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Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 8 & 9 August 2020
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Reasonable weekends fishing aboard the Oystercat, Saturday was very pleasant even though it it started very misty. Today’s south easterly wind and chop made for a rolls morning but it settled out nicely in the afternoon.

Over the weekend, we had lots of small bream, a few bass, lots of scad, jumbo mackerel, red and tub gurnard, red mullet, huss, pouting, lots of small eye rays and a few dogs. There have been dolphins everywhere, today the first pod was 200m off the pier heads.
 
Bream for Richie Pearce
 
 
Bass for Robert Davies
 
Bass for Paul Eaton & Robert Davies
 
 
Red Gurnard for Nigel Davies
 
Small eyed rays for Craig Barnes, Dean Gifford *Colten Jones?
 
 
 
 
 Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Friday 3 July 2020
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
After the Lord Mayor's show!! very slow day down Oxwich way.
 
Found a pod of about 12 Dolphins off the headland so no mackerel to be found.
 
In the Bay plenty of small starfish and not much else.
 
Back out to headland we hit some Mackerel for a change and off out deep for Huss/Tope, the dogfish obviously thought otherwise!!.
 
No Photos and not much else to report.
 
Pleasant conditions at least..
 
Skipper John E.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 2 July 2020
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
A reasonable day aboard the Oystercat today, conditions were just ok but the fish fed steadily through the day.
 
We had plenty of mackerel, some grey and tub gurnard, dabs, huss, pollack, codling, scad as well as a few more interesting catches of red mullet, a big cuttlefis.

Everyone who wanted fish had a few to take home.
 
 
Super size cutlefish for Dean Gifford
 
 
 
 
 
Red gurnard
 
Mumbles Belle Lift Out
 
Thursday 30 July 2020
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
Mumbles Belle came out of the water at 9am today to get the engine out and the oil leak fixed. She will get washed off and anti fouled if required.
I will check the annodes & replace any that have sacrificed too much. If I get any offers of assistance I will give the seats a coat of wood preserver & hopefully give the duckboards a coat of Creosote ready for the winter. It would be nice to see a coat of white go on the wheelhouse & seats but I cant see that happening!
While the engine is out I will give the bilge a lick of paint & give the engine a coat of gloss, should be like a new boat when she goes back in, but it will still be a "Chugger".
Many thanks to  Richie Pearce and Allan Walters (who took the photos) for giving a hand.
 
Skipper Vic
 
Catch of the day
 
 
 
In tp the boat yard for engine repais, body clean up and painting
 Gower Fishing
 
26 July 2020
 
Caught on a Gower rock mark by Gerald Collier
 
 
Pembroke Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 26 July 2020
 
  Member Mike Cooze
 
Mike Cooze and Chris Morris went out at 2:15 am to fish Pembroke this morning. Caught five small bass and a garfish between them.
Where are these big Pembrokeshire fish Mervyn Bousie???
 
Another tale of woe .
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 25 July 2020
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
The last couple of trips I’ve taken have been fairly underwhelming.
 
Today’s trip was really slow, just a few gurnard, a dab, a pouting, some smooth hounds and a handful of dog fish.
 
Many of the ‘banker marks’ were dead, even the normally productive marks of the oysterledges and Langland reef were devoid of life.
 
Didn’t see much bird life out there either, hopefully things will be better when the weather settles out.
 
Very dissappointing
 
Mike Howells :Same in Carmarthen Bay too mackerel there one day then gone for days must be sometime do with all the dolphins around the coast chasing the shoals and scattering the bait.
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Friday 24 July 2020
 
Skipper John Elvins

Short and sweet 5hr trip today.
 
 basicly, to get some baits in the freezer. We drifted for 3 hrs for bottom fish and after 90 mins nothing to write home about. Horse mackerel were the main catch, but fresh air and jigging rods for most of the time .
 
Gurnard, huss and dogs of course but no surprises.
 
Nigel felt left out on last few trip so here he is with his catches.
 
Skipper John Elvis
 
 
 
Nigle Davies with  very good bullhuss
 
 
Nigel Davies and res gurnard
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Friday 24 July 2020
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
The cunning plan never worked.
 
We had loads of growlers, a few mackerel, a few dabs, a tub, a tope (small) & thats abour it!
 
We had a good day weather wise, boat went well, we had a good laugh but fishing wise it was crap, better luck next time.
 
Skipper Vic
 
Philip John Hixson same spot same fish Wednesda.
 
Victor Lilygreen I am going to change spots for Wednesday see it we can alter our luck lol
 
Dave Smith Let's go back a few years, blueskip, if you're down there sort my boat out.  
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Tuesday 21 July 2020
 
Skipper Richie Pearce
 
 
Pleasant day fishing.
 
we caught some nice Bream, Three codling, bulhuss, Gurard, and Bass. No mackerel showing. Everyone enjoyed their day.
 
Skipper Richie reporting
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 19 July 2020
 
Skipper Mark Thomas
 
 
Today's trip was very pleasant with nice weather and sea conditions, fishing wasn't great only one nice Bass to Ritchie , with a few small Bass and small bream , gurnard, pollock,dogs lots of dogs , smoothies and a tiny conger and some macky.
 
Cheers Mark
 
 
Cat in the marina
 
 
Here fishies, fishies
 
Jon Mackerel West
 
 
Star catch, bass for Richie
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Thursday 17 July 2020
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
It was "narley"
over the Cherry Stones & furter down towards Langland, & Belle doesn't do "narley" so it was the Bay for us, much to my dislike.
We tried drifting for plaice first off but caught only growlers so I gave them the choice of fishing the Strombus or the moorings & they chose the moorings, which was a bad choice & they grumbled so I gave them the option & they chose the Strombus. When we reeled in I had a very niice plaice on the end so they changed their mind again lol.
 
We ended up with 1 plaice, 5 dabs umpteen dogs hounds, tope gurnard & that was it, not much of a day but at last I outfished the crew na na na nan na!
 
Skipper Vic
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Tuesday 14 July 2020
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
 
We are off!! a trip Tuesday 14th was made with a view of how interaction on board would fit in with Covid guidelines. John had permission to take total of 5 but no takers after the 4th man. looks like safe number on board to keep 2m guide is 6. slow day out on the water 3 small bream 4 tope and a few huss . Terry had a first Tope so a Pb at 22lb John and Les had the huss. Cold wind but plenty of fresh air.
 
Skipper John
 
Terry Pugh first tope a PB at 22lb
 
 
John Elvins nice Huss
 
John Elvins with a tope this time
 
 
 
Les Chapman into the Huss
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Thursday 2 July 2020
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 We had an enjoyable evening, loads of corkwing wrasse, 8-10 pollack, millions of small bream, tompot blenny, half a dozen conger and just 2 doggies. Was blowing a fair bit when we were on our way back in at 9:30.
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Thursday 2 July 2020
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
Not much of a day.

We didn't have much of a day weatherwise or fishingwise on Thursday, we had quite a few spells of "rock & rolling" when the wind changed direction & gusted, but nothing too bad.
 
We probably wouldn't have noticed if the fishing had been good, but personally I had only dogfish & lunatic fish. Peter fared better having both dogs & lunatics, plus a good size thornback, plus 3 or 4 nice dabs & a nice plaice (plus he missed a big plaice because he never used the net, & we watched it swim away) Well he has been told, & I put the net next to him, lesson learned I hope lol.

We had some rollers coming home but they were behind & helped us along, unfortunately my battery in the car was flat???? Luckily Allan Walters came in at the same time & gave me a lift home & took me down with a charged battery this morning. The inconvenience of only 2 on board is not the only inconvenience we have to suffer!
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Wenesday 17 June 2020
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 
 
 
"Lunatic Fish" probably about 8, growlers untold numbers, Good Dabs 1 Plaice 5 (2 barely size returned) 1 bream (barely size returned) apart from that it was beautiful weather.Every time Peter put his leggings on the rain stopped.
 
I took brown bread & salted butter to make mackerel fillet sandwches, unfortunately Allan & Richie FAILED MISERABLY TO GET ANY MACKEREL.
 
Once again it was up to Mein Host to catch all the good fish, these boys must master the way to make the traces & the colour & sequence of beads is an art form they have to learn lol lol lol.
 
Slipper Vic
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Wenesday 17 June 2020
 
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
 

 
Best plaice of the day
 
 
Ashley Haley - Night fishing - Knab Rock
3 March 2020
 
Haven’t been out for ages with these storms a quick gap in the weather resulted in 2 pb well happy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Wenesday 5 Febuary 2020
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oystercat trip 5th Feb. Happy New Year, with the high yides coming in this week who could resist. Me and about 15 other boats plodding around the bay catching dogfish. On a brighter note we spent the first couple of hours out deeper as conditions were fantastic where we had 12 spurs to the scales to 14.5lb and 3lb more lost at the net. Back into the bay for second half of trip was as above. Great/fantastic conditions but no whiting other than two and a couple of strap conger.
 
Skipper John Elvins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Phil Bowen  spurdog
 
 
 

Nigel Davies - sputdog
 
John Elvins - spurdog
 
 
Nigel Davies -  spurdog
 
Les Chapman - spurdog
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The three spurdogs - Roger Davidge, Phil Bpwen, Paul Thomas
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Friday 25 January 2020
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
 
 
First trip back out of Swansea today aboard the Oystercat.
 
The South easterly end kept us inshore all day. Fishing was fairly slow to be honest, plenty of dogs, few small conger, some whiting, lone spur and one codling.
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Richie Pearce - Codling
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steve Chapman  - Spurdog
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Fridayday 24 January 2020
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
Finally got the Oystercat back to Swansea after an extended stay at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club after fishing the cod comp. We had a hour or twos fishing over low water on the way back.
Nigel Davies was top rod having a 14lb smooth hound, a nice blonde, spur dog and a thornback while Richie and I just had loads of strap conger to mid teens and a few dogs. Lovely flat sea for the journey back!
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nigel Davies - Smoothound
 
Nigel Davies - Blonde Ray
 
 
Nigel Davies - Spurdog
 
 
Mumbles Belle Fishing Trip
 
Tuesday 21 January 2020
 
Skipper Allan Walters
 
 
 
 
A good day out on the Belle on Tuesday. Vic was back on board after his Illness, weather was superb, considering we are in January. No codling caught but plenty of good size dabs and a few whiting for the pan.
 
Skipper Allan Walters
 
 
Just great to be out fishing again with Vic
 
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Sunday 19 January 2020
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
Another nice day from Cardiff Bay Yacht Club aboard the Oystercat today; weather and tidal conditions couldn’t have been better; only dampener was Borge, me and Roger forgetting our frozen baits.
 
Codling feed steadily through the morning, we had 15 or so to 3.5lb before moving to some different grounds where we had a few congers, whiting and dogfish in the afternoon.
 
In all a lovely day on the water!
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Jayson Whitehouse - codling
 
 

Jayson Whitehouse - yet another codling
 
Dean Gifford - codling
 
 
Richie Pearce & Dean Gifford - with codling
 
 

Star catch
 
Shore Fishing Knab Rock
 
Friday 17 January 2020
 
Vic Lilygreen and Allan Walters
 

Had a few pleasant hours down the Knab. Got rained upon, hailed upon, poured upon, & frozen in between, but after 7+ weeks shut in it was glorious. I caught 3 small whiting & Allan caught a couple of small whiting a little dab. I found out that my Youngs bib & brace isn't waterproof any longer, & I'm not too sure about my UMAX either I think that is only good for dry cold weather, so it looks like my old Fladen Floaty on Tuesday lol. I never used to suffer from cold extremities but I do now, my feet, fingers, & ears were freezing, it must be a result of the blood thinning medication I have been given that causes that, but it's a small price to pay for what they have done for me. I have noticed that after years of idleness none of my flasks work, they all get hot on the outside which means the seals must have gone allowing the hot liquid to escape to the outside, I will have to get a new one as I intend to do more shore fishing than usual in future.

Vic Lilygreen
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Cardiff Cod Competition
 
Sunday 12 January 2020
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
 
 
We fished the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club annual cod competition today aboard the Oystercat.
The day started with a lovely breakfast from the club house. Fishing was tough but we managed thornback rays, whiting and a few codling, unfortunately none met the 2kg minimum weigh in limit.
The catch of the day was a bloody massive log that got caught on the anchor rope!
In all, an enjoyable day, thanks to CBYC and all of the sponsors for organising the event!
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Breakfast CBYC style
 
 
Jason Dennis - Ray
 
Terry dakin - Codling
 
Roger Davidge - Codling
 
 
 
 
 
'Carch of the day- logfish
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Friday 10 January 2020
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Took the Oystercat up to Cardiff today, ahead of the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club's annual cod competition on Sunday.
 
The journey up wasnt too bad, a little messy as we passed Porthcawl but other than that, very comfortable!
 
We had a days fishing too, a few small codling, rays and conger eel - hopefully we’ll find a few bigger ones on Sunday!
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Nigel Davies - Coding
 
 
Richie Pearce - Codling
 
Nigel Davies - Ray
 
Jayson Whitehouse - Ray
 
 
Richie Pearce - Codling
 
Dean Gifford - Codling
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Saturday 4 January 2020
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
A bit of a change of pace today on the oystercat; we stayed local and fairly close to shore, it was nice to be able to use a spinning rod and 3oz of lead all day.
 
We had lots of whiting, mainly small but enough big ones to keep Richy’s bucket topped up, dabs and some dogs.
 
 As there were no outstanding fish the only picture I have is of one of the ham sandwiches we had for lunch!
 
Lovely day in the water, was even nice and warm when the sun came out in the afternoon.
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
Enjoyed today! Hopefully the big lads will turn up in Cardiff
 
Jayson Whitehouse
 
 
 
Oystercat Fishing Trip
 
Wednesday 1 January 2020
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
Long range trip to Minehead. Bait taken was black lug, squid and mackerel.
 
 
 
 
Nice day out aboard the Oystercat today.
 
Plenty of congers, Rays, a few whiting, codling and just a few dogs.
 
Everyone had a few fish and weather was kind but the highlight of the day was the curry made by Vicky.
 
David Williams and famiy said 'A great day out, thanks for the help and advice, the family really enjoyed'.
 
Skipper Dean Gifford
 
 
Martin Cooze - Cod
 
 
David Williams - Ray
 
Nathan Williams conger and cod
 
 
 
Nathan Williams - Ray
 
David & Nathan - congers
 
 
 
Lunch - Vicky's super curry
 
 
Emma Aubrey-Cooze - Ray
 
Emma Aubrey-Cooze - conger
 
Emma Aubrey-Cooze - whiting
 
 
Ian Thomas - conger
 
Ian Thomas - ray