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December 26, 2017 - 12:12 PM

  2017 has been a good year for Optimist we have put the Anglers on the fish on every trip. The Wrecks have been a bit hit and miss during the year with some good catches of Pollack when we have managed to hit a wreck that has not been commercially netted the day before, Pout as usual have been very prolific, it is just convincing you anglers that a large Pout is if gutted when caught is not a bad fish to eat and they can put up a reasonable fight.
The Skerries bank as always has fished consistently throughout the year with reasonable quantities of Plaice although this year there were very few above the 2lb mark and a lot of undersized returned for another day. The banks still throw up surprises and we have had some good sized Turbot and Brill and Ray as well as the unexpected.
Our biggest problem this year has been fresh Mackerel as they didn't arrive until mid July and then it was a case of not on the usual marks except for one day in August where we sat on the mooring and nearly filled a box, which meant we could freeze some down for future use.
Also during the year we have become a recognised Elasmobranch tagger recording data for the SSACN, practising a catch and release program with Sharks, Rays, Huss and Hounds, this has so far proved very successful and we hope to build on this in 2018.
Optimist tries to live up to its name and with bookings for 2018 already starting to fill up we look forward to welcoming you aboard just call Nigel on 07817136505
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August 03, 2017 - 12:30 PM

  Nigel Skipper of Optimist has now been accredited by the SSACN as a bonafide tagger of Elasmobranchs, (Sharks and Rays). We will therefore start to offer Sharking trips for a maximum of 4 persons and depending on Chum availability (the mackerel have been pretty scarce this year). If you fancy a day of Shark fishing on a catch, photo, Tag and release basis then please call for details. Nigel as far as he is aware is the only Tagger based in Brixham. We look forward to some Awesome fishing and being part of a national Elasmobranch research program. We will as part of the program continue to target Ray and Bull Huss and Hounds on our usual trips to the Banks and reefs.

The wrecks at the moment are inconsistent sometimes producing some good Pollack along with the inevitable Pouting, there have been some good days and some bad days during July as we never know whether the wreck has been netted the night before, but as always we try our best to put groups on the fish, the Pollack seem to be taking on the drop and care has to be taken not to get snagged up in the wreck as a few of regulars have found out.

The banks are fishing much better and we have seen some lovely plaice, Ray, Turbot and Brill even Bass although mainly undersize all on the drift which seems to work better than at anchor. On particularly bad weather / wind days we have targeted an inshore reef tucked in behind a headland at anchor we have seen some good Bull Huss along with Thornback Ray and Conger .

With the summer the way it has been we are doing our best not to have to cancel but with winds of force 5 and 6 it is not that comfortable.

Spaces still available for August and September call for details
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October 09, 2016 - 05:15 PM

  First of all an apology as I haven't let you know what Optimist has been up to for the last few months but things have been a bit hectic.
Fish has been steady on the Skerries with a good species count on most trips, the Plaice are still around and getting plumper with the usual appearance of a Ray or two aboard on most trips mainly Blondes although we have had spotted, small eyed and thornback aboard (not all at once). The Gurnards appear with good regularity and mackerel seem more prolific on the banks than where they normally are around the headlands we have only seen one Garfish so far this year and quite a small one at that. Turbot and Brill have both been boated over the last couple of months with the biggest about 5lb and on the last trip out we managed a first for Optimist with a small starry smooth hound also on the same trip it was great to bring a Bass aboard a rare occurrence this year although we nearly lost it as it spat the hook in the net.
We continue to monitor the wreck situation which has been dire all year with very few decent fish, mainly pouting and small Pollack, but the sounder has been showing large balls of bait fish very close to the wrecks not good if you are trying to attract a fish with a plastic lure.
We will continue to be afloat for the majority of the winter and hope that the weather is a little kinder than last winter
Don't for get to give us a call if you fancy some good fishing
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July 06, 2016 - 12:03 PM

  Fish over the last month: - The Skerries are still producing some good fish along with the Plaice and Ray's we are seeing Turbot and Brill and even the Gurnards have started to appear. Out on the wrecks things are a bit hit and miss at the moment with Pollock still around but smaller in size and quantity we have also seen Ling and pout although no Bass yet but due to the regulations we have not as yet been targeting them. Inshore things are much as they have been for most of the year with mackerel still scarce and very tide dependant. We still have plenty availability for the rest of the year with some good fishing out Brixham
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May 29, 2016 - 10:48 AM

  Some really good fishing at the moment, the inshore wrecks are producing some lovely Pollack around the 5lb mark and the last trip produced 4 or 5 on every drift in near perfect conditions (wish it was like that every day) see the photos.
The skerries are fishing well too with Plaice, Brill and Turbot among the species being caught along with some very nice Rays
Why not join us for a day out and some good fishing aboard Optimist
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May 20, 2016 - 09:22 AM

  May has now well and truly arrived and the fishing is excellent, still no sign of Mackerel in quantity but the there are a few around close to the shore, on the wrecks we have been catching some lovely Pollack and a few Pouting and some silver Whiting and surprisingly the inshore wrecks are fishing very well. On the banks we have had some great trips with some nice Plaice coming aboard, we have also boated Brill and Turbot both nice to see in our part of the world with Launce for bait being caught on the edge of the banks. Bait wise Lures are still working well on the wrecks whilst on the banks we have been experimenting as well as the usual Ragworm and Squid, Mackerel and Launce, Black Lug seems to working well as does Garlic Prawn, even Chilli Prawn has brought Plaice to the boat and as you would expect at this time of year Cuttle works well.
So if you want a great days fishing at a reasonable cost with some like minded people give us a call and look forward to a good day aboard Optimist
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April 06, 2016 - 09:35 AM

  April 5th, a great days fishing on the Skerries Bank with a variety of species coming aboard and as usual a few surprises. There were Plaice although not plentiful they were still of a reasonable size, Blonde Ray made an appearance with the usual fight to get it aboard. We also had Launce for bait on the banks edge with Herring and Silver Whiting. The biggest surprise of the day was line caught Spider crab of a good size brought aboard by Matt Crisp from the midlands not once, not twice but three times the third one returned as it was a berried hen he now proudly boasts the title of "Spiderman" Once again the Skerries Bank produces a great days fishing with a twist, sadly towards the end of the session the wind gained in strength and made the last hour rather uncomfortable but due to its direction made for a speedy ride home. Why not join us for the day and be the one to boat yet another surprise species that is all in a day's fishing on Optimist
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November 15, 2015 - 11:41 AM

  Optimist available all winter for charter weather permitting, or get your booking in early for 2016 to secure the dates you want. Lets look forward to some good fishing to come
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October 05, 2015 - 11:47 AM

  Well it's early October and the Skerries Bank is still producing some very good fish. As well as the usual Plaice, Gurnards and Rays it's reeling in a few surprises like the 7lb 6oz Spurdog brought aboard by Ian (the crew) on a trip last Saturday. We have bookings throughout Oct and Nov weather permitting and are taking bookings for 2016 for Wreck and Bank fishing just phone for details
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September 19, 2015 - 08:46 PM

  A good day on the Skerries with our first Turbot from there weighing in @ 5lb some nice plump plaice with the youngsters returned to grow and reproduce and the usual smattering of Gurnards and Dogfish, more outings planned for October
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