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 783 photos uploaded

Peter

160 lb White Skate

11-Apr-2018
Carl

202 lb Common Skate

11-Apr-2018
Peter

204 lb Common Skate

11-Apr-2018
Phil

208 lb Common Skate

11-Apr-2018
Bert

207 lb Common Skate

11-Apr-2018
Danny

208 lb Common Skate

11-Apr-2018
Luke

212 lb Common Skate

11-Apr-2018
Josh

204 lb Common Skate

11-Apr-2018
Unknown

190 lb Common Skate

11-Apr-2018
Unknown

186 lb Common Skate

11-Apr-2018
Unknown

198 lb Common Skate

11-Apr-2018
Unknown

197 lb Common Skate

11-Apr-2018
Unknown

196 lb Common Skate

11-Apr-2018
Andy

190 lb Common Skate

11-Apr-2018
Ricky

191 lb Common Skate

Apr-2018
Unknown

196 lb Common Skate

11-Apr-2018

Latest Fishing Reports

  • 09/2018 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    Sep 2018 by Kevin McKie

    Size Matters will be back in Liverpool around October 17th for the winter season on the mighty river Mersey.

    We will be fully kitted out with all new Shimano fishing tackle for you to use free of charge, any damages or losses must be pay for it full.

    Last winter season, the Mersey was not the best because of all the extra flood water.
    The previous seasons where excellent, with catches of up to 70+ Cod per trip.

    If you like catching Thornback rays the Mersey is definitely the place for you.
    From October to the start of December the Mersey is paved with them and it’s not uncommon to catch 60+ to over 12lb per trip.

    The wreck fishing from Liverpool last October and November was fantastic, with over 80+ Pollack to 10lb per trip.

    Available dates for Liverpool this winter season.

    OCTOBER,

    Tuesday 23rd Mersey £45 pp
    5 places available 10.30am sailing.

    Wednesday 31st Mersey £45 pp
    11 places available 5am sailing.


    NOVEMBER,

    Thursday 1st Wrecking £80 pp 2 places available 5am sailing.

    Tuesday 13th Mersey £45 pp
    9 places available 4am sailing.

    Thursday 15th Mersey £45 pp 11 places available 5am sailing.

    Friday 16th Whole boat available 5am sailing.

    Monday 19th Mersey £45 pp 8 places available 8.30am sailing.

    Tuesday 20th Mersey £45 pp
    2 places available 9am sailing.

    Thursday 29th Mersey £45 pp 11 places available 5am sailing.

    Friday 30th Mersey £45 pp 10 places available 5.30am sailing.


    DECEMBER,

    Thursday 13th Mersey £45 pp
    9 places available.

    Monday 17th Mersey £45 pp 7 places available 6am sailing.

    Tuesday 18th Whole boat available 7.30am sailing.

    Wednesday 19th Mersey £45 pp 11 places available 8.30am sailing.

    Thursday 20th Mersey £45 pp
    4 places available 9.30am sailing.

    Saturday 29th Mersey £45 pp
    4 places available 5am sailing.

    Sunday 30th Mersey £45 pp
    7 places available 5.30am sailing.

    Thanks

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

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    #Mckiesfishingcharters

  • 08/2018 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    Aug 2018 by Kevin McKie

    Size Matters will be back in Liverpool around October 17th for the winter season on the mighty river Mersey.

    We will be fully kitted out with all new Shimano fishing tackle for you to use free of charge, any damages or losses must be pay for it full.

    Last winter season the Mersey was not the best because of all the extra flood water.
    The previous seasons where excellent, with catches of up to 70+ Cod per trip.

    If you like catching Thornback rays the Mersey is definitely the place for you.
    From October to the start of December the Mersey is paved with them and it’s not uncommon to catch 60+ to over 12lb per trip.

    The wreck fishing from Liverpool last October and November was fantastic, with over 80+ Pollack to 10lb per trip.

    As always each Autumn we get a delivery of top quality frozen black lug, our bait digger has 1400 packs ready for our winter season.

    Available dates for Liverpool this winter season.

    OCTOBER,

    Tuesday 23rd Mersey £45 pp
    7 places available 10.30am sailing.

    Sunday 28th 23 hour Wrecking trip £160 pp
    1 place available 1am sailing.

    Wednesday 31st Mersey £45 pp
    11 places available 5am sailing.


    NOVEMBER,

    Saturday 10th 23 hour Wrecking trip £160 pp 4 places available 1.30am sailing.

    Tuesday 13th Mersey £45 pp
    10 places available 3.30am sailing.

    Wednesday 14th Whole boat available 4.30am sailing.

    Friday 16th Whole boat available 5am sailing.

    Monday 19th Whole boat available 8.30am sailing.

    Tuesday 20th Mersey £45 pp
    5 places available 9am sailing.

    Thursday 29th Whole boat available 5am sailing.

    Friday 30th Whole boat available 5.30am sailing.


    DECEMBER,

    Wednesday 12th Whole boat available 3am sailing.

    Thursday 13th Mersey £45 pp
    10 places available.

    Friday 14th Whole boat available 4.30am sailing.

    Sunday 16th Mersey £45 pp
    1 place available 5.30am sailing.

    Monday 17th Whole boat available 6am sailing.

    Tuesday 18th Whole boat available 7.30am sailing.

    Wednesday 19th Whole boat available 8.30am sailing.

    Thursday 20th Mersey £45 pp
    8 places available 9.30am sailing.

    Saturday 29th Mersey £45 pp
    10 places available 5am sailing.

    Sunday 30th Mersey £45 pp
    7 places available 5.30am sailing.

    Thanks

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

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  • 07/2018 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    Jul 2018 by Kevin McKie

    I am extremely proud to announce Size Matters is now sponsored by Shimano!!
    Regarded as best and most reliable fishing tackle manufacturer in the world!!

    Over the next few months Size Matters will be fully kitted out with a full range of the latest Shimano fishing tackle.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank
    Ian Smith (Shimano UK Director) and
    Dave Lewis (Shimano UK & Sea Angler Magazine)
    for having me onboard as part of
    Team Shimano UK!!

    We have already got some great trips planned working closely with Shimano and Sea Angler Magazine in the future.

    All we need is some good weather and a bit of luck, so watch this space because SIZE really does MATTER!!!


    Kevin Mckie
    Size Matters (Liverpool)
    07999628511

  • 04/2018 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    Apr 2018 by Kevin McKie

    If you are interested in fishing from the West Coast of Scotland, then this is well worth a read.

    We have now finished our 16 day trip to Scotland for Giant Skate, it’s been one hell of a trip.

    We managed 113 Common Skate to 220lb, total weight was 19361lb, with and average weight of 171lb 3oz.
    11 of them where over 200lb and 91 of them over 100lb!

    We caught Skate every day and out of 96 anglers who fished with us, only one angler never caught a Skate.

    If that wasn’t good enough we also caught one White Skate estimated at 160lb!!!
    More than twice the size of the UK record for this species of Skate!

    This was one hell of an achievement considering Kevin had never caught a Common Skate or fished for them before this trip.

    Some of the highlights of the trip was seeing the first ever Common Skate caught onboard Size Matters!
    Seeing the first ever White Skate caught onboard Size Matters and at more than twice the size of the current UK record.
    Watching Jon Pattern fight a monster Common Skate on a 20lb to 30lb class rod and reel in 477ft of water with only a 4/0 hook intended for a black mouth Dogfish!
    Having Dave Lewis onboard doing an article for Sea Angler Magazine about this adventure!
    Also seeing John Mcbride land our 100th Common Skate of the trip!

    Most of the anglers had never caught a Skate before the trip and most of them landed there biggest fish ever!

    Over the 16 days Kevin’s anglers spent over £6000 on accommodation, food, drink at the marina and local pub.
    Kevin also spent £2400 on fuel and mooring fees, if this is not a good thing for a small Scottish village at this time of year I don’t know what is.

    Please note all Skate where returned unharmed and treated with the up most respected.
    Next year we are looking forward to working very closely with the Scottish Heritage to tag all skate for conservation.

    In 2019 Kevin has already had over 60 whole boat bookings to do this trip again, he will be in Scotland from mid March till the end of May.
    But if he gets enough interest he will offer Reefing, Wrecking and Sharking trips up to 60 miles out from Scotland through the Summer of 2019.

    He would love nothing more than to anchor the off shore wrecks for Conger and Ling, just like he does from Plymouth with great susses.

    He would also like to do week long charters out to the Island of Barra, to fish the continental shelf in over 1000ft of water 50 miles off the coast.
    This type of trip would be ideal for a small group of anglers who want to catch something very special.

    If there is one boat capable of doing trips like this it’s Size Matters, she can carry enough fuel for a 450 mile round trip, and is fully coded and insured for up to 23 hour charters.

    Kevin can also help with booking self catering cottages at the marina, they are £125 per night, sleep 6 and are very nice.

    If that hasn’t wet your appetite for the West Coast of Scotland in 2019 I don’t know what will.

    Check out Kevin’s Facebook profile for all photos and videos from this trip to Scotland.

    Roll on 2019 because,
    SIZE REALLY DOES MATTER!!


    Thanks
    Kevin Mckie
    Size Matters (Scotland)
    07999628511
    mckiesfishingcharters@hotmail.com











  • 04/2018 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    Apr 2018 by Kevin McKie

    Size Matters has just landed the holy grail of the Skate family, the White Skate!!!

    They are the rarest of the Skate family in UK waters, you have more chance of winning the lottery without a ticket than catching one of these on rod and line.

    It measured 82 inch long and 60 inch wing to wing, it was not as heavy as a Common Skate but I would say it was around 160lb!!

    I have never even seen one before, it was an amazing creature, it had thorns under its nose.

    Massive well done to Peter Hammersley on catching the White Skate, he also caught a Common Skate of 204lb on the same day!!

    That’s Skate number 111 and we have one day left to go, this has been one hell of a trip!


    Thanks
    Kev
    Size Matters (Scotland)
    07999628511.