Things people ask...
We are new, and we are unique... There were bound to be questions...
* How do I get to the boat?
Make your way to the top of the ramp leading down to the boats at the West pontoon in the marina, in front of the restaurant "ZIZZI". At the agreed time, you will be met by either Capt Bruce or Fishyrob.
* Can I book more than three hours...?
Absolutely. Simply say how many three hour sessions you would like to fish. And enjoy the short break between sessions to re-charge. Alternatively, book the whole boat as a charter. £160 per 3 hours actual fishing time.
*What tackle should I bring?
As little as possible. Or none at all. Included in the price is tackle chosen for its reliability and specifically rigged for shore lure fishing afloat. The only additional cost is lures you might lose, which will be charged to you at cost. BIF1 is a roomy platform for lure fishing. But shore luring demands much mobility around the boat. Large tackle boxes are potential trip hazards. Smaller boxes that can be stowed centrally are fine. Fly anglers will require #9 or #10 single handed rods, with fast sink and floating lines. Small, spratt sized deceivers and Fulling Mill Saltwater skippers are highly recommended for fly choice.
*What is "Shore luring afloat"
It is the fusion of running water lure tactics, with vertical jigging. It enables the use of much lighter tackle in deeper water, even when a big tidal coefficient is pushing. And it is only viable from a raked down open boat that can creep into position with minimal disturbance. A boat just like "BIF1".
*What clothes should I bring?
We call it "Shore luring afloat" for two reasons. The techniques are very similar to those employed ashore. And the boat is an open boat fishing in the English channel. Dress as you would for a shore session. In the summer it can be cold, and yet the sun is strong. SPF 50 between May and September. Sunglasses (polaroids can make it more fun) and a hat are also recommended. In the winter, wrap as for the shore, and then add a couple of layers. Woolly hat and quality gloves essential. No cosy wheel house to escape the elements.
*Should I bring refreshments? Is there a toilet on board?
We carry bottled spring water on board, and with returns to the port every 3.5 hours, where you will have at least 30 minutes to use the marina facilities, large boxes of food will not be required.
"Why is there a maximum of two fly anglers on any trip?
Quite simply, the only safe place for fly fishing with others on board, is right at the bow, and right at the stern.
*Can I take fish for the table?
BIF dreams of the days when fish brim in the oceans. In the meantime, we will do everything possible to promote fish conservation. Laws effected for the recovery of stocks are strictly adhered to. However, taking fish for the table is the ONLY justification for sticking hooks into fish. If you wish to take fish for the table, according to any legal restrictions on those fish, then we welcome self sufficiency and actively encourage you to take some for the table for your family to enjoy. We draw the line at friends, friends of friends and definitely have bad opinions of supplying the local landlord in exchange for a few pints. If the landlord wants fish, he is welcome to book a session for himself. Please respect the fish by having a cool box in the car, and purchasing ice from Asda's on the way home. We can keep fish fresh at sea in our (redundant) bait wells.
* What is "Hop on, Hop off"...?
Much of our operating strategy is based on analysis of our own experience over a combined eighty years of being charter boat customers. One thing we both agreed on was that when the fishing is slow, there is often no worse place to be than trapped on a boat with seven other souls also sad for poor fishing. We also agreed we could perhaps cut out a lot of the less productive parts of the tide, by going back in for coffee and a bite to eat, especially as our boat does not carry any catering equipment. Instead, we felt Wetherspoons and the Master Mariner might do our catering for us. When we dry ran it with our "guinea pigs" in preparation for the launch, it proved extremely popular. After a break, people were far more ready to get back into the fishing. And with a fine line between catching and not catching, having focused anglers on board makes a big difference to the catch rate. Also, with our policy of three hours booked meaning three hours fishing, the transit time, and time spent ashore, does not impact on the fishing time you have paid for. All very good, and a big plus of having a fast boat and being dedicated to inshore. fishing.
However, once we had come up with the "elevensies" system as we like to call it, we realised another benefit. It is an excellent time to swap crews. Those that have had enough can depart, and new clients can board. "Hop on, Hop off" charter boat fishing was born in that moment. Its new, it will likely need some tweaking, but bottom line, if you are passing Brighton, look at the sea and think "I wish I was out on that" then you most probably can be at some point in the next three hours. BIF1 will be at sea from first light until last light when weather allows. And last minute calls to the boat phone, will, if there is spare capacity, get you a short notice trip out. We carry a full compliment of tackle, so you wont even need to pop home. Just wait for the next scheduled berthing, and come aboard. And if you didnt make it to the cash machine, dont worry either. BIF1 carries full card payment services on board.
*Why cant I bring bait...?
There are over a dozen regular charter boars in Brighton marina, all of which happily cater for bait anglers. There is just one boat in Brighton marina that specialises in fly and lure fishing. When we planned our venture, we looked to avoid replicating anything that other boats do. We do not wish to compete for the same custom. Also, the layout of the boat is all designed around lure and fly fishing. There are no comfortable seats to watch the rod tip for bites from. So, although Capt Bruce and myself are both keen on a bit of bait fishing, we will be joining our preferred charter vessels to scratch that itch. We recommend you do the same.