Ray McLaren Charter Fishing offers a great day out and we specialise in deep sea wreck fishing. The waters in the English Channel are dotted with the wrecks of ships. Some are well known beyond angling and nautical circles, but most are the remains of humble ships lost in heavy weather or on reefs, sunk by enemy action during wartime. All have become the homes of fish, and some of these fish are very large indeed.
A sunken ship rapidly becomes little more than a reef, containing plenty of places where fish can live. The holds, superstructures and cabins all offer shelter.
Finding a wreck has become relatively easy owing to the development of sophisticated echo-sounding equipment along with satellite GPS. Now charterboats and even private craft can pinpoint wrecks with confidence, and wreck-fishing has become one of the most popular aspects of the sport.
Having located wreck, Ray the skipper will use his knowledge of the tide to position the boat so that all the anglers on board can fish their baits close to it, either anchoring or, if appropriate, drifting with the tide along the length of the sunken ship.
It is not usual to need 2lb of lead to get the bait as close to the wreck as possible. Conger are the target inside the structure itself, and a well-established wreck may hold a number of really weighty specimens. There is no mistaking the bite of such a fish: a sudden reaction on the line, then a slow withdrawal as the conger backs towards its lair. This must be stopped at all costs, since once a big conger is back inside a wreck the angler may as well cut his line rather than to try and pull it out. It is essential to get the fish off the bottom quickly, even at the risk of breaking the line; once it is in open water you have a chance of pumping it to the surface.
Outside the wreck, but still within its shelter, are Turbot and Black Bream. A simple two-hook paternoster is a good rig for Black Bream, although few wreck-fishermen actively seek them. Record-sized Cod are certainly worth going for, however, and there is always a chance of hooking a big Cod on the cuttle baits at anchor.
Close to the surface of the wreck there are often Ling, while higher up will be Pollack and Cod. Drift fishing is usually the best way of contacting these fish, suing rapidly-retrieved rubber eels as lures. The best pattern is normally the redgill wrecker, but on some heavily-fished wrecks the fish may be more likely to take an Eddystone eel or a sidewinder lure.
Fun for all Ages
Anyone and everyone is welcome on our trips, as we can accommodate for the whole family. We will do our up most to provide the perfect way to enjoy spending time with your loved ones. You can be assured that our staff will take the very best care of you and your day, so no matter your age or experience, you will have a fantastic time.
Learn With Us
Never been fishing before? No problem. We are more than happy to show you how to catch and fillet fish on our trips, no previous experience needed whatsoever. We get much more fun watching our customers reel them in than we do catching them ourselves, and with over 40 years of experience, you will be learning from the best.
All New Boat
We have an all-new boat, built bespoke to our highest standards. Indie, named after skipper Ray Mclaren’s daughter, has been built, solely to provide the best fishing experience on the south coast. She is a 10m cat with 20knts cruising speed, featuring a purpose built cabin for anglers, full toilet facilities, kitchen facilities for breakfast and much much more!