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.
- 4 lb Cod by Unknown
- 6 lb Cod by Unknown
- 7 lb Thornback Ray by Unknown
- 10 lb Thornback Ray by Unknown
- 4 lb Cod by Henny
- 5 lb Cod by Unknown
- 4 lb Cod by Martin
- 9 lb 8 oz Bass by Mike Mc Hale
- 20 lb 8 oz Smooth-hound (Common) by Trevor
- 16 lb Stingray (Common) by Stephen Ward
- 6 lb 4 oz Bass by Unknown
- 4 lb 8 oz Bass by Peter
- 4 lb 8 oz Bass by Jim
- 2 lb Bass by Geoff
- 2 lb 10 oz Tub Gurnard by Mark Baxter
Latest Fishing Reports
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
10/2015 Fishing Report by LESTER BAKER on Seawatch1 (Brightlingsea, Essex)
Oct 2015 by LESTER BAKER
It's no great secret that the codling started early this year in the Thames estuary and catches are increasing every trip now with some very nice fish in the 3 to 6 lb bracket along with the odd bigger fish.Here on Seawatch we have been getting our fair share of them,our last trip on Sunday saw just three anglers who had hired the whole boat for themselves share a catch of 30 plump codling and 9 rays to 7lb along with lots of whiting and the obligatory dogfish.
Only a couple of weekend dates available before Christmas and starting to take bookings for 2016 so book sooner rather than later or else you could miss out on what looks like the best cod season on this coast for quite a few years.
All the best Lester
08/2015 Fishing Report by LESTER BAKER on Seawatch1 (Brightlingsea, Essex)
Aug 2015 by LESTER BAKER
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
17 February 2016
3 Places. 9 Hours. Call For Price.
02 March 2016
6 Places. 9 Hours. Call For Price.
10 April 2016
4 Places. 9 Hours. Call For Price.
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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
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
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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