Terry Batt Sports Charters
Bradwell Marina, Essex

Skipper's Blog

25 / 9 / 2017

Report from Friday and Saturday.... Friday saw Dave Barham with one of his superb..............
(Fishing tutorial adventures with Dave Barham) and we set out quite early from Bradwell to be at an off-shore mark that normally fishes it's pants off... but I was a little worried at the lack of bird life, well I say lack..!! it was devoid to be honest.
We tried several marks in the same stretch of water for only a couple of very small school Bass.
Then I took a gamble based on last year when the same thing happened according to my little red book.. and steamed NW for 30 minutes to another favourite Bass Mark of mine.
Once we were settled and everything was quiet after about 15 minutes Dave hit into the first Bass nice fish about 5lbs and this was followed for the next 2 hours with a string of good Bass with some slightly smaller and some bigger around 27 Bass landed and even Dave missed some crashing bites..... but that's Bass fishing for you.... you don't get them all, no matter how great you are, I was lucky not to have lost my rod over the side, I just had to go into the wheelhouse to get more bait from the fridge when my hermit crab (which has been working really well for Bass) it didn't enter my mind I was going to get a large Smoothound attack...lol luckily Mark was on hand to catch my rod before it went over the side, so it only seemed right to let him land the fish... the way it stripped line off the reel at first I thought.. dam this is going to be a big Bass... then on the 3rd run it was clearly not a Bass but a big old Hound good double in shallow water..!! great fun.
So Saturday.... with my 6 anglers mustered on Vanishing Point-2 confidence was high for their specialised Bassing trip that they had been waiting so long for, some had never caught a proper Bass, like our dear fried Paul Charlesworth .
The only thing as you will see from the photos is that Friday was perfect conditions, but a little breeze from the SE just made it a little harder to get the boat positioned right, as this is critical if you are going to get it right.
But once we arrived and settled down, it wasn't as fast as the day before, in fact it was slow to start with, just as I was going to move, Alistair got the first one, nice fish around 5 lbs ... but being the great fisherman he is, a quick photo and back it went.
But undeterred I got Nicola to pull the anchor and repositioned the boat, and we had a few nice fish but still wasn't happy I repositioned a second time (the wind was just slightly wrong)
but once I was happy with the boat's position the bites came thick and fast, with many bites being missed, due to basically a little inexperience..! good Bass are not the easiest fish to catch, but once you have enough bites and learned how to react...... bingo there is your first real Bass in the net...
(Eh Paul....).
WE had 30+ chances with crashing bites but only converted that into 15 Good Bass landed, and only 6 fish kept all the rest returned, not just because that is the law now only 1 Bass per angler, but all the guys mostly like to fish for the sport...!! (aint that right Tom)..
Sunday, saw a stronger wind again from the SE but we were on general fishing so we went for a ride off-shore and conditions were better off-shore than closer in..!!
Once anchored up fish started coming almost right away, the out of the blue, we were astounded...!!!! we have seen Porpoises many times, but in nearly 30 years of being out there, we had a Dolphin surface right along side the boat, scared the crap out of Tony who was fishing in the corner...lol he called me and said a bloody great fish just surfaced right by the side of him, and although I didn't see it I could see the swirl of disturbed water it had left behind...?? then it surfaced again bloody hell...!! it was a Dolphin...!! it continued to swim all around the boat for and hour, at one point most of the party were on the bow watching the Dolphin going back and forth over the anchor rope ... he was just playing... and as we move out of the deeper water because to tide had started running to hard, the Dolphin swam right along side us as though he was giving us an escort, then as we parted company the lads saw a second smaller Dolphin swimming with the bigger one..... so may be we will run Dolphin spotting trips now...lol but what a real treat and a privilege it was to have them as company for an hour... we got some video of them as did some of the guys who have promised to send it over, I will see if I can up-load it later...
(Just a few of the Bass caught in the last few days

We have some some weekend dates still available, and midweek trips available so if you want to have a go call:
07768 30 66 46.................. Tight lines

9 / 3 / 2017

Due to a last minute cancellation, for this coming Saturday 11th March, we can off as a one off...!! the Vanishing Point-2 at just £350.00 due to a £100.00 non-returnable deposit already taken..
if you are interested call ..... 07768306646

6 / 3 / 2017

Yes Troy as far as I am aware The Vanishing Point-2 was the only boat to sail yesterday morning Mate.
The advantage of such a big catamaran like Vanishing Point is at 51 foot long you have the water line length, and of course her pedigree as a wind farm service vessel saw her working in 3 meter sea’s in the Irish sea so the weather yesterday was never going to be a problem to us .
It was nice to see you boys join up with Mark Smith, his party are very much like yours Troy good anglers easy going, and fish for what’s there, and you certainly pulled out some nice Thornbacks yesterday, and the usual banter to go with it.
It was never going to be 60 mph which is what some people were doom and glooming about, I blame XC weather forecast I don’t know why anyone bothers to look at it I think they only have one colour….RED, for most of the day as my forecast predicted the wind was 18 to 20 mph SW and on rare occasions tipped the wind machine gauge to 40 mph during the sort squall’s that came through with a brief shower then settled down again even then the boat was still comfortable and we carried on catching nice fish..!! well done lads you all fished well and nice to hear you boys saying if one or the other were short on numbers in the future to let each other know and you would team up once again, great comradery, that’s what me and Nicola try to promote on the boat….. See you next month Troy & Tony…….tight Lines..!!

27 / 2 / 2017

On Saturday Feb 25th we had a very good day with fish up to 13lbs caught by John Alexander along with 4 other nice fish caught by John, and the other lads all caught and we totalled 13 good fish.
Sunday Started well but with a stronger tide and much higher winds up to 42 mph we only managed around 6 good fish and one or two smaller fish , but Richard did manage the best fish of the weekend... a nice 14 lbs fish so well done mate (that has set the target for Rob..) lol at last we are seeing some decent fish again so come on guys lets go fishing...!!!

19 / 12 / 2016

Well with not a lot to report over the last couple weeks even the Thornback Rays seem to have done a disappearing act...!!

But I know these are not our beloved Cod, but the Dab has made a welcome return to the river Backwater in large numbers.

It is only 6 or 7 minutes away from our marina, and as the tide backs off the Whiting subside from biblical numbers to sensible amounts and give way for the Dabs to come on and give some excellent sport , and to be fair, love em or not, they are a nice size of fish and on light tackle are good sport, and without them in the absence of Cod, they are a most welcome sight.....!

I took a gamble yesterday and went to a place I have never had the courage to take a charter party too, as it was unknown to me as a fishing mark, but taking into consideration the water temperature, the type of sea bed I was targeting, and the fact they have disappeared for all of the known marks, it was a huge step into the unknown.
But..... after an hour of fishing for Thornback Rays once again, we had landed 5 lovely Thornback Rays, putting a real bend back into the rods, something we have not seen for several weeks, and two were tipping the scales at nearly 10 lbs so I think I may have un-locked the secret of where these fish go when they just seem to disappear off of the radar, but I will only go there as and when necessary when fishing is pants everywhere else, I will not rip the ass out of this mark just because I can, and a lot of our fish are returned to spawn, and give great sport another day...!!!

I must say I saw a report on fb the other day from Eastbourne about a boat that had caught and landed a fantastic catch of big, big Bass.... several at 16 lbs, 15 lbs. 14 lbs, and many doubles and while I congratulate the skipper of the charter boat (I think it was called Deep Blue) but cant be sure, I am appalled that this skipper not only allowed the party to kill these superb mature breeding fish, but wants to gloat about it.....!!!! has the world gone completely bloody mad, not only was it quite possibly illegal, but reasonable skippers should be promoting catch and release like they do in America, not only do the have a minimum size fish limit, they also have an upper size limit so anglers do NOT destroy their prime breeding stock, so you cant wonder why they have fish coming out of their ears...!! it's called responsible fish management... something this counties fishing guardians, ie: Skippers of fishing boats, commercial and pleasure, our fisheries ministers, licencing authorities seem to have forgotten ...

Sorry to get on my soap box, but I know after 30 years of being a very successful professional charter boat skipper, and have seen the good times as well as the bad, we need to look after our fish, and if you put reports up of wholesale slaughter of a days fishing all you are going to do is feed even more information to various regulation authorities that want to shut us down wherever possible , and all you do is give these people who never go out and do some real research just have scientist to come up with wild uneducated guesses, a cricket bat to beat us with...

Well lets hope the Cod arrive soon in good numbers, they are not to far away so I am told by the commercial boys there are some in our local waters but high in the water feeding ferociously on Herring, which they can see in daylight hours, with bright daylight above them, and they see a big dark mass moving and get on them so the chances of catching Cod in the daylight hours are much reduced, so tonight we have a party that want to try a night trip, from 1700 hrs until 0200 hrs and see if we can get one or two when the Cod cant see the Herring shoals under the cover of darkness, and start feeding by sent trail again.....!!!

Tight lines and merry Christmas, and a big thank you to all our loyal customers who not only fish with us, but Clay pigeon shoot from the Vanishing Point-2 and have won many TROPHIES AND MEDALS ..!!!!

Here is to a great 2017....!!!!!