Charter Boat: My Way
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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: 47 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 | Three Bearded Rockling | 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
- 1 lb 8 oz Cuckoo Wrasse by Luke
- 12 lb Bull Huss by Neil
- 10 lb Bull Huss by Peter
- 10 lb Bull Huss by Steve H
- 5 lb Spurdog by Peter
- 2 lb Ballan Wrasse by Brian
- 2 lb Cuckoo Wrasse by Steve H
- 4 oz Goldsinny Wrasse by Steve
- 2 lb Bib (Pouting) by Paul
Latest Fishing Reports
07/2014 Fishing Report by Gethyn Owen on My Way (Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey)
Jul 2014 by Gethyn Owen
After the a great time through June hopes were high of continuing the great run of form into July. Weather gods thought differently and we lost the first few days of July to some strong weather fronts. Towards the end of the first week in July everything started to settle down, for the first couple trips we were restricted to inshore fishing.
Despite wanting desperately to make our way out to Holyhead Deep, the sea state prevented such travels, undeterred anglers still had a great time afloat with a number of different species and what seemed to be an ever present number of smoothhound. Normally numbers start to dwindle with the hounds by the start of July, but this year the smaller sized hounds were around all the way through the month and beyond!
Our first trip to the deeps in /July came at the end of the first week, a mixed bag of individuals in search of some tope and spurdog along with a good few huss. We weren’t disappointed with most on board hooking into a good number of double figure sharks during our few hours offshore.
This settled spell continued for the week of trips afloat to Holyhead Deep. Those who sail with us regular know only too well just how important it is to get the weather conditions perfect. Not often do calm seas coincide with neap tides, a perfect recipe for travel beyond North & South Stack tidal races for some action in Holyhead Deep.
Either side of our anchor in the Deep, we tend to concentrate on inshore drifting with wrasse, pollack, coalies and if we are so extremely lucky mackerel making up the species list. I get a real buzz when drifting inshore.
If using light tackle, even a wrasse or pollack of a couple lb in weight can put up a mammoth fight, testing both angler and gear to the max.
We have some ultra light rods available for use aboard My Way – the small Yuki Ruby rods along with some of the fantastic HTO spinning rods from Tronix, these light yet very capable rods are more than capable of handling hard fighting wrasse and pollack from rocky marks. These rods also been used to land smoothhound well into double figures, with relative ease.
Following the initial few days of woe watching the winds get July underway, My Way sailed regularly barring the odd blip and 24hr weather front. Sadly though things came to an abrupt stop during the third week, when on the way back to the marina after a great day species hunting around Holyhead and Trearddur bay I started to sense something wrong. Not being the fastest boat on the sea, plus being my precious, you notice little things, small changes. And My Way wasn’t performing correctly. Long story short, heat exchanger / exhaust manifold was leaking! Decisions! Patch job or new? Well we went for new.
The unit had been on My Way since she had become part of our company, so the correct course of action really. A grand old cost aside, the worst of it all was that I had to cancel 2 trips. Two trips to Holyhead Deep when the weather was flat, calm and sunny.
In 10 years I've never had to do this and it felt bad! Fortunately the vast majority of the crews that board My Way are great, many of whom have become friends, every one I spoke to appreciated the situation and the need for me to do a 'proper' job! After all our safety at sea is paramount!
Well, everyone except for one person, he had been looking forward to the trip for a whole year and I had ruined everything for him! Not intentional ... cheers for the understanding pal … :p
Once fixed and tested, straight out to the deeps, and back into the action. tope, spurs an big huss.
Fortunately July was full of neap tides and settled weather, and we certainly made the most. With regular outings to the deeper water resulting in successful catches for most anglers, many recording either their first tope or spurdog whilst with us. With Holyhead having quite a tidal range, the Deeps is not always favorable. Tides over 28ft and we struggle to maintain contact with the bottom, not friendliest form of fishing with 3lb of lead and naturally with the bigger tides, the window of opportunity drops. So a 3lb lead for merely an hour is not quite worth it in our day. So when the tides grow, we remain inshore and target an array of species at anchor and on the drift.
Another highly enjoyable month afloat from Holyhead Marina, aboard My Way. We are extremely fortunate to have such varied fishing available to us, and with some great anglers, novice and experienced, perfect for a fun packed day afloat.
Read with photographs at http://www.goangling.co.uk/2014-July-report1.htm
06/2014 Fishing Report by Gethyn Owen on My Way (Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey)
Jun 2014 by Gethyn Owen
Last June was another fantastic month aboard My Way, with only 3 days canceled we sailed all others, including a great amount of evening trips in search of only one thing … smoothhounds. With the time frame for the hounds visiting Holyhead in any great number being fairly small, we tend to hunt these hard fighting small sharks for the vast majority of the month. Only changing tact when weather or specific trips dictates.
For a couple days I was joined by good friends Elton Murphy of Anglers Net, Mike Thrussell jnr. from World Sea Fishing and Jim Midgley, the beauty to the beast from Boat Fishing Monthly! We had only smoothhounds on light tackle in mind. So basically bait up, chuck out and wait, while discussing world current affairs and how we'd make this planet a better place for everyone. Similar to the regular deep and meaningful conversations many of you will have engaged in aboard My Way.
Our first day fell foul to some quite strong winds, knowing we had another day ahead of us and decent weather on the horizon we came in handy and went for a dog walk along the Menai Straits instead. We are fortunate that many of the smoothhounds landed aboard My Way are mid to high teens in weight. However as with most species, there is a cycle to the hounds and this was to be a year of the majority being on the small side.
I've not laughed so much in a long time. Jokes, antics, much of which not to be repeated here, but all interspersed with the landing of smoothhounds and plenty of them too.
For a number of years our boat record has stood at 28 smoothhounds landed. We managed to sneak past this record on our 2nd day afloat by landing 29 between 5 of us. Vast majority of them around 8lb in weight with the best reaching 15lb and on the whole most played on spinning rods or the light Yuki Ruby H or Ruby Mar rods that I often rave about. Really excellent fishing that everyone should enjoy.
The following 3 days I was joined once again by some good friends, this time from across a couple borders. Davy, Linda, Billy and Peter all making the pilgrimage from Scotland for our annual smoothhound hunt.
We caught plenty, laughed far alot and ate..... too much. On the last day of the Scottish invasion we were joined aboard by another old friend, David Proudfoot, head honcho at Planet Sea Fishing, I never told the others David was joining us, seeing their faces as they heard the dulcet tone of my new Tea Boy was great to see.
One day the following week, My Way and Holyhead smoothhounds were to be challenged by a few local rods normally to be found stalking bass along the Anglesey shoreline. Dennis, Dewi and Terry all mad keen bass lure anglers, fancied a change and wanted to challenge the great hounds on their £400 lure rods.
Yup, you read that correctly, four hundred pound lure rods, tackling what could potential be a 20lb plus smoothhound! Sadly we never saw any of the high teens on the lure rods, but they did see plenty of action, as we pushed the new boat record for smoothhounds landed to 33 in a day.
Frustratingly, we could have or maybe should have caught a load more. The bites being so delicate, with some hounds dropping baits and returning to them a staggering 4 or 5 times. I can only pout this down to the vast majority this year being small at 6 to 8 lb in weight. The bigger ones always appearing to take the bait whole with an immediate hook up.
Every year we are privileged to host the RAF Boat Angling Festival at Holyhead, using Boy Evin, My Way and Spindrift from Holyhead, we also utilise Empress and Julieanne from Amlwch port, who come over for the day, full of fish and a few laughs. The festival sees one seasoned angler introduce a novice to both boat and shore angling. This is the 5th time we have hosted this event in the last 6years, a great introduction for people to fishing who get the chance to anchor over rough and broken ground for a a variety of species and also some drifting for pollack and wrasse. The event is run as a competition, with points available for all fish caught that are quickly returned after capture.
Milnrow Sea Angling club are always a welcome sight aboard My Way. A great bunch of guys and gals who enjoy their fishing regardless of the weather conditions. Their date mid June, things were perfect. We started the day with a plentifully amount of hounds, spent slack water on the mussel beds, with dogs, whiting huss and ray, before returning to the smoothhound grounds Star of the day was John, more affectionately known to members of the club as sausage John, a butcher with a mean line in sausages … allegedly.
If memory serves me right, the boat figure for hounds was around 25, with everyone catching at least one. John though taking 9 of them himself including the biggest at 22lb. Superb angling!
Local angler Mike Hughes had a birthday trip to remember in June. A small 4hour trip & I needed to locate some hounds!. Thankfully the hounds came out to play. Plenty being caught around the boat, with the birthday boy landing 8 himself including another 20lber. On light tackle these smoothies really put up a fight to entertain everyone on the boat.
Towards the end of June, we managed to sneak a day in Holyhead Deep, with everyone having caught hounds before or simply wanted the chance of something else, the great weather and neap tide couldn't’t be ignored. It turned out a great move for local rod Mike from Menai Bridge who had a successful day afloat adding, spurdog, huss, tope and conger to his species list.
June was another superb month aboard My Way, the fantastic weather helped us sail almost every day with great crews on each trip and on the whole, some superb fishing.
Read more with some superb photos at http://www.goangling.co.uk/2014-June-report.htm
05/2014 Fishing Report by Gethyn Owen on My Way (Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey)
May 2014 by Gethyn Owen
The Fladen smoothhound challenge, held aboard My Way has grown in size recently.
From humble beginnings, the inaugural event 3 years ago was held during the last bank holiday in May 2011.
Such is the popularity, the fourth Fladen smoothhound challenge held the last week in May 2014 ran for 5 full days and 4 evening trips; fished by a succession of anglers, all keen to bag a 20lb monster aboard My Way.
There is no doubting that Holyhead is a popular venue for for these hard fighting small sharks, with My Way being up there amongst the elite, having boated countless smoothhounds over the years.
Smoothhounds of which more than 25 weighed over the magical 20lb threshold; all of which were weighed in a purposely designed sling and calibrated electronic scales.
The rules of the Challenge are quite simple, catch the heaviest hound aboard My Way!
Generously supported once again by Fladen UK, the day sail had a a 20lb class Nano rod and Warbird reel up for grabs and GO Angling rig pack for second place.
The evening trips winning a GO Angling rig box including a selection of suitable rigs. In addition to all this the angler landing the heaviest hound over all would win an additional Gift Voucher.
Fortunately this year, the weather gods looked down on everyone aboard My Way and allowed for every trip to go ahead. We weighed numerous smoothhounds from potential competition winners to personal bests for many anglers. All together just over 100 and thats without mentioning the many small hounds in the 5 to 8 lb bracket that were quickly released at the side of My Way.
Thomas 18lb 8oz
Mark 14lb 13oz
Lee 13lb 40z
Kev 15lb 9oz
Giles 19lb 7oz
Top honours went to Claire Harwood, fishing for the first time afloat with her partner Dave. Claire hooked, played and landed the biggest hound of the whole week; a magnificent specimen that weighed 21lb and 12oz.
What a way to start your boat angling career.
Read more at http://www.goangling.co.uk/2014-SmoothieChal-report.htm
The next Smoothhound Challenge is scheduled to run between May 25th and 29th 2015.
Details will be released soon, bookings are being taken already ... don't miss out
04/2014 Fishing Report by Gethyn Owen on My Way (Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey)
Apr 2014 by Gethyn Owen
Early April and the weather played havoc with our scheduled days afloat. This year we cancelled the vast majority of trips during the first two weeks of April, with our first day afloat not coming until Friday 11th.
This day was planned for Holyhead Deep, following our last day in the Deep during the previous set of neap tides in March, hopes were high for a good number of double figure spurs. We started off at anchor with everyone pulling in regular quantities of dogfish and small whiting or the odd codling.
Once the tide had eased slightly we continued our day on the drift, looking to help a few of the guys to first pollack and coalfish species for their 2014 hunts. Thankfully the fish were obliging and we managed to bag a few around the boat; nothing big, with the vast majority all under 2lb in weight.
We made our way to the deeps and decided to have a little play on one of the wrecks on our way. A little early on the calender for our part of the UK, but always worth a go when you're passing. Sadly, nothing doing, not even one small take this time around. Anchored in the deeps, photos from the last trip out here in everyones mind but the fishing just didn't get going. We managed a few good huss, and also a handful of spurs, but nothing of any great size.
Gareth P managed his first ever spurdog, despite being only a few pound in weight, a first is always a great achievement. Another My Way regular, Tojo, also managed to land a few spurdogs, but again nothing of any real size.
The following couple days we were stuck tight inshore with strong southerly winds taking control of the seas around Holyhead. Anglers still managed to bag plenty of fish including a decent variety with dogs and huss playing a large part of every day. Together with codling, whiting and a splattering of other species.
Each year during the Easter break we run Introduction trips, where children and adult novices alike get to sample boat fishing at a reduced cost. Our first day was met with swell left over from the weekend, along with the remnants of a strong NW breeze. Despite this the youngsters made the most of their introduction to angling trip. Restricted travel, but we still caught plenty of dogfish along with a few huss, codling and a nice ling. Great fun and some brilliant smiles through the day. You can read more on this trip and the following Introduction trips in the June 2014 issue of Boat Fishing Monthly.
With spring tides and breezy weather, we spent the next week fishing in and around Holyhead Bay. All crews managed some good fishing, again hampered by very dirty water, with many dogfish coming over the side of My Way, with some anglers fishing for them in quantity, the dogs appeared in 1's, 2's, and 3's!
Changing tact slightly and adjusting rigs and baits, species aboard My Way included the regulars such as huss, whiting, dabs and codling abut also a good number of small ling, a good few thornies, along with more pollack and coalfish and also a lost spurdog!
During one conversation with Harry, we spoke of the possibilty of seeing a new species aboard My Way during 2014. In recent years we had been fortunate enough to see a few rare species, tadpole fish, topknots and also an angler fish and streaked gurnard. Couple days later, what happens along, a lumpsucker! An amazing looking creature.
As the last week in April drew nearer, the tides started to drop and again we turned our attentions to fishing the deeper water 8miles off the coast of Anglesey. The unpredictability of the month to date can be clearly seen from 2 trips, to the same mark that week.
Our first day provided the guys with some great early season fishing, with a good number of spurdogs into double figures, huss, conger and also the first tope of the year, a well conditioned long male weighing in at 26lb.
Couple days later, we were back out there, same mark, similar tide & weather conditions! Sadly though the fish never read this particular script. We managed to pull in only 1 tope, a few small spurdogs and couple huss. With the exception of a small conger at then end, but thankfully a first for young Rhys, the remainder of the catch was dogfish with the odd whiting!
Back inshore for the last few trips of the month, with a good number of pollack and coalfish once again on the drift with a reliable mixed bag at anchor.
Waters are showing signs of clearing up nicely and with both the air and sea temperatures on the rise, crabs are peeling and many more species are moving into our waters. Our focus will soon be turning to the long awaited return of the smoothhounds, a firm favourite with many of our crews.
More photos at http://www.goangling.co.uk/2014-April-report-01.htm
03/2014 Fishing Report by Gethyn Owen on My Way (Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey)
Mar 2014 by Gethyn Owen
Our 2nd trip of 2014 was again hampered by blustery conditions, with 20mph winds gusting more before decreasing late in the day, our initial journey out to Holyhead Deep was cancelled in favour of the safety of Holyhead Bay and a spot of general fishing and hopefully knocking a few species off peoples lists for early season.
Our first anchor was to catch the end of the ebb tide on the mussel beds, before the tide picked up too much to fish. Fortunately we were straight into fish, well dogfish that is!
Dogfish .... the ever present scourge of many anglers but the blank savers of others. March in Holyhead, you're going to catch a stupidly enormous amount of dogfish along with other species, either way, it can be enjoyed! 1, 2 or 3 at a time, test yourself!
Once the tide picked up, controlling rigs became hard work without excessively large leads, a few tangles started to create unrest amongst the natives .... so we made a move inshore!
The move worked well for us as everyone was again into a good few fish. Mainstay being dogfish with a sprinkling of small codling, whiting and a few huss to 4lb. Wrexham rod Paul Brooks, on his 2nd outing of 2014, cheerd loudly as he swung a 3 bearded rocking aboard My Way. The 3 bearded variety are not as plentiful as the mini species shore or 5 bearded rocking, so the 3 was certainly going to be a superb addition to his 2014 hunt.
The remainder of the day fished in a similar fashion – plenty of smaller species keeping the crew busy .... and sausages, bacon and beans!
We did try on the drift once again for the last 45mins, however we merely hooked into the rocks. Sadly the coloured water seriously hampering the influx of larger whiting, pollack and coalies normally associated with this time of year. With a nice settled spell ahead of us this week, the waters should clear nicely and help bring plenty of fish inshore and more importantly on the feed.
Another good day today, yes agreed fishing was not exceptional, but that's our lot early season, made slightly harder given the weather conditions of late. Thankfully with a great crowd, you can have a fabulous time afloat – with catching and laughing in equal amounts.
Read more at http://www.goangling.co.uk/2014-March-report-02
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Jay Morrow (16/11/2014)
FANTASTIC, As always you put us on the fish, Gethan & Harry couldnt do enough for us! Fishing wise for the middle of November you woudlnt expect much, This wasnt the case! We caught over 8 types of species and with Huss upto 14.6lb you cant go wrong! Fantastic day made to feel welcome (as always) and i cant wait to go again!
Skippers Reponse: Cheers for the Jay, great fun and a good few fish to. That huss was a belter and a first as well :D See you soon thanks.
Jay Morrow (16/11/2014)
Skippers Reponse: lol :D thanks again mate, much appreciated.
david hellon (04/08/2014)
Joined My Way for a trip out to the deeps and some drift fishing later.On boarding it was great to see a few familiar experienced anglers whom I'd met on previous trips. Great to see that local lads are returning to My Way as this obviously is testament to the service and quality of fishing provided by Gethyn.As ususal the day was fruitful with most anglers bagging small tope aloads of good quality Huss and some great wrasse which provided me with great sport on a light spinning rod.As ever banter was never ending as was the constant stream of tewa and coffee, cheers again Gethyn, top skipper.
Skippers Reponse: Cheers Dave. Great fun once again. Always helps when you have a good bunch of lads aboard that know and enjoy their fishing so well. See you next week
jack williams (05/08/2014)
Well i spent 2 days afloat on MY WAY charters boat with the skipper Gethyn Owen and have to be honest it was a tad choppy the first day but the fishing was good just a little slow on the drift but at anchor the fishing picked up with loads of huss dogs tope and even a few pouting.All this was at the deeps in the morning and the afternoon was on the drift for wrass and pollock .The second day was drift fishing at first again for wrass and pollock i even has a scorpion fish others had wrass and even an octopuss then we went back out to the deeps after spurdogs tope huss and there were a few spurs caught and some nice tope and some good size pouting so all in all 2 great days with a great skipper and some good company and shed loads of banter and some poor jokes but i would recomend a trip out with gethyn as it is a great day out
Skippers Reponse: Nice Jack, thanks for the appraisal. Agree a good couple days with a some good fishing and a nice bunch of lads. Great to knock off a couple species for the hunt too, especially the spur ;)
paul brooks (05/08/2014)
fished aboard my way holyhead with skipper gethyn owen to the deeps and had a great day as allways gethyn never let us down plenty of fish plenty of banter and kept us in hot drinks and food great knowledge and allways willing to help also fished the 6th so had double helping of fun thx gethyn for 2 great days out and cant recomend you and your boat enough heres to the next time brooksy
Skippers Reponse: Thanks Paul, good couple days indeed and a superb amount of species. Thankfully we managed that cuckoo wrasse for you too :D ideal mate.