Charter Boat: Size Matters

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Licensed For: up to 12 passengers
Code Of Practice: 60 miles
Hours: 9hr / 10hr / 12hr Trips
Contact: Kev McKie
Liverpool (Oct-Mar) Plymouth (Apr-Sep) See Additional Description below for further details
Map: Location & Directions
Type of Fishing: River Mersey Winter Cod Fishing.
Tackle Available: Yes - Contact Skipper
Bait Available: Yes - Contact Skipper
Boat Specification: Gumiond 45 top speed 24 knots.
Facilities: Toilet, Kettle, Microwave, Heated Cabin with seating for 8 people.
Additional Description:

From October to March Size Matters will operate from Liverpool.
Size Matters is one of the biggest charter boats in the country and the only one of its kind operating in UK waters. We are very proud to be sponsored by Okuma, Savage Gear, Imax and Water Wolf. We cater for all levels of experience, from the beginner to the seasoned veteran. Size Matters can hold a maximum of 12 people plus 2 crew members. We welcome individuals, small groups, and full charters.

A full range of fishing equipment is available on Size Matters and may be used at no extra cost, though you can bring your own. However, if equipment is lost or broken, we expect to be reimbursed the cost to replace it. Bait is also available to purchase.

Upon booking the charter, if there is a certain species of fish you would like to target, and you require rigs made and/or bait ordered, let Kev know and he will arrange this. Alternatively, you can bring your own tackle & bait and Kev will assist with rig making if necessary,

River Mersey Winter Fishing,
Beginning mid-October and running through till the end of March. These trips will last from 8 to 10 hours, with the possibility of staying out longer and at no extra cost.
Mostly targeting Cod, Thornback ray, odd Conger Eel, Whiting, Dab and odd Flounder.

Tackle & Bait
Size Matters has a full ranger of
Okuma, Savage Gear and Imax rods and reels, all loaded with braid. We also carry a wide selection of high quality lures, hooks, leaders, weights, and end tackle.

Baits available:
•Peeler Crab
•Black Lug
•Mackarel
•Squid

To see the latest fishing reports and catch photos for Size Matters outside of the October-March season in Liverpool please see Size Matters Plymouth Page
Size Matters Skipper Kev McKie's Photo
About the Skipper:

Kevin is a mad keen angler as well as a fully qualified charter skipper and has been fishing for over 30 years. He has built up a vast knowledge of all types of fishing not just in the UK but from all over the world at an international level.
He knows a thing or two about hooking and landing big fish, he has caught hundreds of sharks to 1700lb, tuna to 800lb and halibut to 290lb. This is thought to be the biggest halibut ever landed by a UK angler and the list just goes on and on.
Kevin is also a fishing guide for Sportquest holidays and guides fishing holidays all over the world.
Kevin started off his boat fishing days back in 1995, he then owed his first boat in 1998 before he could even drive a car. Since then Kevin has moved on to owning and running his own successful charter boat Brigand from Liverpool.
In 2015 Kevin got an offer he could not refuse, his long time friend for over 20 years and owner of Size Matters Graham Hannaford offered Kevin the chance to skipper his boat in Plymouth. Graham has offered to pass down all his 40 years of fishing and skippering knowledge to Kevin.
So from March 2016 Kevin will be skippering Size Matters along side Graham Hannaford one of the UK's top skippers. All I can say is watch this space because SIZE really does MATTER!!

Latest Fishing Reports

  • 10/2017 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie on Size Matters (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Oct 2017 by Kevin McKie

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    Size Matters will be back in Liverpool from October 20th and this winter we are busier than ever. We have over 70 days booked for the winter season so far, let’s hope it’s as good as last year. Charters on the Mersey cost £45 per person and most charters are 10 hours depending on the lock times. All tackle is included and hot drinks, if you lose any rigs or leads we don’t charge you. Bait can be arranged if you need it or bring your own.

    Here is a full list of available dates for individuals or small groups.

    October
    Friday 27th 5am sailing 1 place available.

    November
    Friday 10th 5.30am sailing 8 places available.
    Wednesday 15th 11am sailing 3 places available.
    Monday 27th 6.30am sailing 1 place available.
    Wednesday 29th 8.30am sailing 1 place available.
    Thursday 30th 9.30am sailing 2 places available.

    December
    Monday 11th 7am sailing 1 place available.
    Friday 15th 11am sailing 2 places available.
    Friday 22nd 3.30am sailing 11 places available.
    Saturday 23rd 4am sailing 7 places available.
    Friday 29th 7.30am sailing 7 places available.

    January
    Sunday 7th 4.30am sailing 5 places available.
    Monday 15th 11am sailing 7 places available.
    Sunday 21st 3.30am sailing 8 places available.
    Wednesday 24th 5am sailing 7 places available.
    Thursday 25th 5am sailing 6 places available.

    February
    Thursday 8th 6am sailing 7 places available.
    Sunday 11th 9am sailing 1 place available.
    Tuesday 13th 10.30am sailing 8 places available.
    Saturday 24th 6am sailing 2 places available.
    Monday 26th 8.30am sailing 8 places available.

    If you would like to book any of the above dates or like more information please contact me.

    Cheers
    Kevin Mckie
    07999628511
    mckiesfishingcharters@hotmail.com
    www.mckiesfishingcharters.co.uk

  • 09/2017 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie on Size Matters (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Sep 2017 by Kevin McKie

    Photo of the Fishing Report

    ATTENTION ALL ANGLERS..
    Size Matters will be in Liverpool for the winter Cod season on the 20th October and will be available for charters from October 23rd to April 9th. Kevin will be fishing neap tides in the Mersey and Spring tides over the banks and channels in Liverpool Bay. Size Matters will be sailing from Liverpool Marina and most charters will be 9 to 10 hours depending on lock times each day. It has also been known for Kevin to stay out for up to 13 hours at no extra charge!!

    ABOUT THE SKIPPER..
    Kevin has over 30 years fishing experience and is a mad keen angler who lives for fishing.
    He is so passionate about what he does,
    to him it's not work it's a way of life.
    Kevin is also a fishing guide for one of the UK's leading fishing holiday companies Sportquest and has been involved in many magazine articles both home and abroad.
    He gets job satisfaction from putting his anglers on big fish and helping them catch their personal best fish.

    LIVERPOOL..
    Kevin is a born and bread scouser and he knows the Mersey like the back of his hand.
    The best things about fishing in the winter from Liverpool you are fishing within 10 minutes of leaving the lock gates, you are fishing in well sheltered areas from the strong winds, you have the view of the world famous Liverpool water front just a few hundred yards away and best of all is the fishing. Last year our best day on the Cod was 64 keepers to 15lb 8oz, our best day on the Thornback rays was 56 to 13lb 5oz!!!

    THE VESSEL SIZE MATTERS..
    Please note Size Matters is 45ft in length and is 16ft wide. This provides a massive deck space and can easily accommodate 12 anglers in comfort, some anglers even bring fold out camp chairs there is that much room.
    Cost for the whole boat charter is £450 maximum 12 anglers and individuals are £45 per person. All charters include top quality rod and reel hire, all your rigs, weights and hot drinks. Bait can be arranged if you need it, black lug is £3 per pack of 10, squid is in 1lb boxes and costs £4 per box.

    ONBOARD FACILITIES..
    We do not do food just quality fishing charters but there is a microwave and kettle onboard if you would like to use them.
    The wheelhouse can seat up to 10 anglers and is fully heated; perfect if it's a wet cold winter day or night to dry out and warm up.
    There is heated and spacious toilet facilities you can use at your convenience, but must be kept clean at all times.
    If you want to keep your catch for the table Kevin will professionally fillet it so you don't have to do it when you get home after a long day at sea.

    AVAILABILITY..
    Here is a full list of available dates for individuals or small groups.

    October
    Friday 27th 5am sailing 7 places available.
    Tuesday 31st 10am sailing 3 places available.

    November
    Monday 13th 9am sailing 4 places available.
    Monday 27th 6.30am sailing 8 places available.
    Wednesday 29th 8.30am sailing 7 places available.
    Thursday 30th 9.30am sailing 2 places available.

    December
    Monday 11th 7am sailing 8 places available.
    Friday 15th 11am sailing 3 places available.
    Friday 22nd 3.30am sailing 11 places available.

    January
    Sunday 7th 4.30am sailing 10 places available.
    Monday 15th 11am sailing 10 places available.
    Sunday 21st 3.30am sailing 8 places available.
    Wednesday 24th 5am sailing 8 places available.
    Thursday 25th 5am sailing 7 places available.

    February
    Thursday 8th 6am sailing 7 places available.
    Sunday 11th 9am sailing 9 places available.
    Tuesday 13th 10.30am sailing 10 places available.
    Saturday 24th 6am sailing 6 places available.
    Monday 26th 8.30am sailing 8 places available.


    If you would like dates for whole boat bookings please call or message me.

    Cheers
    Kevin Mckie
    Size Matters (Liverpool)
    07999628511
    mckiesfishingcharters@hotmail.com
    www.mckiesfishingcharters.co.uk

  • 07/2017 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie on Size Matters (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Jul 2017 by Kevin McKie

    Photo of the Fishing Report

    ATTENTION ALL ANGLERS..
    Size Matters will be in Liverpool for the winter Cod season on the 20th October and will be available for charters from October 23rd to April 9th. Kevin will be fishing neap tides in the Mersey and Spring tides over the banks and channels in Liverpool Bay. Size Matters will be sailing from Liverpool Marina and most charters will be 9 to 10 hours depending on lock times each day. It has also been known for Kevin to stay out for up to 13 hours at no extra charge!!

    ABOUT THE SKIPPER..
    Kevin has over 30 years fishing experience and is a mad keen angler who lives for fishing.
    He is so passionate about what he does,
    to him it's not work it's a way of life.
    Kevin is also a fishing guide for one of the UK's leading fishing holiday companies Sportquest and has been involved in many magazine articles both home and abroad.
    He gets job satisfaction from putting his anglers on big fish and helping them catch their personal best fish.

    LIVERPOOL..
    Kevin is a born and bread scouser and he knows the Mersey like the back of his hand.
    The best things about fishing in the winter from Liverpool you are fishing within 10 minutes of leaving the lock gates, you are fishing in well sheltered areas from the strong winds, you have the view of the world famous Liverpool water front just a few hundred yards away and best of all is the fishing. Last year our best day on the Cod was 64 keepers to 15lb 8oz, our best day on the Thornback rays was 56 to 13lb 5oz!!!

    THE VESSEL SIZE MATTERS..
    Please note Size Matters is 45ft in length and is 16ft wide. This provides a massive deck space and can easily accommodate 12 anglers in comfort, some anglers even bring fold out camp chairs there is that much room.
    Cost for the whole boat charter is £450 maximum 12 anglers and individuals are £45 per person. All charters include top quality rod and reel hire, all your rigs, weights and hot drinks. Bait can be arranged if you need it, black lug is £3 per pack of 10, squid is in 1lb boxes and costs £4 per box.

    ONBOARD FACILITIES..
    We do not do food just quality fishing charters but there is a microwave and kettle onboard if you would like to use them.
    The wheelhouse can seat up to 10 anglers and is fully heated; perfect if it's a wet cold winter day or night to dry out and warm up.
    There is heated and spacious toilet facilities you can use at your convenience, but must be kept clean at all times.
    If you want to keep your catch for the table Kevin will professionally fillet it so you don't have to do it when you get home after a long day at sea.

    AVAILABILITY..
    Here is a full list of available dates for individuals or small groups.

    October
    Thursday 26th 8 places available 5am sailing.
    Sunday 29th 1 place available 7am sailing.
    Tuesday 31st 11 places available 10am sailing.

    November
    Monday 13th 11 places available 9am sailing.
    Sunday 26th 1 place available 5.30am sailing.
    Monday 27th 11 places available 6.30am sailing.
    Wednesday 29th 11 places available 8.30am sailing.
    Thursday 30th 6 places available 9.30am sailing.

    December
    Monday 11th 11 places available 7am sailing.
    Thursday 14th 2 places available 10am sailing.
    Friday 15th 10 places available 11am sailing.
    Saturday 16th 4 places available 11.30am sailing.
    Saturday 30th 2 places available 10am sailing.

    If you would like dates for whole boat bookings please call or message me.

    Cheers
    Kevin Mckie
    Size Matters (Liverpool)
    07999628511
    mckiesfishingcharters@hotmail.com
    www.mckiesfishingcharters.co.uk

  • 02/2017 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie on Size Matters (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Feb 2017 by Kevin McKie

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    The winter season is now over for Size Matters on the mighty Mersey and what a good season it was. Cod to 15lb 8oz, Thornback Ray to 13lb 5oz, Conger to 13lb and Whiting to 2lb 6oz. The best day we had on the Cod was 64 keepers, most days we had 30+ between October and February.
    The best day on the Rays was 56 (all returned alive) most days we had 25+ between October and early December.
    This winter season was one of the warmest and most settled yet, we had one frost in November and only a few days of strong wind's.
    Next winter season as well as fishing the Mersey on the neap tides, we are going to start fishing the spring tide's in places like the Queen's channel, Burbo bank and Liverpool bay. The tide is not as strong in these areas and spring tides fish much better, the only down side is the weather must be very good to do this. Our first charter back on the Mersey will be October 23rd to February 27th, already our weekend dates are filling fast.
    Here is a full list of available weekend dates for the next winter season. Most charters are 9 to 10 hours, cost is £45 per person and this includes all tackle and hot drinks.

    Mersey.

    October,
    Sunday 29th 7 places 6am sailing.

    November,
    Saturday 25th 11 places 4am sailing.
    Sunday 26th 4 places 4.30am sailing.

    December,
    Saturday 9th 7 places 4.30am sailing.
    Saturday 16th 7 places 10.30am sailing.
    Sunday 17th 12 places 11am sailing.
    Saturday 23rd 11 places 3am sailing.
    Sunday 24th 12 places 3.30am sailing.
    Saturday 30th 4 places 9am sailing.

    January,
    Saturday 13th 9 places 9.30am sailing.
    Sunday 14th 12 places 10am sailing.
    Sunday 28th 10 places 8.30am sailing.

    February,
    Saturday 10th 11 places 7.30am sailing.
    Sunday 11th 10 places 8.30am sailing.
    Saturday 24th 10 places 5.30am sailing.
    Sunday 25th 12 places 6.30am sailing.

    Queen's channel, Burbo bank, Liverpool bay.

    November,
    Sunday 19th 12 places 11.40am sailing.

    January,
    Sunday 7th 7 places 4.30am sailing.
    Saturday 20th 10 places 3am sailing.
    Sunday 21st 10 places 3.30am sailing.

    February,
    Saturday 17th 12 places 2am sailing.
    Sunday 18th 12 places 2.30am sailing.

    Cheers
    Kev
    07999628511
    mckiesfishingcharters@hotmail.com





  • 02/2017 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie on Size Matters (Liverpool, Merseyside)

    Feb 2017 by Kevin McKie

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    We are fast approaching the end of the winter Cod season on the Mersey. The fishing over the last four weeks has been up and down, most days we are boating 20+ to 30+ Cod a trip to 10lb 8oz. On February 7th we had a very good day we boated 64 Sizeable Codling from 2lb to 4lb 8oz. That's the most we have had in one trip all season. There is still a few big whiting around we had one that was 54cm it weighed 2lb 6oz that's a big whiting for the Mersey! Rays, flounders and dabs have started to show so spring is well on the way and it won't be long till the Cod move out to deeper water and the rays take there place in the Mersey.
    Size Matters last trip on the Mersey is February 23rd then it's time to head south in March to Plymouth for the Summer season.
    Here are the last available dates on the Mersey this winter.
    Saturday 18th sailing at 5am sailing 2 places.

    Tuesday 21st sailing at 7.30am sailing 2 places.

    Wednesday 22nd sailing at 8.45am sailing 1 place.

    Cheers
    Kev
    07999628511

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  • 5-star ian Brunskill (07/01/2017)

    Another great day on size maters kev works non stop to make sure you have the best possible fishing experience lan brunskill

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks Ian,
    Glad you enjoyed the day see you on your next trip.
    Cheers
    Kev

  • 5-star John Johnson (05/01/2017)

    Thanks for a great day Kev, beat my personal best for a cod so well happy, good bunch of lads on board will deffo be back soon, all the best Johnno

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks for the review John'o see you in February for you next charter.
    Cheers
    Kev

  • 5-star keith greenhalgh (08/12/2016)

    First time fishing on the Mersey, excellent experience, quality skipper would 100% recommend and certainly book again

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks for the review Keith, see onboard again soon.

  • 5-star Sarah Devaney (24/08/2015)

    Absolutely loved this.. Our first time sea fishing.. Kev is fantastic..but not as good as his dads curry!! Really knowledgable, nothing too much trouble.. Laid back!! Can't wait to get out again.. Don't think about doing it - book it!! Great day out.. Thanks Kev (and dad)!! Sarah & Jan

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks for the review Sarah, hope to see you onboard again soon.
    Cheers
    Kev

  • 5-star andrew wallace (30/06/2015)

    brigand charters will give you one of the best days out fishing in liverpool

    Skippers Reponse: Cheers Andrew see you next time

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