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Oystercat fishing trip

Saturday 21 July 2018
 
Skipper Mark Thomas
 
 
 
Oystercat trip today was a big success for all on-board with lots of species caught including, bass, gurnard, scad, smooth hounds, dabs, baby pounting and 53 bream and of course the stupid amount of doggies.
 
I'm sure all have enjoyed their day.

Skipper Mark Thomas

 
 
 
Colin Albert - Red Gurnard
 
 
 
Colin Albert - Bream


Mumbles Belle fishing trip

Thursday 19 July 2018
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
Not a bad day on Belle today, had the "Tonyrefail Triad" aboard so there was bound to be banter, also they all fancy themselves as crooners (being very Working Men's Club oreintated) I am subjected to the odd burst of some 60's hit whenever one of them catches a fish.
 
We had a few bream & the usual huss & dogs & a lone scad? The wind increased about 12:00 coinciding with the start of the ebb, which made the crests start to break, so time to head for the Swansea side of the Cherrystones.
 
Fished the channel Swansea side of the lighthouse & had a gurnard & a few more dogs so headed home early, just in time to catch a flotilla of yachts trying to lock in, I SAY NO MORE! Looking forward to Sunday (except the lock in again)
 
Skipper Vic
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Wednesday 18 July 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford

Fairly slow start on this evening trip, but finished reasonably well with lots of different species:

Few bream, hounds, some nice huss (one on a pink sidewinder), poor cod, dab, conger, dogs, baby tope, scad, lots of bass and a nice codling which drop of when being lifted in.

Nice to have all the rods being hooked into bass at the same time... even if you have to put them back!

Skipper Dean.

 
 
 
Phil Bowen - Bass
 
 
 
Dorian Harris - Bass
 
 
 
John Crow - Bass
 
 
 
 
Dorian Harris -
 
 
John Crow - Hound
 
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Saturday 14 July 2018
 
Skipper Richie Pearce
 
 
Slow start to the day but had a few nice bream and smoothhound to 10lb.

Steve Absalom had a lovely thornback of 12lb 6oz. best fish of the day. Then we had 8 keeper bream, a few more smoothhounds.

Came back from Oxwich and in the afternoon searched for the elusive mackerel - none found.

Huge tide - huge tidal flow - wind picking up all afternoon.
Not the best of days but I think a happy group of fishermen - they were well fed and watered - sausage cooked together with onions cooked in butter - teas and coffees provided all day !!
 
Nigel Ellerton 
 
 
Steve Absalom - 12lb 6oz Thornback ray
 
 
 
Steve Absalom - Smoothound
 
 
 
 
 
Ron Phillips - Smoothhound
 
 
Ron Phillips - Smoothhound
 
 
Mumbles Belle fishing trip

Saturday 14 July 2018
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
Poor day for Belle by our standards, the current firstly put us off going to Langland, & the freshening wind added insult to injury. We fished Strombus on the ebb & caught LOADS of pouting, & 1 solitary keeper bream (the rest were undersize & returned) Livio caught an unidentified goby/blenny which went back by being shaken off. We headed into the shelter of the lighthouse out of the wind, & had a few dogs & a red gurnard & Mal caught another small bream. We decided to end the day with a drift across the bay for plaice/dabs, & within afew seconds John Jones caught a nice school bass which raised our hopes, but with wind/tide/water clarity/speed of drift being perfect we didn't have another bite? Better luck next time men.
 
Skipper: Vic Lilygreen
 
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Monday 9 July 2018
 
Skipper Phil Gavey
 
The Oystercat trip today was very slow and not much to write home about about.  Lovely weather, good company, all the fishing marks were easy to access, but no fish to photo. With the exception of John France who struck again with a 17lb smooth hound..
 
Skipper Phil Gavey
 
 
 
John France - 17lb tope
 
 
So good we took twice
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Saturday 7 July 2018
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
 
 
For the Oystercat trip today the conditions could not be better, but after near 3 hour of trying to find the elusive mackerel (5) we ventured out to try for some tope.
 
Two was all we had for our efforts. Also huss and conger top man today was John France (he needs to get out more).
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
 
 
 
Nigel Davies - Tope
 
 

John France - Conger eel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John France - Bull Huss
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John France - Tope
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Wednesday 4 July & Thursday 5 July 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
With skipper Mark Thomas being out of action I moved some stuff around to take his trip Wednesday (4 July) evening; the weather was poor when we left the pier heads but as forecast it came good in the end!
 
Fishing was steady with 20 or so bream to 2lb, a few chunky codling, pollack, smooth hounds, bull huss, baby tope, mackerel and dogs.
 
Todays trip Thursday (5 July) was much of the same species wise but we also had a load of small bass, poor cod, dab and conger!
 
Wind picked up at lunch time so had an early finish.
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 

John France - 5 fish
 
 
Carl Rosser - 2 fish
 
 

Dean Gifford - multiple catch of the day
 
 
Jon West - Bream
 
 
 

Neil Wilson - Tope
 
 

Dean Gifford - Bream
 
 
 

Carl Rosser - Smooth Hound
 
 
 
Phil Bowen -  Bream
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Wednesday 4 July 2018
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
 
 
 
 
 
John France - Bull Huss
 
 
 
 
Nigel Davies -
 
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Sunday 17 June 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
Weather kept us inshore on the Oystercat today. We found a few fish but other than hounds the sport was bit slow.
 
We had small bass, black bream, lots of hounds, a few dogs and a gilthead bream, also we could see garfish around the boat at different times of the day but we didn’t fish for them.
 
As the fishing was just ok and weather was poor we came back in early before the lock closures.
 
Skipper Dean.
 
 
 

John France - (Gilthead Bream) breaming marvelous
 
 
 
John France Gilthead Bream-closeup
 
 
Richie Pearce breaming
 
 
Richie Pearce with bream2
 
 
 
 
 Smoothhound for Dean Gifford
 
 
Belle fishing trip

Friday 15 June 2018
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
Swells kept Belle this side of the Cherrystones this morning, even positioning on the Strombus was awkward with wind over tide. Managed to do it after a fashion ,but decided after a while to do a drift for flats & had the same problem with that! So we went to the "Blin Hole" where they marmalised the hounds, John France accounting for 10 plus, & most others getting enough to make them thoroughly sick of them by low water. We did also manage a conger about 8lb for a change, & the inevitable growlers. "New Start" Peter James managed a lovely male bream, & got dragged around the stern for ages without seeing the fish (obviously another big smoothie) before the hook snapped on the bend. Set off home at 16:30 after an "average day" for us, because of the few table fish landed, "Next time Rodney"
 
Skipper Vic
 
 
 
Champion hounds man - John France
 
 
 
 
Belle fishing trip

Saturday 9 June 2018
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
Lumpy day on Mumbles Belle.
It started off lumpy, & got lumpier as we rounded Mumbles Head, & when we passed the Tutt it got even lumpier lol. Brian on William James (our partner boat) got as far as Whiteshell before turning back, & we followed suit, it would have been too uncomfortable to sit it out at Langland.
We came back over the Cherrystones & it eased enough for us to anchor on "The Strombus" & we had a good selection of critters throughout the day, Hounds aplenty, wrasse, pouting, dogs, & a couple of very nice sized bream.
I decided we would have a few drifts when we tried to reposition on the Strombus,  a Warrior 165 got in behind us & spoiled it for us. We tried drifting with the tide but got pushed against it by the wind.
Livio caught a very nice dab & a few more were missed (when will they learn to give line when you have a bite on the drift) & we had a couple of dogs.
Set off for home at 4.30 after another very nice day afloat.
Attached is a photo of John Jones (aka Uncle Albert" with one of his several ballans, nicely done John.
 
Skipper Vic
 
 
 
Alfred John Jones with one of many ballan wrasse he caught
 
 
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Wednesday 6 June 2018
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
On this Oystercat trip we trotted off to Oxwich and tried for nearly 2 hours to catch some sort of bait fish.
One Gurnard and nought else was forthcoming at all. With plenty of frozen bait we set off for our tope target.
ONE was the result, well done Ron Phillips, a PB, and his first tope. Then a couple of nice huss and one thornback. After lunch we shot over to Langland.
More Huss and a 13.5lber for Ron again, 5 bream and a good few smoothies, dogs and a pollack.
Weather good sea state fair.  Where are those mackies eh.
 
Skipper John
 
 
 
First tope for Ron Phillips
 
 
 
Bull Huss forLes Chapman
 
 
 
 
Re gurnard for Nigel Davies
 
 

13.5 lb bull huss for Ron Phjillips
 
 
 
 
Smoothhound for Peter Elliott
 
 

Smmoothhound for Ron Phillips
 
 

Smoothhound for Les Chapman
 
 
Bream for Peter Elliott
 
 
 

Smoothhound for Phil Bowen
 
Bull huss for Phil Bowen
 
Bull huss for Ron Phillips
 
 
 
Belle fishing trip

Saturday 2 June 2018
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
Poor day on Belle today
Diffusers nothing, Green Grounds only dogs, drifting for plaice nothing (except George catching his first ever smoothound which turned out to be a bass lol).
Drifted off Rams Tor nothing, anchored off Bobs Cave only dogs so came home.
 
Skipper Vic
 
 
 
bass for George Brincatt
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Sunday 3 June 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Good day aboard the Oystercat, our original plan was to head up east but as there was just 4 of us onboard we decided to save a bit on the fuel and stayed local.
 
We had 20 or so black bream, 6 bass to 5lb 10oz, loads of hounds to 15lb 8oz, huss, pouting, pollack, garfish, scad and a couple of dogs.
 
Weather was great, if not a bit hot! Still no mackerel though!
 
Skipper Dean.
 
 
 

Jason Dennis - Bass
 
 
 
 
 
 

Paul Eaton - Smoothhound
 
 

Paul Eaton - Bream
 
 

 
Richie Pearce - Bream
 
 
 
Jason Dennis - Garfish
 
 
 
Dean Gifforb - Bream
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Richie Pearce - smoothhound
 
 
 
 
Jason Dennis - Bream
 
 
 
Dean Gifford - Bass
 
 
 
 
Paul Eaton - Smoothhound
 
 
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Monday 28 May 2018
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
A productive day at Lundy today.
 
We had a few bass on the way down, then reasonable numbers of pollack (biggest 8lb 12oz to Richie Pearce) along with a few whiting, pouting, haddock, launce and grey gurnard thrown in too.
 
Hundreds of dolphin west of the island; they stuck with us all day!
 
Skipper Dean.
 
 
 
Pollack for Livio Apajee ?
 
 
Pollack for Colin Breen
 
 
 

2 Pollacks - Richie Pearce, John Bevan
 
 
 
Three Pollacks - John Bevan, Nigel Davies, Colin Breen
 
 
Four pollacks - Brian Mason, Colin Breen, John Bevan, Nigel Davies
 
 
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Wednesday 23 May 2018
 
Skipper John Elvins/Mark Thomas
 
Today's target was early tope but the South Easterly wind put the kybosch on that plan, so, we headed into Oxwich to fish calmer waters and positioned ourselves right on top of the wreck.
 
Fishing was very slow with just a handful of tiny pollock and wrasse, until Brian White, who is now known as the silent assassin, landed a monster ballen wrasse weighing in at 4lb 6oz and striking colours!

We then try to get out to the tope Mark but it was just too uncomfortable so we headed for Langland as a rumour was going around that the bream had landed... but only a few bream type bites were felt.
 
The tide turned and some better fish came on the feed, we had some big huss and some nice smooth hiounds. The wind dropped away and the temperature rose nicely.

Unfortunately, no target fish but a nice day had by all; you can see by the pics Phil Bowenl had a great day! and Nigel Davies not too bad.
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
From Brian White: Thanks for the day's fishing, great job and all the guys on the boat made me feel part of the club family again. Thanks all.
From skipper Mark Thomas: Pleasure having you on board Brian, a lot of jealous people in the club after that lovely wrasse.
 
 
 
 
 
Brian White - 4lb 6oz bllan wrasse
 
 
 
 

Nigel Davies - nice smoothhound
 
 

Nigel Davies - bullhuss
 
 
Phil Bowen - bullhuss
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Phil Bowen - smoothhound
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phil Bowen - bullhuss
 
 
 
 
 
 

Phil Bowen - smoothhound
 
Oystercat fishing trip

Monday 20 May 2018
 
Skipper Richie Pearce

Well at least we got them out !!
Alltwen members have tried to get fishing for a while - today's weather was great and off we went.

Fished a number of marks with a slow return.

Couple of dabs
Smoothhound 
Grey Gurnard 
Dogs !

We saw 8 boats on the reef in Langland so thought we'd give it a go (maybe the bream were around)
Fished the ebb - quite a few bullhuss - no Bream !
Weather couldn't have been better but a quiet day fishing wise.

We had to come in early due to lock closures and the road around us was closed 4-8pm due to a triathlon 
I'm sure everyone enjoyed getting out

Nigel 

Commodore

 
 
 
Billy Frazer with a bullhuss -  a shade under 7lb
 
 
 
Joe Lewis on his first trip on a boat catches his first Swansea Salmon
 
 
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