Fishing Ramsgate-fishing reports

 
Fishing Reports
 
15th July 2014
 
Still good fishing to be had with some quality fish although sometimes some effort required to catch them. We have landed some nice Bass on the long distance trips along with huge Mackerel over 2lb. Yesterday Scotts group had it tough with more wind than was forcast but all landed fish with Andy catching the Bass pictured on live sandeel.
A few Codling to pirks and feathers at the edge of the banks and Plaice higher up the bank.
Inshore fishing producing some nice fiesty Hounds, Skate & Mackerel.
Now we are hoping for the arrival inshore of the large Bass, fish to over 12lb can be caught off Ramsgate. This can be a waiting game using large mackerel baits but the reward being a fish of a lifetime makes it worthwhile for the lucky angler who sticks it out.
 
30th June 2014
 
The fine weather has allowed us to travel offshore where we have found good fishing on The Varne Bank with some nice Bass on live sandeels and pirks. Darrens group did well on the wrecks landing 20 Bass to around 4lb.
Marcs group found the fishing a challenge with a strong tidal flow and swell but jumbo Mackerel and Bass made up for the tough day.
Terrys group from Sheppey managed a couple of Bass from the wreck along with some on pirks on the bank edge. They also landed some nice Gurnard and Codling along with a good haul of Mackerel.
Inshore has been encouraging with some nice Smoothounds to lug/squid cocktails. Still a few Skate and quality Bass being landed so plenty to fish for. Given continued good weather the inshore fishing should improve with more Bass and Mackerel shoaling on the banks to Hokkies and feathers.
 
13th June 2014
 
Darrens group fancied a day fishing for Bass so with a good forcast along with a spring tide we headed offshore. After catching sandeels for bait we began by drifting over the wreck. The Bass fed well on the eels making the decision to spend time catching them worthwhile. Along with the Bass a couple of Pollack took a likeing to the eels. Mission accomplished! 
Last weekend Orla and Ether brought their parents fishing and useing there tiny rods landed some fine fighting Doggies while Dad had a nice Skate. Mackerel not as prolific as we would expect at this time of the year, but with fine weather and clear water we should see more coming through our area. With continued fine weather prospects look good for fishing around Ramsgate.
 
18th May 2014

The Belgium fisching club have been back to Ramsgate fishing aboard Duke IV for the last few days, taking advantage of the super fishing we are enjoying lately with plenty of Skate, some fiesty Smoothounds and a good sprinkling of Bass and Whiting. Herring remains the bait for the Skate although they are starting to aquire a taste for Mackerel. The Hounds favour the crab and the Bass lugworm.
The water remains coloured with the last of the may water but as it clears the Mackerel should arrive.
I have space this Saturday 24th so if you fancy a dabble give me a call and make the most of the weather and the good fishing we are enjoying.


5th April 2014
 
Great sport with the Smoothounds now with Marcs group landing l5 last Saturday, Marcins group today landed Hounds, Skate, quality Whiting and Gurnard. The Hounds have a particular taste for peeler crab bait, although we have been catching them on lug, herring and squid so the early birds are hungry and feeding on anything that's going!
Plenty of Skate around now with a good chance of large catches, herring remains the bait of choice but a good chunk of squid often works well.
A few Bass being landed so hopefully more on the way, lug a good bait with hokkies and feathers good when the water clears. We are gearing up for the wreck fishing now hoping for Cod, Pollack & Bass with space available on 24th April.
This time of year can be seen as the pinnacle time for fishing with new fish arriving all the time whilst still plenty of chunky Whiting and Codling still around!
Roll on summer!!!
Tight lines Bob Duke IV
 
9th March 2014
 
The inshore fishing here at Ramsgate is now improving with quality Skate in most areas, along with plenty of Codling, these fish are small but give us hope for the future. Smoothounds, Bass and Mackerel are arriving now and will offer fine sport over the next few months. Still lots of herring showing on the sounder so plenty of fodder for the large Bass that are heading our way, always on the lookout for an easy meal!
Herring has been the bait of choice for the Skate throughout the winter but as summer moves on they will be looking for mackerel.
Squid remains a good bait for most species and the Hounds are very partial to a whole one and when the water warms sufficiently the crabs will peel giving us more bait choice!
The school Bass will be shoaling on the banks, great fun on the feathers or Hokkie lures. Clear water is a must though and the winds we are getting can stir up the water, then the humble lugworm becomes the better bait!
The wreck fishing season starts soon and we will soon be out there drift fishing jellies and shads for the Cod, Pollack and Bass.
Still some weekend dates available and each Thursday for individuals, so dust off the rods and come fishing aboard Duke IV.
Tight lines Bob
 
                                                                          9th Feb 2014
 
Duke IV is now back on the mooring, all spruced up and ready to go. Unfortunately the weather has had other ideas and we are waiting for some improvement and the wind to drop. There appears to be a good run of Spring Codling along with plenty of Skate and quality whiting running through our area now so when we get out we will hope to have some good sport!
Bait required will remain the same with Squid, lugworm and herring being the best options but always bring other baits as you never know what the fish prefer on the day. When spring finally shows the Bass will be heading our way along with the Smoothounds and Mackerel so with the days stretching out and fish coming in we can look forward to some good fishing.
Plenty of weekend dates available still but the phone has started ringing so if you have some particular dates in mind booking sooner rather than later will be best.  
 
14th Dec 2013
 
Plenty of fish still around although not always the species we all want. Whiting of all sizes with Dabs and of course the Doggies keep the rods moving. There are some Cod around but thin on the ground so proving difficult. Still the odd Bass and Skate to be had so plenty to try for.
Duke IV will be lifted out for maintenance mid Jan. Hopefully there will be a Spring run of Codling to go for along with Skate and the first of the seasons Bass when she's launched again in Feb.
Merry Xmas and Happy new year to all our clients old and new.
Hope to see you 2014.
Best wishes Bob 
 
 
2nd.Nov.2013
 
The winter storms will be bringing in the Cod & Whiting, problem being its the weekends when the wind blows the most.
Huge shoals of Herring around now making great bait for the Skate but lifting the Cod off the bottom making them difficult to catch on rod & line while the netters clean up. Still plenty of Bass around but again they are chasing the herring. Thankfully the Skate are quite happy on the bottom and are our main catch at the moment along with Whiting and Doggies. As the herrings move on so things should return to normal giving us a better chance with the Cod & Bass.
Winter baits remain squid, lug & herring with crab being a fine bait if you can locate some.
See latest pics in Gallery and contct Bob by phone or Email for more info or to book a trip! 
 
6th October 2013
 
This mild weather must be confusing the fish as much as the birds. Still a few Hounds about along with Skate and Whiting. The Cod have arrived with a few fish being caught inshore already.
The herring shoals are begining to show now so they will make a good bait for the Skate, the Whiting also like a strip of herring or mackerel.
Still some large Bass around so worth persevering with a small livebait. Lug and squid cocktail will still be the bait for Cod or if getting too many dogs try a whole squid or two, make sure the hook point is showing to avoid missing the bites.
Good Skate fishing today for the crew with Amy landing the best one just under 9lb on mackerel bait while Lee landed 3 to 6lb on lug/squid cocktail. Mario from Bexhill landing a 5lb'er on Squid. Also some good whiting falling to fish baits.
Good prospects ahead for this winter with plenty of Skate to herring and hopefully some good Cod to squid.
Just call me to come fishing aboard Duke IV and join in this fish fest!
Bob.
13th September 2013
 
Autumn is definately here now, the Whiting are arriving in numbers, these fish are being followed by the large Bass as proved today by Hienric's 13lb 12oz specimen. The crew over from Belgium on a weeks fishing holiday aboard Duke IV.
Along with the Bass a good catch of Skate and Whiting kept the guys minds off the damp weather.
A run of Skate is the norm at this time of year, these fish are very welcome along with the winter Cod that should arrive inshore early next month.
Hienric landed todays Bass on a daisy chain of mackerel chunks with the fish taking a squid on the last hook. Shows its always worth trying something different, smiles all round when the Bass rolled into the net after a good scrap.
We have been landing the most superb Mackerel off Deal lately, these fish are feeding on sandeels, so prevelant at the moment. Great sport for the youngsters and the finest eating fish around.
The bait requirements for the day become easier in winter with Lug & squid for the Cod & Whiting and herring for the Skate. Cuttle can also prove useful for the better Cod, this bait is not the favourite food for the doggies so more likely to be there when the Cod turn up.
Still space available on Duke IV for groups or indivduals.
 
2nd September 2013
 
The days are drawing in and the Whiting have arrived in numbers, many are small, making good feed for Bass and Cod while the larger ones make a fine meal for us, fried in a light batter.
A fresh run of Skate will arrive during autumn and stay with us throughout the winter, they can be caught on herring that will also start showing soon. The Hounds are moving offshore now and will take crab bait as they leave.
A recent visit to the wrecks proved tough with a northerly wind making fishing difficult although some nice Cod and Pollack were landed by Harry and Phil. With continuing good weather trips offshore can prove worthwhile with Cod stopping off on the wrecks as they come inshore for the winter.
Mackerel fishing remains excellent with some real beefy fish feasting on the sandeels, great for the bbq.
Looking forward, the fishing should remain busy with lots of Whiting along with Cod, Skate and Dabs and of course the ever present Doggies.
9th August 2013
 
The inshore Skate fishing remains good with some large female fish around, with fresh Mackerel the bait of choice. The weather has been generally good allowing us offshore although the inshore fishing has been better with plenty of Smoothounds when crab bait is available, they will also take squid or cuttle bait. Bass fishing is improving now with the big girls following the mackerel shoals, now is the time to fish the big mackerel baits, battle through the Doggies to land the fish of a lifetime.
Last weeks individuals trip turned up some fine fish with Lee landing 4 good Hounds to 8lb along with a nice Tub Gurnard on crab bait while Jamie's group landed 5 Skate to 9lbs on mackerel strips.
The offshore wreckfishing is slowing now with just a few Cod & Pollack, maybe the unusually warm water is getting too much for the coldwater loving Cod. A visit offshore yesterday proved tough with young Lou saving the day with a nice Cod & Pollack to a black & red jellyworm to go with Jumbo Mackerel on the banks. The water will soon cool and a fresh run of Cod should arrive for the autumn.
Weekday and some weekend dates still available for groups and individuals so give me a call and come fishing off Ramsgate before this glorious summer ends.
 
5th July 2013
 
The fine weather has reached Ramsgate at last and the fish are arriving with it.
Skate Bass and good Mackerel fishing are on the menu along with a few Hounds.
Students From Royal Alexander & Albert School enjoyed the day aboard Duke IV with Mackerel, Doggies and a couple of large Skate giving Matt and Bailey a good workout. Josh and Paul were busy all day with Mackerel and Doggies with all catching plenty of fish.
Today saw us out on the wrecks with a good haul of plump Cod to double figures favouring the shads to the jellies with Will landing the best Cod that was also the lst of the day at a shade under l2lb. A short stop at the banks on the way home drifting worm saw Will land a fine Plaice with a few Mackerel to go with it.
Now the Mackerel are showing in numbers this bait will be the one for the Skate with Hounds still looking for crab. A few Codling still showing inshore feeding on small crabs, unusual so late in the year but a nice addition to the catch.
See the pics in the gallery
 
20th June 2013
 
The inshore Skate fishing remains good with some unusally large male fish around with herring still the bait of choice. The weather has been making life difficult for all the boats but Duke IV managed to reach the offshore wrecks yesterday and although the fishing was tough we ended the day with a reasonable haul of Cod to 8lb. Perseverence proved the key to success with the crew finding best results on small shad lures.
Smoothound fishing still good with some quality fish, crab being the bait of choice for these hard fighters.
July and August will see large Bass looking for the Mackerel and Whiting. Whole Squid or a large mackerel fillet is the way for the big girls although the Doggies also find these baits tasty and can eat their way through a lot of bait, fish a live bait when the water is clear for best results.
See latest pics in gallery!
With weekday and some weekend dates still available for groups and individuals, give me a call and come fishing off Ramsgate aboard Duke IV
17th May 2013
 
Superb Skate fishing off Ramsgate at the moment!
If you have never caught a Skate or want some great light line sport, now is the time to come down here. Heindrics Belgium fichting team are enjoying great sport aboard Duke IV for the week with Skate to l3 lb 8oz along with lots of Skate, Smoothounds, Spurdog, Tope & Dabs etc.
Still good Cod & Pollack to be had from the wrecks when the weather allows us to get there.
Inshore Bass fishing remains patchy, maybe the cold weather holding them back but we look set for a few months of good fishing ahead. Still some weekend and plenty of weekday slots available so if its your first time or your experienced give me a call and come fishing aboard Duke IV for the best service around. 
See pics in Gallery! 
8th May 2013
 
At last the water is slowly warming enough for the crabs to peel and the summer species are starting to show, with good numbers of Skate on the  banks and the first Smoothounds being landed.
We made another visit to the wrecks with Andys crew from Kent who saw plenty of quality Cod being landed on the old favourites jellies and shads. No Pollack on this trip though, perhaps another species under pressure from commercial overfishing.
A stop on the banks on the way home saw a reasonable catch of Mackerel to feathers and hokkies, again these fish are not in the numbers we used to catch nor are they as large, hopefully the shoals will build with the jumbo Mackerel being the most superb eating fish around.
The Bass are keeping a low profile so far but they should arrive anytime now with plenty of sandeels on the banks, the crabs peeling and the last of the Whiting still here, there's a feast of food waiting for them. Still some weekend dates available to book Duke IV so give me a call and come along for a great fishing experience.
See latest pics in The Gallery
 
21st April 2013
 
At last Duke IV has been able to get offshore to the wrecks off Ramsgate today and the chaps from Daggers deep sea anglers caught plenty of Cod on jellies, shads and all sorts of rubber lures. Micky had the best of the day a shade under 11lb, not bad for so early in the season. Just one Pollack today for Kev who also landed his PB Cod and a nice Plaice when we stopped to drift lug over a bank on the way home.
Plenty of Skate inshore along with the first Smoothounds and Bass so its all happening out from Ramsgate.
Still plenty of dates available for group bookings and whether its inshore or offshore you will always get a great days fishing aboard Duke IV
Still taking individuals each thursday and some weekend dates so for the best in fishing and the best value come along and try us out.
Check out the gallery for latest pics!
Tight lines, Bob 
 
16th April 2013
 
The inshore fishing here at Ramsgate is now improving with Skate in most areas. Smoothounds, Bass and Mackerel are also arriving. Still lots of herring showing on the sounder so plenty of fodder for the large Bass that are always on the lookout for an easy meal!
Herring has been the bait of choice for the Skate throughout the winter but as summer moves on they will be looking for mackerel. Squid remains a fine bait for most species and the Hounds are very partial to a whole one and when the water warms sufficiently the crabs will peel giving us more bait choice!
The school Bass will be shoaling, great fun on the feathers or Hokkie lures. Clear water is a must though and the constant winds we are getting can stir up the water, then the humble lugworm becomes the better bait!
The wreck fishing season starts now and we will soon be out there drift fishing jellies and shads for the Cod, Pollack and Bass.
Still some weekend dates available and each Thursday for individuals aboard Duke IV. 

                                                             
19th March 2013
 
The days are stretching out, its slowly warming up and the fish are moving. We are now looking for the spring run of Cod this area is famous for. The fish move inshore to feed on the crab, whiting and small squid that are moving into our waters, so there is plenty of feed to attract the fish.
The Skate have now laid their purses so will be hungry and feeding, with herring always a favourite bait for these superb fish. The males are smaller but very fiesty while the females go to 15lb so great sport on light tackle. Still some Bass around inshore and the large shoals will soon be running from The English Channel around into The Thames Estuary. They run close to shore around the South Foreland and up the Gull stream, not easy to catch as they are more intent on traveling than eating but a juicy lugworm or fish strip can sometimes tempt them. Smoothounds will be looking for the crabs with peeler or soft crab being the bait of choice, again great sport on light tackle. 12/20lb class rods with 7000 size reels make an ideal set up for all our fishing, light enough to allow the fish to perform, but powerful enough to land a big Skate
We will be shortly begin offshore wreck fishing, looking for Cod, Pollack and Bass, drift fishing the wrecks with shads, jelly worms and hokkies. pick a small tide with good weather and enjoy the day.
Duke IV will be back fishing Saturday 23rd following a couple of weeks out for maintanance including antifouling a few repairs and a good clean up. All this to keep us number one in getting you out fishing as quickly and safely as possible!
To attract the small groups who like the boat to themselves we are currently offering a great deal. Book Duke IV exclusively for your group for a days fishing from just £180 or still just £40 for individuals bottom fishing. Contact me for your trip and we will sort the best deal for you! Tight lines. Bob
 
 
 5th January 2013
 
Good Skate fishing off Ramsgate with fish from 3lb to 11lb 12oz being landed aboard Duke IV.
Tobys group on Thursday got amongst the doubles with 2 females, both released to lay there eggs and fight another day. Rob & Chris from Herne Bay also got amongst the Skate along with a Cod to Rob on Friday. Today Steves group from Maidstone came armed with plenty of herring baits and had a fine haul of Skate again returning the females, still taking home plenty of wings. Lots of Whiting and some large Pout made up the numbers. Plenty of dates available from the 24th Jan so please email me for bookings for when the Spring Cod run starts.
See the latest pics in the Gallery
Happy New year to all our anglers Bob Duke IV
 
23rd December 2012
 
Plenty of fish off Ramsgate with Whiting, Cod & the ever present Thornbacks. The cold weather weather has pushed the doggies offshore so now is the time to try for the big Cod with large squid or cuttle baits. A live Whiting is always worth a fish as they make up the majority of food for large Cod.
Shoals of Herring showing up on the sounder and the Cod will follow these shoals, fattening up in the process.
Space available this thursday so if your fed up with Christmas come along for a dangle.
Alan landed this superb thornback Ray (See Gallery), could make an alternative Christmas lunch.
                                  Happy New Year to all Duke IV clients.
 
                                                  4th November 2012
 
Fine fishing to be had around Ramsgate with good numbers of Thornbacks moving into our area at the moment along with Cod, Whiting and Pout. We just need the weather to calm down to get out there. Bills group on a works outing yesterday had plenty of action with some quality Whiting to go with the Skate. Herring proved to be the bait of choice for the Skate with lug/squid cocktails for the Whiting. To catch the Cod requires large squid or cuttle baits to avoid the attention of the smaller fish, with the Whiting on the baits as soon as they hit bottom or rig one as livebait, always a chance of a large Bass or lunker Cod taking the bait.
The Skate fishing will continue through the winter provided the netters don't hammer them and the Cod fishing should improve until the Sprats arrive in January lifting the Cod off the bottom making them even more difficult to catch.
We will continue our Thursday individuals trips throughout the winter so call to book your place or book Duke IV, 6hrs for just £300 for up to 10 fishing.
 
1st October 2012
 
Autumn has arrived with plenty of Whiting, a few Codling and Thornies to be fished for. The Doggies are around in huge numbers too. So plenty of fish, just got to sort out the better fish! Also the summer species Bass & Hounds are passing through on there way South.
If the weather eases up the water may clear and we can try jigging for the Bass that will be around well into November.
Lets hope this winter will be a good one for the Cod, a few being caught already, most being small but that is normal with the better fish moving in this month. The last couple of winters have been tough with the Cod feeding on the large shoals of Herring and Sprat that have been around, no signs of them yet so maybe things will return to a more normal winter with the Cod feeding on the crab, this keeps them bottom feeding giving us more chance with our baits.
So plenty of fish to catch this month with a good chance of a quality Cod or Skate amongst the Whiting and Doggies along with Bass and Hounds still around.
The speed of Duke IV allows us to fish many different marks in the day giving you every chance of good fishing!
 
10th September 2012
 
Interesting fishing on Duke IV at the moment with plenty of species around now with Bass and Smoothound inshore along with Whiting, Skate and Mackerel.
Offshore where the water is crystal clear there are still some cracking Cod to be had from the many wrecks off Ramsgate. The fishing has been tough at times with the Cod numbers reducing as autumn approaches but the group last thursday stuck at it and kept fishing the lures, catching a fish here and there, slowly making up a good catch of quality fish including a nice Black Bream for Tom, that took his jellyworm.
Inshore the coloured water we have been finding lately makes it difficult catching mackerel for bait and having to rely on frozen does not help with the Skate fishing. These fish will be moving inshore now for the winter, they keep the fishing interesting along with the Cod and Whiting that are more expected as the temperature drops. Whiting numbers increasing now, they can be frustrating grabbing the Smoothound and Bass baits but these fish make up the bulk of the large Bass's diet so always worth trying the small ones for bait.
Duke IV will be fishing throughout the winter including our popular thursday trips for singles and small groups and our prices remain the same as last year so just call to book your place on a fast modern Charterboat that gets you fishing quickly and comfortably.
Bob, Owner/Skipper Duke IV
 
19th August 2012
 
We are enjoying some good fishing here at Ramsgate at the moment with many species available. Good numbers of Bass and Smoothounds with a few Thornbacks being landed. Heindrics crew over from Belgium had a good 5 days with plenty of Bass up to 6lbs along with Hounds and some nice Skate with Luke landing a sizeable Turbot. These fish often show in the nets but not often to the rods so a nice surprise on mackerel strip. As usual catching mackerel for bait has often proven difficult with coloured water and a lack of fish to catch being the problem. We have substituted whiting for livebait getting good results then they too became more difficult.
The Hounds are now moving out from the Estuary so a good chance of picking up some of these fine fish with crab being the favourite bait but lug/squid cocktail baits work well although the Doggies also relish this bait so they can be a problem.
Terry caught a nice Hound along with Bass and Whiting on individuals day last thursday and Brians crew fom London today managed Hound and Skate with the Whiting and Doggies making up the numbers although 3 hours on a favourite Bass mark without a fish was unfortunate with only Doggies and a Hound being landed.
Our last trip to the wrecks was good with some nice Cod and Pollack to the jellies and shads until the increasing wind made fishing impossible and we had to head inshore where the crew managed Skate and Hounds along with the Whiting and Doggies.
The wrecks should continue to fish well through September, weather permitting and we will be looking for some more and larger Turbot also Black Bream that arrive here around this time. Large Bass should be here in numbers for the next couple of months although being thin on the ground up to now has been disappointing, perhaps the lack of mackerel has been the problem or maybe the massive overfishing of this species by the commercial fleets that must be reducing their numbers.
Dates available throughout September for individuals and full boat groups on Duke IV so come along and enjoy the varied fishing we have available around Ramsgate.
See pics in gallery!
 
 
10th August 2012
 
The fishing here at Ramsgate just gets better with Hiendricks crew over from Belgium on a 5 day fishing stint aboard Duke IV. Jules a lively 78 year old started the fish feast with a couple of nice Bass on live whiting, Heindrick followed with a larger fish on a similar rig. After landing a few more and losing a few we moved out to have a go for the Skate using the fresh mackerel we had feathered earlier. We managed a couple of fish fairly quickly. The crew had opted for a 6 hr day and just before anchor up the guy fishing the stern hooked into a serious Bass that led him a merry dance that ended when the hook length parted just before we could get the net under the double figure fish!
Still some weekend dates available in September so don't miss out on the fantastic fishing this autumn. For comfort, speed and a great fishing experience book Duke IV.
 
26th July 2012
 
Sunday 22nd saw us heading North, starting the day feathering Mackerel for bait. Along with the macks came a Gurnard, the cloudy waters made the mackereling hard but we ended up with enough for bait so onto the roads for Smoothies, Whiting, Doggies and a nice Bass for Steve. another move to the sands for Skate and a lovely little Turbot with most fish returned by Davids crew from Herne Bay.
Today we headed out to the wrecks where the building NE breeze caused the sea to pick up but the crew managed some tasty Cod before we were forced to head for shelter behind the Goodwin sands, stopping off for some Mackerel on the Falls bank. The fresh mackerel made for good bait with Olivia landing her first Bass and Sam landing a nice Hound. Not huge fish but certainly plenty of species around at the moment giving some interesting fishing!
 
 
 
 
 
13th July 2012
 
Despite the awful weather we are still getting out to the fish on Duke IV. We visited the wrecks yesterday in the small weather window and all the anglers caught fish, mostly Cod with a few Pollock and a single Bass for Andy who was visiting Kent from Australia. Chris who often fishes with us caught the biggest Cod of the day a touch over 10lb. Young Robbie who was suffering with seasickness due to the swelly conditions managed
 his first Cod, a fish around 6lb that could not resist the black n red jellyworm.
Today with the weather much better than forcast we headed north with Gregs group on a corporate day. Plenty of fish were landed with the doggies being thick on the ground. Greg landed a School Bass followed by a nice Skate. The wind then picked up and we headed inshore where Darren landed two nice Bass in concecutive casts on mackerel chunks. We headed further inshore for some Mackerel and a small Gurnard.
See pics in Gallery. Tight lines, Bob
 
30th June 2012
 
We are enjoying some fine fishing on Duke IV out from Ramsgate with some good Skate, Bass and Hounds inshore whilst out on the wrecks when we can get there we are landing plenty of Cod along with a sprinkling of Pollack. The wind is causing problems by stirring up the water, just as it clears from the last blow. This breaks up the Mackerel shoals making them difficult to catch for bait, the Skate and Bass much prefer fresh to frozen mackerel so always worth the effort to catch some.
The Cod & Pollack seem to favour sandeel type lures on the wrecks greedily engulfing them so there must be plenty of fish competing for the baits. Last thursday gave us a weather window and we were able to get out there with a crew of individuals who had a great day landing fish all day with Steve landing a large Tub Gurnard that took his pirk and Danny landing a lovely dark Cod pictured in The Gallery!
 
21st June 2012
 
Good shoals of Mackerel have arrived at Ramsgate, bringing their predators with them. We have had Tope and some cracking Bass with Will on an individuals day aboard Duke IV showing the way today with two nice Bass on consecutive casts on the old favourite lug tipped with a squid head.
The weather has been playing games with us, one minute the suns out then claps of thunder and the heavens open.
Along with the above we have been getting some good catches of Skate with Brians crew from London landing twenty between just four anglers. Some big Smoothounds around too although these fish, like the Bass, very mobile, here today gone tomorrow. Thats what keeps the fishing interesting, you never know whats gonna be on the end of the line, just keep an eye on the rod, these fish are quite capable of pulling the rod over the gunnels.
See the pics in the Gallery inc Will with the two Bass. Well done shipmate!
 
2nd June 2012
 
The inshore fishing fishing here at Ramsgate is now at its best with Skate, Smoothounds and Bass. Mackerel are also here in ever increasing numbers. These fish bring with them the large Bass always on the lookout for a mackerel meal!
Herring has been the bait of choice for the Skate throughout the winter but as summer moves on they are also looking for mackerel. Squid remains a fine bait for most species, the Hounds are very partial to it!
The school Bass are shoaling and great fun on the feathers or Hokkie lures. Clear water is a must though and the NE winds we are getting can stir up the water, then lugworm become the bait of choice!
Andrew's group fishing on Duke IV today landed Smoothounds, Skate, Mackerel and Bass!
See pics in Gallery.
Still some weekend dates available on Duke IV!
 
15th May 2012
 
We are currently enjoying some great fishing around Ramsgate with Cod, Pollock & Bass on the wrecks and the inshore fishing has improved with Skate, Smoothounds and Bass. As is always the case here these fish are keen not to be caught so plenty of good quality bait always helps. Herring has been the bait of choice for the Skate throughout the winter but as summer moves on they are looking more for mackerel, with squid also working well. The Smoothounds are here for the crabs, but will also take squid & squid cocktail baits. Bass can be caught on any of the above with lugworm a favourite inshore bait for the schoolies and try whole mackerel fillets for the large Bass. We are hoping for a good mackerel year but we need calm clear seas for these fine fish, so far this spring we have had neither!
Jamies crew on Saturday had some fine fishing on a four hour trip landing plenty of doggies and Whiting along with Skate & a 7.5 lb Smoothound. On Sunday we sailed to the offshore wrecks with Nordwest sports club where they landed Cod, Pollock & a few Bass along with Gurnard and some Mackerel from the Falls Bank. See pics in gallery. Keep an eye on the fishingramsgate website for coming special trips for individuals and small groups.
 
24th April 2012
 
Regulars Jason & his crew from Hertford Came fishing aboard Duke IV last Sunday. The day started out nicely with a calm sea and we were able to get out close to The Goodwin sands where Jason hooked into a large Thornback Ray. The fish combined with a strong flood tide gave Jason a good workout requiring the removal of his hat due to overheating. After some 30 minutes the stalemate was broken and a near 10lber was landed. See pics in Gallery!
A strong cup of tea was needed after this epic battle!
Steve managed another Skate before the tide turned & the wind picked up. We headed inshore where the party had a good mixed bag along with a couple more Skate.
We have a number of individual days coming up so please contact us for details and join us enjoying the fantastic spring fishing Ramsgate has to offer! 
 
11th April 2012
 
Spring has arrived with new water moving north bringing the summer species.
Bass, Skate and Hounds are heading towards The Thames Estuary. Most of these fish are not in feeding mood but there is always the chance of a good catch.
Ronald along with son Declan landed 4 good Skate today on Duke IV with a mixed bag to make up the numbers with some bruiser spottie dogs.
Our first Smoothounds of the season have arrived taking squid baits, now the crab moult will have started soft or peeler crab will be the bait of choice.
Still plenty of herring around so they remain a favourite bait for the Skate.
Hopefully the weather will now settle down, and we can look forward to some good fishing on the offshore wrecks, drifting for Cod, Pollack and Bass on the lures!
 
April 9th 2012
 
The spring run of migrating fish has started with large numbers of Bass heading towards the Thames Estuary, amongst the Bass are Herring and Shad. Still some Cod left inshore and a fresh run of Thornback Ray. The Smoothound will arrive soon with Peeler crab being the bait of choice. We ran out to the wrecks during a break in the weather and although fish were showing on some of the wrecks, due to the coloured water we only managed 1 Cod, this made for a tough day and the dirty water put an end to hopes of Mackerel on the Falls bank on the way back to Ramsgate. So after a difficult few weeks, things are looking up and we are hoping for some good fishing at what should be a very productive time of the fishing year.
Check out the Home page for dates of various trips aimed at individuals and small groups aboard Duke IV!
 
March 2nd 2012
 
Plenty of Codling around at the moment, they are swimming up off the bottom, feeding on Sprat, mackerel and herring. This exposes them to the nets and they are being landed by the tonne!
When the herring move off, the Cod will return to bottom feeding over the rough ground. Then its our turn to catch them on lug/squid cocktails. Quite a few Thornback Ray still around with herring being the favourite bait. Carl from Kent, today out on Duke IV landed a chunky l0lb 6oz female off Deal. Some large Mackerel up to 3lb also being landed by the nets so plenty of fish here. We are organising a number of trips for individuals over the next month with plenty of dates also available for the boat.
We will be resuming our wreck fishing trips from later this month so give me a call and, Let's go fishing!

 
January 29th 2012
 
The fishing just gets better here at Ramsgate with plenty of Skate to keep the rods busy. The Cod fishing could be better but we are getting the odd one here & there.
Plenty of Whiting and of course doggies still around.
We are still getting the odd Bass to lug bait, maybe this mild winter is keeping the water temps up high enough.
Rudy & Martins groups have today had a good haul of Skate along with plenty of Whiting, doggies and a Codling!
Still dates available on Duke IV Feb/March so book now to avoid disappointment!
Space available for this Sunday for individuals or small groups!
Tight lines Bob
 
January 8th 2012
 
A good mix of fishing here at Ramsgate. The weather has been kind with the wind dropping out at last and amongst the Whiting, Cod and doggies we are still having some good catches of Thornback Ray. Herring being the bait of choice for the Thornies whilst lug and squid for the Cod!
The sprats are here too but for now the shoals are not heavy enough to make any difference to the fishing. Chris and Rob had a good catch of Codling on Duke IV whilst today Jasons crew from Hertford landed the Skate amongst the smaller stuff. See the pics in the gallery!
Bait is still available and Duke IV is ready to go so just call and lets go fishing!
 
December 23rd 2011
 
Plenty of fish to catch off Ramsgate at the moment with Skate, Cod & Codling along with masses of Whiting. The weather has been kind with light winds and the sun has even come out on occasions.
Lugworm bait seems the best method for the Cod, add a strip of squid and the whiting are on it!
The Skate fishing is pretty good with herring chunk being the favoured bait. These fish will stay around all winter so if the Cod fishing declines due to the sprat invasion we still have quality fish to chase.
Some weekend dates available in the new year and the thursday individuals trips will continue throughout the winter so plenty of opportunity for a day out fishing on Duke IV
 
December 13th 2011
 
Still the summer species abound here at Ramsgate with Bass, Skate and the odd Hound making up the numbers. The water is now though cooling down and taking some colour, looking more like the dirty winter sea the Cod favour.
Plenty of Whiting and Doggies to keep the rods nodding while waiting for that elusive Cod.
The bait required for a days fishing is much simpler now just lug, squid and some herrings for the Skate. Baby cuttles a great bait for the better Cod as the smaller species are not so keen, leaving it there for the Cod or large Bass that stay all winter.
Its a lovely day out here today, bright sunshine and light west winds, making the fishing much more comfortable, we have a nice Skate amongst the smaller fish so looking good with some quality Whiting!
Plenty of herring here now so when you bring up a small whiting let it back down, as small fish make up a large part of the Cods diet!
Duke IV is fishing throughout the winter so don't sit at home bored, give me a call and let's go fishing!
 
October 21st 2011
We are enjoying some super fishing out from Ramsgate, the weather has been kind too allowing us to fish places often out of reach at this time of year.
We headed south today with Roberts crew from Herne Bay and passing Kingsdown the fish marks on the sounder proved to be herrings that we caught on the feathers. We moved on to the Varne where we had Jumbo Mackerel, Bass and some tasty Turbot, the reason we came here in the first place. We stopped off at a wreck on the way back to Ramsgate where fishing the launce we had caught earlier, Chris lost a fine Bass and Rob landed a Pollack on a sidewinder.
Whiting, Bass, Skate and Hounds and the odd Cod closer to Ramsgate so plenty of species to aim for.
Looking forward to a busy winter with some weekend spaces still available on Duke IV.
Duke IV will be out of the water 1st to 4th November for maintanance
 
October 6th 2011
 
Todays trip has been cancelled due to bad weather, a problem we will be experiencing more as we move into winter. A great pity as the fishing has really picked up with good numbers of Thornback Ray arriving. Ian and Richard brought the firm out fishing, some of them for the first time where they managed fantastic Skate fishing with 2 rods bent over at the same time a regular occurence,!
We headed out to the wrecks last Sunday with Steves crew from Biggin Hill and although the Cod are moving off the wrecks we did manage a Cod amongst the Pollack. On the way back to Ramsgate we stopped on the Falls Bank and fished feathers on the drift for some large Mackerel. Steve who had struggled on the wrecks showed us the way with a 5lb Bass from the top of the bank.
The Cod are moving inshore now and along with the Skate,Whiting and of course the Bass that stay around until mid November should give us the opportunity of good fishing.
We are still doing the individuals trips each thursday throughout the winter and can take small groups out midweek at very reasonable prices. Please call Bob for details.
 
 
 September 6th 2011
 
The weather eased over the weekend and we managed another trip to the wrecks off Ramsgate and although the fishing was tough with fewer fish being landed Brians crew from North London landed a fair number of quality Cod and Pollack. (pics in gallery)
We stopped on the Falls bank on the way home and our efforts were rewarded with some tasty Mackerel and launce. The wind soon though picked up and our hours bottom fishing was difficult in the building seas.
Inshore fishing has generally been good with plenty of fish to catch with a few School Bass, Whiting, the odd Skate and Smoothound along with of course the inevitable Doggies. With autumn now upon us we will see the Bass and Hounds moving out of the Thames Estuary and the Cod moving inshore from the wrecks to feed on the crabs and small whiting, so although the fishing can be a bit hit or miss as expected at this time of year there is always the chance of being in the right place at the right time and bagging up.   
 
August 12th 2011
 
The weather has improved and Duke IV has been able to get to some of the offshore fishing grounds and the wreck fishing has been superb with plenty of quality Cod along with a few Pollack and Bass.
On the wrecks the Cod have been feeding up on launce and crab. This has fattened them up well with quite a few being into double figures!
Pollack numbers have also improved with some also approaching doubles!
Most productive lures have been the Redgill/jellyworm type lures!
Bottom fishing has been good with lots of species with some fine specimens amongst them. Gary from Hertford landed a fiesty Bass of l0lb l4oz on a mackerel chunk intended for Skate!
Some large Smoothounds moving through as they head south for the winter, Dan from Erith landed a fine specimen following a good battle on a light rod. The fun carried on as the hound refused to be netted. We got some nice pics of the fish before Dan carefully released her.
The herrings will arrive soon, bringing the winter fish inshore.
Will this be a good winter for Cod fishing? Im often asked!
The Cod fishing on the wrecks  has been productive with a variety of sizes so there must have been successful spawnings over a number of years. Last winter some large Cod were landed so these fish will be well into the twenty pound plus range if they have survived the commercial onslaught! The sprat shoals over the last couple of years have been huge, lifting the cod high in the water making them difficult to catch. This can be frustrating but the Cod and Whiting will pack on the weight as they feed their way through the sprats! Are the Sprat shoals large because the predators are so few compared to say 20 years ago? Probably!
The next month should be good with the Bass shoaling and feeding on the pin whiting and the Hounds will be heading out of the Estuary, with the Cod moving inshore to feed on the crab and whiting!
 
August 9th 2011
 
Another trip out to the wrecks on 28th July where Kevs group most of who had never  wreck fished before landed plenty of Cod and a few Pollack on the boats shads & jellyworms. Colin and Paul also landed a good bag of Cod. We stopped off on the Falls bank for Mackerel and topped off the fish boxes with some fine specimens. Steves group opted for an inshore trip and after catching mackerel for bait we fished the banks and gullys and they caught Bass Skate and some nice Whiting.
 We headed south with Dans group from Erith and had a fish filled day with lots of Doggies but Dan found a fine Smoothound that took his mackerel chunk bait!
Plenty of species to aim for with Autumn and winter fish mixed in with the summer fish. The pin whiting are shoaling so we can hope for the Bass to shoal and feed on them. Just hope the trawlers don't spook em!
 
July 21st 2011
 
The weather gods have smiled on us here at Ramsgate and we have been able to push offshore on Duke IV and Gary from Hertford landed a fine Bass of 10lb 14oz on a mackerel bait intended for Skate but not too disappointed when the Bass came along. We had picked up 40 or so Mackerel on the way out so the best bait was available and Bob landed a Thornback Skate before we moved on.
The following day being a Thursday was individuals day and the wrecks were calling and we had a great day catching some 60 Cod and Pollack to well into double figures on Redgills, Shads and jellyworms, Brian and Rob managed a Bass each and Brian had two Red Gurnards. We stopped off for some Mackerel on the way in and finished with plenty of fish and an exhausted crew. Rob from Swalecliff sent in the following email.
 
Hello Bob
 
Thank you so much for all your hard work on the 21 July 2011.  It was the best days sea fishing I have had in many a long year.
I don't think I have seen so many cod caught on a single drift since the late sixties and early seventies, and that continued for most of the day.
The Duke IV is certainly an excellent comfortable boat and your skills at finding the fish were first class. I had a wonderful time and was exhusted at the end of the day, but it was a fishing trip I will long remember. I shall certainly look forward to the next trip with you.
 
My best wishes to you
Robert 
 
July 7th 2011
 
The summer species have arrived with good sport for Bass, Thornback Ray and Smoothounds. Mackerel now around in numbers some days allowing us to catch fresh bait for the Thornies!
July is the time the large Bass arrive and their is no better bait than a large fillet of mackerel fished hard on the bottom, or fished live when the water is clear!
Fish lugworm for the smaller Bass or Hokkias or white feathers when a school turns up!
Smoothounds can be caught on lug squid cocktail while the biguns like whole squid!
We are picking up some good Whiting and Pouting now on the worm and fish baits so plenty of species to aim for, just remember to bring a cool box with some ice packs to keep your catch in tip top condition while taking the fish home! 
 
10 June 2011
Great Skate fishing right now with numbers of fish on most marks. 8 year old Alex landed a fine 7lb specimen on the boats lightest rod, he was hauling for fifteen minutes while the Thornie took advantage of the strong tide. Step dad Andy also got amongst the fish on individuals day. George on Bank holiday Monday, landed the best Skate of the year so far at l4lb l2oz!
We have been getting a few School Bass and Scad while feathering Mackerel for bait. Always a good way to start the day!
A few Smoothounds although mostly on the small size at the moment but the bigger fish should be here anytime soon! Some good Tope around now just need the right tide to coincide with some calm weather for some great sport!
Plenty of Dabs and Whiting on small lug baits so by moving around to be in the right place at the right time we can keep the fish coming throughout the day! Space available for individuals on most Thursdays on Duke IV
 
 

31 May 2011

Despite the weather playing games with us the fishing at Ramsgate is hotting up with plenty of Thornback Ray, Smoothounds, Mackerel and the Bass are starting to shoal.
Attilla and his crew from Dagenham had a fine days fishing yesterday leaving Duke IV with bags of fish. It was mainly a Skate, Whiting and Mackerel day with one Skate topping 14lb 12oz!
Plenty of space this Thursday for individuals looking for a fish meal!

 
9th May 2011
 
A busy  few days with 5 trips in 5 days, really lucky to get such good weather and the fish have played too!
Lots of fish for the individuals day Thursday then Friday, Peters crew from an East London pub turned up for a corporate day.  Along with the food & drink they caught some nice Thornies and Hounds!
 On Saturday it was back out to the wrecks with Steves crew from Sheppey and after a difficult start with the first 3 wrecks being quiet we made up for it with a good catch of Cod from the last one Phew!!
Sunday brought some wind so Andys crew were disappointed we couldnt get to the wrecks but were happy with the excellent inshore fishing with the Thornies & hounds we managed to find.
 Monday began with a fine morning so we headed north where we had fish all day with Skate, Bass, Whiting, Codling and some fine Dabs, Mel managed a nice Smoothound to finish the day. See the pics in the Gallery!
 
29th April 2011
 
The NE wind dropped today giving us an opportunity to get out and find some fish!
John Hamiltons group from Eltham had a good catch of Skate and Justin released a nice Spurdog of 9lb 12oz caught on squid/mackerel cocktail. See gallery for pics! 
 
 
 
19th April 2011

The fishing has really turned on here at Ramsgate with the Thornbacks arriving inshore and the Cod on the offshore wrecks along with a sprinkling of Pollack. The Bass are heading around the coast on their annual migration north. We had a good catch of wreck Cod on Duke IV for the individuals thursday wrecking trip and followed up with Pauls group getting amongst the Cod and Pollack on the saturday. The weather has been kind too with sunshine and calm winds, very unusual for this time of year but very welcome. The fishing should continue to improve with the Smoothounds arrival, here one day gone the next!
Still some dates available on Duke IV but filling up fast, so get in quick and let us try and get you amongst the fish! Bob

 
28th March 2011
 
Spring has brought some good fishing to Ramsgate! We still have some quality Cod inshore! Paul from Welling landed a fine specimen of l5lb l2oz. The Skate are making an appearance with good numbers available. Ian landed an 8lb'er and Courtney who came along with dad on an individuals day showed how its done with a Skate and Doggies! We have made our first visit to the wrecks with Ben who is opening a new tackle shop in Ramsgate, (Cathedral Baits & Tackle, www.CathedralBaits.co.uk ) and Shane Pullen of Sea Angler magazine! The group had plenty of Cod plus some Pollack! Shane brought a cameraman along and shot some film for his latest DVD which should be available soon!
Fred enjoyed his birthday treat with Mitch and mum Kelly with lots of Doggies and Dabs! Ginters group from Barking had a good day with Skate, Whiting and our first Smoothound of the year! See the pictures in The Gallery!The fishing should continue to improve as the water warms, bringing in the Bass and Hounds. Skate numbers should peak in May with the Mackerel arriving inshore in June! Still dates available for groups & individuals on Duke IV so please email or call me for more information! Tight lines,  Bob. 
 
 
20th March 2011
 
The fishing appears to have turned the corner here now with some excellent Cod being caught, Paul from Welling had one of 15lb 12oz yesterday on Duke IV and Terry landed a nice Thornback last Thursday, (Check out the gallery).
Fish are also showing up on the wrecks, fairly early this year, we just need good weather to get out there! We had good inshore Cod fishing this time last year until late April so lets hope we get the same this year. The Thornbacks are coming in now so don't forget the herring bait, they love it! I have heard of the first Hounds being caught by net so they are heading in with of course the Bass! All these fish are here to be caught, you just have to work for them sometimes, but as the regulars know I will do my best to find them!
Sharp hooks and well presented baits should do the trick! Tight lines, Bob
 
12th February 2011

Its been a tough winter but spring is here and the Sprat shoals are thinning out and there's a lot of  Cod out there. They should now return to bottom feeding making them catchable again! There's plenty of Dabs and the Thornback Ray have started to arrive with a few being caught, the Smoothies will be right behind them and as the water warms so the fishing should just get better! There are plenty of dates available for booking Duke IV including weekends and prices remain the same as last year! The wreck fishing starts in April and we will be taking individuals and small groups on Thursdays so looking forward to seeing all the old faces and hopefully welcome some new ones! The boat is fuelled up and ready to go so dust off the rods, sharpen the hooks and come down to Ramsgate, I will always do my best to give you a day to remember!  

Tight lines, Bob

21st December 2010

Good fishing here at Ramsgate at the moment with plenty of action! Good Whiting and Doggies along with Skate and Pout. The Cod have arrived at last with quite a few being reported. Richard had a 7lb beauty fishing off Margate on Duke IV, lug and squid being the bait of the day! A good mixed bag with some of the Whiting topping 2lb!
We have suffered with wind over the last month, this gives me the opportunity to fish the beaches around Kent with my old fishing partner Rob from Woking Surrey! We have caught plenty of Whiting, Doggies etc from the local beaches but on a visit to the hallowed ground of Dungeness, Rob landed two Cod of 5lb and a fine specimen weighing 14lb 5oz, both caught on Whiting livebait!
Sprats are already with us along with Herrings, this gives the Cod a fine feast, great for fattening them up but lifts them off the bottom making them difficult to catch on Rod + line!
We have Thornback Ray that stay with us throughout the winter off Ramsgate! Great sport provided of course we can get out to them and they are not fished out by the netters! Lugworm can be a problem at this time of year so best to book in advance and don't forget herring bait for the Rays!

Have a very merry Xmas and happy new year! Bob. Duke IV

28th November 2010

Great fishing here at Ramsgate at the moment with plenty of action! Good Whiting and Doggies along with Skate and Pout. The Cod seem to have arrived at last with quite a few being reported. Richard had this 7lb beauty on Saturday fishing off Margate on Duke IV! Lug and squid being the bait of the day! A good mixed bag with some of the Whiting topping 2lb!
 ( See Richards Cod in the gallery)

11th November 2010

The wind and rain are thrashing away at the windows as I write this report! I am supposed to be out with a party but hey that's the weather for you!
The fishing has been hectic when we have got out with plenty of Whiting, Dogs, pout and a few Skate! The Cod though have been a bit thin on the ground so far this winter, this is not good when we all want to catch lots of biguns. I think things are running late this year and any time now the Cod will arrive and we will wonder what the problem was. The Whiting are good and fat, coughing up crab, shrimp and spratts so there's plenty of bait out there for them! The beach anglers seem to be getting a similar result, plenty of Whiting, not many Cod!
We get an influx of Skate at this time of year and they seem to have arrived, as we are catching a few fish on the banks!
When this weather settles we can get out a bit further and hopefully the Cod fishing will improve, so plenty of lug and squid the order of the day with a couple of herrings for the Skate! Plenty of dates available on Duke IV throughout December so get those Cod rods out and come on down!

6th October 2010

Plenty of fish around, loads of Whiting Doggies etc. Getting the odd Bass, although there are plenty still here and they will be until November!                                                                                                                               Still catching a few Skate and we normally get an influx of them in the Autumn so fingers crossed. The Cod have started to show although not in the numbers we would hope for, perhaps they are a bit late this year but we were getting some good catches by mid October last year so lets hope they are swimming our way.                               The trips have been good lately with fish being caught all day, we manage this by moving around if nessesary to be in the right place at the right time.                                                                                                                           The Whiting we have been catching have been coughing up Spratts, sandeels, crabs & shrimp so the sea around Ramsgate is a full larder for the fish at the moment! Getting plenty of ladies and kids fishing over the last few months and I think they along with the chaps have enjoyed the day out on Duke IV. We get some of the best fishing of the year over the winter period here at Ramsgate with Cod Skate and Whiting along of course with the ever present Doggies so give me a call & we will see if we can get you out fishing! Dont forget the individuals trips on Thursdays always a good laugh and who knows you might even catch something!

12th September 2010

Autumn has most certainly arrived with wind & rain along with reports of the first Cod and quality Whiting!
The water has been coloured by the wind so brought an abrupt end to the Mackerel fishing which is a pity as fresh, it is the best bait for the large Bass and Thornbacks that frequent our area!
Hermit crabs remain scarce which has been a problem all summer regards the Smoothound fishing that has not been good as would be expected!
The Cod should have arrived in numbers by late September, add them to the Bass that will stay around until November we should be in for some good fishing over the next couple of months! Lugworm & Squid cocktail will probably be the best bait for the Cod & Whiting while given some clear water Hokkies & pirks for the shoal Bass!
The coloured water will bring the Herrings inshore which will replace mackerel as the top Thornback bait!
The odd Tope should be caught with Spurdogs a possibility on the deepwater marks.
A Bass weighing 23lb 15oz was landed by a net boat from a local mark so shows that we do have some fantastic fish in our waters, what a catch that would have been on rod & line!

31st July 2010

Excellent fishing here at Ramsgate with good Thornback Ray and Smoothounds. The big Bass have started to show with a fine pair weighing 8lb 12oz to Sam aged 15 who was in line to win the pool for the biggest fish of the day, some suggested that £40 might not best be paid to such a young lad when Dad Nigel weighed in with a last minute Bass of 12lb 4oz. Nice job Nigel! Both fish caught on mackerel fillet on Ramsgate charterboat Duke IV. See pic in gallery!

27th July 2010

Just found a video produced by one of Mark Kingsmill's group on Utube. You may like to see it, Bob

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcbmYtMIQVg

28th June 2010

The weather Gods are smiling on us here at Ramsgate with calm seas and plenty of sunshine, this all makes the fishing so pleasant, the fish are playing ball too!We are getting good catches of Thornback Ray from the many banks in our area, the Bass are shoaling and we are catching some quality Smoothounds.Mackerel are also around but not in the numbers we would expect at this time of the year, this is the second year where they are relatively thin on the ground, could this be due to bad luck or possibly something more serious like overfishing in other areas?I keep thinking of the thousands of tonnes being trawled in the north of Scotland! Could these Mackerel have been making their way south?

July and August are probably the best months of the year to try for large Bass using whole squid or large mackerel baits. Pick a large tide and sit in the rips around the North Foreland or up in the Thames Estuary, be patient and you may be rewarded with a double figure fish! Please bare in mind these fish will be females, with huge spawning potential so to return them is a great service to the future Bass stocks and great to see them swim off after a quick picture!Malcolm Andersons crew from Corby landed 17 Thornbacks on Duke IV, releasing most of them unharmed, this followed a tough day on the wrecks so well done chaps, hope you enjoyed your trip to Ramsgate!

 24th May 2010

The water has warmed up, the crabs have peeled and the fish have arrived! At last summer is here! Been out on the wrecks and we landed plenty of Cod and Pollack on Duke IV. A good trip with the individuals Thursday then back out with Crew Lucas from St Albans on Friday. All caught plenty of fish, should keep there freezers topped up till the next trip!
All fish taken on lures on the drift so great sport and as Duke IV is a sportfishing boat all small or unwanted fish were returned to fight another day. Well done chaps!
Inshore fishing has been good one day then quieter the next, with Thornback Ray, Smoothounds, Bass and some cracking Whiting! Martin's crew from Gravesend had a good day inshore with Smoothounds (all returned) and Thornbacks along with Whiting and Dabs, see pic. The Bass should start shoaling on the banks now, you can't be sure where or when, just be in the right area at the right time, keep your eyes open and have some hokkies in your box! Don't worry we've got plenty on board Duke IV!
 

29 April 2010

The wreckfishing season has started here at Ramsgate and blessed with some fine weather we got out there on Duke IV. As with everything in nature it appears that things are running a couple of weeks later than would be normal. We tried a few wrecks before we got amongst the fish!  The water is still cool and carrying some colour which is not best for our favoured method of drifting the wreck with lures but after a slow start on both days we got amongst the Pollack, fine hard fighting fish they were too! We also caught a few Cod, not as many as would be expected but I am sure numbers will improve throughout May!
Inshore fishing has been pretty  good with fair numbers of Skate, the odd Bass and the first of the Smoothounds arriving. Mackeral should be here soon and they will bring their predators with them.

09 April 2010

 

Fishing on Duke IV now much improved with the arrival of the summer species. This along with the spring run of Cod and Thornbacks we are keeping the angler’s busy! Also being caught are some quality Whiting and Dabs!Smoothounds and Bass, although mostly small are here and feeding so by moving about we can have a good mixed bag of fish.Some large Bass being landed in the nets, it would appear that these fish are travelling so not interested in our baits, mores the pity!The Cod will be moving off to the wrecks by the end of the month to join the Pollack that will be there already. Shads, Redgills and jellyworms are the way to fish the wrecks here off Ramsgate with Hokkies and pirks on the banks. A Ramsgate restaurant was recently offering local caught Halibut steaks, getting ready to report them to trading standards under the Bulldung heading I was surprised to find that a local netting boat actually landed the fish, weighing 65lb just three miles out from the harbour, this same boat has also landed some good Turbot and Brill, so they are here, just got to get em on rod&line!

27 March 2010

Jane's family group from Deal, Kent  finally got out and enjoyed a fine break in the weather. They managed to catch some nice Whiting and Doggies along with four quality Cod aboard Duke IV. Jane's homemade Pastie was superb,many thanks! I am sure the Cod will taste just as good ! See pic in gallery.

26.March 2010

Duke IV has just been relaunched following the annual service & we are ready to go!
Best of all the Cod & Skate along with a few Bass & Tope have arrived off Ramsgate!
Shake off those winter blues & come fishing!
Space available throughout April & with prices the same as last year.
You know it makes sense!!!

March 2010

Fishing remains tough on Duke IV, largely due to winter refusing to loosen its grip upon us. Despite this the water temp is rising, although slowly!                                                                                                                           Thornbacks have arrived and we are getting increasing numbers. These fish are disgorging Sprats! just goes to show even Skate will rise off the bottom to feed on these fish when in abundance. Cod remain elusive, maybe they are still high in the water, the netters are not getting many either! The Sprats run between 15’ to 20 feet below the surface and at times appear as a solid mass on the fish finder, although they are thinning and should be gone by mid march???We are catching Dabs and Whiting along with some Dogfish!A few small Bass showing up on the east pier, so they are coming along. So despite the gloom, better fishing is just around the corner.We should have the spring Codling run by now, maybe the cold weather and the Sprats have put this back a couple of weeks, this should run through until late April so plenty of time yet!                                                                                                                     Not many anglers at the moment so a big thank you to all those that have braved this long and very cold winter, without you the boat would be gone too!

February 2010

We were enjoying great fishing on Duke IV early in Jan with a fish a chuck, Whiting, Pout and Dogs and amongst all this the Cod. They seemed to be very mobile, here one day somewhere else the next. A strong tide stream was when you got the Cod. The smaller fish would slow off and then up comes a Cod then maybe a couple more then back to the smaller stuff, the tide slacken's so we move find a bit more tide and we are back amongst the Cod. Keeps the fishing interesting and we are lucky here at Ramsgate with the English Channel meeting the Thames Estuary and the North Sea on our doorstep there is always a good tide somewhere. Lug and Squid  the bait of choice with whole Squid next.

Then the sprats moved in!

I have never seen them so thick! The sounder would show a constant line of them around 15 feet below the surface and at times the screen would show them as the seabed so thick are they in places.

With all this fodder around its hardly surprising that the Cod along with everything else has come up in the water to feed on them, totally ignoring our baits. The fish I think, are here but we cant catch much at the moment.

The upside of this situation is that the fish are having a good feed and putting on weight so we can look forward to some good Codding when the sprats move on, this should be anytime now!

Where do all those sprats go the rest of the year?

Plenty of spent Skate purse’s on the beach so the Skate must be here, although we are only getting the odd one. The weather has'nt helped either, with the water temps dropping to around 41'f.

 Skate will move into the area in large numbers throughout Feb and March and good catches are possible. They are still an ‘at risk species’ so its good policy to return what’s not required in particular the females, every little helps as they say!
Feb/ March will also be the start of our spring run of Cod and if last year’s was anything to go by should be a good one. They should stay around through April, then gradually move offshore to the wrecks. The Bass, Hounds along with all our summer fish will be heading our way by now  So to sum up, once the Spratt’s move out we should have some excellent spring fishing to look forward to, so dust off your rods and get down here, do some fishing!

28/Dec/09

Bens group from Eltham had a fine weather day on Duke IV and along with some cracking Whiting they got amongst the Cod. The fish preferred a tip of squid with their lug today. The fish just kept coming and even the sun came out. Happy days!

23/Dec/09

Despite the weather we are getting out and getting amongst the Cod. Lug & Squid or just plain Squid doing the buisiness. The fish are between 5lb To 10lb. Chris Terry & Ric all Duke IV regulars enjoyed the day with these Cod along with some nice Whiting Pout and of course the Doggies. Still a few dates available over the holiday period so come out and test that new gear!

 
Ramsgate fishing report 7th Dec 2009
November has been an interesting month for the Charterboat Duke IV  in Ramsgate. I can't remember a month with so much wind! I have had to cancel most of my planned sea fishing trips and as I look out over Ramsgate harbour its raining and the wind is howling. This weather has though, given me the opportunity to get the beach caster out and I can say that Rob and I caught plenty of fish Whiting, Dabs and the obligatory Doggies we even caught a couple of nice fat Cod from Deal beach the other night so well worth the effort!
The fishing when we have got out has been as expected with lots of Whiting and Dabs along with Cod, Skate and the odd Bass. Jo and her friends had a good fishing trip on Duke IV with catch of Cod, Whiting and a Bass.
 We have had local peeler crabs available in Ramsgate, very late in the year for this area, I suppose the water temperature still in the 50s has encouraged this late peal.
The Herring and Sprats have arrived so the Cod are feasting on them, good for packing on weight but not so good for us trying to catch them..
A number of Spurdogs have been caught in the nets so maybe we will be able to catch a few, the law of averages should allow us a spell of settled weather required to get far enough offshore. Still dates available in December and the New year on Duke IV but the boat will be out for a month for maintanance from the 8th Jan.
Seasons greetings to you all !
 
7th November 
 
Winter has arrived with a bang with gales and rain, this is the time for Cod along the Kent beaches and out in the boats. Along with them are masses of Whiting and Dabs. The Whiting are not the undersized fish of the last few years but quality fish well worth catching. Good to see the return of the Dab as it is a favourite of many for the table. The Cod are around 5 to 7lb with the odd double and happy to pick up squid & lug baits and with fish of this size they are great fun on light tackle and look just great as they battle it out at the side of the boat.

It appears the protection given to the Cod is paying off, they are well spread over our area and of a good average size, this was not the case two years ago so lets hope fisheries keep up the good work and not allow the over fishing that very nearly finished them off five years ago.

Bass still around although more likely to be caught by accident while fishing for the Cod but when you hook into one it may well be a bigun.

Skate also still around although with all the other fish picking up the baits they don’t get a look .Again, these fish are being protected to some degree and are around here all year with many into double figures. Possibility of a Tope as they pass through or maybe even a Spurdog, a few were landed last winter.                       

18th Oct 09

A change in the weather from Indian summer to winter has coloured the water and brought in the Cod. Bens group of Firemen from London had a good day with plenty of fish including Cod Skate and some quality Whiting. The wind is blowing again as I write so perhaps the Bass will move out now. The Cod numbers should increase with plenty of doubles if last years fish have continued to grow as they should. We have been catching some fine Dabs lately, a small species but one that has been quite rare for a few years now. The fishing seems to be getting back to that of years gone by when there was plenty of species around with good numbers of large Cod. Its time to dig out the flotation suits & get out fishing!

 
14th Oct 09
 A fine days fishing for Martin and his group from Gravesend in Kent with plenty of Whiting and Large Dabs, Dennis landed a 10lb Cod that made his day. On return to harbour the birds were chasing the Whiting again, this gave us an opportunity with the lures and we managed around 40 Bass to 6lb. The water remains warm and quite clear, perhaps this is keeping the numbers of Cod that we expect at this time of year low?
They cant be far away as the Large Pout and Whiting are here already
 
Sea Angling News Report Sept 09

 

After a long and interesting summer with excellent Cod fishing on the wrecks with good numbers of doubles, we are finding them inshore now early September, this is early and may, we hope, be a prelude to an excellent winter. Plenty of Whiting around, the Bass seem to be chasing these more since the decline in sandeels. Seeing 12oz Whiting being chased to the surface and the herring gulls trying to eat what’s really too big can be amusing as they fight over the unfortunate fish. The Bass fishing has been sporadic, shoaling some days and others can’t find them anywhere with just the odd fish showing. Quality Skate still around just last week we returned a pregnant female of 13lb. Mackerel still thin on the ground, perhaps due to the winds constantly stirring up the water, fresh mackerel the best summer bait for Skate, frustrating when you struggle to get enough. The Bass should stay around until October so on a good day it’s possible to get a Ramsgate grand slam of Bass, Cod, Smoothound and Skate all in the one day !

 

 

Sea Angling News Report Aug 09

Fishing remains generally good despite the unseasonable weather, the wind stirs up the water, that’s not good for the mackerel, making it difficult getting them for bait and the Skate love fresh mackerel. Despite this we are still getting a few! Bass fishing taking off now with some good fish being taken. Lugworm the bait of choice with mackerel fished hard on the bottom for the big girls, Chris came close to a double yesterday with the one below caught on mackeral bait.

Whiting are still around along with Pouting and the odd Codling inshore.

September usually sees an influx of pin whiting, favourite food of the Bass. When the right weather, tides and clear water come together we can enjoy some excellent fishing with pirk and hokkai lures over the rough ground and banks.

The Hounds will be heading back out of the estuary, somewhat larger than when they arrived due to a summer of crab crunching, giving some excellent although sporadic fishing. This winter could be good  for Cod provided they have survived the summer with last years 4lb average now into double figures and hopefully some 20lb’ers and maybe the odd thirty? Just like it used to be!

            

Sea Angling News report July 09

The fishing off Ramsgate carries on apace with Quality Smoothounds here in numbers. Chris Wards group from London landing 16 to 10lb along with Bass and a solitary Thornback. Daniel Hays group also from London upped the anti with 23 Hounds to 12lb along with Mackerel and the obligatory Skate, both groups fishing on Duke IV elected to return all the Smoothounds bar 1 that was badly hooked.

 The Bass and Mackerel are still patchy with double figure Bass few & far between, hopefully the big girls will arrive soon with August usually the best month for these fantastic fish. The Cod still on the wrecks although declining in numbers. Pollack will increase in numbers along with Bass and maybe Black Bream to keep the wreckfishing interesting but with the inshore fishing so good, why go wrecking?

Quality Whiting still around, these fish have been here since last September giving good sport over the slack tide period. Thornback fishing still good with Mark Kingsmills group from Kent landing some 16 fish to 10lb
 

14th June: Getting amongst the Thorbacks again with some quality fish. Mark Kingsmills group from Kent having a fine day landing some 15, along with Whiting Bass and dogs. Wreck fishing still good although slowing slightly for the Cod with more Pollack turning up. Mackeral around although the northerly wind stirring up the water makeing them a bit hit or miss. Summer fishing should be at its best over the next month !

 
Sea Angling News report June 09

Plenty of species available inshore now with Smoothounds, Bass & Thornbacks along with quality Whiting all available. The offshore wreck fishing remains good with plenty of Cod to double figures along with Pollack and Bass.

The fishing in the Thames estuary remains top class with quality Thornbacks along with Smoothounds to 15lb. Hermit crab or live shrimp top bait for the hounds, not easy to buy but drop a baited net at slack water and get free bait that will catch all the species in the area.

The dreaded may weed has now gone, this should improve the Mackerel fishing that is often difficult here due to the coloured water.

The quality Whiting we are catching at the moment are unusual at this time of year, we usually see them late summer, we are also catching them offshore on the Mackerel feathers.

Large shoals of school Bass heading up the estuary, here one minute gone the next.

Overall the fishing is good but you may have to try a few marks before you find the fish and try the same spot tomorrow and they have gone. For latest fishing reports checkout www.fishingramsgate.com
 
Sea Angling News report May 09, Bob Marshall
Good fishing here at Ramsgate with excellent catches of Thornback Rays from all over the area, some boats catching 16 per trip. The wreck fishing has also lived up to our hopes with good catches of Cod along with a few Pollack to plastic eels and shads. The Mackerel are arriving along with some large Bass following. Bernie Power fishing from his own boat Mojo landing a fine specimen a shade under 12lb. As usual in the spring, netters catching Brill along with some large Turbot in areas where we often fish with Mackerel and Sandeel bait, perhaps a conserted effort is required targeting these fish locally to set up a new rod & line fishery. Perhaps with the return of Cod last winter the Varne bank will return quality Cod to pirks like the good old days when charter boats would drift up and down the bank throughout he summer, their crews jigging like mad sometimes huge homemade pirks, hard work but the rewards made it worth the effort. The windfarm now under construction, covering some 10 sq miles of previously good fishing grounds will I am sure improve fishing for the whole area when it becomes a haven for the fish.


Duke IV report April 15th -18th 

                                                      The Skate fishing has turned on with good catches all over the area. Derek Edmond's group had a good catch in the Thames estuary with 14 up to double figures, along with quality Whiting . Thursday saw us visit the wrecks where Terry Gage's group caught 25 Cod to around 12lb.On the way back we feathered up some Mackerel on the Falls bank. The fresh mackerel forced us to stop and try for Skate landing 5, the best weighing 13lb 8oz, again quality Whiting made up the numbers. Len Hoopers group were hoping to get on the wrecks today but the NE wind stopped us so we tried for Skate, landing 7 before the wind forced us inshore.

Dates available if you want in on the action! See gallery for more pics,

 

Sea Angling News report for April 09
 
The water warming up by the day bringing the summer species and bait. The crabs are  peeling now, the top bait at the moment for the Smoothounds and Bass. The Thornback Skate so prevalent all winter are now moving up river. The Cod have all but left the inshore grounds and moved onto the offshore wrecks.
Rumours abound of Spurdog having been landed, most welcome as this species has been notable by its absence. The best fishing seems to be south of Ramsgate with the fishing off Deal for Smoothound and Bass when you can find them a pleasure. For the hottest action get offshore to the 15/20 mile wrecks where there will be Cod along with Pollack and Bass. For the latest reports check out www.fishingramsgate.com
 
 

 Sea Angling News. Boat fishing report for March 09

 

The fishing is holding up well with plenty of Codling and Thornback Ray in the area. The Sprat shoals are thinning out and the Cod are feeding up on the small crab that have arrived here in abundance. This puts the fish back on the bottom where we can catch them more easily.

Some large female Thornbacks showing that are heavy in roe, so best to return these fish, anyway its always a pleasure to watch these majestic fish swim off and a photo keeps the memories.

Just back in from today’s trip, (4th March) with Grahame Lovedays group from Gravesend and the Codling kept coming all day with fish to 9lb, along with a few Skate and quality Whiting an excellent day.

This followed Len Hoopers group trip on 28th Feb where the Thornbacks dominated the day.

Lug & Squid cocktails fished uptide on a flowing trace seems to be the killer rig at the moment although lug only baits also good. The fish baits not so effective now the Sprats have thinned out.

The water has warmed a couple of degrees now, so along with the winter species, expect the first of the summer fish to show. Always one or two large Bass caught by accident this month.

The spring codling fishing should continue now till late April when they will drift offshore. This past winter has been the best for a number of years and just when you think its slowing down it picks up again so make the most of it and check out our website on www.fishingramsgate.com for latest reports.

 
28th Feb 2009

                                                         

Another trip with Len Hoopers group from Maidstone in Kent. After a slow start we got into the Skate and Codling and ended up with a reasonable catch. The best bait combo was lugworm herring or squid cocktails. The codling were crammed with crab, a good sign that the Sprats are thinning out. A fine day out with that summers coming feel !

See more pics in gallery

  

 

Lee and Paul had a good day today 14th Feb with a catch of Codling to 7lb and 10 Thornback Ray to 11lb. All the female Rays were returned. The fish were taken on  lug and squid or lug and herring cocktails from a mark off Margate. Sprats are thinning out. So it looks good for the spring codling run. See pics in gallery

 

Sea Angling News report Feb 09
Fishing difficult as expected for the time of year. Sprats are thick on the ground giving a false reading on the sounder, at times a constant line from 25' to 35'. I suppose everything that swims will be feasting on this high protien diet so trying to tempt them with anything else is a bit futile. This is a problem for us but a bigger one for the Cod as when they rise up to feed they are sitting ducks for the drift nets and some days many stone of Cod are being landed here, mostly fish around 3lb. If the remainder survive the summer it should be a good winter to come when they will be in the 8/10lb range. Along with the Sprats there are small Whiting in the area so plenty of fodder available. Skate will be arriving to spawn and should provide some sport inshore but the females should be returned to protect the future stocks. Large Bass will be heading towards the Thames Estuary followed by the schools of smaller fish. The fishing should soon improve with the spring codling run when they return to bottom feeding so along with the Skate and Smoothounds some good fishing ahead. Cod can be caught when the tide is running hard and the fish drop back to the bottom to escape the strongest currents or perhaps fish on top of the high spots. Along with the Cod the Dogfish and Whiting have returned so fish to be caught.
 
Sea Angling News report Jan 09. Bob Marshall
The cold weather has arrived here with daytime air temperatures barely getting above freezing and water temps dropped to mid 40s .This has upset the dogfish somewhat as they seem to have all but disappeared. The Sprats have arrived and the Codling are feeding on them, although they will still take a lug/squid cocktail bait. The Thornback Skate are arriving in numbers now and will become more interesting as the Cod become obsessed with feeding on the Sprats.
Still catching Whiting although not so many as December but good sport over the slack water period. Try baited feathers in clear water or 3 hook paternoster when coloured. Herring will remain a good bait for Skate and Whiting and will also pick up the odd Cod. No luck as yet with the Spurdogs, but we live in hope! Latest trip 31/12/08 Caught 12 Cod to 8lb along with Whiting and an 8lb Thornback with just 2 anglers onboard
 
Sea Angling News Report Dec 08. Bob Marshall
Just back from annual Marlin bash at Cabo San Lucas where we caught 32 Striped Marlin. See report on www.fishingramsgate.com  The fishing is still wide open from Ramsgate. The Cod are still around in good numbers and getting bigger on a diet of crab and Herring. The only problem we have is, when the water clears as happens in calm weather, the Cod tend to come up off the bottom to feed on the Herring and Spratts. This makes life difficult when bottom fishing with lug and squid. Skate are still around as they stay all winter provided, of course, they are not taken by the nets. I notice the difference in Skate numbers when the Soles are netted on a bank as the Thorns make them vunerable, so although the skate are not the target they dissappear until the Soles are cleaned up. Whiting, Pout and Dogs fill the gaps but it can be frustrating moving to different marks looking for the Cod that are there but difficult to catch. It will probably be difficult in January when the Spratts move in. The Skate fishing should be worthwhile though as we have some real crackers around now with a few fish in double figures. Most years a few large Bass are caught around the New Year and also a run of large Spurdogs that come inshore to pup. If you are lucky enough to get amongst these fish please return them as they are as rare as hens teeth the rest of the year. This species used to be so thick on the ground around Ramsgate they were sometimes a nuisance. Now along with Plaice they have all but disappeared through overfishing.  12/12. 15 Cod to 9lb for Chris's party from Herne Bay



 
Sea Anging News Report Ramsgate. Bob Marshall Nov 08
 
Water temperature remain high, still in the mid 50s and along with the clear water it must feel more like September than early November to the fish, so plenty of Thornbacks along with Bass and the odd Smoothound. The Cod fishing remains good with fish still being caught on the distant wrecks when the weather allows the boats to reach them.
Quality Whiting also around in better numbers amongst the small ones, this being the first year for many that these better fish have reached us along with the biggest Pout seen for a while. Perhaps the strong measures the fisheries are imposing on the commercial fleet is making a difference.Lets hope so as they are struggling with small quotas.
Inshore Cod fishing remains generally good, some days being much better than others, perhaps a few frosts and coloured water, more usual at this time of year will improve the fishing. December through to mid January, before the Spratts arrive is probably the best time of the year for the inshore Cod fishing and that we have been getting Cod inshore since September bodes well. Try north of Ramsgate on the large tides and South on the neaps for best results. A few small boats being launched from Palm Bay Margate enjoying the Cod revival but nothing like the numbers of past years when 20lb Cod were common, along with the odd 30lb fish, some weekends saw upward of 30 boats being launched from the slipway.
This is the best year of many for fishing this area, along  with good parking and we're only 90 minutes from London so give us a call and come on down and give Ramsgate a try?  There are still dates available for booking !16/11 Samir's party from London. 16 Cod to 8lb + 1 Skate
 
Sea Angling News Report Ramsgate. Bob Marshall Oct 08
 
Cod heading in and Bass moving out, you can catch them both on the same spot if your lucky, along with skate and the odd Smoothound. The Whiting have been around for a while now some of them a good size ideal for filleting. The Dogfish are still around but getting fewer as the autumn and winter species take over. Everyone wants lugworm now so getting more difficult to buy, but worth the expense as they do make the difference fishing for the Cod. The Dogs love the Squid bait, tearing it up and stopping the Cod getting a look in ! Plenty of fish around at the moment you just have to be prepared to go through the small stuff in the hope that the better fish will turn up, just make sure you have plenty of bait. Herrings replacing the Mackerel now and fresh or frozen one of the best baits for the Thornbacks that are around now in good numbers and size, just chop the herring up like you would a cucumber and fish on a strong 4/0 hook on a short trace of 30lb hook length.
Check out the Ramsgate charter boats this winter as we can often get out when the South Coast boats are stuck in the ports due to the SW winds.