Charter Boat: Size Matters

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Skipper: Kev McKie
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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 / 24hr / Multiple Days 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 Shimano regarded as the world best fishing tackle manufacturer.
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
Shimano 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, Sting Ray to 300lb, halibut to 290lb, Marlin to 265lb, White Sturgeon to 260lb, Common Skate to 180lb, Grouper to 150lb, Tarpon to 145lb plus many more!
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 2016 Kevin bought the mighty Size Matters from Plymouth a boat he has fish on since 2001.
He then took Size Matters to the cutting edge of UK charter fishing catching some truly amazing fish.
In 2018 he helped his anglers catch
Six Gill Sharks to 512lb (unofficial British record),
Blue Fin Tuna to 366lb,
Porbeagle Shark to 300lb,
Common Skate to 220lb,
White Skate to 160lb (unofficial British record),
Blue Shark to 130lb,
Blue Skate to 45lb (unofficial British record),
All this in just the space of five months!!
Watch this space because SIZE really does MATTER!!

October 2020

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N.B. Not all Skippers keep this dairy up-to-date. Always check with skippers before making any plans. Last calendar update: 21-Oct-2020

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Reviews

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4-star 2
3-star 0
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  • 5-star Stephen Fox (14/02/2019)

    Had numerous trips with Kevin over the years, if you want a good day general fishing, he’s you’re man. If you want a fish of a lifetime he’s you’re man. Full of knowledge and a genuine skipper who goes that bit extra. Can’t say enough. Book a trip you will not be disappointed.

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks Ste,

    Hope to see you onboard this winter.

  • 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.

Bait & Tackle

Latest Catches 787 photos uploaded

Bert

22 lb Blue Skate

8-Apr-2019
George

223 lb Common Skate

Apr-2019
Mick

232 lb Common Skate

Mar-2019
Robin

8 oz Atlantic Bonito

Dec-2018
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

Latest Fishing Reports and News

  • 17/09/2020 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    17 Sep 2020 by Kevin McKie

    After our last adventure to the south catching big Tuna and Sharks on a 48 hour trip, it was now time to get back to some bread and butter fishing from Liverpool.

    The Bass fishing is excellent at the moment most days we are catching 40 to 50 Bass and on our best day the lads who go by the name of The Bass Bandits caught 100 Bass and called it a day!!!

    Most Bass are 40cm to 48cm with a few much bigger fish to 7lb 8oz, the lads keep two Bass each over 42cm and return the rest, even some of the lads are putting the bigger bass back which is great to see.

    When Bass fishing we have also been catching, Smoothhound, Plaice, Flounder, Dab, Weaver, Tope pups and Dogfish.

    Wrecking was starting to slow a little because the sea is alive with tiny 4 inch to 6 inch mackerel and Herring that the Pollack are feeding on.

    On our last wrecking trip we decided to try a few wrecks we had not been to for a while, we got lucky and had over 80 Pollack to just short of double figures, with a few Ballan Wrasse, Ling, Coalfish, Cod, Whiting, Pouting, Mackerel, Herring, and Gurnard making up most of the catches.

    The Mersey is alive with Rays at the moment to 8lb, you can catch 40+ a day without even trying, we have also had a few Congers in to double figures on clean ground, Sole, Flounder, Dabs, Whiting and Dogfish.

    There is reports of odd Cod to 9lb in the river so it won’t be long before we start our winter season in the Mersey.

    From October 1st to December 30th we will be fishing the mighty Mersey for Cod, Rays, Whiting and Dabs.

    If you book a Wrecking, Bass or mixed off shore trip during this time and the weather is too bad then we will be fishing in the Mersey as a back up weather permitting.

    Here is a full list of the available dates from Liverpool onboard Size Matters.


    OCTOBER

    Monday 26th wrecking £100 pp
    1 place available 7.30am sailing.


    NOVEMBER

    Thursday 5th Mersey £55pp
    2 places available 3am sailing.

    Friday 6th Mersey £55 pp
    4 places available 3.30am sailing.


    DECEMBER

    Thursday 3rd Inshore Banks £55 pp
    4 places available 2am sailing.

    Tuesday 8th Mersey £55 pp
    5 places available 5am sailing.

    Wednesday 9th Wrecking £100 pp
    2 places available 5.30am sailing.

    Thursday 10th Wrecking £100 pp
    1 place available 7am sailing.

    Tuesday 29th Mersey £55 pp
    1 place available 10.30am sailing.


    We have teamed up with Liverpools top accommodation provider "Serviced Living Liverpool" who offer 5 star apartments at internet beating rates.

    Located in Liverpools Baltic Triangle area (one of the coolest places in UK) and only a few hundred metres from Liverpool Marina, give them a call on 0151 374 2401 and quote Size Matters book an apartment at the best rate.


    Thanks
    Kevin Mckie
    Size Matters Liverpool
    07999628511

    #Mckiesfishingcharters
    #Shimano
    #Liverpool
    #Servicedliving

  • 08/09/2020 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    8 Sep 2020 by Kevin McKie

    Our last three day trip of the year to the Isle of Man for big Tope was due to sail on Monday but sadly the weather was too bad.

    I suggested to the lads we could do a 48 hour trip to where we fished on the way back from Ireland a few weeks ago because the weather forecast was looking much better further south.

    The lads where well up for it, I had to load the boat up with 2500 litres of fuel and 100kg of fresh Mackerel for the trip.

    I explained to the lads we would not use chum because it can attract too many small Blue Sharks in stead we would just keep chunking to hopefully select fewer but much bigger fish.

    Our approach worked especially at night using glow sticks on the top of our traces,
    Ste Loftus had his first porgie of 140lb it was a male fish and put up a great fight.

    Paul Ravenscroft hooked the next Porgie of around 200lb again a male fish that give an excellent fight, I had hold of the wire trace twice then it just went deep down over 300ft and bit though the wire, I was so gutted for Paul it was his first ever Porgie and he would of loved a photo with it.

    Nathon Berrie was the star of the show with the best Blue Shark of 104lb and Blue Fin Tuna of 88 inches (470lb) it took Nathan only 1 hour and 20 mins to get the tuna boat side on 30lb of drag, before it’s quick release, this was his first ever Tuna and won’t be his last.

    All the lads had Blue Sharks but most where 40lb to 70lb, before it was time to head home for a very long steam.

    From October 1st to December 30th we will be fishing the mighty Mersey for Cod, Rays, Whiting and Dabs.

    If you book a Wrecking, Bass or mixed off shore trip during this time and the weather is too bad then we will be fishing in the Mersey as a back up weather permitting.

  • 01/09/2020 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    1 Sep 2020 by Kevin McKie

    After our trip to Ireland we took some time off to relax with the family.

    When it was time to start our charters again we had two three day trips planned to the Isle of Man but sadly storm Francies put a stop to them.

    Finally in the last few days we have been able to get back out from Liverpool and the fishing has been good.

    Wrecking we have been catching lots of a Pollack into double figures, odd Ling, Cod and Coalfish.

    The Bass fishing has been steady we are not getting the big numbers we where at the start of August but we are getting much bigger fish to 6lb 12oz.

    From October 1st to December 30th we will be fishing the mighty Mersey for Cod, Rays, Whiting and Dabs.

    If you book a Wrecking, Bass or mixed off shore trip during this time and the weather is too bad then we will be fishing in the Mersey as a back up weather permitting.

  • 20/08/2020 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    20 Aug 2020 by Kevin McKie

    Size Matters will be returning to Craobh Haven Marina on the west coast of Scotland in January 2021 until mid May to fish for Giant Common Skate, White Skate and Blue Skate.

    Size Matters in the only boat ever in the UK to catch all three species of giant Skate.

    We only use top quality Shimano fishing tackle, Tiagra 30s and Talica 25s reels loaded with 100 braid, teamed up with Tyrnos 80lb rods and full Black Magic Harnesses.

    Using this top quality tackle makes Skate fishing much more enjoyable and easier on the angler, even the more senior anglers in their 70s and 80s can land Skate over 180lb with this tackle.

    Here is a quick run down of when we started Skate fishing and how we have refined it over the last three seasons to give anglers the best possible opportunity to catch Skate over the magical 200lb mark!!


    2018 was the start of our Skate fishing career, we done a 16 day trip to Scotland for Giant Skate even though we had never caught one before.

    We managed 113 Common Skate to 220lb, total weight was 19361lb, with an 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 that totally smashed the British record and was the first White Skate ever recorded in Scottish waters on rod and line.


    The 2019 Skate fishing season could not come quick enough with 10 weeks fully booked, it was truly outstanding at times, we totalled 641 Skate for a total weight of 80,617lb!!!

    We averaged 9 Skate a day with the average weight of 125lb 8oz!!

    At times we would have four Skate on at once, trying to get them all to the boat in over 600ft of water was challenging at times but we managed it.

    442 Skate where female and 199 were male, we caught 44 over 200lb and 359 over 100lb!!

    The biggest Skate was caught by Wirrel angler Mick Walsh, a cracking fish of 232lb!!

    Bert Willams from the Wirral caught the first ever Blue Skate in Scottish waters all 22lb of it, this is an exceptional catch in UK waters.

    The most Skate we caught in one day was 37 for a total weight of 2790lb, by Garry Streeter and his lads from South Wales.

    The Liverpool A Team consisting of Phil Riley, John Owan, John Mcbride and Paul Hendrick, had the most weight in one day with 20 Skate for a massive total weight of 3590lb!!


    In 2020 we only had a two week window to fish for Skate due to family holidays and guiding holidays.

    We decided it wasn’t worth taking Size Matters to Scotland so our good friend Davie lent us his charter boat Buoy Alba.

    The weather was very unsettled, it was very stop start but we landed 87 Skate in just 8 days for a total of 15094lb the biggest was 225lb with 8 over 200lb, 76 over 100lb with an average weight of 173.5lb!!

    As you can see the stats don’t lie, we are fully booked from March to mid May but because we are now arriving earlier in January we now have dates available in January and February if you would like to join us.

    We can help arrange accommodation in self catering cottages at the marina for as little as £25 per person per night, they are very nice and fully kitted out just like a home from home.

    The staff at the marina are very helpful and have done a great deal for us, they have decided if your charter is cancelled due to bad weather then you don’t have to pay a penny for the accommodation!

    There is a pub at the marina called ‘Lord of the Isles’ they serve excellent food and drinks, the staff are very friendly and are happy to accommodate our anglers needs regarding food serving times.

    We can also arrange bait at very reasonable prices that you can pick up next to the motorway in Glasgow.

    Remember Size Matters has a fully equipped galley with microwave, kettle and hot plate to prepare hot food and hot drinks.

    We also have full toilet facilities onboard and a fully heated wheel house that can seat up to 8 people at any one time.

    Finally the best bit about fishing onboard Size Matters is the massive deck space where you can get that perfect photograph with your Skate, no shadows on the fish and definitely no need to hang over the side of the boat putting your self at risk for a photo.

    We have had hundreds of anglers fish with us in Scotland since our first trip in 2018 and they have all really enjoyed their time in Scotland with us, hopefully some of them will leave comments when they see this post.

    Available Dates

    JANUARY

    Saturday 9th £110 pp 6 places available.
    Sunday 10th £110 pp 6 places available.
    Monday 11th £110 pp 6 places available.
    Tuesday 12th £110 pp 6 places available.
    Tuesday 19th £110 pp 6 places available.
    Wednesday 20th £110 pp 6 places available.
    Sunday 24th £110 pp 4 places available.
    Monday 25th £110 pp 4 places available.


    FEBRUARY

    Thursday 18th £110 pp 6 places available.
    Friday 19th £110 pp 6 places available.
    Saturday 20th £110 pp 6 places available.
    Sunday 21st £110 pp 6 places available.
    Monday 22nd £110 pp 6 places available.
    Tuesday 23rd £110 pp 6 places available.

    Please note charters are for a maximum of 12 hours if you think you can handle it and all top quality Shimano fishing tackle is included in the price.

    Conservation and welfare of Skate is paramount, it is a 100% catch and release fishery, barbless bronzed hooks only and all Skate brought onboard for a photo are kept wet and released as quickly as possible.


    Thanks
    Kevin Mckie
    Size Matters (Scotland)
    07999628511

    #Shimano
    #Scotland
    #Mckiesfishingcharters

  • 08/2020 Fishing Report by Kevin McKie

    Aug 2020 by Kevin McKie

    NEWS! NEWS! NEWS!

    Liverpool Marina have announced they will be replacing the seals on the lock gates in January 2021, this means there are no locks available for up to 12 weeks, the marina hopes to have the locks open by Easter 2021.

    This means our season on the Mersey this winter will be cut short, we will be fishing till the end of December then heading to Scotland.

    Please note all charters are cancelled for January and February on the Mersey, once we get to mid December I will start to look for a good weather window to head to Scotland.

    So if you book a trip from mid December onwards it could be cancelled if I get a good weather window to head Scotland because we can not afford to get stuck in Liverpool for 12 weeks and not be able to operate.

    From October 1st to December 30th we will be fishing the mighty Mersey for Cod, Rays, Whiting and Dabs.

    If you book a Wrecking, Bass or mixed off shore trip during this time and the weather is too bad then we will be fishing in the Mersey as a back up weather permitting.

    Here is a full list of the available dates from Liverpool onboard Size Matters.


    SEPTEMBER

    Monday September 28th Inshore Bass £55 pp
    8 places available 10am sailing.


    OCTOBER

    Tuesday 27th Wrecking £100 pp
    1 place available 8.30am sailing.

    Friday 30th Mersey £55 pp
    5 places available 10.30am sailing.


    NOVEMBER

    Wednesday 4th Offshore Mixed £65 pp
    8 places available 2.30am sailing.

    Thursday 5th Mersey £55pp
    7 places available 3am sailing.

    Friday 6th Mersey £55 pp
    7 places available 3.30am sailing.

    Monday 9th Wrecking £100 pp
    2 places available 5am sailing.

    Tuesday 10th Wrecking £100 pp
    1 place available 5am sailing.

    Sunday 15th Inshore Banks £55 pp
    8 places available 11am sailing.

    Thursday 19th Inshore Banks £55 pp
    8 places available 3am sailing.

    Friday 20th Mersey £55 pp
    8 places available 4am sailing.

    Saturday 21st Mersey £55 pp
    2 places available 4.30am sailing.

    Monday 23rd Wrecking £100 pp
    5 places available 5.30am sailing.

    Tuesday 24th Wrecking £100 pp
    4 places available 7am sailing.

    Thursday 26th Wrecking £100 pp
    6 places available 8.30am sailing.


    DECEMBER

    Thursday 3rd Inshore Banks £55 pp
    5 places available 2am sailing.

    Tuesday 8th Mersey £55 pp
    7 places available 5am sailing.

    Wednesday 9th Wrecking £100 pp
    8 places available 5.30am sailing.

    Thursday 10th Wrecking £100 pp
    4 places available 7am sailing.

    Saturday 19th Mersey £55 pp
    4 places available 3.30am sailing.

    Monday 21st Mersey £55 pp
    7 places available 5am sailing.

    Wednesday 23rd Mersey £55 pp
    8 places available 6am sailing.

    Tuesday 29th Mersey £55 pp
    2 places available 10.30am sailing.


    We have teamed up with Liverpools top accommodation provider "Serviced Living Liverpool" who offer 5 star apartments at internet beating rates.

    Located in Liverpools Baltic Triangle area (one of the coolest places in UK) and only a few hundred metres from Liverpool Marina, give them a call on 0151 374 2401 and quote Size Matters book an apartment at the best rate.


    Thanks
    Kevin Mckie
    Size Matters Liverpool
    07999628511

    #Mckiesfishingcharters
    #Shimano
    #Liverpool
    #Servicedliving