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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skate Bass and good Mackerel fishing are on the menu along with a few Hounds.
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.
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!
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.
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
Plenty of Skate inshore along with the first Smoothounds and Bass so its all happening out from Ramsgate.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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!!!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
They cant be far away as the Large Pout and Whiting are here already
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 !
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.
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.
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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.
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 !
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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