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Book a boat part 3- Teddie Boy, Minehead

Mike Webber was the youngest charter skipper in the UK when he started out in 2015 and has since earned an enviable reputation for putting his guests on the fish. The focus of part 3 of our ‘Book a boat’ series, Mike tells us how it all began and what he can offer you when it comes to a day’s sport…

Since a very young age I have always been at sea, crewing and gaining knowledge from my Dad (Steve Webber) who skippers the charter vessel ‘Osprey’ out of Minehead Harbour, together  with other skippers helping out and gaining me hours at sea. When finishing college I decided to take the challenge and start my own business and ventured in to becoming a Charter Skipper. My vessel is Teddie Boy.  

Teddie Boy- Fast and spacious

At the age of 16 I worked in acquiring all the courses and certificates required to become a Charter Skipper, many hours in the classroom it was,  but after lots of hard work, determination and support from friends and family this was finally  achieved. I had to wait until my 17th birthday to be able to commercially endorse these certificates which would then allow me to take people to sea. 

I have now been chartering for nearly 5 years, and it’s fair to say I absolutely love my job. Recently I purchased a 10m Cougar Catamaran which has been purpose built for my requirements in the Bristol Channel, offering a huge open deck space with full walk around making the most of the room. Powered by twin 200hp Nanni Diesels, this gets you to the marks quickly and most importantly dry and comfortably, offering cruising speeds between 15 and18knots with a  top speed of over 22knots, making this the perfect Charter vessel. Also, she is kitted out with the very best Simrad Electronics, radars, echo sounders, also a galley for tea and coffee making facilities and a ondeck W/C. The boat has seating for everyone aswell as a bait table and 2 large Icey Tek Cool Boxes to keep your baits and catch fresh. 

Since I have been Chartering out of Minehead Harbour some of my best catches include; 

Cod- 29lb 12oz , Bass- 13lb, Bream- 5lb 8oz , Smoothounds- 24lb , Pollock- 12lb, Tope- 64lb 3oz, Blue Sharks- 134lb, Porbeagle Sharks- 100lb, Conger Eel- 55lb, Turbot- 6lb, Blonde Ray- 25lb 8oz, Small eyed- 16lb , Thornback Ray- 22lb, Haddock- 6lb 1oz. 

Minehead is situated on the west Somerset coast of the Bristol Channel and offers a wide array of fishing opportunities. The coast here provides superb shelter from prevailing SW winds. We offer a multitude of other services such as commercial workboat duties, coastal cruises and ash scattering as well as traditional fishing trips for recreational anglers.

Parking is very good at Minehead offering some free slots plus some very reasonable pay and display carparks. Teddie Boy Charters offers fishing trips from 2 Hours to multiple day charters visiting other ports to mix things up and offering angling holidays. Most fishing is done within a short steam of Minehead which means  more time on the water and less time travelling. Bass, bream, hounds, tope, mackerel, conger, cod, ray’s, huss, whiting etc. can all be found especially close to port.  On species days we can catch anything between 15-20 different types of fish, so don’t think that Minehead is just about big fish. They are here too though!

Mike

Contact Details- Michael Webber-Griffiths 07894536672 

Email- teddieboycharters@gmail.com

Website- www.teddieboycharters.co.uk

Instagram- @mineheadseafishing 

 

VMO autumn adventure aboard Aly Kat

On Sunday 9th September, the VMO team stepped aboard Minehead based charter boat Aly Kat, skippered by Dave Roberts. After a hearty breakfast, the plan was to target the smaller species that are in abundance here at this time of year and often found extremely close to the shoreline amongst the rugged terrain. The order of the day was small hooks and small baits fished on an assortment of light rods armed with compact reels filled with zero stretch braid. 

It was just as well that this was the plan from the off, as had the team wanted to fish offshore in the hope of larger species, it would have been a little uncomfortable to say the least and there was more than just a small chance that someone would be seeing their breakfast again!

The steam down against the heavy swell that had been kicked up not only by the spring tides but also the ever stiffening south westerly wind, gave everyone the chance to prepare their end tackle and talk tactics. With skipper Dave full of talk of good catches in the days leading up to the trip, the guys were particularly excited, especially at the prospect of connecting with the feisty shoals of bream that are often in residence during September. 

Simon and Jeremy talk tactics

In no time at all, Aly Kat had reached its destination, well beyond Porlock Bay and somewhere close to the border of Devon and Somerset. The high sea cliffs of Exmoor offered some sanctuary from the wind and with the anchor set in the ebbing tide, it was time to go to work. 

Carefully presented baits were lowered in to the depths and Harry, Andrew, Simon and Jeremy waited with keen anticipation. 

It wasn’t very long at all before a sharp rattle on Harry’s rod tip indicated the first bite of the day. The bite soon developed into a full on rod-wrencher and Harry was soon enjoying a tussle from a feisty black bream that took a shining to his ragworm and squid-strip offering. 

First blood to Harry

It was a promising start and one that was to set the tone for the rest of the day. 

Harry’s bream was typical of the fish that seem to be in residence at the moment at around a pound or so in weight, but it gave a pleasing account of itself on light tackle. 

As time went by, all four anglers started to haul bream to the surface with the fish steadily increasing in size. Andrew and Jeremy even enjoyed a double hook up. It was clear that this was going to be a stand out trip as the guys enjoyed some relentless action with more and more bream coming aboard. The majority of the fish showed a clear preference for traces armed with  floating beads.

 

Double delight!

Simon’s popped up ragworm bait gets hoovered up!

Minutes soon turned in to hours (time flies when you’re having fun) and skipper Dave decided that a change of spot was in order. The anchor was pulled and soon Aly Kat was repositioned a few hundred yards down coast, nose facing into the now flooding tide. 

This time, the frantic bream action experienced earlier had been replaced by a little more variety in the form of gurnards, scad, bullhuss, mackerel and conger with a colourful array of species hitting the deck of Aly Kat within the first half hour of arriving at the new location.

 

 

Simon with a stunning blue tipped Tub Guranrd

 

A baby tope for Jeremy

A surprise octopus for Andrew

A Bristol Channel mackerel for Jeremy – a rare beast!

It was amidst the constant action provided by the smaller species that Simon suddenly latched in to what was clearly a better fish as his rod hooped over without warning and tested his nerve. Dave appeared alongside Simon with the net, his suspicions pointing towards a bass and as the anglers looked on, they weren’t to be disappointed. Simons reward was a stunning bass, clearly a PB and only lightly hooked on the tiny Chinu hook he was using. 

A PB bass for Simon

A comparatively quiet spell followed, before Andrew added to the variety with a small blonde ray that took a shining to a  small strip of mackerel intended for gurnards.

 

It had certainly been a productive day so far, but the one species that had remained elusive throughout was the sub tropical trigger fish. All aboard were keen to latch into one of these special fish that have only been occasional visitors to the channel in recent times, but try as they might they failed to locate a single fish throughout the remainder of the trip. 

As Aly Kat headed for port and left the sanctuary of the headland that had provided shelter from the buffeting westerly wind, it became clear just how large a sea had developed. Crossing Porlock Bay, Hurlestone point loomed and and a particularly lumpy section of water made for a rough ride. 

Andrew decided this was a good time to take a tumble and fell on his back like a turtle, much to the amusement of his colleagues. Thankfully he lived to tell the tale, with just a slight bruise to his back and a dent in his ego!

It had been a brilliant days fishing and was rounded off in style with a pint back at the pub and a recollection of the fish that were landed. The team had landed over 30 bream, the largest bag of the species Dave could ever recall and with the majority of these returned to fight another day, it bodes well for the future. 

VMO would like to thanks Dave Roberts for a great day’s sport. 

Minehead boat fishing update

Today we welcome back Devon angler Scott Smy who gives us his account of a day aboard Minehaed charter boat, Osprey. It was one of those trips when the weather on the day makes you question whether you would be better off not going out, but as Scott explains, the skipper always knows best… 

With the wind howling out of the NE and white caps pretty much everywhere you looked, I think all eight of us stood on the pier at Minehead waiting for the charter boat, Osprey, to come alongside the steps and wished we were all somewhere else. However, skipper Steve Webber was sure he could find some shelter down in Porlock Bay and he was of the opinion that the wind would come in later than forecast so the decision was made to go for it. That decision proved to be right as the sea conditions remained pretty good all day – lesson learned there, your skipper always knows best!

Arriving at Porlock Bay and now out of the wind, a multitude of different baits were either cast out away from the boat or dropped over the side. A steady stream of dogfish came to the baits which was particularly annoying for those fishing prime peeler crab baits targeting the hounds. After a while Adrian Kruger, who was fishing from the stern, bent into something that we could all see was much larger than a doggie and after a short but spirited fight managed to get a nice double figure bullhuss into the net.

The first huss of the day for Adrian Kruger

A whole Joey mackerel on a flowing trace proved too good for the huss to turn down and shortly afterwards Adrian landed the first hound of the trip on a peeler crab bait fished uptide whilst the rest of us continued to get plagued by lessers. Dogfish can be a real pain early in the season in the Bristol Channel and today was no different.

With the tide starting to slow, the decision was made to move further down the channel to Ivystone to get a bit more tide and try and find a few more hounds. Whilst this move did find us a few extra hounds to just under double figures, on the whole the fishing was still very slow. I have found that any sort of east in the wind has the ability to kill the fishing in the Channel stone-dead and this seemed to be the case on this day. Luckily for us we were with a skipper who constantly keeps trying to find the fish for his customers so the decision was made to move just over a mile out over the slack water period to see if the fish were in the deeper water. 

We were all enthused by the news that Steve’s son Michael who runs his own successful charter boat, Teddie Boy, had anglers on board who had been bitten-off several times at another deep-water mark. This was a sure sign that the tope were already around, confirmed by Steve having caught one on Osprey the day before going 26lb.

The move out into deeper water paid dividends almost straight away and finally we seemed to have found the hounds as all of us hooked into some cracking fish, many of which were into double figures.

 

A double figure smoothhound for Scott Smy

Whilst peeler crab was by far the best bait for the smuts, several were caught on whole squid baits fished uptide. It looked as though the recent spell of slightly colder weather had resulted in the hounds pushing out into deeper water from the shallower marks in Porlock Bay.

In addition to the hounds a number of specimen bullhuss up to around 13lb were caught on fish baits fished downtide. The slack water period and the first push of the tide is always a good time for huss in the boat and today was no exception. Varivas Big Mouth Xtra hooks in 5 or 6/0 fished on flowing traces of 80-100lb Varivas Shock Rig Nylon proved more than ample for the huss whilst Varivas Chinu’s in size 3/0 worked well fishing peeler crab for the hounds.

Plenty of huss fell to baits fished over low water

As is usually the case in the Channel the deeper water marks gradually became unfishable due to the tide increasing so the decision was made to target some rays on the sandy ground closer to Minehead for the last few hours of the trip. This just resulted in one very small SE Ray to a sandeel fished uptide and a gradual stream of dogfish. With interest starting to wane and the forecast NE wind starting to come through as forecast, we decided to up-anchor and run for the harbour. Considering how we thought we wouldn’t even get out of the harbour some 8 hours earlier, it was a very enjoyable trip which was in no small part down to a top skipper and fishing from a port where you can get out in most weathers.

Minehead charter report – with Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts, skipper of Alykat operating out of Minehead on the Bristol Channel coast, gives an account of fishing out of this historic port

Yet another season flies by with many of the Alykat regulars experiencing some fantastic fishing. The cod delighted the ardent angler with many fish well into double figures gracing the decks. Whiting and the occasional haddock also went to make up the catches. Sport with these winter visitors continued into the spring when the temperatures began to rise and the white fish finished their spawning activities after which, they left us yet again as they continued their migration. With spring well in the air, our charters mainly targeted the early run of rays. Many small eyed, blonde, thornback and spotted rays put a healthy bend into our rods as the sandbanks and offshore mud patches continued to attract these fantastic species. Blonde rays to well over the twenty pound mark were taken on many charters.

As spring ran into early summer our next target species the smoothound made its entrance. Packs of these marauding predators smashed our crab and squid offerings with many of them knocking the scales over the double figure line. Though there are two different smoothies, the common and the starry, it has now been confirmed that we only actually catch the starry around our waters.

The smoothhound- a fine fighting fish

Offshore grounds were also in fine form. Tope to over 50lb were taken regularly and the further west we went, the better the tope fishing. Catches of over 100 fish were not uncommon with one aprty actually begging to come home after only 65 fish, wimps! Bull huss are ever on the increase in the Bristol Channel with good sized fish being taken on most trips. The wrecks also did us proud when the tides were in favour. Small neaps are the order of the day here as the water falls slack and clears up nicely. Pollack showed well with occasional cod an ling thrown in for good measure.

Skipper Dave gets in on the action with a pristine cod

Lundy Island is always a pleasure in the summer months. Along its shores are many reef structures where wrasse, pollack and coalfish can be taken in numbers. The sandbanks also produced great fun with dabs, plaice and the occasional turbot making up the bags.

The star of the Bristol Channel calendar has to be the bass, but restrictions on their capture limiting us to one fish per angler in 2017 certainly put a damper on things, However, we did manage a few good days with some super specimens taken, This year though, things have got a damn sight worse.

If you fancy a day afloat with Dave, get in touch today

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

VMO Boat Trip – Round 2!

VMO Boat Trip – Round 2!

After the success of the recent trip to Wales in pursuit of shark’s, the team had a taste for life on the high sea’s and so headed for the west Somerset port of Minehead last weekend with the intention of targeting the multitide of species the port has to offer at this time of year.

Friend of VMO, Dave Roberts, was the chosen skipper for the day and Dave’s boat Aly Kat Too was to be the teams platform. Starting off not too far away from the infamous White Mark, The fishing was a little slow but it wasn’t long before a steady stream of pesky dogfish were coming over the gunnel. Knowing full well that the best bet would be a change of location, after half an hour of doggy bashing, Dave pulled anchor and headed a little further offshore where with the tide slackening all the while there would be a better chance of finding something a little lumpier.

 

Like all good skippers, Dave’s decision proved to be the right thing to do and within twenty minutes of dropping anchor, Karen let out a whoop as her rod arched over and line was pulled from the clutch. Like a number seven bus, on the opposite side of the boat Chris also had a good fight on his hands and before long a pair of nicely marked small eyed rays graced the deck of the catamaran.

A Brace Of Ray's

A Brace Of Ray’s

Karen Is In !!

Karen Is In

 

Before long, Steve had added a conger as had Joe, together with some small ray’s and even more dogfish, but all eye’s were soon on Andrew who’s uptide rod was groaning as an unknown fish made several good dives for the sea bed. Harry observed that the line on Andrew’s reel looked a little tired and familiar and Andrew confirmed that it was indeed the very same he had used almost two years ago on their last visit to Minehead.

But it did the job, as before too long the fish was safely in the net. A lovely blonde ray of mid double figures in weight was the highlight of the trip and despite the Bristol Channel having one of its off days, a good day out was enjoyed by all. With the ebbing tide rapidly getting underway, Dave called time and the team headed in for a well deserved pint!

 

 

Blonde's Are Beautiful

Blonde’s Are Beautiful

A Fitting End To A Great Day

A Fitting End To A Great 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