wrecking

although Stuart has only recently resumed charter fishing he did run a successful bussiness for 0ver 20 years prior to a short break from it.During those twenty odd years he pioneered wreck fishing from this part of the country gaining large publicity for the huge hits of cod and ling he was getting.When Stuart first ventured well offshore he was in a wooden boat called the 'Researcher' and while out fishing for pleaser on a day off decided to go a few miles further than he had before.to his delight the discovered some of the best fishing they had ever had!

Stuart was obviosly exited about this and wanted to make this a more regularly fished mark but to do this he would almost certianly need to go faster than his current 8 knots. So after a while he finally made the move and bought a 33ft Aquastar called the 'Deva'  this decidedly more modern boat was equipted with all of the then latest electronics to help him quickly locate wrecks time and time agian,she was also fitted with twin 150 engines 300hp in total wich pushed her along at a much greater speed than his previous craft.

This was the vessel that aided him to hit the wrecks hard and over the next few years between the 'Deva' and the 'Silver Lady' (his next boat another Aquastar) built up a reputation for big hits of fish.

Sadly those days have passed and although the fishing was very good the offshore wrecks have been hit very hard by netters.  The advent of the new cheap, highly accurate chart plotters hasnt helped ,meaning the wrecks are more readily accessable to everybody with a boat and the desire to try and recapture these days.

However the inshore fishery has maintianed its high quality of fishing producing large numbers of big fish and a wide variety of species mainly uptiding.The Thames estuary has a huge series of estuaries all joining together to form the thames estuary..Mersea where our boats the 'razorbill' and the 'Razirbill 2' are based is situated on the Blackwater estuary,  This area has such rvers as the Colne the Blackwater the Crouch and the Thames itself ,just to name few all running into the sea.The Thames estaury is a mass of sandbanks and from mersea a boat would have to travell in a striaght line over 25miles just to get outside of the banks that dry out,At low water between these banks the water varies between 10-15 meters up to 20-30 meters plus and this large variety of depths between shallow sand banks and deep gulleys provide a perfect habitat for the many species we catch.the mass of banks and estuaries at times when the weathers bad can provide a wecome sanctuary for the charter boats and still provide good sport meaning the mersea boats can get out when other ports have to cancel.