Cornwall has some of the best fishing in the UK and a collection of superb fishing boats for group or individual hire. Mevagissey is the fishing hub of South Cornwall but there are other good options for charter boats from Newquay, Falmouth and St Ives among other places. Trips tend to be focused on wreck fishing, shark fishing or mackerel fishing.
All Cornish Boat Trips Tend to Get Very Good Reviews. However, the top Mevagissey boat trips tend to offer better fishing prospects than most others.
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Book a trip, bring your sun cream, hat and a warm jumper and the skipper will take care of everything else. Modern boats use fish finders and high grade devices for detecting bad weather, so you’re in good hands. Fishing kit is provided, and some boats sell snacks and drinks on board. The most important consideration is the weather, as trips can be cancelled if conditions are too poor.
Mevagissey Charter Boats
A reliable, highly rated boat that targets seriously big fish (deep sea fishing, wreck fishing and big game fishing). Chris the skipper has been involved with shark and tuna tagging programmes, which is testament to his ability to put people onto these larger species. No experience is needed. Dogs have been allowed on board before, but so are blue sharks so maybe don’t bring your miniature poodle…
Mevagissey Mackerel Trips
Simple, easy mackerel fishing for shorter trips of up to 2 hours. Fire up the BBQ and get the freshest fish of your life sizzling. A modest-sized, low cost boat trip that doesn’t venture too far from the coast line on mackerel trips. Great for kids.
Mevagissey’s ‘Bessie Vee’
Dave is an exceptional skipper with over 30 years experience putting people right on top of prime deep sea wrecks with fat fish. He’s a third generation skipper with a spacious 39ft Cygnus Cyfish with a 500HP engine, so you’re in very good hands. If you go on an 8 hour trip, expect a more impressive bounty than you’ll get on the 4 hour one, though both make for excellent fishing. Be warned, some of the conger’s landed on this boat might give the best of us nightmares…
I’ll never forget the face of a young lad I saw struggling to lift a ling (a member of the cod family). His family were eating fish pie for the whole year. If you have the freezer space, this is a very effective way of setting yourself up for a year of eating fish.
Fowey, Borlewen Fishing Trips
A relatively smaller and more personal vessel that operates out of Fowey that sees both mackerel and sharks as fair game and also does tours of the local area. Dan is known for being organised, keeping the vessel clean and in good shape and being an excellent host.
Newquay Charter Boats
Paddlefish Adventure – Newquay
A friendly crew offering coastal cruises and fishing trips, with more of a scenic focus than some other charters. Less of a hardcore deep sea boat but still a boat that will put you into the fish.
Bootlegger Boat Trips – Newquay
With local knowledge and a special focus on helping beginners learn the ropes, this is a great boat for tourists and families that want to experience another side of Newquay. This Newquay crew have been at it for over 20 years, and have excellent knowledge of the local area that they enjoy sharing. If you want to see seals, this also seems to be one of your best bets.
Newquay Sea Safari’s – Newquay
Another boat that offers both tours and fishing trips, but specializes in deep sea wreck fishing. The Newquay area has a wide range of wrecks to choose from and lots of options for anglers. Here’s what they say about themselves:
“Chris has been in the Newquay marine business for over 29 years – A true Skipper with a lifetime’s experience under his captain’s hat and in-depth knowledge of the Cornish sea and coast. Chris has expert knowledge of fishing areas around Newquay and beyond.”
Falmouth Charter Boats
Children are encouraged to get stuck in and full or half days are offered. What’s special about this boat is that they also offer evening squid and conger trips. The crew have plenty of qualifications and are well equipped to deliver top notch fishing trips.
Falmouth Fishing Trips
These guys run special double boat hire trips for stag do’s. Here’s what they say: ‘Falmouth Fishing trips provides short family friendly fishing trips for fun and entertainment within the Falmouth harbour. We supply all the fishing equipment and bait and give you a helping hand all the way. It’s a great way to spend a couple of hours. Keep what you catch, great fun for all the family.’
Other Deep Sea Fishing Charter Boats
St Ives Charter Boats
Tiger Lilly – St Ives
Blue Fin – St Ives
St Ives Boats – St Ives
Borlewen Fishing Trips – Fowey
Fishing Trips from Rock – St Agnes
Fishing Mayhem – Rock
Bee Cool Fish Loe
Newmans Cruises – Flushing
Mermaid Pleasure Trips – Penzance
Cornwall Fishing Adventures –