With many of us now looking at planning future fishing trips, we thought it might be nice to take a closer look at some of the fantastic charter boats operating out of the many ports around the UK coastline. Today, we focus on on ‘Anglo Dawn’, operating out of Salcombe and skippered by Chris Roberts. Chris will take it from here…
I have been chartering since 2003 but have fished for my entire life. I have fished commercially and with rod and line. My father taught me to fish and one of my earliest memories was being tied to the mast of the boat and on another occasion catching dogfish. A little later on I moved to Australia to pursue a rugby scholarship and whilst there, out of season, I worked on a commercial drop-liner that fished the continental shelf, the Great Barrier Reef and occasionally ventured as far as one hundred miles offshore.
I returned to the UK in 2003 and earned my yacht masters qualification and began chartering.
I’m also currently about to pass out as a coxswain for the Salcombe lifeboat.
My vessel is Anglo Dawn, a 36ft Offshore 105 that will happily cruise at around 15 knots but can top 20 knots thanks to 370hp under the hatch. The boat is well kitted out with Garmin electronics, heated wheelhouse, onboard toilet and Icey-Tec cool boxes for stowing your catch. Deck space is very accommodating and there’s plenty of room throughout.
Since I started operating out of Salcombe, we have seen some brilliant fish come to the boat including-
Ling 39lb 12oz
Coalfish 25lb 8oz
Bass 13lb 10oz
Plaice 6lb 5oz
John Dory 6lb 8oz
Blonde ray 29lb
Brill 8lb 8oz
Black bream 5lb
Blue shark 125lb (formula)
Porbeagle shark 70 lb (formula)
Salcombe is set in a beautiful picturesque location and being the most southerly point means less steaming time to reach the more productive grounds.
Parking is never a problem as I pick my anglers up from the large long-stay car park.
The variety of the fishing found here is incredible with everything from two hour mackerel trips,
drifting the Skerries banks for plaice, rays and bass, offshore drift fishing over wrecks with artificials for species such as cod, pollack, bass and inshore work for species such as big bream and gurnards.
A lot of the best fishing is just a short steam from port so this ensures more fishing time.
The banks in particular produce some excellent ray fishing with small eyed, blonde, spotted and thornbacks all regular captures. Bass are also very much on the cards.
For those who prefer traditional deep water wreck fishing at anchor, we regular fish for the big conger and ling that inhabit the wartime wrecks that are strewn across the English Channel.
If you would like to enquire with Chris about making a booking, you can contact him on
07967 387657 or visit his Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Boat-Service/Anglo-Dawn-Salcombe-Charter-Boat-Skippered-by-Chris-Roberts-1414306782132263/