KEITH ELLIOTT, for more than 20 years the fishing columnist for The Independent and now chairman of the Angling Writers’ Association, is organising a sea fishing expedition for Sports Journalists’ Association members off the Essex coast in June. This is your chance to sign-up
There’s the chance to turn hunter-gatherer on June 26, when the SJA is running its first fishing trip.
It takes place off Bradwell in Essex, and we will be fishing for bass, skate, smooth-hounds, a type of small shark, and possibly tope.
Everyone will catch fish. You don’t need to worry about tackle and bait either, because all that is supplied.
The boat’s skipper, John Rawle, is arguably the best in the country. He has held several British records, ran his own tackle company and pioneered a method called uptiding, which revolutionised shallow-water fishing.
Our doughty fishers will be on board the 33-foot boat Daphne Carole, a custom-built catamaran with a cruising speed of nearly 20 knots and powered by two 315hp turbo Yanmar diesel engines. It is moored at Bradwell Marina, 45 minutes from junction 29 of the M25, about 75 minutes from London (on a good day…).
You don’t need to be a gnarled old sea-dog to take part – just an SJA member – full or associate status – or guest for a great day’s sport and socialising.
Novices and first-timers will be most welcome. No special equipment required, just dress warm (you can always take it off, but you can’t put in on if you ain’t got it).
There are just 10 places available, so get it quick. It costs £60 for a trip lasting about eight hours.
- To book your place, contact Keith on 01480 494142, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For more information on fishing at Bradwell, visit John Rawle’s website here