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
- 2 lb Ballan Wrasse by Marc
- 4 oz Poor Cod by Lloyd
- 1 lb Cuckoo Wrasse by Lloyd
- 1 lb Cuckoo Wrasse by Marc
- 4 oz Corkwing Wrasse by Lloyd
- 2 lb Ballan Wrasse by Lloyd
- 2 lb Pollock by Marc
- 7 lb Bull Huss by Rob
- 8 lb Bull Huss by Lloyd
Latest Fishing Reports
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 ...
16/08/2013 Fishing Report by Mark Dolben on My Way (Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey)
16 Aug 2013 by Mark Dolben
Well after one of the best days fishing I have ever had I felt I had to write a report and tell you all about it so here goes.
It all started with a last minute booking after seeing on the My Way website (well worth a look www.goangling.co.uk) there was a space due to a cancellation at 9:30 pm the night before! It was a quick call to Gethyn and and I was booked on. Happy days!.
It was a 9am sail and we were greeted at the dock by Gethyn and his lad H on a nice sunny morning. What a difference a day makes . The day before it was blowing 30-40 mph and absolutely lashing it down which had scupper end Gethyn's original plan of a trip out to the deeps, the swell out there would be too big after the weather the previous day.It was going to be a day of species hunting inshore.
With everyone briefed on what to expect we set off to the first mark of the day, target pollock and wrasse on light gear rigs where size 1 down to size 8 hooks (for the mini species) and light spinning rods and sensor tips of which there is a great selection and top quality on board for the crew to try out or you can bring your own which I did. But Gethyn asked if I fancied a go with one of his tronixpro hto rods that he is giving away every month as prizes and boy I'm glad I did! Withh balanced gear like this an 8 oz wrase gives a good account of itself and if you hook a 2-3lb fish you've got a battle on your hands! Great fun!
It wasn't long before the the first fish of the day were hitting the deck, plenty of colourful little wrase in the shape of Ballan,cuckoo,corkwing, and my first ever goldsinney wrase. Beautiful little fish,pollock, mackerel, rock goby's Really good fun on the light gear and a very enjoyable start to the day. After that it was kettle on as we steamed out a little further to the second mark of the day, the mussel beds where some of the crew carried on with the light tackle approach, taking a selection of fish, cod,gurnard,Huss,poor cod,whiteing,dab,and dogs but there was only one thing on my mind. Tope!!
I lost what felt like a nice fish about this time last year that spat the hook after a couple of minutes (gutted) as I have been hoping and trying to bag my first tope with out success for a couple of years. On my last trip out to the deeps with Myway plenty of tope came aboard but to other anglers.Frustrating, but you can't complain too much when you're landing double figure spurdogs and bullhuss! lol
Any way Gethyn and I felt there was a chance so I baited up with fresh mackerel just snippingg off the tail fin to stop it spinning in the tide. Out it went and I sat back to wait it out. After an hour or so with no luck and the other guys having a ball pulling up double and triple shots of fish I was thinking it might not happen and I should join in on the fun with the others and it was just as Gethyn was commenting on the lack of whiteing that are usually quite prolific on this mark it happened! Like the scene out of jaws the rod tip twitched, the reel clicked once...twice and then screamed. I jumped up, grabbed the rod, flipped the reel in to gear. The rod arched over and it was fish on and what could only be an angry tope that was on its first blistering run absolutely smoking line from the reel!
I got a couple of turns back and it went again and then again and as I was gaining bit of line I thought disaster had struck again. I felt the line ping (must have been over one of the fins) and slack line. No, weight at all. I was gutted and started to reel as fast as i could to get another bait out for another go and bang! bang ! it was still on and it took off again ripping line off the reel. The fish must have charged the boat and with a mix of relief and adrenalin I got back into the fight. After another 5 minutes the tope began to tire and we got the first glimpse of it and it was huge. The biggest fish I have ever seen, let alone caught! Another few minutes and it was ready for the net. Gethyn slipped the net under the tope and it was mine! We laid it down on the deck and I was in awe, a truly impressive creature!!
She weighed in at 48lb7oz . What a fish! A few photos and we slipped her back and wached her disappear back into the depths, awesome!!
After that some of the crew wanted to get in on the action, gearing up with more fresh mackerel. It wasn't long before Arron was in to one that led us a merry dance, swimming under the boat and tangling with 5 other anglers but he kept his cool and with a bit of quick thinking and Gethyn's handy work with the scissors we had another tope on the deck 46lb, Well done mate! Another 5 minutes and it was my turn again,another cracker 30 to 35lb. I couldn't believe it. Amazing!
Then it was time for a spot of lunch (sausage, black pud and bean butties) mmmmmm!! And a move to the last mark of the day to have a go for smooth hounds of which we picked up a few in the 5-8lb range along with some other bits and pieces and some nice codling for tea, all taken on crab baits. All too soon it was time to head for home but what a cracking day and I would like to thank Gethyn and his lad H for the best day's fishing I've ever had. Cheers guys!
It goes without saying I would highly recommend a trip on Myway no matter what your age or ability. Top quality bait and tackle, rods, reels (not the battered rubbish you get on most charter boats) hand tied rigs, plenty of tea and coffee and mmm those butties! All supplied by a really knowledgable skipper who is only too happy to help. You really can't go wrong booking a day out on this boat. Just check out their web site at www.goangling.co.uk. Well, that's all for now can't Wait for next time!
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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
Nick Shennan (26/09/2013)
Great fun today thanks Gethyn! A day of firsts for me... first full day out in a boat; first pollack; first dogfish; first whiting; first gurnard; first various species of wrasse... and first time crapped on the head by a seagull! Great day, and already planning next trip. Regards to Colin next time you're out :) Cheers. Bluenose Nick
Skippers Reponse: Hi Nick, thank you for the kind words. Was certainly a fun day afloat, good crowd of lads and a fair few fish ... I love that seagull, I'm going to name him Kenny :) thanks again, Gethyn