Charter Boat: Seawatch1
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
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.
- 6 lb 8 oz Bass by Peter Clare
- 5 lb Bass by Barry
- 7 lb 8 oz Bass by Mark
- 8 lb Bass by John
- 7 lb Starry Smooth-hound by Brian
- 9 lb Bass by Mick
- 5 lb Bass by Barry
- 12 lb Thornback Ray by NIGEL ANDREWS
- 4 lb Cod by Unknown
- 6 lb Cod by Unknown
- 7 lb Thornback Ray by Unknown
Latest Fishing Reports
05/2016 Fishing Report by LESTER BAKER on Seawatch1 (Brightlingsea, Essex)
May 2016 by LESTER BAKER
Although already well documented by other boats in our area at last there is something to report that does not include the plague of Thornback rays we have had in the Thames estuary for the last eight weeks.Joking apart the ray fishing has been spectacular again this spring with 50 fish normal and a hundred plus not that unusual, best baits have been squid and herring with the herring having the edge on most days.As most of you know the spring cod run was a non event in our area this year so the rays provided some very welcome sport for our anglers.
The last week or two has seen the weather warming up and the summer species have started to feature more in the daily catches with some excellent Bass and Hounds,no monsters yet on Seawatch but several bass to low doubles on worm and peeler baits and some medium hounds up to 12lbs on hermit crabs and squid, one of the Bradwell boats reporting some larger hounds slightly further offshore so they are on the way..
There have also been some reports in the last few days of some early Mackerel which everyone enjoys catching and will hopefully help with bait for the Tope trips we have booked next month.
All in all a great time to be fishing in the Thames estuary with some great mixed fishing on offer.
Good fishing and all the best,Lester
10/04/2016 Fishing Report by NIGEL ANDREWS on Seawatch1 (Brightlingsea, Essex)
10 Apr 2016 by NIGEL ANDREWS
THIS WAS MY FIRST TRIP OUT ON SEAWATCH 1, AND IT WAS THE BEST DAYS FISHING ID HAD IN A VERY LONG TIME. I HAD MY PB THORNBACK RAY WEIGHING IN AT 12LB. AFTER THE WEIGHING AND PHOTOS WERE OVER SHE WAS SAFELY RETURNED BACK TO THE WATER. THE SKIPPER LESTER BAKER, HE WAS LIKE YOUR BEST FRIEND ALWAYS THERE WHEN YOU NEEDED HIM, IF HE SAW YOUR ROD BENDING WHILST REELING IN HE WAS THERE WITH THE NET AND WHEN THE FISH WAS ON BOARD HE WOULD HAVE THE HOOK REMOVED BEFORE YOU COULD PUT YOUR ROD DOWN. TOWARDS THE END OF THE DAY LESTER APPEARED ON DECK WITH A LARGE PLATE OF BUTTERED ROLLS, SAUSAGES, AND A BOTTLE OF KETCHUP, WHO COULD ASK FOR A BETTER SKIPPER. IVE ALREADY BOOKED MY NEXT TRIP ON SEAWATCH 1 AND I CANT WAIT. THANK YOU LESTER FOR A GREAT DAYS FISHING, REGARDS NIGEL.
01/2016 Fishing Report by LESTER BAKER on Seawatch1 (Brightlingsea, Essex)
Jan 2016 by LESTER BAKER
The new year has started and finally the weather has allowed us to put in a few trips.The cod fishing has been a bit slow with only a handful of fish caught on most days but we have been lucky enough to enjoy some good sport with good numbers of Thornback Rays,the best on Seawatch so far at 19lbs 2ozs for regular Tony Holt.
The last few days have seen the temperatures drop to more normal levels for this time of year and it will be interesting to see how this affects the catches.
Weekend dates are booking fast so don't leave it too late or you may be disappointed,
All the best Lester.
12/2015 Fishing Report by LESTER BAKER on Seawatch1 (Brightlingsea, Essex)
Dec 2015 by LESTER BAKER
Not much to report this month,like most boats we have been kept in port a lot with the constant storms.On the odd days we have been out the fishing has been a bit slower on the cod front with vast shoals of herring keeping the fish preoccupied,but we have found a few along with several thornback Rays and numerous whiting and dogfish,hopefully the weather will settle down soon and allow us to look offshore for some better fishing.
I would like to wish all my customers and others using this site a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year,all the best Lester
11/2015 Fishing Report by LESTER BAKER on Seawatch1 (Brightlingsea, Essex)
Nov 2015 by LESTER BAKER
October finished as it started and saw some nice catches of cod to seven pounds and Thornbacks to double figures,although most of my customers more interested in the codling.
The 1st and 2nd of November were flat calm with dense fog (the sort of weather we used to enjoy at this time of year) and then it was back to normal with some unsettled weather and severe winds courtesy of the jet stream and our Caribbean friends Abigail and Kate.It seems a long while since we went fishing,but the couple of trips we managed last week saw the fishing still the same with some nice codling being caught averaging 20 fish per trip along with the normal Ray's,dogfish and hordes of whiting.
Hopefully the weather will settle down and allow us to put a few trips together soon and start to clear the backlog of cancelled trips,2016 weekends looking busy already so don't leave your bookings to late or you may be disappointed.
All the best Lester
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NIGEL ANDREWS (31/07/2016)
what can i say, i booked myself on seawatch1 on sunday 31st july, for a good days fishing. the weather was great and everyone on the boat knew each other. however the fishing was not that good with the biggest fish of the day went to mark, with a smooth hound weighing approximately 5lb, well done mark. ( good luck under the knife on monday mate, hope your hernia opp goes ok. ) towards the end of the day there was that all familiar smell of sausages cooking, and sure enough there was a plate full of sausages in bread rolls and a large bottle of ketchup. well done lester and thanks. at the end of the day i caught three thorn backs which were all returned and one mackerell. once again thanks to lester and all my friends for making a good day out.
Skippers Reponse: Glad you enjoyed yourself Nigel even though the fishing was a bit of a challenge
NIGEL ANDREWS (10/04/2016)
THIS WAS MY FIRST TRIP OUT ON SEAWATCH 1, AND IT WAS THE BEST DAYS FISHING ID HAD IN A VERY LONG TIME. I HAD MY PB THORNBACK RAY WEIGHING IN AT 12LB. AFTER THE WEIGHING AND PHOTOS WERE OVER SHE WAS SAFELY RETURNED BACK TO THE WATER. THE SKIPPER LESTER BAKER, HE WAS LIKE YOUR BEST FRIEND ALWAYS THERE WHEN YOU NEEDED HIM, IF HE SAW YOUR ROD BENDING WHILST REELING IN HE WAS THERE WITH THE NET AND WHEN THE FISH WAS ON BOARD HE WOULD HAVE THE HOOK REMOVED BEFORE YOU COULD PUT YOUR ROD DOWN. TOWARDS THE END OF THE DAY LESTER APPEARED ON DECK WITH A LARGE PLATE OF BUTTERED ROLLS, SAUSAGES, AND A BOTTLE OF KETCHUP, WHO COULD ASK FOR A BETTER SKIPPER. IVE ALREADY BOOKED MY NEXT TRIP ON SEAWATCH 1 AND I CANT WAIT. THANK YOU LESTER FOR A GREAT DAYS FISHING, REGARDS NIGEL
Skippers Reponse: Glad you enjoyed yourself Nigel, look forward to seeing you next time
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
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
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
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