Charter Boat: My Way
We fish all year round for a variety of differing species, including smoothhound, tope, pollack, gurnards, codling, coalies, wrasse, rays and huss plus many more. My Way can be chartered for both full boat and individual bookings.
My Way is based at Holyhead Marina on the north western tip of the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, North Wales. Our coastal area benefits from a range of mixed grounds with mud, shingle, rock and sand banks all with in reach to offer some excellent and varied fishing. Your charter trip includes tea, coffee, and also a hot snack, plus the My Way galley includes a hob, oven, grill for your use if required, A variety of quality uptide and down tide rods with ABU 7500C3 reels are are available free of charge if needed. The set up comes with 1 end rig and weight.
Holyhead Marina has ample free parking for it's users. Over spill parking can be found on the hill over looking the Marina complex. With My Way on an easy access berth, there is a short walk onto the pontoons with no nusiance ladders or steps to climb along.
Gethyn has been a keen angler all his life, both from the shore and the boat. GO Angling was set up in 2003 and My Way has since prooved to be a very popular vessel on the north Wales coast. Born locally, Gethyn has extensive local knowledge, with over 30years experience in these waters
A qualified Level 2 Angling Coach, Gethyn was a member of the Welsh National Boat Angling Team and has represented Wales in two Home Nations Championships and also one World Championships. The 41st World Boat Angling Championships held in Weymouth, England is where Gethyn finished 9th overall and helped Wales to 4th overall.
- CBUK Catch Log: 46 Species have been caught onboard My Way, including: Anglerfish | Ballan Wrasse | Bass | Bib (Pouting) | Black Sea Bream | Blonde Ray | Bull Huss | Coalfish (Coley/Saithe) | Cod | Common Dragonet | Conger Eel | Corkwing Wrasse | Cuckoo Wrasse | Dab | Dragonet | Goldsinny Wrasse | Greater Sand Eel | Grey Gurnard | Haddock | Herring | Leopard-spotted Goby | Lesser Spotted Dogfish | Ling (Common) | Long-spined Sea Scorpion | Mackerel | Plaice | Pollock | Poor Cod | Red Gurnard | Rock Cook | Rock Goby | Scad | Short-spined Sea Scorpion | Smooth-hound (Common) | Spotted Ray | Spurdog | Starry Smooth-hound | Streaked Gurnard | Thick-Lipped Grey Mullet | Thornback Ray | Tompot Blenny | Tope | Topknot | Tub Gurnard | Turbot | Whiting
- CBUK Catch of the Month Winner: May 2011, 24 lb 11 oz Starry Smooth-hound | September 2009, 14 lb 12 oz Bull Huss
- 8 lb Thornback Ray by Colin
- 1 lb 8 oz Ballan Wrasse by Harry
- 1 lb Cuckoo Wrasse by Chris
- 8 oz Ballan Wrasse by Pete
- 8 lb Bull Huss by Chris
- 2 lb Ballan Wrasse by Marc
- 4 oz Poor Cod by Lloyd
- 1 lb Cuckoo Wrasse by Lloyd
- 1 lb Cuckoo Wrasse by Marc
Latest Fishing Reports
03/2014 Fishing Report by Gethyn Owen on My Way (Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey)
Mar 2014 by Gethyn Owen
March 01st, St Davids day saw My Way set sail for the first time in 2014.
Our original first sail was two weeks earlier, however with the weather remaining so bad I took the decision to leave My Way in the yard, safe and sound whilst winds up to 100mph pounded much of the UK. It's fair to say the weather has been atrocious for a very long time now, as eager and excited as I was to get afloat and fishing again I was also nervous at exactly what our day may deliver.
Aboard My Way I was joined by 5 regulars, who have become good friends over the years and also 4 new guys to My Way, all of whom were experienced boat anglers, a nice mix of crew who undoubtedly could pull out a few fish when needed. A reasonable forecast for the most of the day, picking up to a force 6 towards the end and together with a 32ft tide our fishing was restricted to within Holyhead Bay.
First off was a drift in search of a few pollack, coalies and maybe some herring. We had a perfect drift, right alongside our rock mark with the breeze slowing the boat down nicely at the end of the flooding tide. However 40mins of trying and our efforts returned a big fat zero, not even a bite for the efforts of all on board.
The thick brown water wasn’t helping the situation to be honest, but never the less we should have had a few fish or bites even. A change of tactics was required and I decided to moved off to the mussel beds to anchor up, a little early for a 32ft tide, but this was getting critical now!Banter and a few risky jokes wasn't enough, we needed fish.
Upon anchoring, we had a good flow of tide and we all eagerly waited the fish bite. A few false knocks and over exuberant 'strikes' it was 15minutes before the first fish came to the boat. Using his rod and reel with effortless perfection local angler Dave, slowly retrieved his catch whilst everyone else stood in awe at his angling brilliance. After what seemed like an eternity it was with great relief to see Dave lift into My Way the best looking ….... 8oz whiting I'd ever seen before.
Rock N Roll, we're back on the money ….
OK, not that exciting, but as most the guys concluded, it's March, weather's fine and we're out. The fishing remained slow on this mark, a few whiting, mainly pin size and dogfish.
The odd double shot coming over, the first to Cheshire angler Pete Minns, who insisted on a photograph for his scrap book. Brooksy with a little help from his friends soon witnessed a dogfish on his rod.
As the tide started to gather pace and making it uncomfortable to fish anymore, we upped anchor and I decided on a move further inshore and try for a few rays. We ended the last few trips of 2013 with an abundance of rays and despite that being a few months back, late Feb and early March is when we start the new influx of thornies and the odd spotted into the area. Sadly this move didn't work out, dogfish and a solitary dab were all that we saw. We did though enjoy lunch, a big fat breakfast butty is always a good call when afloat. More so on a cold early spring day and naturaslly washed down with plenty of tea or coffee.
So anchor up again, this time to a muddy area around 1 mile outside the harbour. The tide should have slowed down sufficient to allow a fairly reasonable fish for all aboard. This mark soon had everyone who tried pulling out a few fish. The vast majority being dogfish and better whiting. We managed a few more double shots, of dogs and whiting but no triples. The dog or whiting trend was broken on a few occasions with small bull huss and also a nice ling of a few lb. Not a sight you see often when anchored up on a muddy piece of ground.
In all it was a great day afloat, fishing was slow, can be for the time of year.
But the day passed quickly. A few fish, a few laughs with friends all together with food and drink made for an enjoyable return to being afloat.Fingers crossed now that we are over the worst of the weather and the UK angling industry can get back on track.
2013 was a great year aboard My Way however I'm looking forward to better times through 2014.
Looking forward to seeing many of you through the year.
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09/2013 Fishing Report by Gethyn Owen on My Way (Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey)
Sep 2013 by Gethyn Owen
With the last week of August producing some great fishing in the deeps, it was hoped that things would continue in similar fashion with next set of small tides in early September. Sadly the weather decided to play its part and curtailed our movements offshore. Thankfully the fishing was lively inshore, with a general species hunt being the order for a good few days.
Starting September we were joined once more by the Skegness Pier Angling Club, a great bunch of male and female anglers all eager to test out the varied fishing on offer from our coast. The wind stopped play on the Saturday, leaving a few to brave the elements on Holyhead Breakwater, but thankfully settled down for Sunday and despite blustery conditions we were able to have a good fish both at anchor and whilst drifting.
Despite a valiant effort from the men, it’s fair to say that the ladies came up trumps with a variety of species on the day including plenty of Gurnard at anchor and both Ballan and Cuckoo wrasse on the drift. Sadly the majority of September was littered with wind, all directions and speeds, leaving us grabbing the odd day here and there.
During the second week we did manage to sneak a day in the deeps and most of the anglers were rewarded in pollack to 5lb in weight. Not monsters, but quality fishing none the less and enjoyed by everyone catching.
Towards the last week of the month we started to see some settled weather, and with the addition of neap tides from the Tuesday we had high hopes for some good fishing.
Inshore for the penultimate weekend of the month we were treated to an abundance of fish again with gurnards once again making regular appearances along with the ever present doggies, huss and whiting etc. Drifting the inshore rocks the pollack and wrasse fishing had fish averaging 2 to 3lb regularly coming to the boat; some pollack staying aboard whilst many others returned for another day.
Best of the few days inshore fell to the charm of My Way regular Carl ‘Monty’ Burns whilst fishing a slack water over Holyhead’s mussel beds. As the tide started to run once again, Carl changed tactics to fish a whole whiting he had caught earlier on a large hook and 150lb running ledger.
As the tide strength reached un-fishable, the ratchet from Carl’s reel screamed off and his 12lb class BeastMaster arched over towards the water …. Tope on! This tope ran downtide, using the added momentum of tide to nearly spool Carl’s reel as he delicately tried to apply pressure and slow the tope down; without snapping off!
After what seemed an eternity, Carl managed to turn the shark and started to make some ground back, only for the tope to take turn after turn back down the tide. 40 minutes later, a magnificent looking tope finally broke the surface and into the net of My Way, a bent net that was showing signs of some great fishing in 2013. Quickly weighed in the sling Monty had his biggest tope aboard My Way a very impressive 45lb specimen! A few photographs later she was returned carefully.
This was a fishing frenzy for Carl, with a further 2 days booked aboard My Way and both of them looking to be a full on assault in Holyhead Deep for more tope, huss and hopefully a few pollack.
The 2nd day of Carl’s adventure we were joined by father and son Malcolm and Dave Shepherd form the midlands. Puddle anglers at heart, they wanted to experience the ‘other’ side of fishing and take in some of the quality sport that was being reflected in the My Way galleries. Setting sail to fish the deeps with novice sea anglers can be a little daunting, but I really needn’t have worried. Explaining how the sidewinders needed to work through the water with the drop and retrieve scenario over the wreck, Malcolm and Dave took to this like, erm, ducks to water! On the first drift, Dave hooked straight into a pollack, followed closely by Malcolm, who then went on to catch on all subsequent drifts.
Poor Monty not having such a good time, however a quick change of lure and the next drift he pulled out a pb pollack of just under 9lb that proved also to be the best of the day. During the anchor work everyone managed to bag a tope or two each. Sadly nothing as big as what Carl had the previous day but for our intrepid fresh water duo, 20lb tope form 200ft of water, 10miles out was indeed great fun!
Sadly increased wind overnight left the following morning lumpy, so a day inshore, however with a mass of angling talent aboard My Way it was always going to be a good laugh catching a variety of species. Tompot Blenny’s are not rare, but neither are they a regular catch, this day however we managed to land 7 on the boat, from a mark not known for throwing up too many mini species!
The follow day with more settled conditions it was back off to the deeps with a first stop on the wreck. Despite my suggestions of heavier leads for the 200ft and 1.4knot drift and also a change of lure (plenty available aboard My Way) the crew decided they knew best. We caught 1 pollack! Thankfully the anchor work made up slightly, but the comment of “Thought the drifting would have been better” really did annoy me!
So moving on swiftly, back out the following day and onto the wreck, we had a fair few pollack again, amazing difference a change of crew can make. Sadly no real size to them, but a good number around the 4lb mark making it home with the anglers for a nice fresh fish supper. At anchor, the deeps didn’t disappoint. Tope and huss coming aboard fairly regular, with 2 guys catching their first ever tope, Jack first off and then Kris, after failing to connect in previous trips afloat managing to catch a couple during the day. Preston Angler Richard Priest showed his skills with a few double figure tope and also 2 great tope, a 20lb and cool 35lb Deeps tope!
One great feeling aboard My Way is when regular anglers become friends and take it upon themselves to bring offerings for everyone on board. You often see shared bait, rigs or lures being handed out to anglers slow on catching, not just club bookings neither, but individual days.
Besides all that there is also the Floating Café tag My Way often receives, and why not! Part of a good day is good food. The last trip I spoke of is perfect example, local rod Dave from Benllech had been busy in the kitchen watching his wife Karen preparing some fantastic homemade shepherds pies for everyone to enjoy. Brooksy had popped into the bakery the previous evening and secured a bag full of cheese covered rolls for the group, whilst Jacks wife Claire had been baking and treated us all to a most delicious Victoria Sponge.
I love my job!
Read more at http://www.goangling.co.uk/Report-2013-September.htm
08/2013 Fishing Report by Gethyn Owen on My Way (Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey)
Aug 2013 by Gethyn Owen
In our free tackle give away with Tronixpro and World Sea Fishing Cheshire angler Jon Hudd was the August winner of a HTO rod & Daiwa reel combo.
Jon has fished aboard My Way a few times this year and on his trips in July and August always made a quick dash for the new HTO lure rods from Tronixpro, free to use aboard My Way. Offering excellent bite detection and extremely light sport, these rods are a must for all light tackle enthusiasts.
Baiting up with either fresh worm and Isome artificial worms as supplied by World Sea Fishing, Jon was able to tempt an array of fish from mini specie to hard fighting ballans whilst on the drift.
Anglers have taken up the challenge through both July and August and fished using either the HTO 25gram or 50gram rods, coupled together with Daiwa Megaforce fixed spool reels and braid. Wrasse and mini species are the main targets when using such extremely light outfits whilst afloat, even 8oz wrasse bend the rods and offer an exciting adrenalin rush for the captor.
We have another rod & reel combo available in September, you simply need to grab one of the rods and have a fish
08/2013 Fishing Report by Gethyn Owen on My Way (Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey)
Aug 2013 by Gethyn Owen
My last report started off as a small tale of woe thanks to the strong winds keeping us inshore instead of making way to Holyhead Deep for large pollack, tope and spurs. Un deterred the lads cracked on with a species hunt and ended up enjoying a fantastic day with tope to 48lb.
This latest report is littered with days off during the middle of August, however we also managed to grab the odd day within Holyhead Bay; drifting and anchoring we were fortunate once again to hook into a good mixed bag of species. The Bolivar rock is a favourite of mine in Holyhead Bay for drifting; however you have to have conditions right! A strong tide and your gear is lost to Davy Jones as quickly as you can re tie and drop down.
When calm you have lardy blokes having their midlife crisis by zooming around on jet skis, the fish soon run for cover in the shallow waters.
But when it’s good, it can be very good with anglers reeling in numerous ballan and cuckoo wrasse with the odd corkwing. Fishing a high flyer we’re often rewarded with sizable pollack. At anchor there has been a good mixed bag of the usual suspects, with a great number of red gurnards showing with deep red colours, a striking looking fish, by far the prettiest of the gurnard family,
Edging towards the end of August and we managed to grab a couple days on the edges of Holyhead Deep. With a LW early morning all anglers had booked on knowing that an early morning sail would be necessary. 6.30am to be precise! Argh, not good, we are fortunate in Holyhead Marina that we have water at all states of tide, so we can plan our day around the wind and tides of the day, offering sensible sailing times of between 8 and 10-am most days; every now and then though, when the weather and tides align, you have to make the most, so 6.30am it was.
The early start one day did allow us to watch the impressive cruise vessel Crystal Serenity as she came to berth in the harbour. We required a 90minute steam to our mark, normally we break down the journey with inshore drifting on our way out, but both days the early start was planned as late as could be allowed and a direct run out chosen instead.
A couple brews and an empty biscuit barrel later we soon arrived at out chosen wreck, before I could step out the cabin, an array of different jellie worms, red gills and sidewinders etc were being lowered over the side of My Way.
First drift and nothing!
Oops, OK I said, I was just setting that one up – I then suggested someone move over to the starboard side of the boat as there was an uneven balance of anglers just asking for tangling trouble – no one moved until Micky said I’ll go! Next drift …. Guess who caught from where!
Threats of violence soon followed, but before action could be taken we were drifting again. The wreck chosen lies in 200ft of water and was only small so if you got it wrong or missed out the first call of down, you’d be better of waiting to save tangling your trace line, lol. Thankfully we were catching each drift, sometimes the one hook up, other times 3 or 4 and sometimes the wreck. Warning of wreck approaching was always given, but as true fisherman, most fished very close were the sounder showed the fish to be feeding...
On their first boat fishing trip, we were joined one day by Jeanne and Jeff from The Fishing Cabin in Widnes, puddle danglers by profession they wanted to see what all the fuss was about in boat angling, after bit of coaching from Harry and a number of lost sidewinders, they were both soon bringing in some decent pollack. Jeanne showing the boys how to do it with a few pollack, the best of the day going just short of 9lb in weight.
Over the two days we managed in the Deep we had Micky & Jon from Cheshire, My Way regular Carl from Colwyn Bay and Mike all the way down from Scotland.
Jon had set a few goals for the trip, PB pollack so anything over 5lb, a first tope and a first cuckoo wrasse, thankfully the fish obliged and Jon managed to bag all three along with many other species during a great time.
Mike, following an absence of a couple years from angling was fishing as though he had never been away, with numerous species through the two days. Similarly Carl and Micky, pollack, tope, huss etc in the Deep and then an alarming amount of species on the drift, from minis such as long spined sea scorpions to an astonishing number of ballan wrasse. Many of which were landed using the HTO lure rods, available for use aboard My Way from Tronixpro.
Great fun with some great anglers, thanks to everyone who helps make this job so enjoyable.
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16/08/2013 Fishing Report by Gethyn Owen on My Way (Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey)
16 Aug 2013 by Gethyn Owen
The weather gods tried to steal August 16th from us, however with no Holyhead Deep we decided upon a species hunt from 3 favourite marks around the bay instead. Here is a brief report on how it went ...
A strong SW wind had us battling a lumpy sea towards the North Stack area to start our day on the drift with wrasse and maybe some small pollack our intended targets. On the drift Menai Bridge angler Mark Dolben was proving a worthy opponent for the wrasse family adding numerous ballans, goldsinny and cuckoo wrasse to his impressive tally of fish for the first hour.
A few mackerel came to the boat throughout the day, sadly not in any decent amount, just the odd couple now and then. Arron Miles form Holyhead was also catching a plentiful amount of ballan wrasse before he scaled down his gear after mini species and was duly rewarded by this small rock goby. We also added corkwing, pollack
As the speed of our drift slowed down so did the fishing so it was time to move over to the mussel beds.
We went to a mark around a mile further west than we normally go, making use of the neap tide and fishing a mark deeper than normal. We did though struggle for fish! Were as normally it is one after another, single, double and triple shots of dogs, whiting dabs gurnard etc. along with the odd huss and ray, we were getting only the odd fish now and then with only one triple hook up of dogs.
Something was amiss! The reason would become apparent later, but we did manage to add dab, dogfish, dragonet & small huss.
Holyhead bay in August there is always a good chance of a big tope if you're prepared to sit out with a big bait ignoring all the smaller species. Mark though wanted a tope and was determined to give it his best through our anchor on the mussel beds. Fortunately he was rewarded an hour into the anchor, with a first tope and awesome PB level of 48lb 7oz, Mark also followed this tope up with an other mid 30lber. Arron Miles landed another personal best of 46lb.
We ended the day inshore where we managed to add a few smoothies, poor cod and codling to our species tally.
So from a gloomy start to the day we had a great day inshore species hunting , enjoyed by all onboard.
16 species, not bad for a change of plan ...
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david hellon (01/03/2014)
Despite the very coloured water and it being only the !st March it was great to get back out onto the water and it was probably the first time in a couple of moths that I,d been fishing. Many of us enjoyed the day and I had not expected to catch much it being so early in the year but pretty much hooked into something on every drop once anchored up.As usual Geth was desperate to put us over some fish and the banter was as usual hilarious.It was a tough days fishing but those who concentrated caught many fish...yes lots of dogs punctuated by some reasonable whiting, Huss and a nice Ling......Great to blow the cobwebs away and have a great laugh....Cheers Gethyn..looking forward to the next trip very soon.
Skippers Reponse: Thanks Dave, had a great time myself. Nice to be back afloat and catching a few fish and laughing. See you soon Geth
Nick Shennan (17/11/2013)
Another great days fishing with Gethyn, ably assisted by Harry. Plenty of whiting, pollack, wrasse, rays, doggies, etc..., plus a couple of herring, which was a first for me. Lunchtime fryup was also excellent again, and the plentiful supply of hot drinks much appreciated. Great banter again, although I continue to worry about putting my life in the hands of a red :). All in all though, another great day and already looking forward to next trip in the new year. Cheers Gethyn... Bluenose Nick (and Ben)
Skippers Reponse: Hi Nick, thanks. Good fun all day. Agreed, a good mixed bag in mid Nov. Hopefully Ben has been turned to the dark side, lol! See you next year, and remember you won't finish higher than 2nd …..
Chris Hart (28/09/2013)
Great day out on My Way, great weather and decent fishing. Moved around to a good set of varied marks all day which kept the fishing interesting with loads of different species. Great fun, cheers Geth.
Skippers Reponse: Hi Chris, thanks for the kind words. It's nice to have a varied day catching a selection of different species, glad you enjoyed it, Geth
Shane Devlin (28/09/2013)
Thanks again Gethyn for a great day out! 4 firsts for me on the species front, including 2 nice Huss! Lucked out with some great shepherd 's pie and cake too! You and Harry went out of your way to help me out and show me the 'ropes,' all making it a fantastic day! Will be back for another trip as soon as I can ! Cheers !
Skippers Reponse: Thanks for your kind words Shane and I agree the food was fantastic, we'll let Dave come along again! Some nice fish for sure, so glad you enjoyed yourself. See you again soon.
nick sexstone (27/09/2013)
Hi Gethin great days fishing a bit slow but thats how it goes but fish we got were great many PB including Spur Dog 14lb Tope 25lb Gonger 28lb and Good Bull huss that was a slow day you tried really hard for us thanks we cant ask any more from a skipper
Skippers Reponse: Hi Nick, thanks for the review. Yeah some good fish caught, your 14lb spur a cracker indeed .... Albert had me in giggles all day :) thanks again