Charter Boat: Optimist
Optimist charters are based in Brixham but offer customers a personalised package tailored to their needs. Given our great location and knowledge we have a wide selection of wrecks, reefs and sandbanks, within an hour's steaming and can fish mid channel. We also have strong links in the channel Islands meaning we can also offer 3, 4 or 5 day bookings where we can fish the reefs and banks around Guernsey and Alderney. We can operate out of our home port Brixham or can pick you up in Paignton, Torquay or Dartmouth and Tide permitting Babbacombe or Teignmouth. We also offer a selection of Wildlife / Birdwatching trips from Brixham.
Our friendly captain Nigel, has been fishing for over 35 years and was brought up in Guernsey before moving to the UK in his 20's. Since then he has continued fishing (much to the frustration of his wife) and has skippered many boats over the years and is very experienced. Nigel holds Qualifications from both the M.C.A. and the R.Y.A.
Optimist offer's a service from Brixham and Torbay, our charters are planned with you in mind and nothing is too much trouble (we can even arrange bacon sandwiches early morning, or pasties lunch time on day long trips, so really do have you in mind...)
Nigel and his crew have an extensive knowledge of the area and are happy to help out the complete novice or provide a service for the more experienced fisherman.
We look forward to catching some good fish with you soon.
Nigel is also a member of the following organisations:
• Professional Boatman's Association (PBA)
• R.Y.A. Instructor
• R.N.L.I. Community Safety Advisor (Torbay Team)
- CBUK Catch Log: 28 Species have been caught onboard Optimist, including: Bass | Bib (Pouting) | Blonde Ray | Brill | Bull Huss | Cod | Conger Eel | Cuckoo Wrasse | Dab | Grey Gurnard | Herring | Lesser Spotted Dogfish | Ling (Common) | Mackerel | Plaice | Pollock | Red Gurnard | Sand Eel | Scad | Small-Eyed Ray | Spider Crab | Spotted Ray | Spurdog | Starry Smooth-hound | Thornback Ray | Tope | Turbot | Whiting
- CBUK Record Breaking Catches: August 2015, 8 lb 6 oz Spotted Ray
- 1 lb 8 oz Starry Smooth-hound by Kevin
- 9 lb 14 oz Ling (Common) by Les from East London
- 6 lb Spotted Ray by Bob from Morecombe
- 4 lb 3 oz Pollock by Garry and Richard
- 5 lb 2 oz Pollock by Bristol Angler
- 4 lb 2 oz Spider Crab by Matt (Spiderman) Crisp
- 10 lb Blonde Ray by Unknown
- 7 lb 6 oz Spurdog by Ian (the Crew)
- 5 lb Turbot by John from Cheltenham
- 11 lb Blonde Ray by The Skipper
- 4 lb 3 oz Spotted Ray by Ceri
- 4 lb 11 oz Spotted Ray by Cai
- 3 lb Spotted Ray by Nathan
- 2 lb 10 oz Small-Eyed Ray by Shay
Latest Fishing Reports
09/02/2017 Fishing Report by Nigel Lihou on Optimist (Brixham, Devon)
9 Feb 2017 by Nigel Lihou
Although Optimist has been out of the water for two weeks it doesn’t stop me getting out with friends for a bit of fishing in between the job list to be done. The Skerries are still producing well with good sizes of Ray, Blonde, Small eyed, Spotted and Thornback with smooth hound the odd Plaice and some good size Whiting there are still a good variety of fish about.
On the wrecks we have been seeing a fair amount of Pollack nothing of vast size but in the 3lb to 6lb range which is nice for those who would like one for the table.
Bookings are trickling in for 2017 so if you have a particular date in mind check the tides and give us a call we will do our best to put you on the fish.
For those of you more interested in watching our wildlife than catching fish we are now running regular bird and wildlife watching trips on Sunday mornings with a local accredited guide, but these do book up fast so best to give us a call, Optimist is still available for charter in the afternoon and for full days Monday to Saturday.
We look forward to welcoming you aboard in 2017.
08/10/2016 Fishing Report by Nigel Lihou on Optimist (Brixham, Devon)
8 Oct 2016 by Nigel Lihou
First of all an apology as I haven't let you know what Optimist has been up to for the last few months but things have been a bit hectic.
Fish has been steady on the Skerries with a good species count on most trips, the Plaice are still around and getting plumper with the usual appearance of a Ray or two aboard on most trips mainly Blondes although we have had spotted, small eyed and thornback aboard (not all at once). The Gurnards appear with good regularity and mackerel seem more prolific on the banks than where they normally are around the headlands we have only seen one Garfish so far this year and quite a small one at that. Turbot and Brill have both been boated over the last couple of months with the biggest about 5lb and on the last trip out we managed a first for Optimist with a small starry smooth hound also on the same trip it was great to bring a Bass aboard a rare occurrence this year although we nearly lost it as it spat the hook in the net.
We continue to monitor the wreck situation which has been dire all year with very few decent fish, mainly pouting and small Pollack, but the sounder has been showing large balls of bait fish very close to the wrecks not good if you are trying to attract a fish with a plastic lure.
We will continue to be afloat for the majority of the winter and hope that the weather is a little kinder than last winter
Don't for get to give us a call if you fancy some good fishing
04/07/2016 Fishing Report by Nigel Lihou on Optimist (Brixham, Devon)
4 Jul 2016 by Nigel Lihou
Fish over the last month: - The Skerries are still producing some good fish along with the Plaice and Ray's we are seeing Turbot and Brill and even the Gurnards have started to appear. Out on the wrecks things are a bit hit and miss at the moment with Pollock still around but smaller in size and quantity we have also seen Ling and pout although no Bass yet but due to the regulations we have not as yet been targeting them. Inshore things are much as they have been for most of the year with mackerel still scarce and very tide dependant. We still have plenty availability for the rest of the year with some good fishing out Brixham
28/05/2016 Fishing Report by Nigel Lihou on Optimist (Brixham, Devon)
28 May 2016 by Nigel Lihou
Some really good fishing at the moment, the inshore wrecks are producing some lovely Pollack around the 5lb mark and the last trip produced 4 or 5 on every drift in near perfect conditions (wish it was like that every day) see the photos.
The skerries are fishing well too with Plaice, Brill and Turbot among the species being caught along with some very nice Rays
Why not join us for a day out and some good fishing aboard Optimist
18/05/2016 Fishing Report by Nigel Lihou on Optimist (Brixham, Devon)
18 May 2016 by Nigel Lihou
May has now well and truly arrived and the fishing is excellent, still no sign of Mackerel in quantity but the there are a few around close to the shore, on the wrecks we have been catching some lovely Pollack and a few Pouting and some silver Whiting and surprisingly the inshore wrecks are fishing very well. On the banks we have had some great trips with some nice Plaice coming aboard, we have also boated Brill and Turbot both nice to see in our part of the world with Launce for bait being caught on the edge of the banks. Bait wise Lures are still working well on the wrecks whilst on the banks we have been experimenting as well as the usual Ragworm and Squid, Mackerel and Launce, Black Lug seems to working well as does Garlic Prawn, even Chilli Prawn has brought Plaice to the boat and as you would expect at this time of year Cuttle works well.
So if you want a great days fishing at a reasonable cost with some like minded people give us a call and look forward to a good day aboard Optimist
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Saulius Bertauskas (03/10/2015)
Great time, weather and service! Recommended.
Skippers Reponse: Thanks Saulius, look forward to seeing you and the guys again.
Philip Gibbins (04/08/2014)
Recently I was lucky enough to join six friends for a four day fishing trip aboard Brixham based charter boat Optimist, skippered by Nigel Lihou, accompanied by his old pal, deck hand Ian.
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