Charter Boat: Size Matters

Photo of Charter Boat Size Matters
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Skipper: Kev McKie
Availability Calendar
Liverpool (Oct-Mar) Plymouth (Apr-Sep) See Additional Description below for further details
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Boat and Skipper Details

Licensed For: up to 12 passengers
Code Of Practice: 60 miles
Hours: 9hr / 10hr / 12hr Trips
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!!

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Reviews

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  • 5-star Andy Tsang (09/12/2017)

    Great day as always thanks Kev!! Best advice I can give anyone fishing the Mersey,change baits every 15-20 mins and don’t be tight with your bait if you want cod use 3 worms minimum per cast.

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks Andy,
    See you on your next trip, all the best for Christmas and New Year!!

  • 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

Bait & Tackle

Latest Catches 718 photos uploaded

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7 lb 8 oz Pollock

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Paul

8 lb Pollock

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7 lb 8 oz Pollock

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6 lb Cod

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Chris

10 lb Pollock

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9 lb 10 oz Pollock

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8 lb Pollock

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George

6 lb 5 oz Cod

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Tom

7 lb 3 oz Cod

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Chris

10 lb 4 oz Thornback Ray

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Bernie

6 lb Cod

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John

6 lb Cod

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Craig

10 lb Thornback Ray

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Roy

6 lb 2 oz Cod

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7 lb Pollock

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6 lb Cod

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Latest Fishing Reports

  • 01/2018 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    Jan 2018 by Kevin McKie

    During the holiday period we only managed to get out twice because of the weather forecast and on some of the days we cancelled the forecast was much better than expected.
    When we did get out we caught cod to 7lb, plenty of whiting and Dabs. It’s now the half way point of our winter season on the Mersey and this year especially I have noticed some big changes. We are catching more cod and bigger ones on the tides ranging from 28ft to 30.5ft, I think this is because there has been so much fresh water in the Mersey and the bigger tides are bringing in more salt water which in turn is helping the fish feed more. Also since the completion of L2 container terminal the flow of the Mersey has changed and so have some of the areas we fish especially this winter season. You can fish the Mersey on a 30ft tide from the boat and the run is just like a 27ft tide in certain places.
    We also have a few wrecking trips coming up, please remember the weather forecast for the Mersey is not the same as 60 miles out in the Irish Sea. For these wrecking trips to happen at this time of year the forecast has to be very good to travel the distance.
    Let’s hope some good big cod have turned up after this set of big spring tides and storms we have had.
    Mersey trips cost £45 per person includes all tackle, hot drinks and are 9 to 10 hours.
    Wrecking trips cost £80 per person and include all tackle, hot drinks and are 12 hours. Any tackle you lose while wrecking you have to pay for.
    Here are the last available dates this winter season onboard Size Matters from Liverpool.

    January
    Friday 12th Mersey 8.30am sailing 2 places available.
    Saturday 13th Mersey 9am sailing 1 places available.
    Monday 15th Mersey 10.30 sailing 1 place available.
    Tuesday 16th Mersey 11.30am sailing 1 place available.
    Wednesday 17th Mersey 12pm sailing 7 places available.
    Thursday 18th Mersey 12.30pm sailing 12 places available.
    Friday 19th Mersey 1pm sailing 9 places available.
    Sunday 21st Mersey 3am sailing 2 places available.
    Monday 22nd Mersey 3.30am sailing 12 places available.
    Tuesday 23rd Mersey 4am sailing 7 available.
    Wednesday 24th Mersey 5am sailing 6 places available.

    February
    Monday 5th Mersey 4am sailing 12 places available.
    Tuesday 6th Mersey 5am sailing 8 places available.
    Thursday 8th Mersey 5.30am sailing 3 places available
    Friday 9th Wrecking 6am sailing 4 places available.
    Tuesday 13th Mersey 10.30am sailing 2 places available.
    Wednesday 14th Mersey 11am sailing 10 places available.
    Thursday 15th Mersey 11.30am sailing 12 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

  • 12/2017 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    Dec 2017 by Kevin McKie

    Over the last three weeks fishing in the Mersey we have been catching up to 15 sizeable Cod to 9lb 8oz, loads of Whiting and Dabs per trip. The fresh snow melt and rain water in the river has knocked the cod fishing off and it hasn’t been as good as last year. We fished the Queens channel on two of the trips to get away from the fresh water and to find where the cod are holding up. Sadly this just resulted in lots of Dogfish, Whiting and Dabs. There was that much fresh water coming down the river the tide was still ebbing 1 hour after low water on a spring tide. With more trips booked to fish the queens channel, I decided to fish the Mersey on the spring tides and this involves keeping just out of the main flow of tide so the anglers baits where fishing effectively. Thank god I made the right decision, in just the last two days we have been catching a good stamp of cod to 8lb 4oz with most 5lb to 6lb. The good thing to see was most of the cod where fresh run fish (very light brown in colour) this mean they are moving in to the river from off shore and all the fresh water has gone. Now this could be the start of our cod season. There was still plenty of whiting and dabs to catch if that’s your sort of thing. We also lost a few better fish not monsters but good fish, over the next eight weeks it is prime time and your best chance of catching a double figure Cod on the Mersey. Sadly we are fully booked until January 16th and I don’t normally do reports if I am fully booked but I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my Anglers/Customers and friends for their support and keeping me in a job that I love doing, in fact it’s not a job it’s a way of life.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

    Here is a full list of available dates in the new year.

    January
    Tuesday 16th Mersey 11.30am sailing 8 places available.
    Wednesday 17th Mersey 12pm sailing 10 places available.
    Thursday 18th Mersey 12.30pm sailing 12 places available.
    Friday 19th Mersey 1pm sailing 9 places available.
    Monday 22nd Mersey 3.30am sailing 12 places available.
    Tuesday 23rd Mersey 4am sailing 7 available.

    February
    Monday 5th Mersey 4am sailing 12 places available.
    Tuesday 6th Mersey 5am sailing 12 places available.
    Thursday 8th Mersey 5.30am sailing 3 places available
    Friday 9th Wrecking 6am sailing 8 places available.
    Monday 12th Mersey 9.30am sailing 4 places available.
    Tuesday 13th Mersey 10.30am sailing 5 places available.
    Wednesday 14th Mersey 11am sailing 10 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

  • 12/2017 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    Dec 2017 by Kevin McKie

    During November we only managed to get to the wrecks twice and it was well worth the effort. The lads caught plenty of Pollack to 6lb, we will continue to fish the off shore wrecks throughout the winter. Please note this involves traveling for up to 3.5 hours each way, all Wrecking charters are £80 per person. If the weather is to bad to get to the wrecks then we will be fishing the Mersey.

    Our planned charter trips to fish the banks and Queens channel on the spring tides during November where cancelled due to the strong NW winds. We have lots of these trips fully booked for December but there is still available dates for January and February. Cost is £45 per person all tackle is included and hot drinks.

    As for the Mersey the the cod are starting to make more of an appearance especially towards the end of the month. An average day seems to a dozen Cod a day to 7lb 14oz with rays to 10lb, any amount of whiting to 1lb 8oz and Dabs. These charters are £45 per person includes all tackle and hot drinks.

    Personally I think the seasons are getting later each year and it won’t be long till the Cod arrive in big numbers consistently.
    Last winter we had our best day in February 64 Cod, I would settle for that again this winter.

    Here is a full list of available dates this winter
    December
    Saturday 9th Mersey 5am sailing 1 place available.
    Saturday 16th Mersey 10.30am sailing 1 place available.
    Thursday 21st Mersey 1.30pm sailing 4 places available.
    Friday 22nd Mersey 3am sailing 8 places available.
    Sunday 24th Mersey 4am sailing 4 places available.

    January
    Wednesday 17th Banks/Queen’s Channel 12pm sailing 12 places available.
    Thursday 18th Banks/Queen’s Channel 12.30pm sailing 12 places available.
    Friday 19th Banks/Queen’s Channel 1pm sailing 12 places available.
    Monday 22nd Mersey 3.30am sailing 12 places available.
    Tuesday 23rd Mersey 4am sailing 10 places available.
    Friday 26th Wrecking 5.30am sailing 9 places available.

    February
    Monday 5th Banks/Queen’s Channel 4am sailing 12 places available.
    Tuesday 6th Mersey 4.30am sailing 12 places available.
    Thursday 8th Mersey 6am sailing 4 places available.
    Friday 9th Wrecking 6am sailing 12 places available.
    Monday 12th Mersey 9.30am sailing 7 places available.
    Tuesday 13th Mersey 10.30am sailing 6 places available.
    Wednesday 14th Mersey 11am sailing 12 places available.
    Wednesday 21st Banks/Queen’s Channel 4am sailing 12 places available.
    Thursday 22nd Wrecking 5am sailing 12 places available.
    Friday 23rd Mersey 5am sailing 12 places available.
    Monday 26th Mersey 8.30am sailing 5 places available.
    Tuesday 27th Mersey 9.30am sailing 12 places available.
    Wednesday 28th Banks/Queen’s Channel 10am sailing 12 places available.

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

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

  • 11/2017 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    Nov 2017 by Kevin McKie

    The fishing from Liverpool continues to be giving good sport from the long distance wrecks, producing good catches of Pollack to 10lb, lots of small Coalfish to 4lb, odd Codling and plenty of Mackerel. The Mersey still continues to be fishing well for Rays to 10lb 14oz up to 50 per trip, Cod to 7lb 2oz up to 12 per trip and loads of Whiting and Dabs.
    All the signs are there for this winter to be just as good if not better than last year.
    Here is a full list of available dates for this winter.

    November
    Thursday 9th Wrecking 4am sailing 8 places available.
    Tuesday 14th Mersey 8.30am sailing 1 place available.
    Thursday 16th Mersey 10.30am sailing 12 places available.
    Friday 17th Banks/Queens Channel 11.30am sailing 12 places available available.
    Monday 20th Banks/Queens Channel 1pm sailing 12 places available.
    Tuesday 21st Banks/Queens Channel 1.30pm sailing 12 places available.
    Wednesday 22nd Mersey 2.30am sailing 12 places available.

    December
    Friday 8th Wrecking 4am sailing 11 places available.
    Thursday 14th Mersey 10am sailing 1 place available.
    Monday 18th Banks/Queens Channel 12pm sailing 11 places available.
    Tuesday 19th Banks/Queens Channel 12.30pm sailing 12 places available.
    Wednesday 20th Banks/Queens Channel 1pm sailing 12 places available.
    Thursday 21st Mersey 1.30pm sailing 11 places available.
    Friday 22nd Mersey 3am sailing 10 places available.
    Sunday 24th Wrecking 4am sailing 12 places available.

    January
    Tuesday 9th Wrecking 5am sailing 11 places available.
    Monday 15th Mersey 11am sailing 1 place available.
    Wednesday 24th Mersey 5am sailing 5 places available.

    February
    Thursday 8th 6am sailing 4 places available.
    Tuesday 13th 10.30am sailing 6 places available.
    Monday 26th 8.30am sailing 5 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

  • 10/2017 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    Oct 2017 by Kevin McKie

    Size Matters is back on the mighty Mersey, after the 360 mile steam from Plymouth. On the way back we managed to do a few hours fishing, catching Haddock to 4lb, Whiting to 2lb and a 45lb Porbeagle. At the start of the first set of neap tides on the Mersey fishing was slow with rays to 8lb and Cod to 4lb. As the tides dropped the fishing got much better catching Thornback Ray to 8lb and Cod to 7lb 6oz. At times the rays are that thick on the ground we have had to move up to 4 times on a tide to try and get away from them. We have been catching 40 to 50 rays a trip along with Cod, Whiting, Dabs and Doggies. On one of the days I had lads from Taskers Angling out with me for there monthly charter, the weather was perfect so I said to the lads do you fancy going Wrecking for a change. All the lads said yes, our chosen wrecks where off the coast of the Isle of Man so it was a long steam out but it was well worth it thank god!!! In the first two hours the lads landed 51 Pollack to 7lb 8oz and they finished the day with 86 Pollack. From now on if we get very good weather and the lock times are right I will offer my anglers a chance at Wrecking instead of fishing the Mersey through out the winter months. The cost of Wrecking is £80 per person for individuals or whole boat is £800. Please note we will be traveling 60 plus miles and fuel is expensive in Liverpool Marina.
    If you would like to join us this winter here is all the available dates before new year.


    November
    Wednesday 1st Wrecking 8.40am sailing 3 places available.
    Thursday 9th Wrecking 3am sailing 11 places available.
    Thursday 16th Mersey 10.30am sailing whole boat available.
    Friday 17th Banks/Queens Channel 11.30am sailing whole boat available.
    Monday 20th Banks/Queens Channel 1pm sailing whole boat available.
    Tuesday 21st Banks/Queens Channel 1.30pm sailing whole boat available.
    Wednesday 22nd Mersey 2.30am sailing whole boat available.
    Thursday 23rd Mersey 3am sailing whole boat available.

    December
    Friday 8th Wrecking 4am sailing whole boat available.
    Thursday 14th 10am sailing 1 place available.
    Monday 18th Banks/Queens Channel 12pm sailing whole boat available.
    Tuesday 19th Banks/Queens Channel 12.30pm sailing whole boat available.
    Wednesday 20th Banks/Queens Channel 1pm sailing whole boat available.
    Thursday 21st Mersey 1.30pm sailing whole boat available.
    Friday 22nd Mersey 3am sailing 10 places available.
    Saturday 23rd Mersey 3.30am sailing 3 places available.
    Sunday 24th Wrecking 4am sailing whole boat available.
    Friday 29th Mersey 8am sailing 5 places available.

    Cheers
    Kevin Mckie
    07999628511
    mckiesfishingcharters@hotmail.com