Boat Fishing from Ramsgate Kent on the Skerry Belle

Back to my roots !! I grew up fishing the Kent coast from digging bait at Seasalter to fishing all the coastline to Dungeness and occasionaly enjoying the odd boat fishing trips from launching off the beach at Reculver and Deal to boats out of Folkestone. The fishing was incredable with Bass, Cod, Whiting, Tope and hounds and Plaice, we only took home what we could eat in a couple of days as there were no fridges and freezers them days so overcatching wasn’t viable and most fish went back with some for friend and relatives. Then came the winter of 1962/63 which lasted just over two months and the sea froze for a couple of miles out off areas like Herne Bay and as far round the coast as Ramsgate and cold water as you went futher round the coast. That winter killed the bait digging and the fishing for quite a few years and by the time it started to return I had married and moved to Berkshire so well in land and with a young family not much time for traveling to sea ports for fishing. My recent trip out with Roger Lennon from Ramsagate re-kindled some good memories of fishing the area again and noticibly despite the 30 knot warm wind how relatively calm the waters were from what I am used to deep water fishing off Weymouth my main venue. On the Skerry Belle Charter Boat a traditional style boat took me and the crew to marks I had fished near some 50 years back and although no stonkers we had a good day with smaller fish taken, Bass, Codling, Whiting and Dogs so I wasn’t bored at all. Here are some images of what the winter of 62/63 was like and some recent catch images of what the fishing is like now courtesy of Roger. Am I pleased to be back fishing my old grounds Too Right I am it doesn’t get much better than this !!!

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