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   MMBFC Home      Catch Reports      Year 2019

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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