Charter Boat: Reel Deal

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Licensed For: up to 12 passengers
Code Of Practice: 60miles Visit PBA for COP information
Hours: 1hr / 2hr / 3hr / 4hr / 5hr / 6hr / 7hr / 8hr / 9hr / 10hr / 11hr / 12hr / Multiple Days Trips
Contact: Dan Hawkins
In Watchet: Operating from Ilfracombe May - Sep See Additional Description below for further details
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Type of Fishing: Species hunts cod tope bass rays conger shark fishing May to sept
Tackle Available: Yes - Contact Skipper
Bait Available: Yes - Contact Skipper
Boat Specification: Purpose built swift cat just launched huge walk around deck powered by twin evinrude 300hp outboards
Facilities: Teas and coffees available all day , on deck toilet, heated cabin, seating wheelchair friendly oven grill
Additional Description:

Free parking easy access to the boat. Rods and bait available. Brand new catermaran on deck toilet disabled friendly free tuition for beginners cooker oven grill dry storage, Now taking bookings for the shark season sponsored by veals mail order and varivas hooks along with top quality ammo baits now available to buy on eBay check out this quality bait

Reel Deal Skipper Dan Hawkins's Photo
About the Skipper:

Dan Hawkins is a fully licensed skipper and experienced angler who has been around boats and a keen fisherman since an early age. Dan started fishing from Ilfracombe at the tender age of 5 with well Known local skipper Dave Clemence. Further experience was gained aboard various charter & commercial boats fishing for herrings and potting for lobster and crab with other well known denizens of the Ilfracombe fishing industry John & Eric Barbeary.

Unfortunately work got in the way from the age of 17 but Dan continued to fish from various ports until launching his own charter boat business at Watchet Marina in 2014 with a 28ft aqua bell (formally Fulmar of Minehead) progressing to a brand new fast catamaran in 2015.

This Charter has been listed as Wheelchair Accessible. Contact the Skipper for full details.

Latest Catches

  • 275 lb Porbeagle by John krupa 275 lb Porbeagle by John krupa
  • 3 lb 10 oz Ballan Wrasse by Chris bulmer 3 lb 10 oz Ballan Wrasse by Chris bulmer
  • 55 lb 8 oz Tope by Alan white 55 lb 8 oz Tope by Alan white
  • 460 lb Porbeagle by Shaun Collins-Lindsay 460 lb Porbeagle by Shaun Collins-Lindsay
  • 460 lb Porbeagle by Shaun 460 lb Porbeagle by Shaun
  • 223 lb Porbeagle by Paul rose 223 lb Porbeagle by Paul rose
  • 350 lb Porbeagle by mark watts 350 lb Porbeagle by mark watts
  • 11 lb 13 oz Smooth-hound (Common) by Alex steel 11 lb 13 oz Smooth-hound (Common) by Alex steel
  • 1 lb 5 oz Whiting by Stephen Collins 1 lb 5 oz Whiting by Stephen Collins
  • 3 oz Lamprey by Stephen Collins 3 oz Lamprey by Stephen Collins
  • 29 lb 5 oz Tope by Mark Watts 29 lb 5 oz Tope by Mark Watts
  • 368 lb Thresher Shark by Nick lane 368 lb Thresher Shark by Nick lane

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  • 5-star Nick Williams (17/07/2017)

    This was not my first trip out with Dan on Reel Deal and it will not be my last. A cracking boat that puts you on the fish. His communication before the trip is first class and when on the boat he gets out of the wheel house to help those that need it. The charters I have been on we have not had to travel far from harbour to get to the fish. This makes a change from the 2.5hours it often takes to get to the fishing in south Devon. Great banter, great boat, great skipper and superb fishing what more could you ask for. As I wise man once said “I will be back”

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks nick always a pleasure having you aboard and your always welcom just doing what I would want as an angler mate glad you had a good trip hope to see u soon thanks dan

  • 5-star Dave Sanderson (18/02/2017)

    We had a great day with a great skipper. I would certainly recommend Dan Hawkins to anybody that wants a brilliant days fishing.

  • 5-star rich dean (23/03/2016)

    A last minute trip was arranged today as the weather looked spot on for a few fish. 3 of us met dan at the marina on a lovely clear crisp morning.a quick chat on the plan of action for the day and we was soon heading out of the marina and into a flat calm sea.we started at a previous productive mark just past minehead and no soon as the anchor dug in and we cast out the bites were inatant...we had a few dogfish and as soon as the tide eased we were hopefull of some rays but it wasnt to dan up anchored and moved 3 mile offshore to a large sandbank.we has to wait for for a while for the fish to come on the feed but it was worth the wait. Thornbacks were in a hungry mood and quite a few were soon unhooked and returned.we had whiting and of course some more dogfish then my rod gave a typical ray bite and just arched over and stayed there .. a few minutes later and a nice double figure blonde ray graced the the tide started getting some speed up we moved back inshore and to an old favourite patch of sand coral and shingle in the hope for more rays or perhaps a conger but the prolific small codling and whiting decided they was going to nail the bait as soon as it touched the seabed. March..aa we all know is a changeover time from winter species to summer species and it can be hard to "get on the fish " but as ever dan put the hard work in and did manage to get us some good sport on a wonderful spring day as well as landing numerous codling himself. With the tides dropping and also the air pressure going from a high pressure system to a low pressure im sure the fish wil be feeding with a vengeance over the next few days. A private boat who was fishing near us had a 4lb cod and charter boat "teddie boy" had ray ..conger..dogs and dropped a good smoothound at the wont be long before them "hounds" will be here in great numbers....i myself cant wait to get carching them again ��. Another great aboard with great banter and plenty of tea and coffee.... Get yourself booked on for a great day out !

  • 5-star damian Morgan (08/11/2015)

    Perfect days fishing completely relaxed and had a good time highly recommended

  • 5-star Gordon Meilack (19/06/2015)

    A great day out with a patient, knowledgeable skipper and crew