Charter Boat: Galloper
Boat and Skipper Details
We have recently purchased a blyth 33 catamaran powered by two 8.2litre doosan engines capable of cruising 16-18knts with a flat out speed over 23knts. the blyth catamaran is a fast modern boat comfortable both at anchor and under steam. She has some indoor seating a toilet accessible at deck level and spray cover to keep you drier and more comfortable. we have a live well on deck and seating for more than 10 people on deck.
with a beam of 5 meters there is loads of deck room even with 10 anglers on board.
WE ARE AVAILABLE TO TAKE BOOKINGS 7 DAYS A WEEKS 12 MONTHS OF THE YEAR
most trips run from 6.30-7.30am untill 16.30-17.30 at night although if you book the boat we can arrange times around you. we also offer night trips from 17.30-12.30am at night and evening trips in the river from 17.30-21.30 in the estuary. these are available upon request and we can arrange trips to suit your requirements.
we have hire tackle available with penn fixed spool reels at £5 per rod per day.
for further information available dates, gallery, weekly reports and more please visit my website www.essexseafishing.co.uk
I have fished since I could hold a rod and grew up aboard my dads charter boats in the 90's. as I got older I took my Orkney longliner out and my dads boats when I got the chance. I am obsessed with fishing I have no other real hobbies and just about any free time I have is devoted to fishing related activities. This may sound abit sad but as I enjoy all kinds of fishing I have little time for anything else. My real passion is for sea angling but if I had more time I would like to spend a little more time fresh water fishing aswell.the first 'galloper' was bought by myself and my dad back in 2007.she was a brinkliner 28 and kept me busy for a couple of years. My wife stacey and i bought the second 'Galloper' back in march 2009 she was an aquastar 33 and we ran her untill 2013 when we bought our evolution 33 also named 'galloper' and the evolution did very well over the next six and a half years.
early in 2019 we bought a blyth 33 and spent 10 months completely overhauling her to bring her up to the standard we like to give our customers. the bltyh catamaran is a vary stable and spacios platform which is very popular with the anglers for her speed, room and stability.
i look forward to many good trips aboard her over the coming years. Although I'm only 27 I have plenty of experience as a skipper as before all of this i was running my dads boats since I got my Yachtmasters Offshore licence when I was 17. before that I was taking his boat out with my grandad or brothers or friends whenever I could. I like to think that all of this along with many holidays spent fishing other venues has helped to give me a large amount of experience and knowledge for my age.
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Nick Hills (24/11/2019)
Another great days fishing aboard Galloper with Thornbacks and whiting plus a pb for Kaz! Cheers Scott see you next week (don’t forget my worms)
Skippers Reponse: glad you enjoyed it nick. see you at the weekend.
Nick Hills (03/11/2019)
Thanks Scott fantastic days fishing on your new boat. Can’t wait for the next trip out with the boys.
Skippers Reponse: glad you enjoyed it nick, nice to see you getting back into it. see you next time.
Greg Mallia (07/04/2019)
Excellent Skipper went with two non fisherman friends and he could not do enough to help them, which let me get on with my fishing. Mind you think I should have got some help as they caught more than me.
Skippers Reponse: i'm glad you enjoyed your day Greg. thank you for taking the time to review your experience. best leave the others behind next time!!
Simon Lewis (11/11/2018)
We had a fantastic day out fishing with Scott. Very friendly and extremely helpful to us novices. Coffee and tea served regularly throughout the day. All in all, one brilliant day and will definitely be going again.
Cheers Scott, you made my mates 60th birthday present a memorable one
Reuben Tsomondo (31/03/2018)
A good day out skippered by Captain Scott - It was awesome as I brought two first-timers with me and Scott ensured they were catching Whiting for fun by the end of the day; great bunch of people on board all helpful and the experience ensured that BOTH rookies are now keen to head out again!!!
Tight lines Scott - see you next Spring!
Skippers Reponse: hi reuben, thanks for taking the time to review your experience. well done on being top rod on the day too! see you next time. regards scott
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- CBUK Catch Log: 32 Species have been caught onboard Galloper, including: Anchovy | Ballan Wrasse | Bass | Black Goby | Black Sea Bream | Blonde Ray | Coalfish (Coley/Saithe) | Cod | Dab | Dover Sole | European Eel | Garfish | Grey Gurnard | Herring | Lesser Spotted Dogfish | Lesser Weever | Lobster | Mackerel | Pilchard | Plaice | Pollock | Red Gurnard | Scad | Smooth-hound (Common) | Spotted Ray | Spurdog | Starry Smooth-hound | Stingray (Common) | Thornback Ray | Tope | Tub Gurnard | Whiting
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Latest Fishing Reports and News
Fishing Report by Scott Belbin
Dec 2019 by Scott Belbin
Thought I would put a report on here to cover the last few weeks. we launched our new boat at the start of November. She’s a blyth catamaran 10 meters long by 5 meters wide. The byth hull is popular throughout the country with both anglers and skippers alike. She is fast stable and spacious, the anglers have given us nothing but positive feed back so far so we are very pleased. We will soon be putting our old boat the evolution up for sale after antifouling her ect so please get in touch if you are interested.
the fishing has been busy but not necessarily with what we would like to see. The thorn-back rays have been hard to find at times but most days we are able to get a few aboard to put a decent bend in the rod. The numbers of dogfish have thinned a bit with the drop in water temperature but we are still seeing a few mixed in. the whiting appear to be in vast numbers. most are 10-12 inches but we have had a few better ones mixed in. with the numbers that are there its no surprise there are better ones just through the law of averages. At times we have fished paternosters for flatties and the whiting are that thick we are hooking them before the bait hits the bottom. often within a minute or two there’s one on every hook. Its almost like mackerel fishing. we had our first dabs the other week and they make a nice change to the whiting. We even had a small codling the other day it went back in so at least we know there’s one out there!
As ever for more information, regular reports and more please visit www.essexseafishing.co.uk or call 07956411528
Fishing Report by Scott Belbin
Nov 2019 by Scott Belbin
Once again I have left it too long between my reports on here. As ever we have been busy and the fishing has been too. since my last report on here we saw good numbers of roker through the early autumn with 48 being our best trip in October. there have been loads of whiting and dogfish around too which have kept us busy. To be honest they can be a pain at times but they keep the rods going and its normally ‘fish a cast’ for them. Inshore the dogs and whiting are interspersed with the odd roker, late smooth-hound and bass or even an elusive codling.
Offshore the fishing has been very good when we had the weather. we pushed off a few times and got amongst the bass each time. There was some great sport to be had in shallow water using 4-8oz leads and light rods is hard to beat. On one trip with fred and the lads the bait fishing was particularly good. The best of the fishing came in 2 hours as the tide came right and with several fish between 6lb and 8.2lbs coming to the boat the lads were so pleased they opted out of the next mark and decided to head home early to catch the football! Another trip saw another group of lads enjoying several hours of bass on lures (feathers proving to be most effective) the fish were so numerous one even engulfed a breakaway lead and got hooked on that! I couldn’t put a number on how many we had but I know a couple of the lads had 30-50 each. Needless to say they only kept 1 each although it would have been nice for them to have been allowed to keep some more. We had the weather to head off again last week but since the ban on bass came back into effect after October 31st I cant get any takers for bass trips.
We have managed our first few trips on the new boat with great feedback from everybody on board. The first fish aboard was unsurprisingly a dogfish but it didn’t take too long before the first whiting and roker joined it. I will report more on the new boat soon.
Most of our trips now will be inshore for whiting, dogfish and roker with the odd codling thrown in if we’re lucky. Hopefully the dabs will start to show soon as they will provide some sport on light tackle close to home. When the weather allows we will try to get offshore and see what’s about. I have spaces into December and january but next years weekend dates are starting to fill up so please get in touch if you wish to book a specific date or type of fishing.
As ever I do weekly reports on my website and facebook page as well as available dates so for more information please visit
or call 07956411528
Fishing Report by Scott Belbin
Sep 2019 by Scott Belbin
although there are still a few summer fish around most have moved off now and the best of the summer fish have gone. We had a great summer here on the blackwater with good numbers of bass and smooth-hounds. often these fish were close to home which maximised our fishing time and minimised cancellations. With the one bass per angler regulations there were often times when the lads could stop of bass on the way out or way in and concentrate on the hounds and general fishing for the rest of the day. fishing for hounds in shallow water is one of my favourites and many of our anglers look forwards to their arrival each year. We had good numbers of double figure fish through out most of the summer. there were often fish mid doubles but we couldn’t seem to get over 17.2lbs as the big girls always seemed to get away. luckily for us they tend to show for one last set of tides before moving off and we got amongst them.
One of the days Dave had ended up hiring the boat by himself. Dave has just got back into sea angling and is very keen to learn. He has picked up loads over the last few months and with the boat to himself could build his confidence in casting ect. We had to work hard to avoid the weed which come loose from further up river and on the mud flats as it started to die off. We moved a couple of times and found a nice clear mark with a few fish. he lost a nice size bass just short of the net and was re-casting when his other rod nearly left the boat! After a good scrap he soon had a new PB smooth-hound and the biggest of the year on board the ‘Galloper’. It was a fine fish of 22.13lbs which went very well in little more than 4ft of water! We had a few more bass and hounds that day but nothing to match this fish.
The majority of the hounds have moved off now, there are still a few small ones mixed in with our general trips. These are mostly producing thorn-back rays, dogfish and whiting with the odd hound or bass mixed in. further offshore we will still see better numbers of bass and I still have a few spaces on the banks in October. I also have plenty of space up until Christmas and into next year I cant promise any cod but I can promise you will have more chance of catching one if you wet a line than if you stay at home.
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Fishing Report by Scott Belbin
Aug 2019 by Scott Belbin
summer 2019 keeps marching on, as I write it doesn’t look much like summer out side my window but we will be back out fishing again very soon. Our run of good weather may have come to an end but the good fishing has continued. The larger hounds moved further afield towards to end of last month. There is still some good fishing to be had within the sheltered areas but the direction of wind and size of the tide need to be right to make it worth while. We have snuck a few days in when these work in our favour and of course the weather has been pleasant on several days in between. when we have got out we have found some nice mixed fishing. the average size of smooth-hound has been down on the earlier part of the year but there are still good numbers and a few double figure fish showing among them. The thorn-back rays have been showing in numbers too. these are a smaller stamp of fish than we tend to see in the spring or autumn but there are still a few better fish in there and they will be bigger as time goes on. We are still seeing plenty of bass on most trips. The lads have had some lovely chunky fish and sometimes in very shallow water. The other day we were fishing in such shallow clear water I could see the anchor! Its hard to beat catching a 3-4lb bass on light gear in water like this. Watching them dart around all over the place as they have nowhere else to go. The bass should hang around until the end of October in places and I have offered some offshore bass trips up accordingly. Hopefully we are due an Indian summer. The highlight of last month for me was a ‘nearly’ fish. this area isn’t known for its variety of species, I have seen several on the boat over the years (we’re up to 32 on CBUK) so something different is always nice. I got a surprise when we were packing up the other day. I was hauling the anchor and the last few lads were winding in when Dave’s reached the surface and there was a red mullet hanging off of his 4/0 hook! Although these fish show regularly in nets in the autumn around here its not what we were expecting while fishing for hounds. I shut the capstan down and darted for the net but as dave lifted it in it fell off, sat on the surface a few moments then swam off.
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Fishing Report by Scott Belbin
Jul 2019 by Scott Belbin
Yet again I have neglected to put a report on here for a while so I thought it was time for a quick update on the fishing here in the blackwater. So far the summer has been kind to us here at mersea island. Although the weather may not have been as settled as last year we have still had loads of nice days and lost very few trips. The smooth-hounds have been in good numbers and size so far this year. Most trips are seeing plenty of hounds with the odd double figure fish thrown in. some trips have seen good numbers of doubles and the biggest that has made it onto the boat so far was 15.10lbs although several others have been close behind and with the numbers of decent fish around there’s plenty of time for the first 20lber to come out.
The bass fishing has been great so far this year, there have been great numbers coming out at times on our general inshore trips with most falling to worm baits or when conditions suit we have been catching several at a time on feathers. We might have a go for them offshore soon and will offer offshore trips for bass until the end of October.
The thorn-backs have thinned out a little now and moved further offshore. We should still see one or two on our general trips and numbers offshore at times but we should see them return in numbers in the late summer early autumn.
There have been a few tope around again this year, they showed early (probably due to the early spring we had) and our first trips saw good numbers of mackerel too. unfortunately the unsettle weather seems to have dispersed the mackerel inshore so we had to source bait from else where on our last trips. We should get another trip or two in before they move off.
We have also seen a few other bits and bobs mixed in such as the odd stingray or gurnard to brighten up our trips. Altogether it seems to be shaping up to be a good summer here in the blackwater.
I have a few dates left over the summer and I am taking bookings for the autumn too. hopefully we will see the summer weather continue long into the autumn and allow us to get offshore and target the bass.
I keep my availability up to date on here along with regular reports on my facebook page and website. For more information please visit www.essexseafishing.co.uk find us on facebook under essex sea fishing, subscribe to our youtube channel or call on 07956411528