Charter Boat - Optimist |
Published by: Nigel Lihou | Skipper of:
Member of: The Professional Boatmans Association
|Power||400hp Turbo Diesel|
|Licence||MCA 60 Miles|
|Pax||10 + 2|
|Address||47 Lichfield Drive|
|Post Code||TQ5 8DG|
• Powered by a 400hp Iveco Engine
• Large deck area for maximum fishing space
• Moored at Brixham, Torbay, South Devon
• 60 mile code of practice
• All safety equipment and up to date electronics
- Hot Drinks available
Some of the Trips we do: -
• Bespoke Charters
• Wreck Fishing
• Skerries Bank fishing
Optimist Charters offers a variety of Fishing trips from 2 hours Mackerel fishing to half and full day Wreck, Bank or reef fishing to 3, 4 or 5 day Channel Island Trips
For further information on our fishing trips please visit our other website: - http://optimistfishingcharter.co.uk
• Mackerel Fishing
• Bay Cruises
• Wildlife Watching: - We offer a variety of trips in Torbay and the surrounding area and can if so required employ the services of a local wildlife guide, whose vast knowledge can enhance your trip.
NEW FOR the winter of 2016/17 Bird watching trips around Torbay, Following on from the successful PELAGIC BIRDWATCHING TRIPS in 2016 we now offer more of these in 2017 see our website: - http://www.optimistcharters.co.uk/wildlife-birdwatching-and-pelagic-birdwatching-tri.php
• Dive Charters
• Survey Work
• Workboat Duties including filming see our website: - http://www.optimistcharters.co.uk/survey-and-workboat-duties.php
Optimist charters are based in Brixham but offer customers a personalised package tailored to their needs. Given our fantastic location and knowledge we have a wide selection of wrecks, reefs and sandbanks, within an hour's steaming and can fish mid channel. We also have strong links in the channel Islands meaning we can also offer 3, 4 or 5 day bookings where we can fish the reefs and banks around Guernsey and Alderney. We can operate out of our home port Brixham or can pick you up in Paignton, Torquay or Dartmouth and Tide permitting Babbacombe or Teignmouth.
About the Skipper:
Our friendly skipper Nigel, has been fishing for over 40 years and was brought up in Guernsey before moving to the UK in his 20's. Since then he has continued fishing (much to the frustration of his wife) and has skippered many boats over the years and is very experienced. Nigel holds Qualifications from both the M.C.A. and the R.Y.A.
Optimist offer's a service from Brixham and Torbay, our charters are planned to your requirements and nothing is too much trouble (we can even arrange bacon sandwiches early morning, or pasties lunch time on day long trips, so really do have you in mind...)
Nigel and his crew have an extensive knowledge of the area and are happy to help out the complete novice or provide a service for the more experienced fisherman.
We look forward to catching some good fish with you soon.
• Professional Boatman's Association (PBA)
• R.Y.A. Instructor
• R.N.L.I. Coastal Safety Advisor (Torbay Team)
Fish over the last month: -
The Skerries are still producing some good fish along with the Plaice and Ray's we are seeing Turbot and Brill and even the Gurnards have started to appear. Out on the wrecks things are a bit hit and miss at the moment with Pollock still around but smaller in size and quantity we have also seen Ling and pout although no Bass yet but due to the regulations we have not as yet been targeting them. Inshore things are much as they have been for most of the year with mackerel still scarce and very tide dependant. We still have plenty availability for the rest of the year with some good fishing out Brixham
Although Optimist is out of the water for two weeks it doesn’t stop me getting out with friends for a bit of fishing in between the job list to be done. The Skerries are still producing well with good sizes of Ray, Blonde, Small eyed, Spotted and Thornback with smooth hound the odd Plaice and some good size Whiting there are still a good variety of fish about.
On the wrecks we have been seeing a fair amount of Pollack nothing of vast size but in the 3lb to 6lb range which is nice for those who would like one for the table.
Bookings are trickling in for 2017 so if you have a particular date in mind check the tides and give us a call we will do our best to put you on the fish.
For those of you more interested in watching our wildlife than catching fish we are now running regular bird and wildlife watching trips on Sunday mornings with a local accredited guide, but these do book up fast so best to give us a call, Optimist is still available for charter in the afternoon and for full days Monday to Saturday.
We look forward to welcoming you aboard in 2017.
First of all an apology as I haven't let you know what Optimist has been up to for the last few months but things have been a bit hectic.
Fish has been steady on the Skerries with a good species count on most trips, the Plaice are still around and getting plumper with the usual appearance of a Ray or two aboard on most trips mainly Blondes although we have had spotted, small eyed and thornback aboard (not all at once). The Gurnards appear with good regularity and mackerel seem more prolific on the banks than where they normally are around the headlands we have only seen one Garfish so far this year and quite a small one at that. Turbot and Brill have both been boated over the last couple of months with the biggest about 5lb and on the last trip out we managed a first for Optimist with a small starry smooth hound also on the same trip it was great to bring a Bass aboard a rare occurrence this year although we nearly lost it as it spat the hook in the net.
We continue to monitor the wreck situation which has been dire all year with very few decent fish, mainly pouting and small Pollack, but the sounder has been showing large balls of bait fish very close to the wrecks not good if you are trying to attract a fish with a plastic lure.
We will continue to be afloat for the majority of the winter and hope that the weather is a little kinder than last winter
Don't for get to give us a call if you fancy some good fishing
Some really good fishing at the moment, the inshore wrecks are producing some lovely Pollack around the 5lb mark and the last trip produced 4 or 5 on every drift in near perfect conditions (wish it was like that every day) see the photos. The skerries are fishing well too with Plaice, Brill and Turbot among the species being caught along with some very nice Rays Why not join us for a day out and some good fishing aboard Optimist
A great days fishing on the Skerries Bank with a variety of species coming aboard and as usual a few surprises. There were Plaice although not plentiful they were still of a reasonable size, Blonde Ray made an appearance with the usual fight to get it aboard. We also had Launce for bait on the banks edge with Herring and Silver Whiting. The biggest surprise of the day was line caught Spider crab of a good size brought aboard by Matt Crisp from the midlands not once, not twice but three times the third one returned as it was a berried hen he now proudly boasts the title of "Spiderman" Once again the Skerries Bank produces a great days fishing with a twist, sadly towards the end of the session the wind gained in strength and made the last hour rather uncomfortable but due to its direction made for a speedy ride home. Why not join us for the day and be the one to boat yet another surprise species that is all in a day's fishing on Optimis
Optimist has remained afloat during the stormy winter months, grabbing the small windows in the weather to get out and on the fish, these have generally been midweek as most weekends have seen winds of force 4 - 6 and above making the opportunities to get out very slim. When we have managed to dodge the weather we have found Pollack on the wrecks when we have managed to get through the Whiting which have been there in large quantities and of reasonable size. The Skerries is still producing Rays with a few Plaice and there is some good fishing to be had with a drift on the Skerries. The inshore marks and reefs are catching well with Bull Huss, Conger, the inevitable Dog fish and Whiting which seem to be everywhere at this time of year. Optimist still has a few available spaces for the summer of 2016 and is looking forward to catching some good fish contact us for further information. .
Another fantastic session on the Skerries Bank with more than enough plaice many released to come back another day, also Ray Spotted's up to 4lb 11oz and a Blonde to the boat estimated at between 15-20lb as it bit the trace just as we were lifting it, also Gurnards (Red and Tub), Launce, Mackerel.
Also now Pelagic Bird watching trips see our website www.optimistcharters.co.uk Many Shearwaters, Manx and Balearic, seen as well as Gannets, Terns, Guillemots, Razorbills, Gulls of many types and Common Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise. All seen on the last two trips with our experienced guide.
1st weekend in August
Lovely three days on the Skerries Bank with lots of fish, species included Plaice, Dab, Launce, Mackerel, Red Gurnard, Grey Gurnard, Silver Whiting, Lesser Spotted Dogfish, Spotted Ray, Small Eyed Ray. The variety of fish and the sport provided some really good fishing with the banks producing the best fish at the moment. More trips planned in the coming weeks with the promise of some good fishing