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Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 14 July 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
A slower trip than yesterday on the Oystercat, fish were less obliging than the night before - maybe due to the bright-flat calm conditions, maybe any other of the excuses fishermen have.

We ended the day with 25 or so bream, 20 small bass, a few small pollack, codling, mackerel, strap congers, smooth hounds, lots of huss, dogs and a red mullet.
 
Conditions were great, if not a little warm.

Lovely day to be on the water!


Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Steve Chapman - Bass


 
John West - Bream
 
 
Dean Gifford - what a lovely smile
 
 
 
 
 
Craig Barnes - Red Mullet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 13 July 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 

Very productive evening trip aboard the Oystercat. We had good bream fishing for the first 2.5 hours, having 35 or so, biggest being a whopping 4lb 2oz to Jason Dennis, along with mackerel, scad, dabs, hounds, dogs and Huss to 12lb.

The next couple of hours were spent drifting for bass, which we found in good numbers but of fairly small size; we had 25 in 2 hours before needing to dash for the last lock.

Skipper Dean Gifford

 
 
  Jason Dennis - Bullhuss
 
 Phil Carroll - Bream
 
 Jason Dennis with what looks like large bream 4lb 2oz
 
 


Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 13 July 2019
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
Steady day on Mumbles Belle.

We had some very nice bream (releasing the large males to tend the nests), we also had loads of small huss but only 1 biggish one? Once the tide started to push and the wind got behind it then  was time to head back to the bay, shelter, and dabs. We had a good few nice dabs and quite a few over ambitious undersized ones.

Once again I prevailed on Allan Walters to do more than his share of time on the wheel, and he is increasing in confidence with every trip,  today he even had a masterclass on how to apply a plaster.

A very enjoyable day with the usual good natured banter, and a few fish thrown in for good measure.
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Friday 12 July 2019
 
Skipper John Elvins
 

With the forecast not quite as good as when trip first booked we set off across bay to Swig and had about 9 mackerel when we spotted a lot of bird action on the Mixon. So off we went. When we got nearer we could see about 30 gannets diving for food and dolphins rising also .  We spent a good 40 minutes chasing birds but only one mackerel for our trouble. By then we had turned “the corner” and a steady swell was coming from the West with a chop from North. So settled for rest of the day to fish Langland and ledges. No great catch but steady fishing.

2 Thornbacks 5 bass (all returned), 8 bream, some Pollack, Scad, Mackerel, Pout, Huss, Smoothy and some dogfish.

Paul Canning showed the way to do bass fishing catching 4 of the 5. best fish. Double figure thorny for Les Chapman.

Fresh air a plenty and tea flowed all day.

SkipperJohn Elvins

 
 
 
Phil Bowen - Thornback
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nigel davies - Bull Huss
 
 
 
Les Chapman - Thornback
 
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Tuesday 2 July 2019
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 

Had a reasonable day on Mumbles Belle today.
Drifted for plaice initially, we caught 3 (all undersize), a small gurnard, and then anchored up at our usual dab mark waiting for the tide to drop, but didn't do as well as normal.
We moved to Langland to catch the last couple of hours of the ebb and were heavily attacked by "lunatic fish" and small huss. We did manage a few of our "target species" (bream) the best one going 2lb 3ozs. Tried for mackerel on the way back but no luck although others seemed to be having them. We had another drift in the bay for plaice waiting for the lock to open but no luck this time, but we had a good selection of species, and some lovely table fish to take home.
When we got back, another boat owner gave us 3 drums of diesel (He had drained his tank to carry out work on his fuel lines) and decided to dump his old fuel. Knowing that Mumbles Belle has run on chip fat, and central heating oil in the past, I grabbed it with both hands, filtered through the funnel.

That 15Galls will last us the summer. Don't say we aren't doing our bit for the planet, recycled diesel, bring it on.

 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 6 July 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
A very long but enjoyable day aboard the oystercat today.
 
To avoid the air show traffic, both cars and boats, we left very early and returned late.
In the 14 hours we were out, we covered a lot of miles but ended the day having had 140-160 bass to 4lb 8oz mostly 30-42cm, pollack, codling, smooth hound (on a skerries sandeel!) spotted ray, tub gurnard, mackerel, scad and dogs.
 
All fish were released unharmed.
 
We saw plenty of dolphins, a group of 100s of shearwaters feeding on bait pushed up by bass and gannets actively feeding everywhere.
 
Iin all a lovely fishing day out.
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
Skipper Dean give him an Oscar can smell a Bass from a 10000 paces ,a good day out with close to 200 catches, 2 of 5 lbs and rest returned.
No Spec Savers for Dean.
Till next time.
Bob Christie
 
 
 
 
 
All aboard
 
Off we go - Skipper Dean Gifford at the wheel
 
 
 
Smooth hound Ron Phillips
 
 

 
 
 
John Thorne - 4lb 8oz bass
 
 
 
Ron Phillips with one of the bigger bass
 
 
Colten Jones not just 1 but 4 small bass
 
 
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Tuesday 2 July 2019
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 

 
Had a reasonable day on Mumbles Belle today
Drifted for plaice intitially and we caught 3 (all undersize) and a small gurnard. Then anchored up at our usual dab mark waiting for the tide to drop, but didn't do as well as normal.
We moved to Langland to catch the last couple of hours of the ebb and were heavily attacked by "lunatic fish" and small huss. We did manage a few of our "target species" (bream) the best one going 2lb 3ozs.
Tried for mackerel on the way back but no luck although, others seemed to be having them. We had another drift in the bay for plaice waiting for the lock to open but no luck this time, but we had a good selection of species, and some lovely table fish to take home.
When we got back, another boat owner gave us 3 drums of diesel (He had drained his tank to carry out work on his fuel lines) & decided to dump his old fuel. Knowing that Mumbles Belle has run on chip fat, & central heating oil in the past, I grabbed it with both hands, filtered through the funnel that 15galls will last us the summer. Dont say we aren't doing our bit for the planet, recycled diesel, bring it on.
 
Skipper Vic
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Allan Walters - 2 bream over 2lb each
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 29 June 2019
 
Skipper Mark Thomas
 
 
Weather better than expected and no wind. We went straight to Langland for the bream. Fishing wasn't the best for the last of the ebb and start of flood, only a couple of bream and a million hounds.
Nigel had psycho fish of a good size 11lb, which destroyed 5 traces and the loss of my new sunglasses grrrrr .
So off to Oxwich and not much there, best was my thornback. Than back to Langland for last of flood where we did manage a good catch of bream to finish the day !
 
CheersSkipper  Mark Thomas
 
 
 
 
 
All aboard and off we go - fantastic weather
 
 
Smoothhound for Nigel Ellerton
 
 
 
Gurnard
 
 
Mark Thomas - Thornback
 
 
 
Could this be the troublesome hound
 
 
 
Three's company
 
 
 
Roger Davidge - Bream
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Wednesday 26 June 2019
 
Skipper John Elvins 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With babysitting suddenly postponed, I was hoping to get on board for Tuesday trip but boat was quite full.
So with forecast deteriorating I went for a “cheeky trip” on the wed. Major surprise when reaching the swig to find sea conditions very good, so set off to fish the flood at Langland.
Not an exhilarating days fishing, but steady nods of rods all day. Small codling, pout, gurnard and bream, 5 for the pan and one plate size Dab. One Huss of 12lb who did not want her picture taken.
Never seen so many small Huss come to the boat, the sea must have been thick with them.
Some mackerel caught but still sparse.
 
Till next time skipper John E
 
 
 
 
Carl Rosser - bream for dinner
 
 
 
Another bream take away
 
 
 
I know you'r only 12lb - but smile for the comera
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Tuesday 24 June 2019
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
Not such a cunning plan!
Eventully found our way to Langland in the fog, but by then the run had died, and we drifted over the anchor rope and the drogue for ages. Picked up "lunatic fish" growlers and huss but not a sign of any bream, when the tide picked up a bit I moved our position hopefully to where we would find some, but not a touch from a bream, more "lunatics" growlers and huss so we abandoned Langland and came back into the bay for dabs. We had a few nice ones but not as many as we normally get. Allan Walters picked up a nice plaice with his last cast to cheer us up.
Good to see "SamBass" and Kerry back after a long ansence (try to be more careful Sam)
Allan brought us back from Mumbles to the lock gates before handing over to me to bring us through, he will soon be confident enough to do it on his own.
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen reporting
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Monday 22 June 2019
 
Skipper John Elvins 
 
 
 
Morning trip with a full boat of anglers including 4 new members. We went for a short trip to see what was around, did a bit of feathering to start with and had a dozen or so mackerel. Then a bit further and  anchored, caught  6 nice sized bream and a few smaller ones came to look, Alex Bradshaw seemed to have the knack of letting them drop off the hook before he could reach them. Saved him getting them off the hook I suppose.
Quite a few smoothounds and a few Huss were also caught.
Dogfish were there but not a major pest which was a welcome change.
 
Skipper John Elvins reporting.
 
 
Breaming Terry Pugh
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steve Chapman - smoothhound
 
 
 

Greater spotted dogfish (Bull huss) for Richard Cliffe
 
 
 

 
Keith Chapman - Smoothhound
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phil Eastment - Smoothhound
 
 
Smoothhound this time for Richard Cliffe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hayden Northey and Phil Easment
 
 
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Tuesday 18 June 2019
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
 

 
Whent out to do a bit of crew training. Then dropped the baited hooks. Caught a few  undersize fish, plaice, bream and bass. Caught a good size dabs. There were loads of lunatic fish (hounds), some of the biggest I've seen. Also quite a few growlers.
 
Skipper Vic.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Monday 10 June 2019
 
Skipper John Elvins 
 
Took advantage of a small gap in weather for this fishing trip. Not many members on board but enough for a trip.
We had a few mackerel on our way out. So decided to go Oxwich for tope. No more baitfish to be seen. We anchored 1 hr before high tide. The water from lighthouse down was full of Mayweed Bloom. We had a couple of runs with John and Phil losing fish at the boat, but Howard "lucky "Hopkins managed to land 3 to 25lb.

Skipper John Elvins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lucky Howard 25lb tope
 
 Howard Hopkins - tope 2
 
 
 
Howard Hopkins tope 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Allan Walters boat fishing out of Milford
 
Sunday 9 June 2019
 
 
A superb days fishing today out of Milford aboard the Celtic Wildcat . Weather was great and plenty of Pollock to 6lbs and a couple of Codling to 5 lbs. Happy days.
 
Alian
 
 


 
 
 
 
Off we go at high speed
 
 
 
 
 

At the fishing mark - fantastic weather
 
 
One of the many fish caught
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Monday 27 May 2019
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
Oystercat fishing trip on yet another great Neap tide looking like it was "blown off". I thought I would give it a go if for no other reason than to show how bad it can be just past the SWIG and how nice along the Swansea foreshore. I was not proved wrong.
Thought we were in for a good day with a thornback 3 minutes after dropping anchor. Fishing went downhill from there on. Very few doggies, three small huss some big scad, baby tope, one small bream and a small bass. The wind was by this time above 30 mph, so we came back in at 12.00 noon to fish just off the strombus.  Les had a few smoothie to 8lb. Very windy and was not going to be nice once tide turned so back on the 1.30 lock in. Plenty of fresh air and empty pegs but not a great catch.
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
 

John Elvins - Thornback Ray
 
 
Les Chapman - Smoothhound
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 19 May 2019
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
 
For today's Oystercat fishing trip the conditions were good. A big tide running running down to Langland for our first stop, we had a few bream, scad, small whiting and a pollack. As the  bream were spawning they were  returned unharmed. t was then off to Oxwich for shelter from the tide run. There we had loads of smoothies to1.5lb, dabs, a few plaice, one thornback ray. a small bullhuss  and plenty of dogs. Some pf the other boats fishing out there had a few mackerel but not us.
Reasonable day out, dry and comfy all onboard seemed to enjoy the day and fishing.
 
Skipper John Elvins
P,S. been asked to mention that sitting down on to a hot cup of tea is not recommended !!!
 
 
 

Les Chapman - Smoothound
 
 
 
 
 
Peter Mansell - Smoothhound
 
John Elvins - Smoothhound
 
Phill Carroll - Smoothhound
 
 
Phil Bowen = Thornback ray
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jon West - Smoothhound
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 18 May 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
 
Fairly slow start to today’s wrecking trip to Lundy. We did find a few fish in the end. The catch included pollack up to 8lb 8oz, a ballan wrasse, coalfish and a pouting.
Only saw 2 dolphins all day, one of which was dead and being eaten by gulls. Very little bird life, no seals and just a few porpoise closer to home. Most sad, everywhere seemed a little barren / devoid of life today.
 
Skipper: Dean Gifford
 
 
Alun Jones - Pollack
 
 
Mark Thomas - Pollack
 
Richie Pearce - Pollack
 
 
Paul Thomas - Pollack
 
Brian Mason - Coalfish
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 12 May 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
Poor day on the Oystercat. Only 3 onboard so we did a bit of prospecting.
 
Spent the morning and early afternoon drifting for flat fish, we caugth one plaice, a few dabs, grey gurnard, smooth hound, mackerel and dogfish.
 
We came back into the bay in the afternoon where we added a thornback ray and whiting to our day's tally.
 
Easterly wind made drifting with the tide very difficult in the morning, but can’t complain too much as it was gloriously sunny all day.
 
Skipper Dean Gifford.
 
 
 
John Bevan - just the one plaice
 
 
 
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 12 May 2019
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
Not a bad day today on Mumbles Belle, we caught a few fish for the pan, & a lot of dogs & smoothhounds that were only good for tangling our fishing lines. We had some very nice dabs (which Livio seemed to end up with). I was happy with the boat & the way it handled, & apart from a backache from not using the proper seat, all was well.
I look forward to the next one, when we will have more of a "cunning plan" than we had today, which was very much a shakedown trip for boat & skipper.
Crewman Nigel (Ellerton) was saddled with most of the driving, whilst I mingled with the anglers, & pointedly gave much advise on the many errors in their boat fishing techniques and duties.
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 11 May 2019
 
Skipper Richie Pearce
 
Skipper Ritchie Pierce and chief mate Nigel Ellerton took 8 members from Skewn out on the Oystercat and the weather and sea condition conditions were near perfect.
 
In the morning session we caught a mixture of species and the usual Mumbles trout topping the list.
 
Come midday skipper Ritchie looked into his crystal ball, weighed anchor and  repositioned the Oystercat  off Langland. To our delight we were rewarded with a catch of 22 bream, the biggest was 3lb 4 oz. All 22 bream caught were safely returned.
 
Nigel Ellerton's Bream Dream record was smashed by Marine Biologist Colton Jones' stunning 3 lb 4 oz Bream.

A big thnak you to Richie and Nigel for their patience, their culinary skills,  having a happy ship and giving us a fishing experience is second to none.

Bob Christie reporting. 
 
 
 
 
 
Colton Jones - 3lb 40z bream
 
 
Mick Vernau - Thornback Ray
 
 
 

Peter May - Bullhusss

 
 
 
 

Steve Absalom dressed to thrill
 

 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 5 May 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford

Very very cold. Slow start to the fishing today but came ok in the end. We had 15-20 small eye ray, 10 or so smooth hound (would have been more if we had more crab), thornback ray, bull huss, dabs, whiting and lots of dogs. Only 3 of us on board so lots of space and a nice easy tea round - needed lots to keep us warm in the chilly northerly breeze.

Skipper  Dean Gifford

 
 

Dean small eyed ray
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dean smoothhound
 
 
 

Hats off to Dean
 
 

Pete Jordan smoothhound
 
 
 
 
Pete Jordan small eyed ray
 
 
 

 Oliver Venus small eyed ray
 
 

Oliver Venus collects another SER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Smoothhound (Dean) and thornback ray (Pete)
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 4 May 2019
 
Skipper Mark Thomas
 
With a big tide today the plan was to go to Oxwich wrecks and moorings so as to stay out of the rip. It paid off with a total of 10 species and good quantities. 
Nice size dabs, loads of them, pin whiting, pouting, some type of blenny.... I'm sure someone will say which, small eye ray, smoothhound, grey gurnard, quite a few, red gurnard, conger, and of course everyone's favourite dogfish.
Strong wind from Northeast was the only downside but I'm sure everyone will agree it was a lovely day !
Cheers
 
Skipper Mark Thomas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oxwich fishing mark
 
 
 
 
 
 

Anglers selfie
 
 
Smoothhound
 
 
 

Conger
 
 
 

Grey Gurnard
 
 
 Oliver Venus special catch
 
 

Oliver Venus - Grey Gurnard
 
 
 

Olliver Venus - Blenny thingy
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 28 April 2019
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
After waiting for the weather to subside a window was showing for a trip at last .
Waited 25 mins for two no show (not good guys) we then went to the piers to see what the sea state was like. Lyn Marie passed us off to Sker point. Not feeling that brave we headed past the Swig and a swell of 5 to 7 feet was running so we dropped anchor about 1/2 mile past Swig.
Not that an exciting day except for those with big baits. 20 plus Huss to 11.5lb, 2 dab and one small Bass. The bass was Paul's first time out and Oliver experienced the huss trying to bite back.
It was claimed that the huss were there due to Peter's diligent attempts to ground bait all day.
Not bad as we heard that Lyn Marie had three people doing the same. Nice to be out lets hope the mackerel turn up this year.
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Phil Bowen - Huss
 
 
Oliver Venus - snappy huss
 
 
 
 
 

Paul Canning - small bass
 
Skipper John - huss and monkfish (swollowed by huss)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 21 April 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford 
 
 
A far more relaxing trip today aboard the Oystercat, got to laze around in the sun, only moving to reel in fish or turn the sausages.
 
I didn’t even need to do much netting, only the 2 double figure huss on dab rigs.
 
We ended the day having loads of dabs, whiting, grey gurnard, bull huss and dogs as well as a spider crab and a hermit on consecutive casts.
 
Weather was glorious, again!
 
A great pleasure to be out.
 
Skipper Dean Gifford

 
 
 
All calm and relaxing start...
 
 
 
 
.. then the dabs started knockin to be caught - Livio Apajee
 
 
Roger Davidage
 
Dean Gifford
 
 
 
 
 
Dean - dab and spider crab
 
 
 
 
 
and just for a change - a whiting for Livio
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 20 April 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
The fantastic forecast allowed us to head on the first long rang wrecking trip of the year.
 
We had plenty of pollack mostly small - between 2lb and 5lb, many of which still had sprats in their mouths, a few pout, mackerel, haddock and grey gurnard.
 
When moving between wrecks we were joined by loads of dolphins, some tagging along with us, others going about their business.
 
Was a great pleasure to be out.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pete Jordan - 'Isee no bird or fish'
 
George Brincatt on the pollack
 
 
 
The Colin Albert show
 
 
Colin Albert showing his gurnard
 
 
Colin Albert showing his pollack
 
Dean Gifford & Richie Pearce with their pollacks on show
 
 
Brian Mason & George Brincatt a pair of pollacks
 
 
 
Peter Jordan's dolphin video
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 30 March 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
 
 
Managed to squeeze in a last minute trip today aboard the Oystercat, didn’t get through the locks until about 11:30am. Fishing was tough, we had to be right on the wreckage to get any attention from eels managed a dozen to about 30lb on the flood. Ebb was difficult with wind over tide causing the boat to swing off the structure. We finished the day in the bay where we found tons of pin whiting, a few dogs and pouting.
We drop on a massive shoal of whiting, they were like mackerel! As soon as you hit the bottom you’d have 2 on. One of the anglers had about 10 on the same piece of mackerel skin before they ripped it off! 
 
 
Well done Dean, we finished off with a run of whiting and 2 codling  was a difficult day.
 
Paul Morgan

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dean Gifford & Craig Barnes - Congers
 
 
Nigel Davies - Conger
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Thursday 28 March 2019
 
Skipper Mark Thomas
 
Conditions for today's trip were perfect, calm seas, sunshine and small tide.
The Big plan was to go east and anchor off Aberthaw and target the Rays.  We did manage to find a couple but it was hard work fighting our  way through hundreds of dogfish.
We also had a early smoothie and 4 strap conger. Adrian took the biggest blonde ray of the day at 13lb.
Aall in all a pleasant day out.
 
Cheers Skipper Mark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lock out, all set to go fishing
 
Adrian Morris with the catch of the day 13lb Blonde
 
 
Steve Rosser's turn for a ray
 
Nigel Davies and ray
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phil Gavey had a smoothhound
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 27 February 2019
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
 
Oystercat trip trip was on;y half full, no juniors. With willing anglers on board we set of out on the 8.000 lock, to fish for 3hr.  2.5 hr out on our first mark found dogfish then a shout of "this is better" from Nigel. The rest of us were spurred on with some level of enthusiasm from then. Slow but steady we landed 10 spurs and lost 4 to bite offs 3 conger and a 5 inch whiting on the bank saw the day out.
Conditions were great and the company also enjoyable. Best fish Howard 24lb conger, I had a 14.5lb spur.
 
Skipper John Elvins reporting
 
 
 
 
Jphn elvins doing the conger
 
 
Up the spurs - Niel Wilson and John Elvins
 
 
Les Chapman earning his spurs
 
 
 
Howard Griffiths 24lb conger
 
 
John Elvins 14.5lb spur
 
 
Howard Griffiths nice spurdog
 
 
 
 Nigel Davies with a nice conger
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 24 February 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Really poor day on the oystercat today, beam on swell or chop seemed to follow us from mark to mark.
 
Had a few whiting, couple of small codling, dabs and dogs. Ended up coming in before the lock closures, which is only the 2nd time I’ve ever done that; the first time my Mrs threatened to kill me if I was late to a party!
 
On the plus side, I got to sit in the sun and shell the 2kg of mussels I had left, blow down the yellow tails and black lug ready for freezing and sort my tackle ‘bucket’ as I’ve been just dropping rigs in there for a few weeks thinking ‘I’ll sort it when I get home’... which I never do; every cloud has a silver lining I guess.
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Shore fishing Session
 
Allan Walters
 
18 February 2019
 
 
Fished Llangennith today in a big surf. Caught my first bass of 2019. The fish was 54cm in length approx 4.5 lbs. The fish swam away strongly.
 
 

All set to catch fish
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My first bass of 2019 - 54cm - 4.5lb
Swam away strongly after the photo and measuring
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 16 February 2019
 
Skipper Mark Thomas
 
It was a very hard day aboard the oystercat today. The weather forecast was borderline for cancelling but decided to have ago and went east 1st to try and find some spurs and ray .
 
Unfortunately failed and only managed to find dogfish a couple of dabs, small whiting and a strap. The weather held back so a pleasant day in the end.
 
Cheers
 
Skipper Mark Thomas
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marina at 7 in the morning
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 fishermen from Skewen
 
 
 
EELy good catch!! for John Spanner
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Friday 15 February 2019
 
Skipper Simon Clark
 

Started on the kidney bank where the wind resulted in quite a chop and made it a bit uncomfortable. Fishing was slow with only a single spurdog to Adrian, two whiting and the inevitable dogs (and not a lot of them ). Moved into the moorings later for a few dabs and a solitary thornback.
However, the company was as good as the weather and a good day was had by all.
 
Thanks to Nigel Davies and Huw Jones for crewing.
 
Skipper Simon Clark.
 
Well done Simon great to have you "back" good to see the skippers is still out front with the thornbacks. those southerlys play havoc at anchor and should be banned ...
 John Elvins
 
Thanks Skip, bit choppy in the beginning, not a lot of fish but the company and weather made up for it.
Shout of the day was Adrian pulling in a Spur Dog “ I ain’t touching that”
John Martin
 
Thanks for an entertaining day and good banter looking forward to trips great skipper would go out with you any time ,
Albert Harris
 
 

Mumbles through the looking net
 
 

Adrian Morris - spurdog
 
 
 
 
 
Thornback for skipper Si Clark
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 3 February 2019
 
Skipper Mark Thomas
 
Oystercat trip today turned into quite a reasonable day, started off with a lovely sunrise and calm sea.
1st stop produced 4hrs of entertaining fishing with lots of small whiting and dabs, mixed in with 11 spurdogs up to 13lb, mainly to the terrible two Phill Bowen and Nigel Davies!
When the tide turned the wind picked up and made it uncomfortable but we stuck it out for a while as the fish continued to feed.
Then decided to head inshore and get a bit of shelter where we caught more dabs, included a picture of the Belle to say thanks to Victor for letting me anchor next to him as i had no GPS unit today.
 
Cheers skipper Mark Thomas
 
 
 
 
 

Sunrise at the start of the fishing trip
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rods set just waiting
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Feels like a very big one
 
Oh no its not!! just a new species
 
 
 
Phil Bowen wrestling hold one
 
 

Phil Bowen wrestling hold two
 
 
 

Phil Bowen wrestling hold three
 

Ready for the photo
 
 
 
 

Spurdog for ??
 
 

Just the two of us Phil Bowen and Nigel Davies - top anglers of the day
 
 
 
 
 
Mumble Belle full of fihersmen
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 3 Febuary 2019
 
Skipper Vic lilygreen
 

Poor day generally dabs were mostly of a good size, but the whiting were like goldfish!
We moved out to the area of the Strombus at the start of the fllood & it was useless, & choppy, decided to move back inshore only to find that the anchor had caught another anchor rope (or a lost pot or pots.
Our anchor brought a birds nest tangle of what looked like 13mm coarse yellow rope with a length of blue rope attached like a dropper.
We were unable to get it above the surface to get it on our winch,  only managed with great difficulty to cut our anchor free, & made our way back to Mumbles to carry on "dabbing".
Made our way back in at 3.30pm.
Is that it until the bream come back in April? Will have to make  do with photos of the sun taken by Allan Walters.
 
Skipper Vic
 

Sunrise
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sun settled over Swansea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunset

 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 19 January 2019
 
Skipper Richie Pearce
 
Conditions were wet and damp as skipper Richies took the Oystercat out into Swansea Bay. On board were 8 senior members of the Club from STSCC, out on their first trip of the yesar. The seas were moderate and calm annd the rain did not dampen their spirits.
On the mooring the fishing was slow with no outrages shouts for net net!! However we caught a couple of small dabs, whiting and the dogfish were a bit of a nuisance. 
 
Come midday skipper Richie toook out his crystal ball, upped the anchor and headed a further 2 mile west of Swansea. Dropped the anchor and within minutes Andy Charles struck gold and was rewarded with a 12lb spurdog, this was followed by a franzy of 25 spurdogs weighing 5 to 11lbs plus. Two anglers qualified for a Mission Acomplished Award.
 
What srated as a quiet day turned into a manic afternoon. Bait of the day was fresh mackerel.
 
Richie and Nigel Davies gave outstanding support and help with their fishing and safety skills. Not to mention their exceptional culinary skills, providing hot and cold food and drink that would put Cunard and P&O to shame.  Well done MMBFC
 
 
Bob Christie reporting
 
 
 
Andy Charles - Spurdog  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Thorne - Spurdog
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ron Phillips - Spurdog
 
Robert James - Spurdog
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 20 January 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
A great day aboard the Oystercat today; lots of conger to 30lb, loads of spurdog to low teens, few whiting, dabs, small Huss and dogs. Weather was very kind all day, allowing us to stay offshore until the tide forced us back in. 
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Morning has broken
 
 
 
1 Conger - Phil Carroll
 
 
 
 
2 Congers - Ronnie Willams & Nigel Davies
 
 
 
The 3 Congers
 
 
Just a pactice spur for Paul Eaton
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paul Eaton & Nigel Davies - get their spurs
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 5 January 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
Very chilli start to the day over in minehead today!
 
Didn’t find the bigger cod we hoped for but had a few small ones, lots of tiny ones, whiting, lots of strap eels, few thornbacks and dogs.
 
We added dabs to our catch tally when we got back in swansea bay.
 
A long but enjoyable day.
 
Due to the limited cod interest I now have about 3lb of black and yellow tail lug to blow and freeze down!
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Early start to Minehead
 
Dave Snelling - Thornback
 
 
Nigel Davies - Conger
 
Mark Thomas - Thornback
 
 
Colin Albert - Cod for his species hunt collection
 
Dean Giffford - with Cod
 
Merk Thomas - Conger
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Tuesday 1 January 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Good start to 2019 aboard the Oystercat today; started the day down Oxwich.
 
Where the fishing was steady through the morning, headed closer to home where the fishing picked up in the afternoo.
 
We ended the day with plenty of nice whiting, dabs, dogs, bull huss, pouting, cod(let) and a little spoted ray.
 
Weather was very kind, everyone had enough fish to take home and there was plenty of friendly competition in the Pearce-Williams family! 
 
 
Mark Thomas - spotted ray
 
Nathan Williams -whiting
 
Nathan Williams - ???
 
 
Dean Gifford- Dab