Charter Boat: Seawatch1

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Licensed For: up to 12 passengers
Code Of Practice: MCA CAT 2 ( 60 MILES)
Hours: 9hr Trips
Contact: Lester Baker
Map: Location & Directions
Type of Fishing: UPTIDE FISHING FOR BASS,ROKER,SMOOTHOUNDS,TOPE,COD.OFFSHORE BASS AND TOPE TRIPS
Tackle Available: Yes - Contact Skipper
Bait Available: Yes - Contact Skipper
Boat Specification: SEAWATCH IS A 10 METRE BLYTH CATAMARAN WITH TWIN IVECO 280HP ENGINES , TOP SPEED OF 24 KNOTS AND CRUISING AT 18 KNOTS
Facilities: SEPARATE HEATED ANGLERS CABIN WITH SEATING FOR 10 WITH TV/DVD PLAYER.FULL SIZE DECK ENTRY TOILET AND WASHROOM,GALLEY FACILITIES INCLUDING MICROWAVE OVEN .HUGE DECK AREA WITH SIDE GATES FOR EASY BOARDING AND WHEELCHAIR ACCESS. ROD AND TACKLE HIRE, TUITION AND PACKED LUNCHES AVAILABLE.
Additional Description:

SEAWATCH IS THE FIRST CATAMARAN CHARTER FISHING FROM THE PORT OF BRIGHTLINGSEA.A FULL TIME PROFESSIONALLY RUN CHARTER BOAT OPERATING 7 DAYS A WEEK ALL YEAR ROUND. SEAWATCH IS A PURPOSE BUILT FAST ANGLING BOAT AT 33FT LONG AND 16FT WIDE SHE IS A VERY LARGE AND COMFORTABLE ANGLING PLATFORM,CAPABLE OF GETTING TO OFFSHORE MARKS QUICKLY AND SAFELY, HER SIZE AND ABILITY IN ROUGH SEAS KEEPING CANCELLATIONS DUE TO BAD WEATHER TO A MINIMUM
SEAWATCH CATERS FOR PARTIES AND INDIVIDUAL BOOKINGS
BOARDING AT BRIGHTLINGSEA IS EASY FROM THE HARBOUR JETTY WITH NO TIDAL RESTRICTIONS AND A CAR PARK WITHIN 100 METRES

Seawatch1 Skipper Lester Baker's Photo
About the Skipper:

AS A PROFESSIONAL SKIPPER FOR OVER 30 YEARS FISHING HAS BEEN MY PASSION,, I STARTED ANGLING AT A YOUNG AGE AND CAUGHT MY FIRST COD WHEN I WAS 7 YEARS OLD AND HAVE BEEN OBSEESSED WITH FISHING SINCE THAT DAY. I AM A FULLY QUALIFIED SKIPPER, HOLDING RYA OFFSHORE YACHTMASTER AND BOATMASTER LICENCES, FULLY TRAINED IN FIREFIGHTING,SURVIVAL AND FIRST AID
I HAVE WORKED IN THE THAMES ESTUARY FOR OVER 30 YEARS RUNNING MY OWN SUCCESSFUL COMMERCIAL FISHING BOATS.



This Charter has been listed as Wheelchair Accessible. Contact the Skipper for full details.
This Charter has been listed as Suitable for Diving Trips. Contact the Skipper for full details.

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  • 08/2015 Fishing Report by LESTER BAKER on Seawatch1 (Brightlingsea, Essex)

    Aug 2015 by LESTER BAKER

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    It's been a busy summer on Seawatch in the Thames estuary and I didn't realise how long ago I wrote my last report so here is a quick update.June continued to give us some good bass and thornback catches and some great days on the Smoothhounds which turned up in great numbers and as usual became the main species in our summer fishing.Although we tried several times for mackerel they failed to show in any numbers in our area and like most boats we gave up looking for them,from reports I have seen they appear to be in short supply all round the coast this year.
    After a couple of quieter weeks in late July and early August fishing has improved again with some really big hounds showing again and the return of some better size rays on the grounds,the last week has also seen some good bass being caught with the best on Seawatch at 9.8ozs to Mike McHale
    Most boats have been catching the odd cod throughout the summer and I'm sure next month will see a sharp increase in the numbers ,which can only add to the mixed bags of fish we are enjoying at the moment

  • 22/05/2015 Fishing Report by LESTER BAKER on Seawatch1 (Brightlingsea, Essex)

    22 May 2015 by LESTER BAKER

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    Six weeks since my last report and I'm pleased to say the fishing in our area has been fantastic with the codling still with us in numbers until the end of April and so many Thornbacks I have lost count of how many on some days,with the better days producing in excess of seventy rays.Still a few codling being taken in all areas over the last few weeks, but no numbers any more ( All good things have to come to an end eventually)
    Today weather was fine so we had a look offshore and ignored the rays,found some codling to six pounds,a few small hounds and best of all approx 30 bass,most of them in the 2 to 3lb bracket but one nice fish of 9lb 8oz,a nice Red Gurnard and of course a few rays(they are everywhere) All in all a great days sport and a good time to be fishing in the Thames Estuary.

  • 24/04/2015 Fishing Report by Tony Eatherton on Seawatch1 (Brightlingsea, Essex)

    24 Apr 2015 by Tony Eatherton

    Out on our monthly trip with Lester Friday 24th April, into Roker 5mins after anchoring on the mark, then steady all morning, Lester asked if we wanted to move to locate a few codling maybe, but we opted to stay put, and a blinding day was had by all, only five anglers on the boat which included our fast improving novice Chris, who is rapidly outfishing all of us, no stopping him now he has his own tackle box. In all we had approximately 45 Roker to 131/2 Lbs with about 20% just into double figures in the total, plus numerous dogfish, 50% of Roker returned to fight another day, thanks again Lester for another memorable trip and great company with yourself and the other lads, shame one of them had to pay for the priveledge of not turning out but thats the way it goes, your turn next trip Geoff, see you next month Lester, thanks again.
    Tony and the lads

  • 09/04/2015 Fishing Report by LESTER BAKER on Seawatch1 (Brightlingsea, Essex)

    9 Apr 2015 by LESTER BAKER

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    Hi guys,I'm sure that most of you reading this report already know that the Thames Estuary has been producing some fantastic spring fishing over the last few weeks.Large numbers of plump codling to five pounds are still close inshore in the area providing great sport,best bait still seems to be lug and squid cocktails.A few days of warmer weather will soon warm the water and these fish will be leaving the area,so if you want to catch a few more make your trip sooner rather than later.Thornbacks are moving on to the grounds in greater numbers now,one angler ignored the codling and targeted the rays with fish baits on one rod and caught nine rays to double figures.We had our first bass of the season on Seawatch two weeks ago and I have heard of a few just south of us,so they are coming,all in all a good time to be fishing the Thames Estuary.

  • 10/03/2015 Fishing Report by LESTER BAKER on Seawatch1 (Brightlingsea, Essex)

    10 Mar 2015 by LESTER BAKER

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    The fishing in March has carried on much the same as February with some good catches of codling to four pounds in our area,the last set of spring tides saw them push back up the river Blackwater giving some sport on the windier days for some of the boats.With the weather turning a bit more like spring there have been a few more Thornback rays being caught,these will increase all the time now and with the codling should provide some excellent sport in the next few weeks before winter finally gives way to summer.
    All the best Lester

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  • 5-star steve Rutherford (05/06/2015)

    Fanatastic day out , despite some heavy rain fall . within 2 minutes of casting out a 6 pound bass was caught . Overall 56 fish caught , ranging from doggies , bass , cod skate (8 pound)and gurnor. looking foreward to many more trips

  • 5-star Paul Lewis (18/04/2015)

    A brilliant day on Sea fishing charters. With our skipper Lester who knew his stuff, we caught between 50 - 60 Cod & Skate between the five of us. We will be coming back in the next few weeks. It was a great experience that we will carry on. Thanks very much Lester for a great day. Freemixconcrete

    Skippers Reponse: Hi Paul,I enjoyed your company and am pleased you had a good time,look forward to seeing you all again

  • 5-star Ian Kenyon (21/03/2015)

    Top class days fishing with Lester on Sat, plenty of cod caught even by the likes of me!!. Seawatch makes for an excellent fishing platform which is what was required on this trip and Lester local knowledge was again shown when he moved us at slack tide, moved out of the strong tide and moved us inshore but still put us over the fish. Altogether a brilliant day out and looking forward to some bass with Lester this summer.

    Skippers Reponse: Glad you all enjoyed your day Ian,see you next time Lester

  • 5-star Dean Moss (31/08/2014)

    our 2nd trip with Lez and a very good one at that. 7 out of 8 (me being the odd one lol) had caught. there was skate and dogs comeing out with the odd whiteing so all very happy lez was allways there to help and to get to the best spots for is to have the best chance to catch so would like to say thank you to Lez from all of us and cant wait to get out again.

    Skippers Reponse: Glad you enjoyed it Dean,let's hope you have better luck next time

  • 5-star Tony Eatherton (18/07/2014)

    Tony again, out with Seawatch 1 and Les again on our monthly booking anchored on mark, straight away Chris our rapidly improving novice angler boated a smoothound about 3-4Lb safely returned, then one or two hounds every half hour or so plus Geoff managed two small skate then went quiet for a fair while but we decided not to move and await the flood this proved the right move as other boats around us had caught very little if at all, it then went with a bang and fish came to the boat on all but one rod among six of us ending with a total of around 28 smoothounds and two small skate not bad for the conditions, blinding again Les another very enjoyable trip, looking forward to August, normally scratchy around the Essex coast but we'll see Cheers Les, Tony Eatherton

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