Small Boats for Angling
This article is based on the small boats that are in use down
at my old moorings. I am going back seven years now when I had my last small
boat a Shetland 570. However the same 'own boat' mentality rings true still for
'White Maiden', as it did for 'Due South' too, only most of the time on the days
I want to go fishing, I am looking after other anglers but still trying my best
to find the fish. I can honestly tell you there is the same level of
satisfaction when they are being caught, particularly specimen fish, or
dissatisfaction when you don't find the fish.
Most small boats or 'dinghies'
are ideal for two anglers, at a push, three. They can all be towed, launched and
recovered easily. They can travel long distances quickly and are safe boats in
sensible conditions. Note wind direction and size of tide can make a BIG
difference to sea-state. I would put the Merry Fishers and Orkneys at the
top end of this
small boat for trailing group of boats.
Why run your own boat?
There is a saying....to own a boat is like owning a 'Black
Hole', you seem to just keep chucking your money into it. You should first be aware
that it will be
much cheaper to use a charter boat through a well organised club
or with a group of trusted mates.
The big advantage of being a boat owner is that you can go
when you like and with who you like and of course you can fish where you like. I
know many people that go out on their own, most of the time. You make your
choice as to where you think (or know) the fish will be and you will be the only
one to catch them. How is that for pure fishing.....not very sociable but it's
'horses for courses'.
How many times have you been booked up on a charter boat and
had the perfect weather and tide, only to get drawn near the cabin, with all the
fish coming from those anglers able to trot way back down tide from the stern?
The opposite can be said for Dinghies when the weather is around a F5 and you
don't fancy taking on the Needles Bridge and opt to stay inside when all the
charter boats power round to the South of the Island.
downside is that you have to be quite competent at doing this skipper thing, your life may depend on
it. Never take the sea for granted or the easy way a
professional skipper appears to handle a boat. There is a lot
to learn but what a great thing to master. To run your own boat does cost a
lot of money. For a day on my own, say at Atherfield Bank or round at Ventnor, on the south
side of the IOW, (lets say a 50 mile round trip!) would cost me about £70 in
What are the advantages of running your own boat?
|You can go when you like, for as long as you like.|
|You can go where you like and with who you like, on your own, if
|You can catch more fish and better quality fish.......... yourself.|
|You can fish in the dark and in 4 foot of water, say for just 3
hours, or can fish 16 hours all day/night on a mark where you know quality
fish will be around on the best tides.|
|You can have the job satisfaction of doing it all your own way.|
|You can fish two rods with ease.|
|You can have the boat setup the way you want it to be.|
|You can teach your kids in comfort, and build them up to
handling a boat on their own.|
|You need lots of knowledge to be safe and sound.|
|You need more cash to fish the same ground as the Charter
|It takes a lot of commitment and hard work to keep any boat sea worthy.|
|You need somewhere to store or moor your prize possession,
|Beware you can also get in a rut. Charter boats will always teach those willing, to learn Boat Angling in other
ways and using other methods to lure those more elusive species.|
|It is not as sociable as charter fishing........... not the same
|You have to obtain your own marks.|
|You can go out on your own, very easily and when you like.|
|3 hour trips can be worthwhile.|
|You can get in and out of your moorings with your eyes
closed eventually, which you can be sure will come in useful at some point
due to the inevitable surprise fog or slight drizzle on a moonless night.|
|You are not restricted to the size of boat the same as you
are when considering towing safely.|
|There is limited scary towing to be done!!|
|There is no waiting at the slipways to get the boat
launched or recovered.|
|There are no launching fees.|