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January 2018


First time out 10th January in anger due to bad weather at the begining of the month and plesently suprised at the decent fishing with some plump codling rays and whiting all coming to the boat on a lug squid cocktail so dont belive the reports of no codling in the Thames estuary these are prob made buy skippers with nill bookings or anglers that are sitting talking about fishing in the pub.Rods were nodding all day out on the Sophie Lea its early days in January so we will add to this report as the month goes on.









December 2017

Well its definatly been better for codling this year with codling on the boat every trip not lots but from a couple to eight fish and i am talking keepers also lots and i mean lots of whiting in fact so many i wouldnt be suprised if they were not detremental to us catching more codling. Dabs are back again in good numbers but medium to small tides only for this nice flatey.Still the odd ray or two but not in the numbers we had last year which is a good thing as it gives us a change of specias in the spring to look forward to so in summing up well worth a go just pick up the phone individuals or partys welcome.







November 2017

Several codling showing up now a bit better than last year and with this cold snap we are hoping for plenty more,lots of big whiting and still several rays also coming to the boat. Dabs are making an appearence again and the fish every one loves lsds for the uniniciated lesser spotted dog fish.

I am writing this blog fairly early as i know some customers are out there waiting for news of codling and hoping to post more photos as they come in.




















October 2017

October has started as it should with plenty of whiting, not small fish but some very good size whiting rays and dog fish keeping every ones rods nodding and yes a small showing of codling not many and the biggest so far was a eight pound fish, but lets not forget we are only half way through October as i write this and cod never used to show until mid November.Several dabs showing up also but if your wanting to catch a few its no good casting out a whole squid on a 3.0,4.0, hook as you aint gona catch em scale down to a single hook trace 1.0 hook or smaller and be content to sit there all day fishing like this and you may have a chance at a few dabs or even a dover sole the most common flaty in the thames estuary.Still plenty of bass around and still worth fishing for them but bring worms or dont bother because thats what they are taking. We have just finished one of the biggest boat contests ever held in the thames estuary with boats competing in the police nationals with over a hundred contestance and fifteen charterboats from Brightlingsea West Mersea Bradwel and boats from the Crouch and i am pleased to say that our boat Sophie Lea had the 1st and 2nd winners of the total comp can not help feeling a little pumped up about that see below some of the boats loading contestants in Brightlingsea harbour..We also had a smaller police compatition a week later with Norfolk and Suffolk police with five local boats competing from West Mersea & Brightlingsea and the Sophie Lea did it again with the first and second competitor.





September 2017



Still catching bass as you can see and with the water temp still high i recon we will keep catching them through this month so if you missed Augusts bumper bass month there is still time,i am putting some early September photos up here and there will be more to come.




















August 2017



August has been a great month catching plenty of Bass and hounds on Sophie Lea also some nice mackerel the bass fishing though has been the highlight of the month in fact we could put lots more bass photos on here if we had the room so here is a fraction of our catches for this month.





















July 2017


Some early pictures in July lots of bass coming to the boat and Kevins fish first left was one of twenty bass caught on the day, also hounds into late doubles and still some very large rays if your not fed up with catching them more to come for this month so keep logging on.


































June 2017

A early report for the fishing in June so far, hounds have now turned up giving us some great sport & still catching bass of vering sizes rays still on the menue although we are no longer targeting them as we feel its a lazy charter skippers fish catching these all day. More reports still to come for june as this is being written on the 4th June just to give you a taster of whats happening.



May 2017



We are unlike many boats trying not to take the easy option of fishing for rays as we think most of our clientel have caught as many rays as they need right now. We have been searching different marks targeting bass with some success and other spring summer specias inc hounds spurs and flaties etc however it is still difficult to avoid rays as they are in such large quantitys as such we have not seen the like of for many years. As you can see a few tub gurnards coming on board and what a beutiful fish all returned too.



































April 2017



Bass now showing up in increasing numbers and the first showing of a few hounds, still plenty of rays to bend the rods with some realy sood doubles to be had.We will now start moving offshore to target bass best baits for this sort after fish is lug. If you fancy a trip check out our calender pick a date and give us a ring.































March 2017

Not a bad day for our first real day out ten plus rays a very improving picture more photos to come.As promised below middle a fourteen pound ray caught on Sunday 12th March along with many more rays and some very nice whiting these are avarage days at the moment and most anglers are being kept busy all day with plenty of bites and did i mention a codling yes we also had a codling but was released before i had a chance of a photo so this is what you can expect at the moment on Sophie Lea and it wont be long before we will be into the first of the spring bass so check out our avaliability if you want a crack at them but dont leave it to late.






December 2016




Well i know you all want cod but they are few and far between always the chance though and if your not fishing you got no chance.Other than cod it is actualy fishing quite well out today for the first time since christmas with a total of eleven rays lots of whiting and a few dabs and one small bass & every one happy. Its about getting out with a few freinds having a laugh and enjoying whats on offer and you never know whats going to take your bait like all these happy December fishermen below.





























November 2016


Sorry for delay in updating site as we have had a crash all ok now, fishing has been fun for anglers with an open mind lots of dabs whiting and a few rays but very few cod, why i dont know could be the water is still to warm after a very hot summer but we are all just guessing it happens some times and its no good wishing for something thats not here but enjoy fishing for what is here. It could be that we catch a load of cod tomorrow but i will tell you somthing you defo wont catch em if you aint out there.
















October 2016



Most anglers are ringing in to ask about cod fishing every one is waiting baited breath but at the moment very few cod showing so dont get sucked in buy skippers giving you a load of bull they are not here yet ok the odd one here and there but one swallow dosnt make a summer. I will say that fishing is very good with large numbers of whiting sixty fish a day easy, still lots of rays and the odd bass here and there. We have just enjoyed one of the warmest summer/Autumns and the seas around our coasts are very warm so i recon mid to late November for some cod but dont wait till the last minuet for a booking especialy weekends which we have very few left.

















September 2016



Whiting now showing in good numbers and these are mixed in with plenty of medium size rays,several hounds still being caught but these are now leaving the estuarys bound perhaps for warmer waters and talking about warmer waters the sea temp is a very warm 17 degrees the product of a very warm summer which will take a while to cool down and this must have an effect on delaying our Autumn fish only time will tell if this will be the case.






















August 2016




Not the best month on our calender but alot of anglers want to get out, many on holiday & the weathers good but the fishing has not been, still catching but its hard getting anglers on the fish. However the snaps below will harten anglers as on board the sophie lea we dont give in without a fight with many of our anglers still leaving the boat very pleased.September will see the start of Autumn fishing with whiting rays offshore schooling bass and maybe some codling inshore.
























JULY 2016


Started good but now towards the end of the month its tough going hounds are mostly mediums to small, bass still around but go with a profecional boat to give you half a chance of catching them we do no were to catch them. Rays still around but no wear near the numbers there was which is a good thing to much of any thing becomes a bore and variety is the spice of life. Bass will soon start shouling up on the offshore banks as you can see below the Sophie Lea is still getting some good bass and yesterday 29th July lots of mackrel.






















JUNE 2016

Its Official we have caught more big bass on our boat than any other charter boat in our area so twenty eight years in the business does count and the pictures prove it just today 15th June we added another startling bass to our catch portfolio below with a eleven pound 3oz fish caught buy Barry Gillders released after a photo. Hounds are now showing up at the moment but no big ones but its still early and they will be here generaly July/ August for the big doubles so if you want a trip get booked in now. And how about the two pound garfish bottom right unusualy caught on rag worm bottom fishing but great fun float fishing for them our only bill fish and yes they will even tail walk.


























May 2016




Its very early for me to start Mays report but thought our anglers should be up dated on the changing fishing at the moment especialy for the anglers that have had enough of catching rays, bass have featured well in early may for us and several medium hounds i will not ramble on because i will add to Mays news later in the month but check out the pictures so far. Well i promised to add to this report and pleased to say that May has been as good as it started more bass caught than any other May i can remember and hounds and dabs adding to the variety of fish being caught and pleased to say most anglers leaving with some good catches and great memories. ( Get well soon Brian) top left today 27th May Chris Hybes with three bass caught on one rig all released after the photo shoot.














April 2016

Still lots of rays coming aboard but things are changing gradualy and the weather is getting better so we are venturing out a bit further and catching a few hounds dabs and yes you guessed it more rays and dare i mention it a few small bass and of cource released unharmed. If you fancy some bass fishing better get booked in as its always a favorite with our anglers in May/June and we only have so many good tides.Below middle is Kevin with a treble hook up on rays yes three fish on one penal rig a record on board our boat.




March 2016


Its a bit pointless me putting more pictures of rays as i think you all no what they look like and that is what we are catching and in big numbers at the moment along with several large whitings the odd cod but i stress it is the odd one so if its cod your after dont bother you will be disapointed but if you want a great day catching some fantasic rays come on down you wont be disapointed.


February 2016



Holiday time for me as this is generaly our quitest month of the year and what i can gather from other skippers my dicision to be away was the right one with strong winds & poor fishing, but i am back and like magic the fishing has picked up see the last week of Februarys fishing on Sophie Lea below. When the weather alows last week was quite good with rays a few codling and some decent whiting i realy think March is going to be good.

















January 2016

As many of our anglers would have heard we have caught on our boat a record beating spurdog of 23 pounds 5oz beating the current british (not Irish) caught spur record buy over two pounds this was caught by one of our regulars Ken Pipe from a mark twelve miles off our port of Brightlingsea it looks like we can not claim the record as we were not prepared to kill the fish and take it ashore for official weighing but i am sure you will all agree a fantasic fish well done to Ken for taking the right decision to release it, the fish was weighed on avery scales and whitnessed buy five indipendent anglers. Biggest cod of eight and a half pounds below caught by Collin Sereey 20th Jan 16 good anglers can winkle em out and they are there but mostly full of herring well done Collin.
















































































































































November 2014




The Annual national police angling competition was held from Brightlingsea yesterday 5th November and once again Sophie Lea beat all of the boats soundly, we are making a habit of this much to the anoyance of the other skippers. If you have not been out lately you really should as the fishing is excelent today 06 December with only five anglers aboard over nintey fish caught up to six pounds with the codling and rays to ten pounds all the codling are in excelent condition taking lug/squid cocktail. As we get towards the end of this month the big fish will show up which we will then be targeting so make sure you book your space. Some of our lucky anglers were treated to a spectaculer view of a pod of pilot whales around fourty were sighted a very memorable day. And top right Terry Phillips caught this 13pound thornback ray on the 29th November yes even this late in the season we are still catching some very nice rays. Also Mark Nicholes with his ray the following day a 13 pound 13oz fish two specimen fish in late November.








































September 2014




We are already catching a few codling this early in September i think its going to be a good season for this sort after fish plenty of rays have also turned up again together with several whiting.Dog fish are also present now theving baits that were ment for a better class of fish still some anglers like a bit of rock salmon. Bass are still being caught as you can see Brian Browns fish caught today 13th September as did Wallys cod.The three pictures top taken the last few days of September 27th a day of several bass and the weather fantastic will October be as calm and warm















August 2014

It is only early August and the bigger hounds that were so elusive in July have turned up in good numbers with plenty of fish in double figures. Still plenty of rays in certain marks but also lots of very small fish. Bass are still around worm baits a must for this egerly sort fish but dont expect double figure fish they are all around three to four pounds good fun on light tackle and rods.Plenty of big rays in the second half of August now well into double figuers over twenty big fish caught on the 14th August by Roger Chase and freinds bottom right and plenty of bass on the good days with good anglers. Last day of the month and already we are starting to catch codlings four today 31st August along with rays bass dabs dogs and hounds.


July 2014



Mackeral have appeared in big numbers again always a favorite with our customers,plenty of bass on the shallow water marks but dont get to excited as they are not monsters if your lucky they are just keepers but most are being returned. an unusual catch the other day for us was a brill caught on rag worm about two pounds nice to see in fact we are drift fishing on Friday and hoping to tempt a few brill watch this space.Tope fishing has been disasterous with just a hand full of small fish we are on the point of giving up trying for them at least for this year. Still some nice rays to be had and several hounds this is just an early shot of whats happening in early July more photos to come i hope.24thJuly plenty of rays and several bass today so fishing has bucked up as mid month it was a bit dificult out most days check out our avaliability page.















June 2014

Its very early in June but thought i would let you all no whats happening early so you can plan your trips, and for those of you who like a bit of mackrel fishing come on down we must have had over one hundred yesterday in just an hour or less a great bait and even better on the bbq. Still catching plenty of rays and several hounds are now showing up, bass are still being caught in good numbers but you have to spend a bit more money on worm baits. We are taking delivery of a new charter boat a massive fast cat in the next few weeks which i am sure our customers will enjoy and we are offering all our old and new customers a special wednesday discounted trips out on her of ten percent off the normal price and if you have picked up any vouchers from tackle shops lately from other charter boats we will also take these and give the specified discount so its a win win for all, we will be anouncing launch date soon. Below right 4th June nearly one hundred mackeral, bass, twenty plus rays and hounds a great day for all on board. We thought you might like to see the new boat below 600hp FPT turbo diesel engines with cat stability and space check out our avaliability page and come out for a trip with us this is without doubt the best charter boat in the area. Some nice hounds now showing and our best one this week was Roger Chases sixteen pound fish caught today 26th June.





























May 2014




May is bass month and as you can see we have been getting our share as its still early we just thought we would post a few photos just to wet your apititie if its bass you want pick up the phone and get yourself on a trip with us. Also caught was our first double figured smooth hound a very nice suprise and it put up quite a scrap.Below is Brian Latcham who was very glad he booked a plase on Sophie Lea 14th May catching a nice 10 pound 9oz bass and total fish caught on the boat amounted to 23 bass and around the same amount of rays and a gurnard.




























April 2014




Lots of ray still being caught five anglers today on the boat 6th April with thirty six rays up to twelve pounds, also showing up in the last few days have been a few bass and this will increase as the month moves on. Dog fish and whiting still around in good numbers and a few codling still being caught. The photo below left taken sunday 6th shows Mark and freinds catching close to fourty rays of cource most were released but it shows the amount of rays catchable if your put on the right marks. Second from top centre picture are lads from the military recovering center, we do our bit with help for heros the lads had a great time out with us catching numerous rays and other specias and we hope that the little bit we do helps them on the road to recovery good luck lads you were a pleasure to take out. News flash lots of bass now turned up 23/4/14 over thirty fish & today 24th fifteen fish.























Beautiful weather and lots of fish it was worth the wait Kieth Virtigen had a nice Ray of sixteen plus pounds to day 5th March and we lost count of all the other fish photos below. March is turning out to be an excellent month and if you want to catch some cod time is getting short normally we say end of the month so get them rods out.


















Holiday this month and from what i here was a wast of time wind rain wind rain and i will not subject my anglers to it..








January 2014




Plenty of nice codling still being caught along with some nice thornback ray also some dabs have made an appearance unfortunately out of ten trips booked since Christmas we have only been able to do less than half but that's January for you so not able to report to much other than put a few photos of fish caught since Christmas. Below left three anglers out with us on the 23rd Jan over forty codling at the end of the day all around three to five pounds great sport.