Charter Boat: Brigand

Photo of 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

  • 02/2015 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Feb 2015 by Kev McKie

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    February was one of the best months we have ever had – over 13 charters on the Mersey, we boated a total of 507 sizeable cod from 2lb to 5lb 4oz.

    The best day was when we had Tasker’s Angling onboard for the monthly charter, they totalled 78 sizeable cod from 2lb to 4lb.

    We will only be fishing the Mersey until March 17th, then Brigand will be coming out the water for general maintenance. We will then start charters in May, mostly targeting offshore marks for all the summer species.

  • 01/2015 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Jan 2015 by Kev McKie

    During January the weather was very unsettled; in total we lost nine charters. This is unheard of in the Mersey because is it so sheltered, but the constant NW and NNW gales kept us in the marina.

    When we did get out there was plenty of cod being caught, most days seen 30 to 45 cod in the 3lb to 4lb bracket along with plenty of big whiting, dabs and odd thornback ray to 10lb.

    Some boats got in to a few bigger cod to 19lb, but fish of this size are few and far between in the Mersey.

    Most of the cod being caught are fresh run fish, this is a good sign and should see the cod staying in the Mersey till mid March.

  • 12/2014 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Dec 2014 by Kev McKie

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    Species caught: Cod, Dab, Dogfish, Five-Bearded Rockling, Thornback Ray and Whiting.

    December was a very good month; we managed to get a total of fourteen days at sea. Most days we saw catches of 30 to 50 Cod ranging from 2lb to 4lb, and the odd bigger fish to 9lb was common, along with plenty of Whiting and Dabs.

    On one of the days we were joined by Dave Lewis from Sea Angler magazine and we had a very good day catching 53 Cod from 2lb to 4lb. This should make a very good article to look out for in the coming months.

    New for 2015, we will no longer be running the Fish of the Month competition. Instead we will be doing a loyalty scheme for our regular customers. As we value your business, we would like to give something back. For every 10 individual charter trips you go on you will get your 11th trip for free!! That’s 10% discount.

    Notable charters:

    01/12/14 – We totalled:
    54 Cod (keepers)
    1 Thornback Ray
    Along with plenty of Whiting, Dabs and Dogfish.

    13/12/14 – We totalled:
    45 Cod (keepers)
    And lots of Whiting.

    30/12/15 – We totalled:
    53 Cod (keepers)
    And lots of Whiting and Dabs.

    Fish of the month goes to Bernie Forshaw with his 9lb 1oz Cod! Well done Bernie you win a free charter to use whenever you wish!

    We would like to thank all our customers for their support during 2014. Let’s hope 2015 is even better!

    Happy new year and all the best!

  • 11/2014 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Nov 2014 by Kev McKie

    Photo of the Fishing Report

    Species caught: Cod, Conger Eel, Dab, Dogfish, Thornback Ray and Whiting.

    During November the Cod fishing in the Mersey just got better and better as the month went on. Our best day ever in the Mersey was in November with 71 Cod boated from 2lb to 6lb 9oz!!! That’s very good fishing anywhere in the UK!!! We also had some good catches of Thornback Rays to 10lb 12oz. One day in November we caught and released 23 Rays along with plenty of Cod, Whiting, Dab and Dogfish.

    The next two months should see the biggest Cod of the season caught.

    I only have a few dates available for the rest of the winter season, please get in touch if you would like to get in on the action.

    Notable charters

    17/11/14 – I had 9 anglers on-board, they totalled:

    31 Cod from 2lb to 6lb 8oz,
    10 Thornback Ray to 8lb 4oz,
    Whiting, Dab and Dogfish.

    28/11/14 – I had 9 anglers on-board, they totalled:

    71 Cod from 2lb to 6lb 9oz,
    Whiting and Dab.

    29/11/14 – I had 9 anglers on-board, they totalled:

    67 Cod from 2lb to 4lb,
    Whiting, Dab and Dogfish.

    Fish of the month goes to 13 year old Matthew Swrd, who caught a 10lb 12oz Thornback Ray on his first ever boat trip. Well done Matthew! You win a free individual trip to use whenever you wish.

  • 11/2014 Fishing Report by marc viercant on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Nov 2014 by marc viercant

    Top day out with Kev yet again, good banter with the lads fish straight from the off accompanied with plenty of tea and coffee as well as a great bowl off hot food too!
    Thanks for a great day out definitely one to recommend, this skipper is not a kipper he doesn't stop working from the off and you're guaranteed a great day out and plenty of fish.

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  • 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

  • 5-star steven hilton (11/02/2015)

    Another fantastic fishing trip on board Brigand. Great fishing with 60 cod caught, most of them keepers, with 6 for myself. Great and funny stories told throughout the day along with plenty of tea and coffee, and the legendary chicken curry and rice. Plenty of help and assistance from Kev on baiting up and casting, then the filleting of the cod so its ready to take home. Looking forward to my next trip and highly recommend booking on Brigand. Thanks Again Kev.

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks for the review Ste, hope to see you again soon.
    Cheers Kev

  • 5-star michael vella (18/01/2015)

    Great day out you really looked after us The Cod kept coming so did the coffee Will be back Dave Nothing was too much trouble cheers Mick and all the lads

    Skippers Reponse: Cheers Mick see you next time.

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