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

  • 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.


  • 09/2015 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Sep 2015 by Kev McKie

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    Hi everyone, just to let you all know as of March 17th 2016, I will be skippering one of the uk's top charter boats the 45ft Size Matters out of Plymouth. Graham Hannaford the owner has been skippering boats out of Plymouth for over 40 years and is regarded as one of the best skippers in the UK. I have personally fished with Graham as an angler for the last 18 years, catching conger to 86lb, ling to 28lb, cod to 21lb, pollack to 17lb plus many more. He is going to pass down all his knowledge of fishing and skippering to me. This will be a very good challenge for me and anyone who has met me or knows me will know I am a mad keen angler as well as a skipper. We will work the boat together for the spring and summer of 2016, the boat will then move to Liverpool on October 17th 2016 for the winter cod season. Each year from then on I will be operating from Liverpool October to March and from Plymouth April to October.
    Operating from Plymouth I will be mostly targeting Cod, Coalfish, Pollack, Ling, Conger and Sharks.
    I will also be running 5 day charters to Guernsey for bass, turbot and brill.
    If you would like more information on available dates for 2016 please let me know and I will send you a list of available dates.
    You can see the boat and the catches at
    I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has already booked with us up to now for 2016!

    Kevin Mckie
    Brigand Charters

  • 09/2015 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Sep 2015 by Kev McKie

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    Managed to get out Sunday and Monday, the plan both days was to fish for tope for the last time this year.
    On Sunday I headed to a tope mark that has produced well for me this year, but the fishing was poor not one tope run and only a few bullhuss to 10lb, dogfish, tub gurnard, mackerel and whiting to show for our efforts.
    On Monday I decided to go well off shore to some deep water, where I thought the tope mite be as they migrate for winter.
    First drop a small tope 24lb and then the rays moved in lots of them up to 11lb 8oz followed by some nice bullhuss to 12lb. There was plenty of mackerel off shore as well, this is why the fishing was much better than the day before. The summer is coming to an end now, I have one last set of neap tides to fish off shore then I will start to fish the Mersey in October for the winter cod and rays.
    Here are my last available dates to fish off shore for this year.

    Tuesday September 22nd 5 places
    available. Conger/wrecking fishing.

    Wednesday September 23rd 1 place available. Wrecking.

    Thursday September 24th 2 places available. Conger/wrecking.

    Friday September 25th 2 places available. Conger/wrecking.

    If you would like to book any of these dates please get in touch.


  • 09/2015 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Sep 2015 by Kev McKie

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    Well the week long charter in the Isle of Man has come to an end, what a cracking time we have had with most lads catching personal bests.
    Plenty of Tope to 28lb, Spurdog to 18lb, Bullhuss to 12lb, Ling to 8lb, Pollack to 7lb, Cod to 5lb, Coalfish to 4lb, Ballan Wrasse to 4lb, Cockoo Wrasse, Tub Gurnard, Red Gurnard, Gray Gurnard, Whiting, Pouting, Dogfish, Dab, Launce, Mackerel and Blackmouth Dogfish!!
    Never seen one before, what a strange but a nice looking fish.
    Big thanks to all the lads for all there help who booked to make the week possible.
    Brigand is now back in Liverpool ready for charters this weekend.
    Here are dates available this month!
    Monday 14th 5 places,
    Tuesday 22nd 2 places,
    Wednesday 23rd 3 places,
    Friday 25th 3 places,


  • 09/2015 Fishing Report by Kev McKie on Brigand (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Sep 2015 by Kev McKie

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    They say lighting never strikes in the same place twice, well it did today on Brigand.
    After that monster tope yesterday of 67lb 3oz caught by Tony, he starts the day off with a tope of 43lb followed by another big tope length 67 inch, girth 25 inch = 52lb 3oz very good fish. I then got my fishing head on and landed the biggest tope I have ever seen. At one point we had to let over 300ft of rope out on the anchor just to keep up with it. After an epic fight we had it on deck it was a team effort with the net it just about fitted in. It tipped the scales at 72lb in the net, the length was 67 inch and girth was 29 inch = 70lb 4oz!!! The photo does not do the fish justice!! I am made up with the size of the tope we are getting!!! Big thanks to tony for his help.
    Now that's the boat record!!!


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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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