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

  • 02/2016 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Feb 2016 by Kev McKie

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    Fishing in the Mersey over the last four days has been up and down, catching cod up to 6lb 10oz, thornback ray to 6lb, whiting and dabs. Some anglers are catching up to six cod per trip and some are just catching the odd one. They are all using the same bait and rigs, but that's fishing for you!
    Here is a list of my next available dates!!

    Monday 15th 4 places,
    Tuesday 16th 8 places,
    Wednesday 17th 9 places,
    Sunday 21st 9 places,
    Monday 22nd 9 places,

    Give me a call on 07999628511 if you would like to book a trip.


  • 01/2016 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Jan 2016 by Kev McKie

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    Just got home after doing a Saturday night charter and then a Sunday day charter.
    We caught cod to 9lb 2oz, rays to 5lb whiting and dabs. The cod are getting bigger on each set of neap tides but the big numbers are not there, maybe they will arrive in the coming weeks.
    I have a got a few places available this week if you fancy getting out and having ago.
    Wednesday 3rd 4 places,
    Thursday 4th 3 places,
    Friday 5th 2 places,


  • 01/2016 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Jan 2016 by Kev McKie

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    Over the last week there have been some nice cod getting caught in the Mersey.
    The biggest I have heard of is 12lb with a few around 9lb to 10lb. On Brigand we have been catching up to 12 cod per day to 7lb 10oz (most are about 5lb to 6lb), thornback ray to 5lb, whiting to 1lb 8oz and dabs.
    On two of the days we fished spring tides, one day we fished a mark about 3 miles from new brighton. We caught hundreds of whiting and dabs along with the odd codling to 3lb, flounder to 1lb 8oz and small thornback rays. On the second day we fished the Mersey mostly targeting the back eddies and marks where we could get out the main tide flow. We caught our biggest cod of the season so far 8lb 12oz, a long with a few more around the 4lb mark. There was still plenty of whiting and dabs to be caught over low water, with one angler catching six dabs on a six hook trace I have never seen that done before.
    During February we will be doing a few more charters on spring tides and if the weather is kind we will venture off shore if anglers are willing to give it ago.
    Here is a list of available dates during February.

    Monday 1st whole boat available,
    Tuesday 2nd whole boat available,
    Wednesday 3rd 6 places available,
    Thursday 4th 4 places available,
    Friday 5th 1 place available,
    Sunday 7th 5 places available,
    Sunday 14th 7 places available,
    Monday 15th whole boat available,
    Tuesday 16th 8 places available,
    Wednesday 17th whole boat available,
    Thursday 18th 3 places available,

    If you would like information or book any of these dates give me a call on 07999628511.


  • 01/2016 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Jan 2016 by Kev McKie

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    Finally with all the flood water gone and temperature starting to drop we are starting to see the cod fishing on the Mersey improving.
    During the last 5 charters we had only one hard day the other days we caught up to 16 coding from 2lb to 8lb per day with most of them around the 5lb mark. We also caught thornback rays to 8lb 12oz, plenty of whiting to 2lb and dabs. A few small boat anglers have been doing well catching cod to 10lb with quite a few around the 8lb mark as well so they are there you just need to fish big baits for them. The way things are going this winter season, it looks like we are just starting to get the main cod run. So I have decided to put a few extra weekend dates
    on, the tides are around 29ft to 30ft. This just means we will have to move around the Mersey more often to get out of the main run of tide. As always we just need mother nature on our side, no more heavy rain, no gales from the NW or SE and we should see some very good catches of cod throughout the coming months.
    Here is a list of available dates in January,
    Saturday 16th 1 place,
    Sunday 17th 1 place,
    Monday 18th 1 place,
    Friday 22nd whole boat available,
    Saturday 23rd 3 places,
    Sunday 24th whole boat available,
    Sunday 31st 2 places available,

    If you would like to book any of these dates just give me a call on 07999628511.


  • 12/2015 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Dec 2015 by Kev McKie

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    With 2015 coming to an end I would like to take this opportunity to thank all customers and friends who have helped make Brigand a success over the last 3 years.
    2015 will be well remembered for being the worst year ever for strong winds anyone can remember. Brigand was fully booked for 174 days more than any other year and we only managed to get to sea 109 days.
    When we did manage to get out there was some very good fishing to be had, at the start of the year we where catching 30 to 70 codling and cod to 10lb. This was the best cod season on the Mersey for the last 20 years and this continued up till mid May. This was then time for the smoothound we caught more double figure fish than ever before with the best being 14lb 8oz.
    By the time the summer kicked in we where catching cod, ling and pollack on the wrecks but not as good as previous years. The tope fishing was much better this year than the last few years, with lots of anglers catching personal bests. The highlight of the year was the two week charter to the Isle of Man, where we caught loads of tope to 70lb 4oz, spurdog to 18lb, cod, ling, pollack, coalfish, bull huss, wrasse, whiting, pouting, gurnard, and many more. We even caught several black mouth dog fish, first time I have ever seen them in real life.
    There are some big changes for 2016, In March Brigand will move to Newhaven marina to be used as a pleasure boat with its new owner.
    Then from March 18th I will be skippering Size Matters based in Plymouth, those of you who have fished on this boat before will know it's one of the best charter fishing boats in the UK.
    On October 20th Size Matters will move to Liverpool for the winter cod fishing season, then each year we will be fishing both ports. Plymouth April to October and Liverpool November to March, we have been taking bookings for 2016 at both ports. If you would like any info on booking a charter please contact me on 07999628511.

    Happy New Year and all the best for 2016.


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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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