Supanova II - Available Fishing
Charter fishing out of Weymouth offers varied grounds and with it a great selection of species to target. Supanova is available for Charter for a Single Day or 2 to 5 days consecutive fishing in and around Weymouth Reef Banks, Inshore and Mid Channel Wrecks. To help you decide what's best for your style of fishing here's an example of what's on offer and what you can expect:
Inshore Wreck Fishing
The inshore wrecks around Weymouth and Portland are often forgotten about but can prove to be very productive during the summer Months. Light tackle can see you have great fun with Pollack up to 10lb and the odd Bass adding a lot of variety. Also a session at anchor can also see good numbers of congers. You don't have to go miles to have a good time battling congers. Vic Evans current british record conger of 133lb was caught on a wreck in Lyme bay just 6 miles offshore.
The Mid Channel Wrecks are home to some cracking fish. February see's Weymouth boats traveling up to 40 miles offshore to target the new season Pollack which inhabit the wrecks to spawn. This sport continues through March and into April where we see the arrival of ling.
April also sees the arrival of cod which normally continue to offer sport until the end of June where it is not uncommon to see a Bass or two. Congers are present on the wrecks all year round but are at their most prolific during the summer months.
Inshore Reefs & Banks
Weymouth and Portland's jurassic coast is surrounded by large areas of fish filled Reefs and some of the most famous sandbanks in the UK. All of which are easily reached within an hour of Weymouth. The reef areas start to come alive in the early spring with areas along the Purbeck coastline to the east of Weymouth producing the early run of the hard fighting Black Bream which come in to the area to spawn. Light tackle is the key and combine that with an astounding coastline your in for a nice day.
The early spring trips often also see varying species turn up including Undulate Rays, Pollack, occasional Bass and the colourful Ballen and Cuckoo Wrasse. The spring also sees the arrival to the famous Shambles Bank and surrounding mussel beds of the beautifully coloured Plaice and Combine that in with the chance of a monster early Turbot your in for a good day drifting the bank! With specimen Plaice up to 6lb and turbot to 20lb+ always on the cards, a popular days fishing and one every angler should experience.
As time ticks on and we arrive into May and June the Reefs begin to produce what I like to call the angry fish! Weymouth see's the arrival of Tope, Congers and Bull Huss to the rough ground marks. These guys are seriously under rated but are fantastic to catch, and if you want to catch a fish that you are sure will put you through your paces then this is a must for you.
The banks through May and June will continue to produce Turbot with the odd Brill thrown in for good measure but the Plaice, now spawned move off into deeper water to feed up before re-appearing in the late summer early autumn. The Mussel beds surrounding the shambles can see the appearance of Cod during May and June. The Ray fishing in June begins to produce varying species such as Blonde, Undulate, Thornback and spotted's but doesn't really begin to come into it's own until September. The months of July and August will witness the return of the Black Bream along with the much sought after Bass.
Combine all the above for Weymouth's main stay of fishing until the end of October. Where in the UK can you go fishing and it not be uncommon to se 10 or more different species in a day?
The fertile waters of the Channel islands of Alderney and Guernsey see many South Coast boats venturing over the channel from May onwards to target the sand banks for Turbot and Brill. As the year moves on the arrival of bass, bream and tope sees anglers enjoy some fantastic sport. Combine some fantastic fishing with the evening lifestyle of the islanders and you are in for a great time.
Trips are of 4 or 5 day duration that kick of with us leaving Weymouth and fishing the many wrecks in the Channel on the way. The middle days will see us fishing around the many sand banks and reefs surrounding the islands before returning to Weymouth on the final day again fishing the Wrecks on the way home. A popular short break for many Sea Anglers.
Multi Day Trips out of Weymouth
Weymouth's outstanding variety of fishing can sometimes be more of a draw to some anglers than the channel islands. The trips can be anything from 2-5 days and will give you the best opportunity of experiencing the fishing Weymouth has to offer. The trips can be completely matched to the angler. With Wrecking, Bank and reef fishing all being possible over the duration of the trip.
Some anglers like to run a species competition over the duration and it is not uncommon to see in excess of 15 species over a 3 or 4 day trip. Species you could expect to encounter on a multiple day trip could include. Bass, Bream, Turbot, Brill, Plaice, Cod, Rays, Tope, Congers, Bull Huss, Trigger fish, Wrasse, Pollack and ling.
Hints & Tips for a Good Day Afloat Supanova
Well, your trip is now booked and you can begin looking forward to your hopefully enjoyable day out aboard Supanova from the UK’s leading sport angling port of Weymouth. The Hints & Tips should help give you an idea of the sort of thing you need to bring with you to make your day as enjoyable as possible and hopefully a few ideas of tactics to use to aid you in catching your fish and hopefully enjoy everything that fish has on offer to you the sport angler.
Equipment I understand that if you are bringing your own tackle then you want to bring enough to cover every possibility but truthfully guys what you need for an average days fishing you can fit in to a lunch box, remember that the more tackle you bring then the less room you have and the less weight on the boat the quicker we get there!
Wet weather gear (even if it looks a pleasant day)
Sunglasses (the winter sun is a killer early in the morning)
Wellies (you don’t want wet feet all day in those £100 trainers!)
Food (it’s hungry work winding up those monsters from the deep!)
Sea sickness tablets
Essentials for Wrecking
For wrecking for Cod, Pollack or Bass rods in the 12-20lb range are perfect for the job, paired with a medium sized multiplier (Abu 7000 or similar) loaded with 20-30lb braid and 25lb clear mono leader are perfect for the job. When wrecking for ling on the drift or congers at anchor a rod and reel a bit more substantial are the order of the day. Rods in the class of 30-50lb paired with a decent multiplier (shimano TLD 20 or similar) loaded with 50lb braid and a 50-70lb leader are needed mainly to deal with sometimes 3lb of lead and the tide.
Essentials for Inshore (Drifting)
When drift fishing inshore for species such as Bream, Bass, Cod, Plaice, Turbot, Brill etc Rods of 6-12lb or 12-20lb are perfect for all aspects again with matching reels (Abu 6000-7000 or similar) Loaded with 20-30lb braid and a 20-25lb clear mono Shock leader.
Essentials for Inshore (Anchor)
While your light gear (above) will be perfectly adequate for the sporting Black Bream at anchor I would perhaps step your Rods and reels up a notch to maybe a 30lb class setup to firstly deal with the larger weights needed to combat the stronger part of the tide often found around our fishing grounds and secondly to give you an opportunity to experience the larger fish often over looked on our inshore marks including Congers, Bull Huss, Tope and different types of ray Including Blonde, Undulate and Thornback's. This is just to hopefully point you in the right direction of what to bring with you but if you have your methods then please please don’t let me stop you from using them, I’m here to learn too!
My Top Tips & Tactics for Targeting Certain Species
Bass are normally fished for on the drift in very tidal areas with the top baits being live Sandeel's, Live Mackerel closely followed by artificial such as Red gills and storm shads. The perfect Rig for Bassing is the Portland rig which is simply made from three swivels a couple of beads and a hook! Yes its that simple! (Click Here for Example). Coming from your sliding swivel on your Portland rig attach 8’ of CLEAR 20-25lb (Preferably with a small swivel in the middle) mono to either a 4/0 fine wire hook( Something like a mustad 3261BLN or a Kamasan B940) if using sandeels, A size 2 treble hook for live mackerel or your artificial. Attached to your weight link your weight (Normally 6,8,10 or 12oz be advised by me on the day) Lower your live or artificial bait to the bottom and wait for that explosive take!!
***** TOP BASS TIP *****
Where possible use exactly the same line for your Leader as your 8’ trace as they will behave exactly the same in the water whilst your bait goes through the washing machine effect!
During the summer months these little beauties are absolutely brilliant fun on light tackle and fantastic on the Barbie! Bream are caught both at anchor and on the drift. On the drift we use the same Portland rig as the bassing but with a shorter trace of around 3’ to a smaller size 2 or size 1 Aberdeen hook (Mustad 3261BLN or Kamasan B940). At anchor we use a simple running ledger with the same length trace and same size hook. The trick at anchor is to fish as light as you possibly can so you use enough weight that your bait is just holding bottom. If you get no bites after a minute or two pick your weight up and fly it back in the tide. Repeat this process until you either get a bite or you are 100yds behind the boat! On the bait front a strip of squid or Mackerel is the stuff!
***** TOP BREAM TIP *****
Try adding four or five yellow beads on your trace behind the hook, Bream love Yellow!
Whether fished for on the wrecks or inshore the tactics are exactly the same. The two favoured methods use a running ledger but with short traces attached to a storm shad or similar. The first is known as ‘’wiffing’ which sees you lower a 10oz weight with a 3’ foot trace of 30LB CLEAR MONO to the bottom and then jig your rod slowly in big long strokes bouncing your end gear along the bottom. Or the old fashioned method of simply lowering and retrieving your Lure.
**** TOP COD TIP *****
Cod Generally live closer to wreckage or the bottom than other species so live dangerously and the rewards are there!
Congers, Bull Huss and Tope
The much over looked and harder fighting variety of sport fish caught around our coast. These three are targeted all in the same way with a very simple running ledger to 4’ of 150-250lb mono NOT WIRE as this causes unnecessary stress to the fish tied to a strong 6/0-10/0 hook (Mustad 3406 o’shaughnesy). Simply add a fresh Mackerel Flapper and your ready to do battle!
***** TOP BAIT TIP *****
Keep those baits fresh these babies hunt on smell!!
These cod tasting conger looking fish are not as common as they used to be due to commercial pressure but are still a truly rewarding catch. Tactics again are simple with running ledgers and 150lb traces attached to a strong 6/0 hook (Mustad 3406). Drifted and wound up over the wreck over the slack water period. Best baits are either a Mackerel flapper or a couple of squid.
***** TOP LING TIP *****
Once clear of the wreck leave your reel in free spool thus leaving your gear stationary just behind the wreck in the catching zone!!!!!
These pretty orange spotted characters grace our sandbanks and mussel beds in the spring and stay with us until late summer. Although the numbers are never there like they used to be in the glory days nothing beats seeing one of these crackers head shaking up through the water and slipping the net under them once they break surface. Tactics again see us using the trusty running ledger this time with a 3’ trace of 20LB CLEAR MONO to a fine wire Aberdeen hook of size 1 (Mustad 3261 or Kamasan B940). On your trace add a dozen or so coloured beads on their own or combined with a blade or spoon. The only bait for these is ragworm tipped with a nice strip of squid fished hard on the bottom.
**** TOP PLAICE TIP ****
Don’t skimp on bait! Remember these fish are serious visual predators, A good sized plaice bait utilises 4 or 5 ragworm and a thin strip of squid!
Our target on the deep mid channel Wrecks during the early part of the year. These trips see us lining up with either running ledgers using a 6-8’’ tube boom or a fixed wire or French boom attached to 8-10’ of 25-30LB CLEAR mono Preferably with a small swivel in the middle tied to varying artificial lures. Have a selection of shads, sidewinders, red gills and the old trusty Jelly Worms.
**** TOP POLLOCK TIP ****
Vary the height you retrieve your gear and vary the speed too, sometimes its the difference between catching and not! If you get a take KEEP THAT ROD STILL AND DON’T SPEED UP OR SLOW DOWN THAT RATE OF RETRIEVE! After all what you were doing was what attracted the fish in the first place!
These hard fighting, tide loving bottom hugging beasts are again an over looked target. Nothing beats seeing an angler on his knees attached to a 25lb ray begging for mercy! Running ledgers with 4’ traces of 100-150lb mono are needed attached to a pennel rig of strong 6/0 hooks (Sakuma manta’s) with the best baits being a cocktail of squid and Mackerel.
**** TOP RAY TIP ****
Give these shy biters plenty of time to chomp on your bait and don’t set that hook until they start to move off with it and hang on!!!
Turbot and Brill
Probably the most frustrating but most prized fish to catch in the sea. These beautiful flat fish are rarely caught anywhere else in the country and believe it or not but rod and line is the most successful way of catching these beauties. Tactics again are a running ledger or Portland rig with and 8’ trace of 25lb clear mono attached to 6/0 fine wire Aberdeen hook (Mustad 32612BLN) With the top baits being a nice long strip of Mackerel, Strip of Launce or a live sandeel.
**** TOP TURBOT & BRILL TIP ****
Be patient!!!!! It’s not every day you catch one of these so enjoy it if you do! If you get that tell tale rattle spool off some line and just wind. WHATEVER YOU DO DON’T PUMP THESE FISH AS THEY HAVE SUCH SOFT MOUTHS THE HOOKS WILL FALL OUT IF YOU DO.
REMEMBER NO TACKLE, NO PROBLEM THERE IS PLENTY ON BOARD TO USE!
Things you should have in your tackle box
If you run out of things or forget things I will have plenty on board. Note: Braid is best on your reels you will struggle a bit with mono in the tide around our area to feel things. I look forward to having you on board.
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