Charter Boat - Meerkat | Published by: Ryan Casey | Skipper of: Meerkat

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Ryan Casey

Boat Details

Type11 Metre BW Seacat
Power2 x 200hp Diesels
LicenceMCA 60 Miles

Contact Details

Mobile07776 182782


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Meerkat Blog   Updated 18th Jun 2018

Weymouth Deep Sea Fishing Trips

These can easily be arranged by using my Contact Me page.

The Meerkat is an exceptionally stable vessel both at anchor and on the drift,
At 11 metres x 4.5 metres she has plenty of room for all on-board,
Powered by twin 200hp turbo charged diesels she will cruise very comfortably at 15 knots and will achieve 23 knots at sprint speed.

Safe and Stable.
Safety and Stability is the key to a successful days sea fishing, if you feel safe, secure and comfortable you are far more likely to enjoy your days deeps sea fishing, if you are looking for a good day at sea catching some great sea fish then you have come to the right place!

As a fishing platform, she is excellent, she makes very little fuss in the water due to her very fine entry bows and because she makes little fuss she is also a very dry boat even at speed in choppy waters!

The secret to her stability is due to her being a displacement boat instead of an ordinary planning boat, this means she cuts through the waves instead of crashing over them.


IMG_0159.jpgIf you have never been Deep Sea Fishing and want to try your hand, why not give us a call on:- Mobile: 07776 182782
Or, send us an email using our online 'Contact Me' page,
For the novice sea angler embarking on their first deep sea fishing trip there is loads of information and tips on my own  website.

Click this link to go to my website and browse the information on my fishing pages.

About Ryan

Here is a little about my history and how I have come to be the skipper of Meerkat.

I am a born and bread local lad, I started angling at three years old with my dad down on the piers in Weymouth catching a variety of small species, from these first initial adventures with a rod I very quickly became hooked.

My first trips boat angling were again with my dad on his boat Blue Dart which was based in Weymouth. We used to fish the many reef and bank marks in and round the Weymouth and Portland area.
This began my interest in boats and boating and throughout the years angling and boating developed from an initial hobby to a total passion.

I have been an active member of Weymouth Angling Society from a junior taking part in their monthly shore and boat competitions for many years which has allowed me to hone and develop my skills in all aspects of angling.

I was very fortunate in July 2014 to be selected to represent England youth in the Shore Home Internationals held in Montrose, Scotland where we were honoured to win Team Gold.

Also in September 2014 I was again selected to represent England Youth this time from the boat and this time in the World Championships held in Weymouth. We were once again honoured to claim Bronze in this event behind a very strong Italian and French Teams.

2015 will see me once again represent my country in the World Youth Shore Championships in Holland.

I first got into the world of Charter boat angling in 2011 when I was given the opportunity by Lyle Stantiford, skipper of Supanova in Weymouth to lend a hand and pass on some of my knowledge to his customers at weekends and during school holidays. I very quickly realised that this was my dream job and hopefully one day would become a reality.

I continued with Lyle full time on leaving school in 2013, this was when I really began the learning process of how to be a successful skipper. All the time I was asking questions and noting things down, Marks, Tides, where to be and when etc and also at the same time clocking up my sea time and experience to qualify to sit my yachtmaster offshore practical exam.

In the early part of 2015 I successfully passed my Yachtmaster after 11 hours at sea and a rigorous continued assessment of my ability, seamanship and safety at sea.

I am now the proud new skipper of Meerkat and I am very excited to further my skills and show all you anglers out there what I am capable of!!!

Whether you are a seasoned angler looking for a 4/5 day channel islands trip, a specimen hunter looking for that new PB or somebody who has never held a rod before and just want a fun day out with friends and family then look no further. I am happy to pass on my knowledge and also learn from you, come and enjoy a day with the future of Weymouth's Charter fleet and feed off my enthusiasm for the job and sport.



Skippers Blog



Blog image New for 2018

My crew of 3 years Jack and my partner Katie have both been getting there heads down this winter to get there skippers tickets so they can take my small charter boat Eclipse this summer. So if there is a date we cant get you out on with Meerkat we now can now offer Eclipse offering trips from 1 to 10 hours long.

Katie has got her 3 miles skippers ticket so she will be offering half day beginner trips for the first time angler or for any one doesn't fancy a whole day at sea. Katie is the first operating female charter skipper in Weymouth.

Jack has his 20 mile ticket so he will be doing the whole day trips for the first angling as well as the experienced.

On Eclipse we have all the gear so if you haven't got your own it isn't a problem, just let me know when booking so we can have it ready for the day.

For any more information please contact me ( Ryan) for more information about Meerkat or Eclipse.


Blog image ***** SHARK TRIPS 2018 *****

We can now safely say we can offer Shark trips aboard Meerkat anything from 3 to 5 days away to Dartmouth.

Rough lay out on what to expect on a 4 day trip away to this amazing bit of coast line.

Day 1 Bait/ Ground bait fishing for the Sharks then a drive to the Skerries bank for some Plaice fishing and we are only a 20 minute drive to the harbour then.

Day 2/3 it will be all about the Sharks leaving in between 7/8 and returning any where between 5/7pm and i will have a restaurant already booked for when we get back for dinner if you want to join us. If the weather is to bad for Shark fishing we will stay around Dartmouth and target all the mixture fishing, Pollock, Plaice, Conger, Huss etc but the aim is to get everyone into a Shark at some point.

Day 4 Home time:( on the way home we will stop for some fresh mackerel for your tea and if there are plenty top up my ground bait bin, then off to the wrecks to try for some Pollock and Bass.

The days may change around a little depending on length of trip and also the weather but are main aim is for everyone to have a great and enjoyable time away with no stress involved.

All Shark gear will be supplied at no extra cost and ground bait will be provided free of charge. If for some reason we cant get enough ground bait before your trip an extra little cost will be asked for so we can buy you some fresh fish for are ground bait mixture but its a maximum of £15pp and that is last resort.

We will have 9 on the boat to keep the cost down for everybody and there will be 6 rods out for the Sharks so i will be managing a time schedule so its fair for everybody. If we are coming to the end of the day and there are a coupe of people with no fish then we will let them have ago and if that doesn't work on the second day they will be on the rods first. The aim is for everyone to have ago and to keep it as fair and as cheap as possible. as we are fishing for the Sharks and its not your turn i am happy for you to fish on the bottom for the Whiting/ Gurnards or Mackerel as long as they are not catching are other rods.

I can book all B&B for you but if you fancy finding some where your self just ask and ive got a big recommendation list.

Prices for a 3 day trip is £250pp, 4 days £340pp, 5 days £420 or for a Whole boat booking £750 a day. Please allow on top for your B&Bs.

If you have any questions about these type of trips please feel free to ask on 07776182782 or

Dates in 2018 for these time of trips
October 8th to the 11th 4 day trip. 1 Space available

If i get enough interest for a 3 day trip i will start one off.

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23rd April Experimental Turbot trip and ago for some Ling on the slack. £75pp 3 Spaces available.

Dates for Plaice,Turbot and Brill.

May 15th 11 hour trip (2 two trys for the Plaice) £60pp 10 Spaces

May 22nd £55pp 10 Spaces

June 4th £55pp 10 Spaces

June 19th £55pp 10 Spaces

Is it the return of the Plaice?

Well yesterday (16th April) Was are first go at looking for a Plaice or two and with a few other boats trying earlier the week before are hopes were high that we might find some of these red spotty fish. We wasn't disappointed after an hour waiting for the tide to start changing for the better the fish soon started biting and we managed to pull a few out, what was even better all the fish we caught were full of pea mussel so is this the return of are once famous mussel beds? At the moment it is still very early to tell if the Plaice are going to be around all year and happy with there new homes so are hopes cant get to high just yet but time will tell, but im going to put a few dates up for Plaice and Turbot so we can keep testing the area to see if we are lucky enough to have them back. Dates for Plaice,Turbot and Brill. May 15th 11 hour trip (2 two trys for the Plaice) £60pp May 22nd £55pp June 4th £55pp June 19th £55pp For more information or to book a trip please contact me on 07776182782 or

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Enzos first ever Plaice and what away to do it with a double shot.

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Closely followed by Dave's best one of the day.

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Organiser of the fishing club Jolly boys with a nice red spotted Plaice.

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Darren showing Rob that anything he can do he can do it better.

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Angler Steve from Southampton with a good one Tea.

April wreck fishing

When the tides start to build the big fishing can get harder to do for the whole day, Because the tides get faster and slack water doesn't last so long meaning you have to use bigger leads and nobody likes that but this does mean we got more of a chance on the Mid channel wrecks for pollock and the very short slack water a quick go for a Ling and thats just what we done on the 14th with a regular group ( Bland ford sea angling).

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First stop for some Ling and that didn't let us down with the Ling machine managing 3 in 3 drifts best fish going 13lb.

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Best Ling went just over 17lb on are last drift before we moved on to some Pollock fishing.

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After another 45 minute drive we arrived on one of my favourite Pollock wrecks and she didn't let us down either and on the second drift Peter had a good healthy 12lb Pollock.

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Everyone loves a good pair.

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Hes the man who can, did he not just have the best Ling on the trip he also wiggled out the best Pollock 15lb 5ozs.

Some more of the big fish action

I do love some big fish action this time of year, Big Spurs, some great Blonde ray fishing and you just never know whats going to pop up when dangling a big bait in the sea. Paul Roper and Brian Moss proved that on a recent Rays Evens species competition whilst targeting Spurs and Blondes.

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The first specimen fish went to Paul Roper a monster 14lb 12oz Smouth hound, a big one by Weymouth's standard.

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Best fish of the day went to Brain Moss a cracking 13lb 8oz Turbot whilst fishing for Blonde Rays. You just never know when they could pop up.

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Ex England international Ray Barron winning the day with a good haul of Blondes and Spurdogs.

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A Bonus Undulated Ray for Marcus. Always good to get different species on the score board, every new specie you get a 10point bonus.

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Colin Searles a former member of England world championship team with a 13lb Blonde, this one of 3 Blondes for Colin in a short period of time.

Sponsors day out

Over the last 4 years Meerkat has been proudly sponsored by Fladen fishing who have been supplying the boat with some amazing fishing gear for all you anglers to try out whilst having a day at sea with me. Well every year we give them a days fishing on Meerkat to say thank you for the support and to let them get some pictures using the gear and this year was a great success by boating some great specimens.

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First fish went to manager of Fladen's HQ (John).

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Followed closely with a double hook up of Blondes.

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A first for us on Meerkat a 10lb 8oz Bull Huss right on top of the main kidney bank what is 80foot deep and pure sand. God knows what Mr Huss was thinking.

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Skipper of Eclipse charters (katie Balem) who is also proudly Sponsored by Fladen with her personal best Spurdog.

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And to finish the day off nicely Nathan who is a very keen Pike angler caught a stunning Spurdog weighing just shy of 16lb. Not bad for his first time sea fishing.

Out at last

At last we’ve been able to get out and start are season, thank god I started getting land sick. Fridays Pollock Competition was hard work for us on Meerkat we still managed to wiggle a few out but no monsters and well today was the complete opposite a nice steady run of fish with the odd coddling and a few Ling and like always the stamp we’re all bigger and if we caught them on Friday we would of taken 3rd place Typical. Nice to get back out and to be bobbing around with some great anglers.

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Johny from Plymouth starts it off with a cracker.

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Will smiths best fish of the day on the 2nd to last drift, he managed plenty through out the day but was never able to get amongst the bigger fish but he saved the best till last.

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The first Ling of the year. Its always a good sign when you start catching these on Lures normally shows that there are plenty down there.

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Organiser John getting amongst the action using the famous side winder skerries on a 15 foot trace.

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Johnny into another cracker. This one being 11lb 6ozs for this time of year its not a bad fish at all it also won him £60 from his local angler club for the best specimen of the month.

Meerkat Vs Supanova 2018 Pollock Competition

Well the 2018 Pollock comp was a great success for us on Meerkat with it being are first wrecking trip as well for 2018. The fishing was steady through out the day but the morning session being the best of it, the aim is to catch the biggest individual fish to win the £120 cash prize but there is also a prize for the person who catches the most winning a selection pack of sidewinders.
Biggest caught on Meerkat weighing 13lb 7ozs caught by Rick a member of the Joly boys.
Most caught on Supanova was Nigel with an impressive 11 fish by him self, followed closely by Mark on Meerkat with 10.
Thank you everyone who took part in this event again and we will soon sort the date out for 2019.

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Meerkat looking good 30 miles out drifting for the Pollock.

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2nd best Pollock on Meerkat 12lb 2ozs for Darren.

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The winning fishing getting the £120 caught by Rick weighing 13lb 7ozs.

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Thank you everyone for coming along to this for another year. Always like kicking the year of with this trip.

Anchoring the mid channel wrecks

Well as are season starts slowly coming to the end there is some amazing fishing to be had on the inshore and mid channel wrecks fishing for the big wreck Bream, Conger, Ling and even Pollock/ Bass if you trot a lure back for them.

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A quick stop on the way out on a little inshore wreck and we manged to catch plenty of eels and we even had 4 on with only 4 people fishing.

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One of the smallest Bream on the wreck and this one went 3lb 8ozs.

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Jack Lott with the second Bream to the oat this one being 4lb 4ozs.

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A stunning Ling for Richard Brotherhood whilst fishing for Congers weighing 22lb.

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And saving the best till last local angler Rob Burgin caught this 5lb monster on a inshore wreck. at the moment its the biggest in the Weymouth angling center specimen hunt.

England squad weekend

We was lucky enough to have the future England team down in Weymouth practising for next years world championships and selecting there team for this event. Its amazing watching some of the standard of anglers who turn up and its almost like they can catch a fish in a puddle sometimes.

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Gary Galbrath who was a world champion 2 years ago in Ireland with a nice Undulate ray whilst fishing for Bream.

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Steve Batchelor manager of the England home team with a little bit of a surprise on the end of his hook and only the 3rd one caught on Meerkat ( octopus).

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Colin Searles showing everybody why he was in the World team with this fine double shot with a Red Gurnard and a Spotted Ray.

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Martin with a lucky Cod on his 3 down rig fishing for Bream and Dogs but they all count even if it was by mistake.

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Another none fish specie on the boat this time to Colin with a Squid.

Dartmouth Continued

When we go to Dartmouth on are 3 to 5 day trips its not just shark fishing it has to offer we also have the Skerries banks for some Plaice fishing and around the edges there is some amazing Ray fishing to be had, Also with in 20 Miles there is a massive selection of wrecks for Pollock and Bass. There is just so much we can do when we arrive there.

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Stunning 20lb Blonde Ray caught by one of are regular anglers Chris Reek.

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Something we don't see to often in Weymouth a Grey gurnard but this one is the new boat record being 1lb 2ozs.

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Another rare species this time its a very rare Chub mackerel a first for Meerkat.

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Sometimes its not always about the fishing its also about the time you have away and enjoying your little fishing break.

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We was lucky enough to have a little Dolphin display on are way home.

Experimental Dartmouth Shark Trip

This year my aim has been to find an area i can start Shark fishing and getting half sensible numbers so everyone has got the best chance to catch a fish so we don't go home with any blankers. With the first attempt being Guernsey what worked for us but it was just that little bit to far to travel and very weather dependent, so it was back to the drawing board and i came up with heading to Dartmouth and trying it from there and also its not just shark fishing it has to offer you also have the Skerries Bank for Plaice and rough ground all over the place for Rays, Congers etc. Any way the Shark fishing was a massive success for are first try and we will be down there a lot more next year so have a look on my online diary and come join in the action.

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First run within 10 minutes a Porgie around 45/50lb who fell to Shark virgin Cieron.

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Closely followed by Jeffs first ever Porgie only around 25lb but still gives a good tug.

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Mike Wallis from Wally's Shark Rigs who now proudly sponsors Meerkat with his first fish on.

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Mike after a little battle with a 55lb Blue landed on one of his own traces.

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Best fish of the day ended up being Cieron again with a 65/70lb Blue. After the whole day of fishing we had 9 Blues and 4 Porgies and with 9 anglers on the boat we had everyone with a fish landed through out the day.

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