Charter Boat: Brigand

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Licensed For: up to 12 passengers
Code Of Practice: 60 miles
Hours: 9hr / 10hr / 12hr / Multiple Days Trips
Contact: Kev McKie
Map: Location & Directions
Type of Fishing: Wrecking, Rough Ground, Banks. Specialised Charters for Summer Tope Fishing & Winter Cod Fishing.
Tackle Available: Yes - Contact Skipper
Bait Available: Yes - Contact Skipper
Boat Specification: AquaStar ProFisherman 32.5ft, 15 knots.
Facilities: Toilet, Gas Cooker, Heated Cabin.
Additional Description:

Here on Brigand Charters we cater for all levels of experience, from the beginner to the seasoned veteran. Brigand can hold a maximum of 12 people, 2 crew members plus 10 fishing. We welcome individuals, small groups, and full charters.

Fishing equipment is available on Brigand, and may be used at no extra cost, though you can bring your own. However, if equipment is lost or broken, we expect to be reimbursed the cost to replace it. Bait is also available to purchase.

Upon booking the charter, if there is a certain species of fish you would like to target, and you require rigs made and/or bait ordered, let Kev know and he will arrange this. Alternatively, you can bring your own tackle & bait and Kev will assist with rig making if necessary,

The types of charters we offer are as follows:

Off-shore wrecks, banks and rough ground
These charters consist of 10 to 12 hours at sea, fishing mainly for Rays, Huss, Tope, Cod, Ling, Conger Eel, Pollack, Gurnard and all manner of deep water species.

In the Spring and Summer, we mostly target Smooth-hounds, Rays, Plaice, Flounder and Dabs. These trips usually last around 8 to 10 hours, but it has been known for us to stay out for up to 13 hours if the fishing is especially good and at no extra cost!

Winter Cod Fishing
Beginning mid-October and running through till the end of February. Due to fishing in the River Mersey, we are limited to the tides we can fish. Brigand Charters does not fish any tide higher than 28.5 feet as this causes problems with presenting your bait correctly on the bottom due to strong currents and keeping the line free of vegetation. These trips will last from 8 to 10 hours, with the possibility of staying out longer and at no extra cost.

Tackle & Bait
Brigand has on board 10 Shimano Rods, each accompanied by a Shimano Reel loaded with top-quality PowerPro braid. We also carry a wide selection of high quality hooks, leaders, weights, and end tackle.

Baits available:
•Peeler Crab
•Black Lug

Brigand Skipper Kev McKie's Photo
About the Skipper:

Kev is a commercially endorsed offshore yacht master and has been fishing his entire life, from the pond in the back garden of his parents, to battling Black Marlin off the coast of Kenya. With close to 30 years fishing experience, Kev has been a member of several sea angling clubs and was a regular on the North West shore fishing match circuit. On an international level, Kev represented England in the Junior World Championships at the age of 16 in Dieppe, France.

From the age of 16 to 21, Kev worked at Tasker’s Angling on Utting Avenue as a Sales Assistant, offering advice on the rig set-ups for different species, and the best areas, tides and times to fish. Kev also wrote catch reports for the North West which were submitted and appeared weekly in The Angling Times.

Taking a break from competitive fishing, Kev travelled the world for 3 years in search of new angling techniques to increase his knowledge, catching various species of Shark, Tuna, and other large pelagic fish in places such as Cuba, South Africa and Indonesia. Not content with just a two week holiday, Kev has lived and fished in both Australia and Canada for long periods of time, landing jobs working on pearl boats and hand-line commercial fishing boats on the Great Barrier Reef.

Kev owned his first fishing boat before his first car, a Warrior 150 moored at Pwhelli Marina, Wales, where he chased Tope, Bass, and Black Bream around Cardigan Bay. With his travelling days limited, Kev is now pursuing his lifelong dream of owning and chartering his own Charter Boat.

Before owning Brigand, Kev fished from a smaller boat (Bayliner Trophy) in 2012 from Liverpool Marina. Kev did 11 trips in total with friends throughout the year, catching 31 different species of fish, the largest being a 67lb Tope. From this experience, and having fished the area all his life, Kev has recognised certain hot-spots and uses these among his charter destinations.

Kev is friendly, approachable, and always happy to share his knowledge and experience… and will no doubt bore you to tears with the tales of the one that got away.

Latest Fishing Reports

  • 11/2015 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Nov 2015 by Kev McKie

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    Out of the last 7 days we have only managed to get out twice because of the strong west and north west winds. The cod are not in big numbers yet but they are a good size. Most in the 5lb to 7lb bracket and catching up to 12 a trip, along with plenty of good whiting to 2lb, odd rays and dabs. There has also been the odd double figure cod caught on the small boats and a few lost too. During December the cod will only get bigger and increase in numbers, here is a list of available dates for December.
    1st 5 places available,
    2nd 2 places available,
    3rd 1 place available,
    9th 2 places available,
    21st 2 places available,
    22nd 5 places available,
    31st 4 places available,
    Give me a call on 07999628511 if you would like to book any of these dates.


  • 11/2015 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Nov 2015 by Kev McKie

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    Over the last set of neap tides the fishing was very unsettled, one day we where on the fish the next we wasn't. I think all the rain we have had is not helping and on some days the dogfish where in plague per portions.
    We caught cod to 8lb 4oz,
    thornback ray to 11lb 2oz, loads of whiting, dogfish, dab and odd strap conger.
    On Saturday we had Layland sea angling club onboard for there annual trip, they totalled 46 thornback rays to 10lb 4oz, 1 cod and loads of whiting and dogfish. This is the most thornback rays I have see caught on Brigand and a club record, well done lads. We have just had a delivery of 1200 packs of monster black lug and 1600 quality peeler crab for this winter cod season, this bait is only available to people onboard Brigand.
    Here are the last dates I have available for 2015.
    Tuesday 17th 3 places available.
    Thursday 19th 6 places available.
    Tuesday 1st whole boat available.
    Wednesday 9th 4 places available.
    Thursday 17th whole boat available.
    Friday 18th 6 places available.
    Monday 21st 5 places available.
    Tuesday 22nd 6 places available.
    Thursday 31st 7 places available.
    To book a date call me on 07999628511.


  • 10/2015 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Oct 2015 by Kev McKie

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    Very good news Liverpool Marina lock gates are now fixed!!
    Managed to get out today, all the lads onboard enjoyed the day.
    We totalled 26 thornback ray to 11lb,
    9 cod to 7lb 3oz, along with plenty of whiting and dogfish.
    November should be a very good month on the Mersey, here are the next available dates onboard Brigand.
    Monday 2nd 2 places,
    Tuesday 3rd 2 places,
    Monday 9th 4 places,
    Tuesday 17th 8 places,
    Wednesday 18th 7 places,
    Thursday 19th 6 places,
    Friday 20th 3 places,
    Give me a call if you would like to book any of these dates.


  • 10/2015 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Oct 2015 by Kev McKie

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    We managed to get out Sunday and Monday fishing was very good plenty of Thornback ray to 11lb 8oz, cod to 7lb, whiting over 1lb, dabs and dogfish. There are some very good signs that this winter is going to be very good, most cod are in the 4lb to 5lb range. This is about 2lb bigger than last year, also catching cod to 7lb in October. Things can only get better as they say, the bad news is Liverpool Marina lock gates are broken so most of the charter boats can not get out or in until they are fixed. I have been told they should be fixed any day now.
    Here are the next available dates available onboard Brigand!
    Monday 2nd 4 places,
    Tuesday 3rd 3 places,
    Wednesday 4th 9 places,
    Thursday 5th 3 places,
    Friday 6th 5 places,
    Sunday 8th 5 places,
    Call me on 07999628511 if you would like to book a trip.

  • 10/2015 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Oct 2015 by Kev McKie

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    The winter cod season is just about to start on the Mersey for Brigand.
    You mite remember we totalled 1919 sizeable codling and cod to 10lb 15oz last season over 64 charters. That's nearly 30 cod and codling per charter, I just hope this season is the same if not better. I have been on holiday for the last two weeks but I have been told there is already cod showing up to 6lb, lots of rays to 11lb, odd Smoothhound to 5lb, whiting, dab and flounder.
    Due to the success of last season I have no weekend dates available until January 2016. I do have some mid week dates available, if you fancy getting in on the action and fishing onboard Brigand this winter just give me a call.

    Available dates 2015.
    October 19th and 22nd.
    November 3rd, 4th, 6th, 9th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th.
    December 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 30th and 31st.


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  • 5-star Sarah Devaney (24/08/2015)

    Absolutely loved this.. Our first time sea fishing.. Kev is fantastic..but not as good as his dads curry!! Really knowledgable, nothing too much trouble.. Laid back!! Can't wait to get out again.. Don't think about doing it - book it!! Great day out.. Thanks Kev (and dad)!! Sarah & Jan

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks for the review Sarah, hope to see you onboard again soon.

  • 5-star andrew wallace (30/06/2015)

    brigand charters will give you one of the best days out fishing in liverpool

    Skippers Reponse: Cheers Andrew see you next time

  • 5-star damien daniels (26/05/2015)

    fantastic day out with the trusted pirate really kev go down as my best birthday to date 8 very happy anglers 53 cod and 20 Thornback Rays and so close to summer unbelievable thanks a million laaaa

    Skippers Reponse: Happy birthday mate, we had a very good day. Glad you and the lads enjoyed the day, see you on July 21st.
    Mad for it ha ha.

  • 5-star peter lee (27/02/2015)

    Good day all round, I myself got no fish but still had a good day, all others on trip had 2 or 3 each and little Wills had 5 good size cod. A bit cold on the day but we had hot drinks on tap all day. I have booked again for May and am looking forward to that.

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks Peter, we finished the day with 27 cod to 4lb 8oz not too bad for the end of February.
    See you on May 16th for your next trip.

  • 5-star David Law (13/02/2015)

    1st time on the bigand and a great day had by all thanks to kev the skipper nothing was to much trouble baiting & casting , tea/coffee just kept comin the curry was spot on and he even filleted all the fish so there oven ready when you leave the boat top man who really knows his stuff so from myself and all the lads cheers kev we will see you very soon .Dave

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks Dave, hope to see you and the rest of the the lad onboard again soon.
    Cheers Kev

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