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-shore
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
•Mackarel
•Squid

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

  • 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

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    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!!!

  • 03/2014 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Mar 2014 by Kev McKie

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    Species caught: Cod, Dab, Dogfish, Five Bearded Rockling, Flounder, Herring, Ling, Lobster, Pollack, Pouting, Thornback Ray and Whiting.

    Usually, March is a slow month when fishing in the North West but this year fishing was surprisingly well. This was likely due to not having a very cold winter, which has raised the temperature of the water, causing the spring fish to arrive earlier than usual.

    While there is still a few Cod and Whiting, with good numbers of Rays, Flounder, Dabs and Plaice in the River Mersey, a new off-shore mark we fished was holding some good numbers of both Cod and Pollack. That being said, we still had a few hard days fishing off-shore this month, mainly due to harsh easterly winds.

    Also, don't forget on April 23rd is our first Brigand Charters sweep stake competition where you could win £960 cash!!! Full details can be found under "Competitions".

    Notable Charters:

    On March 25th we had a small group of anglers on-board who fish with us every month. They had a good day before we even got to the fishing grounds. We encountered a pod of over 50 dolphins that where jumping out of the water and following the boat for about 30 minutes. When we did get to the fishing ground they totalled 14 Pollack to 4lb 10oz, 9 Cod to 3lb, plus Whiting and Pouting.

    On March 26th we had a full boat of individuals on-board. We decided to fish the same rough ground as we did the day before. We totalled 15 Pollack to 5lb, 4 Cod to 3lb, 1 Ling, and plenty of whiting, dabs, and dogfish.

    On March 27th we had our monthly trip with the lads from Taskers Angling on-board. We went back to the same grounds as we had fished the last two days and there were still plenty of fish showing on the sounder but it was hard going with the easterly wind - the fish just didn't want to know. We had a few Pollack, Cod, Whiting, Dab and Dogfish, but we did witness something we will never see again! Jimmy from Taskers Angling hooked something while on the drift over rough ground using a jelly worm. He said to me that it felt like he'd hooked some old rope as he was struggling to reel it in. I said it could be a sea sponge from the sea bed or a Lobster. When it came to the surface it was the biggest Lobster I have ever seen, about 6lb must have been 30 years old and it was hooked in the face. We let the old fella go to fight another day.

    The Fish of the Month goes to Tom Aldwinckle (again) with his 6lb 5oz Pollack. Thats two months in a row now. Congratulations on your free individual charter, Tom!

  • 02/2014 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Feb 2014 by Kev McKie

    Species caught: Cod, Dab, Flounder, Plaice, Thornback Ray, Whiting.

    February started off very well with some nice Cod being caught in the Mersey, but towards the end of the month, the Cod fishing became patchy on some days and then good on others. The large shoals of Whiting that were present in the Mersey during the Winter have moved off-shore and the Cod will do the same over the course of the next few weeks. With the temperatures rising we’ve seen a few Thornback Rays, Plaice and Flounders being caught which shows that the Spring fish are starting to arrive.

    Notable Charters:

    February 7th seen a small group of anglers who hired the boat, landing 12 Cod between 2lb 8oz and 11lb 8oz. Included in this catch were Cod of 5lb 2oz, 5lb 4oz and 5lb 10oz, along with Whiting, Dabs and plenty of under-sized Codling.

    February 11th was a full boat with a total of 11 Cod caught between 3lb and 11lb 4oz, along with Whiting, Dabs and plenty of under-sized Codling.

    February 21st was another full boat with a total of 13 Cod caught from 3lb 2oz to 7lb 4oz, along with Dabs and plenty of under-sized Codling.

    The Fish of the Month goes to Tom Aldwinckle with his first ever Cod at 11lb 4oz. Although Carl O’Neill caught the largest at 11lb 8oz, he kindly passed the prize onto Tom as this was his first ever Cod and Carl thought Tom deserved it more. Congratulations, Tom!

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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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