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Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Tuesday 17 September 2019
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
Species Rich Mumbles Belle
Went out today & had a very good day, catching small tope, small huss, growlers, plaice, sole, dabs, red mullet, red gurnard, tub gurnard, grey gurnard, dragonet, bass, bream quite a little species hunt but we never managed a trigger fish which was our "target species".
The weather was like summer & my face & bald spot caught the sun, I will feel that now when I go in the shower.
 
Skipper Vic
 
Yes a good day indeed, Vic. Not to mention the lack of lunatic fish. Great when a cunning plan shows results.  Allan Walters  
 
Bloody marvellous, up the Barmy Army. Keith James  
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 14 September 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Today’s Lundy trip started a little bumpier than expected, 2 hrs after leaving Swansea, we arrived at the island a little more shaken than stirred.  After settling down in some quiet water to have a cuppa and sausage sandwich we started hitting the more productive reefs, finding reasonable numbers of pollack (mostly small), ballen wrasse, cuckoo wrasse, codling, scad and mackerel.
 
A little while after lunch we picked up some launce and mackerel then headed for a few bass, which we found in ok numbers along with a few more pollack and loads of monster scad!
 
The weather came perfect by the end of the day, as forecast! A very long, but enjoyable day!
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Neil Wilson
 
 
Keith Chapman
 
Dean Gifford
 
 
Steve Chapman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Keith Chapman
 
Dean Gifford
 
 
Steve Chapman
 
Neil Wilson
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Friday 13 September 2019
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
It's got teeth!

Will Walker assisted by Phil Cryer, with a big old huss he caught today on Belle, along with small tope, smoothounds, growlers, pouting, pollack, red mullet, tub gurnard, red gurnard, mackerel, scad, dabs, bass.

Great weather but I forgot to take my 10" tablet with the Navionics App, so I was stuck with the "house" plotter which is like an AA map compared to the Navionics. However it put us close enough to get a nice selection of species with the exception of bream (which I think will have largely left by now).

So we will need a brand new "cunning plan" for Tuesday seeing as bream are off the menu, & whiting haven't come on yet, its going to be a lean month I reckon.
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 


Ouch!! Its got teeth Phil Cryer (left) and Will Walker who caught the big old huss
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 8 September 2019
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
 
Mumbles Belle" angler Peter James landed his first ever trigger fish this afternoon, a fine specimen of 4.66lb. Caught on the Strombus fishing mark. Well done Pete. Our seaarch for bream was less successful.
 
The Belle's "Barmy Army" keep soldiering on.
 
Skipper Viv Lilygreen
 
 
 
 
 
Peter James 4.66lb Trigger Fish
 
 
 
 
 
 Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 7 September 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
 
A reasonable day on the oystercat today just Colin Albert and I but we still managed to have a tangle that wiped out 3 rods! We stayed fairly local and had ok numbers of bream, a few small tope, huss, red & tub gurnard, pouting, scad, mackerel, a hand full of dogs and loads of small eye rays! In all a lovely day on the water!
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
One of many small eyed ray
 
 
 
 
Ashley Hayley Boat fishing out of Weymouth
 
Weekend 31 August - 1 September 2019
 
Ashley Haylely went boat fishing out of Weymouth aboard Flamer IV. The fishing party had a great time on day 1.
 
Species caught where mackerel, scad, bass, launce, pouting, smalleyed, undulate, red gurnard, cuttlefish, black bream & the fish they were all hoping to catch the turbot.

The boat and skipper were great and highly recommend a trip out. With the big tides and the wind being so strong they thought it was going to struggle but the skipper pulled it out the bag and put them on the fish.

Ashley caught mackerel, bream and turbot, but missed out on the trophy for angler of the day.

MMBFC reporting
 
 
Black Bream
 
 
Turbot
 
 

Mackerel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mike and Ryan Cooze
 
31 August 2019
 

No joy on the lures today so we picked some crab and gave them a go. 

Ryan did well catching 4 bass up to 4lb and he also had a big common eel,well done son

 
 
Ryan Cooze on the bass
 
 
Ryan Cooze Bassing it again
 
 
 
 Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 1 September 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
An ok day aboard the Oystercat today; we spent the day inshore keeping out of the swell and fierce tide.
 
Loads of scad and mackerel including a few jumbos, red and tub gurnard, dogs, hounds, small tope, thornbacks to 12lb, a few dabs and a dragonette.
 
Lovely day to be in the water!
 
 

Deand Gifford - 12lb Thornback Ray
 
 
 
 
 
Little and large mackerel             Dragonette
 
 
Oystercat Get Into Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 25 August 2019
 
Skipper Mark Thomas
 
The mission of the Club is to get people into fishing and participate in the amazing sports of boating and fishing. So we held a 'Try Fishing Morning' on the Oystercat today to introduce them to the amazing sport of fishing and the excitement of catching fish. 
 
After a few cancelled get into fishing trips due to bad weather, we finally managed to get some young people out on the Cat to have a go at fishing for the 1st time. 
 
With a brief talk on safety and life jackets on, we made way to the middle of Swansea Bay. The sea was nice, flat calm, ideal for the juniors. 
On the way out we showed the young ones how to drive the boat and all the electronics . 
 
Once anchored, some one to one lessons on how to bait up hooks and use of the reels they were off. With in minutes they are catching fish. In the two and a half hours we were out, the boys caught loads of dogfish, pin Bream , young Huss and Mackerel. 
 
As you can see by the smiles they had a great session and we hope to see them again as new members. 
Only a small turn out this time, but that was due to a Bank holiday and change of dates. We hope to get all the others, that signed up to try out fishing, out there as soon as possible.
 
Skipper Mark Thomas and all the crew Dean Gifford, Ritchie Pearce and Colin Albert.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

All set to get some fish
 

Where are the fish dad?
 

Here they are, nice bream
 
 

Jon West and juniors
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

And another bream
 

Bullhuss this time
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Now I have a mackerel
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Friday 23 August 2019
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
 
 
 
 
 
With the weather at last settling down and no babies to sit on I (John) thought a trip before the weekend rush worthwhile. A grim wet morning greeted our set off and a stronger that forecast SSW greeted us past the swig.
 
But with a dozen or so fresh mackerel for baits we ventured to Langland. Conditions improved throughout the day and a bag of bream ended in all taking a brace for tea. One double Huss and very few dogs mean't a reasonable day's fishing was had.
 
At one time some of us stopped fishing when a shoal of Skad was under the boat and every hook was coming up with one on.
 
Apologies to Captain Hixon, no photos, as he was hiding up front and I missed the opportunities.
 
Skipper John E
 
 
Bream for Chris Faulkner
 
 
 
 

Bream for Terry Pugh
 
Bream for Phil Carroll
 
 
Bream for Colin Edwards
 
 
 
 
 
Breams for Nigel Davies and Peter Mansell
 
 

Bullhuss for John Elvins
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Monday 20 August 2019
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
Tope, hounds, dogs, gurnard (red & tub), dabs, bass, red mullet. Not an outstanding day but we were kept entertained.
 
Allan Walters caught the biggest hound I have ever seenn, I thought it was a tope. When he hooked it it jumped clear out of the water 4 times like a marlin, then run to Mumbles then Port Talbot.
 
Unfortuneately he blotted his copybook, when measuring George Brincatts'
With the weather at last settling down and no babies to sit on I (John) thought a trip before the weekend rush worthwhile. A grim wet morning greeted our set off and a stronger that forecast SSW greeted us past the swig.
 
But with a dozen or so fresh mackerel for baits we ventured to Langland. Conditions improved throughout the day and a bag of bream ended in all taking a brace for tea.
 
One double Huss and very few dogs mean't a reasonable day's fishing was had. At one time some of us stopped fishing when a shoal of Skad was under the boat and every hook was coming up with one on.
 
Apologies to Captain Hixon, no photo, as he was hiding up front and I missed the opportunities torecord his catches.
 
Skiper John E
"personal best" dab, he allowed it to slip out of his hands and fall back into the sea. Some said it was sour grapes but George took it well (despite the tears).
 
We had fun on the Belle, we caught some fish, and we got back safely, so today was a good day for the "Barmy Army".
 
Skipper Vic reporting
 
 
Video under development
 
Members Mike Cooze and Colin Breen
boat fishing out of Plymouth
 
22 August 2019
 
 
Club members Mike Cooze and Colin Breen, for a change, went wreck fishing on “Sizematters” out of Plymouth.
 
Mike had 1 ling 19lb and 8 conger eels around 40lb.  Colin had fewer eels but beat Mike on the ling with a 24lber.
 
Other anglers on the boat also had some good eels and ling.
 
They gave big thanks to skipper Kevin McKie for his knowledge and for the use of his gear and for the boxes and boxes of fresh iced mackerel and cuttlefish !!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Allan Walters
Llangenith Beach - 11 August 2019

A good days fishing for golden greys at Llangennith, today. Eight gg,s caught, four returned, the heaviest kept was 2 lbs 9 oz, great fishing. Four school bass also caught and returned.

Allan Walters

From Vic Lilygreen: Great session Allan some very nice gg's there, they do pull well & are great sport on the kind of light gear you use. Pity no bigger bass put in an appearance.

Reply from Allan: Yes Vic, they do fight well, my best day for gig,s , A heavy weight in my box to carry back to the car.


 
 
 
Golden Grey Mullets
 
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Monday 5 August 2019
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
Yet another poor day at the office.
Went out of an empty lock into an empty Swansea Bay, with swells rolling in from Mumbles Head which kept our nose FIRMLY inside the SWIGG,
Had a look at a couple of spots I had in mind, but at each one I had the "No thank you" look from the anglers, so we headed for the serenety of the Mumbles Moorings.
First cast I had a nice fat dab, then somebody else had a small gurnard, then we went down the gearbox with long periods of no bites "Quiet isn't it" said the crew, and I pointed out the whitecaps visible through the islands, as they came off the Mixon Bank & rolled towards Port Talbot.
Well the sun was out and the showers passed us by, we did catch a few fish; dabs, gurnard, mackerel, dogfish, small tope, smoothounds (Allan Walters had his PB) and the banter was good.
We came in as soon as the lock closure allowed and there wasn't much water under us and the sandbanks either side drew lots of attention from the crew who were uncommonly quiet until we got into the safety of the lock.
Another day of few fish, sunshine, mickey-taking, tales of yesteryear, and how it will be different next trip. Well what do you expect for £11 including 2-3 cups of coffee
 
Skipper Vic
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 3 August 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford

 
The South Easterly wind was a little stronger than expected so ‘Plan A’ was as going to be very uncomfortable.  Instead headed for a bit of shelter, which turned out to be a pretty good alternative.
 
We ended the day having had: loads of small bass (30 or so), lots of mackerel - including some jumbos, scad, a few small eye rays, smooth hounds, baby tope, a turbot and only a dozen or so dogs.
 
We had a very comfortable day but ended up bring home all the worm bait intended for bream, can’t complain too much though.
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
Small eyed ray for Paul Eaton
 
 
Paul Eaton - mackerel
 
 
 
Paul Eaton more mackerel
 
 
 
 
 
 
Then mackerel for lunch
 
 
 
 
 
 
.. and take away mackerel
 
 
Steve chapman on the bass
 
 
Turbot
 
Small eyed ray for Keith Chapman
 
 
Small eyed ray for Steve Chapman
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Monday 29 July 2019
 
Skipper Vic lilygreen

 
should have said Nooooooooo!
I knew going out today would be a waste of time & worms, & so it was! A few dogs, a few "lunatics", a few small tope (yes they were they had teeth!) a red gurnard, a bream & a small bass, & nothing else. Plus an easterly wind that increased in strength as the day went on, that made a bad day virtually impossible. We had to "tack" our way from Mumbles to well east of the SWIGG before heading for the Port Mid Fairway Buoy, then tacking again to the Inner Fairway Buoy, poor old Allan Walters was a lather of sweat & I decided that seeing as there was nobody else in the lock he could do his first lock through. He managed very well too he is an essential part of Mumbles Bell's crew now, but his fish finding skills need some honing

Skipper Vic
 
 
 
 
 
 Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 28 July 2019
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
The original plan for today aboard the oystercat was to stay inshore and target bream, the fish unfortunately had other plans! The first few hours saw us only have a handful of bream, and a few other odds and sods, including some small scad and pouting, which were retained.
As we had a few live baits and bream didn’t want to play, we headed offshore to try for a few bass, which we found in good numbers, 60 in the 3 hours or so we fished.
By early afternoon everyone was starving, so we headed back to find some settled water for some more general fishing and some grub.
We ended the day with a dozen bream, around 60 bass, a few red mullet, red and grey gurnard, pollack, mackerel, scad, pouting, huss, smooth hounds and dogs.
In all, a good day, even if things didn’t go quite to plan.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Catch of the day for Matt Taylor
 
Dean Gifford - mackerel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Matt Taylor - small smoothhound
 
 
 
Red Gurnard
 
 
 
 
Red mullet
 
Nigel Davies - red gurnard
 
 
 
Matt Taylor - fish supper
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 27 July 2019
 
Skipper Mark Thomas
 
The plan today was to try to fish for Tope and Bream, but word was that the Tope had left. The plan was  then changed to just a general fishing day instead.

The morning started great with a calm sea and slight swell and a good start on the Bream , as the day progressed the wind built up and forced us back into the bay to finish.

Catch report - 24 Bream, Red Gurnard, 3 Red Mullet, 3 Codling , Bass , Mackerel and not so many hounds but plenty of dogs.


Cheers Mark Thomas
 
 
 
 
Expectant anglers at lock out
 
Ruchie Pearce - Brean
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Colin Albert - Bream
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On the fishing mark
 
Mark Thomas - red gurnard
 
 
 
Steve Absalom - codling
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

codling for John Bevan
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Wednesday 24 July 2019
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 

Big swells, new spot, cunning plan.

The idea was to fish a new spot midweek when nobody could see where we were. Well the swells were massive going across Swansea Bay, and not much better on the way to Langland, but we got there ok. However the fishing was pants and we did 4hrs without a bream only huss and dogs, so moved back to the old spot and picked up 2 bream, more dogs, and loads of pouting.
VHF gave a warning of strong wind coming from the east after a "flattening" so once it flattened I headed us for Swansea Bay post haste to avoid a force 6 easterly.
We intended to fish the Strombus but that was already being fished so we went to the "muddy stones" and caught an unknown number of small huss and dogs, until my sanity was tested and we headed home in bright sun and a flat sea.
What happened to the force 6 easterly Milford Haven Coastguard??????
 
Skipper Vic
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Wednesday 24 July 2019
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
 
Reasonable conditions but a poor day's fishing. With the ever elusive mackerel only showing in in low numbers. We went out to a Tope mark for high tide, they were even more elusive. 2 Huss and a few dogs were all we could find. On the way back Andrew chapman showed the way with a Bass of about 38cm, and that was at last knockings of trip.
Poor days fishing but great conditions.
 
Skipper John E
 
 
Phil Bowen-Bullhuss
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 21 July 2019
 
Skippers: The 3 Mullets
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fairly last minute trip on the Oystercat today.
 
Forecast was poor but we were able to get offshore for a few bass on the flood in the morning.
 
The ebb was spent inshore where we had a red mullet each, a few chunky dabs, mackerel, scad, codling, dogs and more bass.
 
Weather was a lot kinder than forecast for a change! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mark Thomas - Red Mullet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mark's red mullet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Richie Pearce - Red Mullet
 
Dean Gifford - Red Mullet
 
 
 
 
 
 
Richie Pearce - codling
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
3.6lb Smooth hound Ron Phillips
 
 

 
 
 
John Thorne - 4lb 8oz bass
 
 
 
Ron Phillips with a 4.6lb 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