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Team VMO Go To Sea

On Sunday, the VMO boys spent the day afloat aboard Minehead based charter boat, Alykat, skippered by Dave Roberts. In contrast to the weather of recent weeks, the sun shone brightly, the wind was light and the guy’s were set for a very enjoyable day.

The west Somerset port of Minehead on the Bristol Channel

The west Somerset port of Minehead on the Bristol Channel

As the boat left port, the guy’s had twenty minutes to assemble their fishing tackle before they hit the fishing grounds. Little did they know that another more experienced fisherman was ready and waiting for them, but more about that later!

Andy prepares his tackle as AlyKat leaves port

Andy prepares his tackle as AlyKat leaves port

Before very long, Dave dropped anchor at a mark that was on good form for smooth hounds, rays and even occasional tope. The guy’s eagerly baited their traces, lowered or cast their baits, sat back and waited with much anticipation.

All eyes on the rods as the anchor goes in!

All eyes on the rods as the anchor goes in

It wasn’t long before Harry’s uptide rod signalled the presence of a fish as his rod tip sprung up slack and the line dropped away. After a spirited scrap, Dave scooped a fine looking smooth hound into the waiting net and all bets were off as to who would bag the first catch of the day.

Harry holds the first fish of the day

Harry holds the first fish of the day

Next, it was Daves turn to bring a fish to the boat, once again in the form of a smooth hound of a similar size to Harry’s…

Dave wastes no time getting in on the action

Dave wastes no time getting in on the action

But suddenly, off the back of the boat, a long sleek black shape was spotted. Although in this picture you might think it was a labrador, it was actually a large seal that was keen to see what all of the commotion alongside the boat was about.

A seal does its best labrador impression!

A seal does its best labrador impression!

For the remainder of the trip, the guys enjoyed some pretty hectic sport with smooth hounds and dogfish, made all the more exciting playing the fish against the ticking clock as time and time again the seal moved in for the kill!

The race is on to boat the fish before it becomes seal food!

The race is on to boat the fish before it becomes seal food!

All too soon, the trip was over and it was back to the pub for a few well earned drinks. But not before Harry finished how he had started.

Skipper Dave lands Harry's final catch of the day

Skipper Dave lands Harry’s final catch of the day

Minehead Charterboat Autumn

Andy Bickle 24lb Alykat Cod

Andy Bickle 24lb AlyKat Minehead Cod

Again, the Bristol Channel is coming good as the winter season approaches. Charter boat activity has been nonstop with cod and whiting showing from all recognised marks. A cracking cod of 24lb caught by Andy Bickle from the TOR SAC is the best so far from the “AlyKat” but I won’t hold my breath on that being the best of the season! Most trips are now producing double figure cod, not huge numbers but the fish are certainly there for the taking. The smaller fish are, as usual showing a preference for worm baits. Lug or rag will do but you will need plenty of it! A cod has a huge mouth and will think nothing of devouring a dozen worms and a strip of calamari! When rebaiting, to save those precious worms, simply push the old stuff up the trace and add more on the hook to freshen up, simple! The art (if there is one) to cod fishing is patience. Be prepared to sit it out. After all, when you have been fishing in the same spot for say an hour, you will have laid a huge scent trail for the fish to locate and ascend upon, it seems a shame to move away and leave all that behind!
Whiting have also played a big part in charter trips with some nice fish to around 3lb reported. These fish are a great filler in when the cod are slow. A strip of mackerel fillet will always attract these fish. Beware though, the old conger will be only too glad to relieve you of your whiting bait, and your whiting also if you happen to have one!
Congers are at their most active now here in the Cannel. They will be hell bent on feeding up for the winter. Whiting, herring and sprat will be their favoured food as they attempt to fatten up before they slow up for the winter. After Christmas, the eels will be virtually nonexistent for what reason I guess we’ll never really know, it just seems to be some sort of hibernation thing.
January will be the time to get out there in search of that magical thirty pounder. Historically this is the time to really target the big fish. Massive baits and again, lots of patience will certainly be worth the effort for those lucky few who are prepared to put the effort in.
If you fancy a crack at the Bristol Channel cod run with virtually no steaming time, give me a ring and we’ll see what we can find!
Dave Roberts “AlyKat” Charters Ltd.

Lucy Henderson 16lb Thorny

Lucy Henderson 16lb Thornback Ray From Minehead

Jon Mattick With A Hard Fighting Bristol Channel Cod

Jon Mattick With A Hard Fighting Bristol Channel Cod

 

Tim Poat 12lb Cod

Tim Poat 12lb Cod