Charter Boat: Galloper

Boat and Skipper Details

Licensed For: up to 10 passengers
Code Of Practice: 60 mile
Hours: 3hr / 4hr / 5hr / 6hr / 7hr / 8hr / 9hr / 10hr / 11hr / 12hr / 24hr / Multiple Days Trips
Type of Fishing: boat casting uptide downtide and drift ,offshore cod,bass and tope trips although anything can be arranged to suit your needs.
Tackle Available: Yes - Contact Skipper
Bait Available: Yes - Contact Skipper
Boat Specification: evolution 33
Facilities: very hot kettle,heated wheelhouse,toilet,spray cover, tackle and bait available. car park next to floating pontoon access.
Additional Description:

We have recently purchased an evolution 33 powered by a catapillar 420hp capable of cruising 16-18knts with a flat out speed over 24knts. the evolution hull is a fast modern boat comfortable both at anchor and under steam. She has some indoor seating a toilet accessible from the deck and a spray cover to keep you drier and more comfortable.

WE ARE AVAILABLE TO TAKE BOOKINGS 7 DAYS A WEEKS 12 MONTHS OF THE YEAR

most trips run from 6.30-7.30am untill 16.30-17.30 at night although if you book the boat we can arrange times around you. we also offer night trips from 17.30-12.30am at night and evening trips in the river from 17.30-21.30 in the estuary. these are available uppon request and we can arrange trips to suit your requirements.
we have hire tackle available with penn fixed spool reels at £5 per rod per day.

for further information available dates, gallery, weekly reports and more please visit my website www.essexseafishing.co.uk

Galloper Skipper scott belbin's Photo
About the Skipper:

I have fished since I could hold a rod and grew up aboard my dads charter boats in the 90's. as I got older I took my Orkney longliner out and my dads boats when I got the chance. I am obsessed with fishing I have no other real hobbies and just about any free time I have is devoted to fishing related activities. This may sound abit sad but as I enjoy all kinds of fishing I have little time for anything else. My real passion is for sea angling but if I had more time I would like to spend a little more time fresh water fishing aswell.the first 'galloper' was bought by myself and my dad back in 2007.she was a brinkliner 28 and kept me busy for a couple of years. My wife stacey and i bought the second 'Galloper' back in march 2009 she was an aquastar 33 and we ran her untill 2013 when we bought our current boat also named 'galloper' and as you can see she's a faster newer boat altogether. i look forward to many good trips aboard her over the coming years. Although I'm only 27 I have plenty of experience as a skipper as before all of this i was running my dads boats since I got my Yachtmasters Offshore licence when I was 17. before that I was taking his boat out with my grandad or brothers or friends whenever I could. I like to think that all of this along with many holidays spent fishing other venues has helped to give me a large amount of experience and knowledge for my age.

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N.B. Not all Skippers keep this dairy up-to-date. Always check with skippers before making any plans. Last calendar update: 24-Sep-2018

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Reviews

Summary:

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  • 5-star Paul Adams (13/09/2015)

    Thanks Scott for a great evening session with the kids, plenty of bass with a couple of decent ones thrown in also lots of whiting later on in the day plus that bonus cod at the end, we'll definitely book more trips in the future. p.s. Thanks for removing that deeply embedded hook from my finger!!! ouch!!!

    Skippers Reponse: hi paul, glad you enjoyed yourselves mate it was a nice evening and the fish were a bonus.

  • 5-star Mark Stiff (21/03/2015)

    Had a great night fishing session with some friends on board the galloper skippered by Scott.such a pleasant young guy,had a couple of guys in our crew who hadn't done sea fishing before and Scott looked after,helped and advised them all night aswell as unhooking fish 4 all and keeping us in tea n coffee,a big thank u for making our trip a good one Scott.will definitely be using you again.

    Skippers Reponse: thanks for taking the time to review the galloper mark. glad you had a nice trip it was a pleasure to take you all out. see you next time.

  • 5-star Jason Harris (23/08/2014)

    Another cracking day out, once again Scott managed to find the fish from the off. Everyone on the boat was very friendly and we all caught good numbers of mixed fish. With Scott only taking time out from netting duties to put the kettle on several times you couldn't ask for better. Hope to get back out soon.

  • 5-star Jason Harris (23/08/2014)

    Another cracking day out, once again Scott managed to find the fish from the off. Everyone on the boat was very friendly and we all caught good numbers of mixed fish. With Scott only taking time out from netting duties to put the kettle on several times you couldn't ask for better. Hope to get back out soon.

    Skippers Reponse: thanks Jason, see you next time mate

  • 5-star Tim Brown (31/05/2014)

    once again another good trip out aboard Galloper. The fishing was a bit on the slow side but Scott did his best to put us on the fish and by the end of the day all 7 of us had caught which is great, just left to say thanks again Scott and we will be booking with you again next month, Tim (Tightliners Sea Fishing).

    Skippers Reponse: thanks for taking the time to do a review again mate. glad you had a nice time mate, we tried our hardest and the the weather made it too.
    see you next trip.

Bait & Tackle

Latest Catches 590 photos uploaded

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2 oz Thornback Ray

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55 lb Tope

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2 oz Starry Smooth-hound

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Latest Fishing Reports

  • 08/2018 Fishing Report by Scott Belbin

    Aug 2018 by Scott Belbin

    The last few months have seen us enjoy some of the best weather imaginable from west mersea and thankfully the fishing has been able to match it on most occasions. My last report on here was late spring so I will bring you briefly up to date from then.
    By the time the main bulk of thorn-back rays started to move out at the start of june we already had the summer species around in good numbers to take their place. Smooth-hounds have been fairly consistent throughout the summer with good numbers of the smaller fish at times. This year saw the best season in several years for tope with most boats finding a few decent fish. our biggest went over 55lbs and was caught by billy who made the trip down from north Norfolk several times in search of tope and this was his biggest.
    We started off the bass season with some cracking fish on board. the biggest so far fell to chris at 12.4lbs which came just an hour or so after a 10.12lbs bass for steve who was out that day. We have seen several mixed in with our general trips too and as ever the estuary is full of schoolies which are great fun on our 3-4hr trips. Unfortunately having to return all all of the bass has disappointed some of our anglers but they are a pleasure to catch anyway which keeps most people pleased.
    There have been several stingrays come out the last few weeks, we were lucky enough to find a small one which matched to small angler who caught it. Charlie was a few days shy of 8 years old when he had his first stingray. These fish are as rare as hens teeth so im sure may a well seasoned angler would be envious of him or any others who managed to boat one this year.
    Over the coming weeks the summer species should continue to keep us occupied, September approaches we should see the thorn-back rays picking up in numbers again. these will be mostly small fish at first but the stamp; should increase as the autumn progresses. There’s plenty of time for bass and hounds as yet but it wont be long until we start thinking about cod. After seeing a few more this spring hopes will be high that the blackwater estuary and beyond will be productive again throughout the winter.
    I have a few spaces left in august and September, I keep my calendar and last minute bookings up to date on here but for more information, weekly reports and availability please visit www.essexseafishing.co.uk or call 07956411528


  • 05/2018 Fishing Report by Scott Belbin

    May 2018 by Scott Belbin

    Its been another busy month aboard the ‘Galloper’ the main target for us inshore at this time of year are the thorn-back rays. We have come to expect high numbers of them since the local stocks were saved by strict commercial restrictions on them over 10 years ago and this year hasn’t disappointed us. They come in all sizes, the females are normally the bigger fish with a double figure male a rare sight. These fish taste great and skinning them is easy with a bit of practice (so im told). I try to encourage responsible angling on my boat so all females are returned alive and have been for several years. Along with the rays there have been plenty of other bits and bobs. We had had one or two bigger bass, a few more spurdogs and a spotted ray of 2.10lbs which was a first aboard my boat and quite rare in this area.
    Over the coming weeks we will continue to target the thorn-backs and also turn our attention to the smooth-hounds which are showing early considering how late spring started. Im sure we will also head offshore where we can see anything turn up even the elusive dogfish!
    Ive got plenty of spaces coming up and you can find a list of available dates on my cbuk page or my website along with regular reports and more information at www.essexseafishing.co.uk or call 07956411528

  • 04/2018 Fishing Report by Scott Belbin

    Apr 2018 by Scott Belbin

    Thought I’d put a report on here regarding a couple of good days we had on the spurdogs recently. My self and my anglers head off in search of the spurs every spring and are usually happy to see one or two fish mixed in with our usual species. Not many charter boats target spurs from essex and even less are regularly successful so we feel happy to see a few. The other week we were lucky enough to hit into one of the mythical spurdog packs two trips on the bounce. We picked up 47 on the first trip and over 80 on the second (which was absolute madness). That’s without the thorn-backs, dogfish and even a stray bass that turned up. For full report please see my website or facebook.
    It is 10 years since I first had spurs off here and I we have caught more in these two trips than I have had on the boat in the last 10 years. Many of the lads who have been this weekend are regulars and fully understand how rare a trip like these two are. Most of the lads have been off here before and several have already been off here with me this year. We will try again for them but im sure it will still be as hit and miss as ever.
    Please remember that with the offshore trips as with any trips it is no good waiting for somebody else to have a good day and then book up as the fish may be gone by the time you get out. always for for what your going to catch today. not what somebody else caught yesterday. Please book well in advance to get the best tides.

  • 04/2018 Fishing Report by Scott Belbin

    Apr 2018 by Scott Belbin

    My apologies Its been a while since my last report on here again. the cold snap that hit us in the early part of the year had a negative affect on both the fishing and our bookings unfortunately. Thankfully the weather has sorted its self out now and so has the fishing so everything is back on track. As the water has warmed up the thorn-back rays have appeared in abundance as we have come to expect in recent years. The fish are now fairly wide spread so we can see good fishing in most weather conditions should we need to. There have been a few smooth-hounds and the odd bass mixed in too. This is a sure sign that summer is not too far away. the codling have been mid water feeding on the herring that moved in after the cold snap. This in turn has meant we have seen very few on rod and line. However the last weekend saw a few come out so hopefully we will see a showing of codling mixed in over the next week or so before they move off.
    The ‘galloper’ is out of the water this week for a polish, antifoul and general jobs as well as her 5 year survey. She will be back in the water by Saturday with a fresh 60 mile code of practice on her.
    I have plenty of space this coming weekend for individuals and group bookings so if you fancy making the most of the nice weather please contact me. In the mean time I try to keep my website up to date with reports, availability and lots more information or please call 07956411528

  • 03/2018 Fishing Report by Scott Belbin

    Mar 2018 by Scott Belbin

    Following on from my last report on here the fishing has been quite good to start off the year here at mersea. The weather has been pretty favourable until this week and we have managed to get most trips in. what we are hatching has varied quite a bit depending on the tides and where we can get to. As many others boats in the area have reported there have been far better numbers of codling than the last couple of seasons. Most trips are producing a few codling and thorn-back rays with 6-12 codling an average sort of trip. Our best trip so far this year has been 23 codling along with a few rays, pouting, a dogfish, a bass and lots of whiting up to 43cm! this cold snap seems to have slowed some of the fish up since then but I would expect it to improve as we approach the end of the season.
    The dogfish and thorn-backs don’t tend to like the cold weather much but when we do get a couple of weeks of warmer weather they will soon push into our shallow coastal waters which warm up first. With any luck we will still have codling mixed in too which along with the other bits and bobs makes for some nice spring sport.
    Please visit my website essexseafishing.co.uk or follow us on facebook for regular reports along with more information including availability.
    Here’s some of my availability for the coming month
    11/03/18 3 spaces @ £50pp max 8 anglers
    18/03/18 8 spaces @ £50PP or boat £360 max 8 anglers
    30/03/18 8 spaces @ £50PP or boat £360 max 8 anglers
    31/03/18 8 spaces @ £50PP or boat £360 max 8 anglers
    Please call for more information on 07956411528