and wet today !
 
 
 
 

Forced back inside the bay - force 6-7 outside !
3 casualties before 11.  Not nice

 
 
 
Homeward bound - Wrexford
 
 
 
 
Wrexford Harbour
 
 
 
Hope that's not our ferry