Charter Boat: Brigand

Photo of Charter Boat Brigand
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Licensed For: up to 12 passengers
Code Of Practice: 60 miles
Hours: 8hr / 10hr / 12hr 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, 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

  • 08/2014 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Aug 2014 by Kev McKie

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    Species caught: Pollack, Cod, Whiting, Mackerel, Pouting, Red, Sapphirine, Gray, and Tub Gurnard, Sprat, Weaver, Launce, Bullhuss, Dogfish, Ballan Wrasse, Scad and Dab.

    Not many skippers are honest and I think I am too honest for my own good sometimes. August was one of the worst months I can ever remember in Liverpool Bay. This was due to all the bad weather we have had, we only managed 5 days at sea. When we did get out the water was very murky with only 6ft visibility at best. This made the Mackerel hard to find for bait, and the wreck fishing was very hard with only 15 to 20 sizeable fish per trip.

    All we need is a week of nice weather in September and the fishing will be back to it’s best.

    Notable Charters

    On August 5th, I had a group of nine anglers who wanted to target the wrecks and rough ground.

    Fishing was very poor and we done a lot of miles to find just a few fish. Visibility was also very poor, but here is what they caught:

    15 Pollack to 7lb 5oz,
    3 Cod to 3lb,
    Mackerel, Tub Gurnard, Gray Gurnard and Pouting.

    On August 8th, I had a group of inexperienced lads onboard. The plan was to go fishing for Rays, Huss and Tope. But the mackerel where very hard to find, so we decided to change the plan and just drift the roughy ground with baited fathers and jelly worms. They caught:

    Pollack to 3lb, Codling, Dab, Ballan Wrasse, Red Gurnard, Tub Gurnard, Gray Gurnard, Sapphire Gurnard, Dogfish, Bull Huss, Sandeel, Whiting, Weaver and Mackerel.

    Also during August Kevin went on a fishing holiday to Norway with his fishing club Bold S.A.C. He caught a monster 290lb Halibut, that Kevin fought for over 40 minutes on Shimano 30lb class rod and an Accurate 400 reel loaded with 50lb Berkley braid. Not only did he catch the Skjervoy Fishing Camp record Halibut, but it is also thought to be the biggest ever landed by a UK angler.

    Fish of the month winner goes to Dez Baskavill for his 14lb 10oz Bullhuss, caught on his first trip on board Brigand. We done Dez you win a free individual trip to use whenever you wish.

  • 07/2014 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Jul 2014 by Kev McKie

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    Species caught: Ballan Wrasse, Bull Huss, Cod, Conger Eel, Dab, Dogfish, Flounder, Gurnard (Tub, Red & Gray), Ling, Mackerel, Plaice, Pollack, Poor Cod, Pouting, Scad, Silver Eel, Smoothound (Common & Starry), Thornback Ray, Tope, Weaver, and Whiting.

    July has been a very strange month this year with not many big Tope showing but lots of small Tope inshore. The Mackerel have been very hit and miss - one day you can fill the boat but the next they are very scarce.

    The inshore fishing for Thornback Rays, Smoothound and Flatfish has been very good, while offshore the Cod have moved on but have now been replaced with some nice Pollack and Ling.

    Notable Charters:

    08/07/14 - Had a group of individuals onboard who wanted to fish the offshore marks. Here is what they caught:

    16 Pollack from 2lb to 7lb 10oz,
    15 Cod from 2lb to 8lb 5oz,
    Along with Ling, Tub Gurnard, Gray Gurnard, Whiting, Pouting and Mackerel.

    10/07/14 - Had 8 lads from Taskers angling onboard for their monthly trip. With the weather being too bad to fish offshore the only option was to fish the river Mersey. And what a day the lads had! They caught:

    23 Thornback Rays to 8lb 10oz,
    7 Cod around 2lb,
    2 Smoothound to 4lb 8oz,
    Whiting, Dab and Codling.

    Better than having the day cancelled!!!

    Fish of the month goes to peter rose with a 9lb 2oz Pollack! Peter wins a free days charter fishing to use on Brigand. Well done Peter!!!

  • 06/2014 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Jun 2014 by Kev McKie

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    Species caught: Bass, Bull Huss, Coalfish, Cod, Common Eel, Dab, Dogfish, Flounder, Gurnard(Gray, Red & Tub), Haddock, Hake, Herring, Launce, Ling, Mackerel, Pollack, Poor Cod, Pouting, Scad, Scorpion Fish, Smoothound (Common & Starry), Spurdog, Thornback Ray, Tope, Weaver, Whiting and Wrasse (Ballan & Cuckoo).

    June was the best month we have had on Brigand so far! We had some very good catches of Cod, Pollack and Ling on the offshore marks and inshore we had very good catches of Thornback Rays and Smoothound. We also totalled 31 species and did our first weeks charter to the Isle of Man.

    Notable Charters:

    03/06/14 - We had 9 individual anglers on-board fished a mark 30 plus miles from Liverpool and it was none stop action they caught:

    62 Cod for 2lb to 8lb 14oz
    9 Pollack from 3lb to 6lb 2oz
    1 Ling 3lb 12oz
    Along with Mackerel, Pouting, Whiting and Red Gurnard.

    04/06/14 - We again had 9 individual anglers on-board I told them what the fishing was like the day before and they all said let's give the same mark a go. I was thinking I hope this day doesn't turn out to be one of those "you should of been here yesterday" days. But we did just as good if not better than the day before! There was lots of fish there and here is what they caught:

    64 Cod from 2lb to 10lb 2oz including 7lb 13oz, 8lb 7oz, 9lb 1oz
    15 Pollack from 2lb to 8lb 8oz
    3 Ling from 3lb to 5lb 8oz,
    Along with Tub Gurnard, Red Gurnard, Mackerel, Weaver, Scad, Whiting and Pouting.

    21/06/14 - We had 8 lads from Jaguar Halewood book Brigand to fish offshore for Tope, Huss and Rays. Unfortunately, the weather was too bad to do that so I give them the option to fish the Mersey as I had not fished the Mersey for about 3 weeks. The first two hours where slow but as low water approached they where into the fish. They caught 18 Thornback Rays to 6lb 10oz, Flounder, Whiting and Eel.

    Fish of the Month goes to Bernie Forshaw with a nice 10lb 2oz summer cod. Well done Bernie! You win a free trip on-board Brigand to use when ever you want.

  • 05/2014 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    May 2014 by Kev McKie

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    Species caught: Bull Huss, Cod, Dab, Dogfish, Five Bearded Rockling, Flounder, Gurnard (Gray, Tub & Red), Ling, Mackerel, Plaice, Pollack, Poor Cod, Pouting, Short Spined Scorpion Fish, Smoothound (Common & Starry), Thornback Ray, Tope, Weaver and Whiting.

    Due to the algae bloom, May started off quite slow but as the weeks went on the fishing got better and better. Most of the algae had gone by the last week of May and we started to see lots of dolphins, porpoise and seals. Fishing inshore was very good with a fish a drop 90% of the time; offshore the fishing was steady and the mackerel started to arrive in good numbers.

    Notable Charters:

    23/05/14 - A group of individuals had booked to go wreck fishing but with the weather conditions off-shore was not an option so I asked the 9 lads if they fancied going after Smoothound, Rays and Bass. Only 4 of the lads where up for it so the rest of them rebooked to go wrecking and I took the 4 lads out and what a day they had! It was a fish a cast from start to finish. Here's what they caught:

    19 Smoothound to 6lb
    40+ Codling to 4lb 6oz (mostly undersize)
    5 Thornback Rays to 4lb,
    Along with Plaice, Flounder, Dab, Whiting and Dogfish. Not a bad day between 4 anglers.

    24/05/14 - I had 8 individuals booked on for the day. I suggested to go for the Smoothounds again and they were all up for it! Here is what they caught:
    30+ Smoothound to 6lb 3oz
    2 Bass to 2lb 12oz
    3 Thornback Ray to 4lb
    And lots of Whiting Dabs and Dogfish.

    Fish of the month goes to Mark with an 11lb 8oz Thornback Ray caught on a whole Mackerel while fishing for Tope off-shore. This was not the biggest fish caught in May but it's the first double figure Ray this year on Brigand. Sadly it is a very poor photograph of the Ray - it has it's wigs folded in and it doesn't give it much scale because Mark himself is 6ft 7inches tall! The Ray was safely returned.

  • 04/2014 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Apr 2014 by Kev McKie

    Photo of the Fishing Report

    Species caught: Cod, Dab, Flounder, Gray Gurnard, Herring, Leopard Spotted Gobi, Ling, Mackerel, Pollack, Poor Cod, Pouting, Red Gurnard, Thornback Ray, Tub Gurnard and Whiting.

    April was a very good month for us! We caught some very good catches of Cod and Pollack - over just 3 trips we caught a total of 140 cod from 2lb 8oz and 7lb 6oz and 40 Pollack from 2lb to 5lb . That’s good fishing anywhere in the UK! The good fishing is likely down to the mild winter we had and the summer species are arriving very early this year.

    In the Mersey there has still been a few Cod about to 4lb and Thornback Rays to 9lb 1oz. On one trip in the Mersey we had 6 Cod over 2lb which is rare for this time of year – maybe they are staying longer and no one is fishing for them. From now on the fishing should just get better and better as more bait fish arrive followed by the rest of the summer species so watch this space!!!

    Notable Charters:

    10/04/14 – We had a group of individuals onboard and straight from the start they where into fish catching 39 Cod from 2lb 8oz to 4lb 10oz, 18 Pollack from 2lb to 5lb 2oz, along with Pouting, Dab and leopard spotted Gobi.

    22/04/14 – We had a group of individuals onboard and the fishing was slow to start with, but by the end of the day they had caught 36 Cod from 2lb to 5lb, 21 Pollack from 2lb to 3lb, along with Tub Gurnard, Gray Gurnard, Herring, Whiting, Pouting and Poor Cod.

    24/04/14 – We had Taskers Angling out with us on their monthly trip and I must admit they had the best days fishing I have seen for many years in this part of the country – it was one of those red letter days where everything was right. In total they caught 68 Cod from 2lb 8oz to 7lb 6oz, 7 Pollack from 2lb to 5lb, 1 Ling 3lb, Pouting to 2lb 4oz, along with Whiting and Red Gurnard.

    25/04/14 – We had a group of individuals onboard, some from Bold Sea Angling Club, and the rest was made up from regulars. Between them they caught 36 Cod from 2lb 8oz to 6lb 7oz, 4 Pollack from 2lb to 4lb 12oz, along with Whiting, Pouting and Mackerel.

    The Fish of the month goes to Michael with his first ever fish - a 9lb 1oz Thornback Ray from the river Mersey. Michal had never been on a fishing trip before or caught a fish. He had a good fight on his hands to land this Ray in the fast tide of the Mersey but he managed to do it… well, just about! Well done Michael you win a free fishing trip with brigand charters!!!

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  • 5-star Stu Graham (23/07/2014)

    Great day with Kev on Brighand. Defo knows his onions and doesn't stop working to get you on the fish. Really patient Skipper with the less experienced boys. A.N.other skippers around Liverpool should take a leaf out of this lads book ! Not the usual trip to one mark and frightened to burn fuel. Top Class Skipper, good with the kettle and frying pan ! Would highly reocomend. Cheers Kev. Stu

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks for the kind words stu gald you and the lads had a good day hope to see you and the lads onboard again soon.

  • 5-star freddie marsh (06/07/2014)

    great days fishing, will be definitely coming back, Kev was a great skipper & had plenty of patience with a novice fisherman like myself, i caught the biggest cod of the day & learned loads. Would come back just for the curry, cheers Kev.

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks for the review Fred hope to see you again soon on Brigand

  • 5-star James Flynn (07/06/2014)

    We had a blinder of a day my best days sea fishing ever wreck fishing several different wrecks cannot fault kev's patience with those people who had limited or no experience in sea fishing looking forward to my next trip

    Skippers Reponse: Thank James see you next month

  • 5-star Paul Reynolds (27/04/2014)

    We went out with Kev on the Brigand last sunday and had a fantastic time. Not all of us were fishermen but everyone caught, due no doubt to Kevs expertise as a skipper. A great day was had by all and Mrs Mkie's chicken curry was excelent. We will be booking agian.five star rating.

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks Paul looking forward to seeing you onboard again soon.

  • 5-star ivan maher (25/04/2014)

    great days fishing out in the bay another boat load ov cod to 7lb awesome,, mind you we were on the no1 boat with the best skipper

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks ivan see you at the end of May.

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