JSYK - Just so you know

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    'Legend of New Quay' floats quietly in her winter berth. Winter is always a quiet time of year for boating on this coast. The sea state is often poor with a our predominant south westerly air-stream sending Atlantic low pressure after Atlantic low pressure to batter Cardigan Bay. So now is the time to prepare for next year and we are busy working on new fishing equipment for Legend. Our order of new fishing reels arrived yesterday and we are delighted with them. Penn have long made some of the best fishing reels available in the UK and we know that you deserve the best! Bookings are already coming in for 2020; if you are a charter group and you want to grab a choice date in the Tope and Bream season now is the time to get in touch! Our new contact us page is up and running. So why not give that a whirl?

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    A first AWARD NOMINATION for Epic Fishing Trips. This is a huge thank you to all of our customers and our friends for your support in our nomination for best activity/experience in Mid Wales 2019 by Mid Wales Tourism. Chosen from one hundred and thirty businesses, Epic Fishing Trips is nominated in a short list of three, as the only activity/experience from our County of Ceredigion. Now we think that is an epic achievement worth celebrating! We have been nominated because of our passion for our local community, the environment and our commitment to providing the best customer experience whilst always demonstrating top business performance.

    Tim and Corrine are delighted with the news of the nomination. ‘To have this level of recognition come to Epic Fishing Trips is very special indeed. Our enthusiasm and commitment to running modern, clean, professional and fishy fun filled fishing trips have brought this award nomination and we thank MWT Cymru for recognising our efforts. We would also like to say a special thank you to all of our customers and friends who have shared in our vision and enjoyed family fun fishing time with Epic Fishing Trips aboard our wonderful boat ‘Legend of New Quay’.

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    We are in September and its the time for the autumnal equinox, the first cod to appear and the pleasure of catching and cooking prime fit seasonal crabs. The equinox and cod are closely linked because with the coming of the first winds of autumn the waters on this coast begin to colour and this in turn, heralds the murky darkness that the cod loves to prowl. Its a lovely time to be fishing here as the water is warm (at its warmest, around 18 degrees centigrade) and the warm water increases the metabolic rate of all fish making them lively and good news for us; very hungry! If we find the water clear then we will target sea bass with lures. And if as expected the water remains wind blown, rough and therefore coloured then we will be out targeting the first plump cod of the season. Our mushy peas are ready; really hope we catch one first!

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    August bank holiday is finally here and everyone is enjoying the good weather and a nice family holiday time together.
    What's nicer than some freshly caught mackerel straight from the sea onto the BBQ and onto your plate? This is what family holidays memories are made of. Our Epic Fishing Trips are perfect for families and children of all ages and we provide free and easy to use fishing tackle. There is a fishing demonstration before you start to show you how it's done and there is plenty of help for beginners and novices too.
    A seaside family holiday here is not complete without that mackerel BBQ... Yummy, nothing tastier than freshly caught mackerel!

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    What can be better than going sea fishing whilst on a family holiday, catching your own fish and taking it home and cooking it. For many families a sea side holiday would be incomplete without it. We understand this and make sure that not only is your trip a fun filled fishy experience but we also advise you about the messy bits of gutting and preparation. We are more than happy to show you how to prepare your fish and if you ask him to do so, our expert crew Wez will willingly show you how to gut and fillet. Although as is the case with this young lady in the photo, no help is required from us! One perfectly filleted Mackerel frying pan ready.

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    Every once in a while something extraordinary comes up. This wonderful fish is a John Dory. It suddenly made an appearance on an Epic Fishing Trip and what a great surprise it was when it appeared out of the depths. These are rare fish here in Cardigan Bay. Indeed its the very first we have ever caught. What a beauty! The customer that caught it was so fascinated by his catch that he returned it to the ocean. So it is still out there, somewhere, swimming and feeding. And hopefully making more John Dory's! Will you be the next person aboard Legend of New Quay to catch one?

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    With the sea seemingly alive with Mackerel at the moment its important for us all to take a moment to think of our fish stocks. Sustainable fishing is the 'band wagon' that we are all supposed to jump on. We agree but we go further and try to place more meaning behind our point of view by stating that we take a 'Generational Approach' to protecting our fish stocks. Its not about us, its about these guys having fun, catching fish with their own children in the years to come. We ensure that all of our customers enjoy catching fish but we do so by taking only the fish that we will eat. There are no buckets of dead fish going to waste aboard Legend of New Quay.

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    Exciting News! James Fair (Wildlife journalist, writer and photographer) has written a new book called '100 Great Wildlife Experiences - what to see and where' and Epic Fishing Trips are in it! We are of course very proud to have been included in this book and would like to say a massive 'ThankYou' to James for doing so... James is an experienced journalist with a longstanding passion for wildlife and the environment. He spent 18 years as a writer and commissioning editor at BBC Wildlife Magazine.

    James' new book is out now so make sure you get your copy! Oh yes and come and join us on an Epic Fishing Trip to see what it is all about.... we look forward to welcoming you aboard 'Legend of New Quay' soon!

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    Hurray! The summer holidays have arrived... bring on the sun and dust off those BBQ's! If you are here on holiday and fancy an epic fishing trip aboard our fabulous boat 'Legend of New Quay' to catch your own mackerel supper then please do get in touch. What's nicer than some freshly caught mackerel straight from the sea onto the BBQ and onto your plate? This is what family holidays memories are made of. Our trips are perfect for families and children of all ages and we provide free and easy to use fishing tackle. There is a fishing demonstration before you start to show you how it's done and there is plenty of help for beginners and novices too. We look forward to hearing from you soon and welcoming you aboard 'Legend of New Quay'!

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    June is the month when we fish for tope sharks. Normally an all day 8 hour trip this is a very exciting and great fun shark fishing trip. We do need to have calm sea conditions though because we travel about an hour offshore to the fishing grounds. Once there we fish for mackerel first which we use as bait (tope can't resist a nice tasty fresh mackerel!). Then it's rods out and wait for the sharks to bite. Hang on tight because they give a very good fight and certainly make you work for it! If you would like to give this shark fishing a go then get a date in the diary for June 2020. We look forward to hearing from you!

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    Question; which boat is the newest fishing trip boat in West Wales? Answer; yours for your trip with Epic Fishing! 'Legend of New Quay' never fails to impress. Not only is she the newest; she is also the roomiest, cleanest and smartest boat around. Now that's quite a claim to fame, so why not come and have a trip aboard and find out for yourself? We know you will not be disappointed. We pride ourselves on delivering modern, clean, professional and fun family fishing trips and we will do all we can to give you a family holiday fishing trip to remember.

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    This week's good news is that the mackerel have arrived here in New Quay Bay! They are scrappy fighters and great to catch. What's nicer than some freshly caught mackerel straight from the BBQ onto your plate? This is what family holiday memories are made of.... so if you would like to come and have a go to try and catch your own mackerel supper then please do get in touch. We would love to get you out there aboard the fabulous 'Legend of New Quay' on an Epic Fishing Trip! Our trips are perfect for families and children and we provide free and easy to use fishing tackle. There is plenty of help for beginners and novices too. Come on, what are you waiting for?

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    Here is some exciting news...... we just recently bought Jessica Ione, known locally as 'Jess', in partnership with Morfresh Cymru. She is one of the commercial fishing boats here in New Quay and we are excited to now be able to sell live shellfish fresh from the boat. So why not consider a live crab or lobster for your tea whilst you are staying here? What could be more Epic? A fishing trip and fresh shellfish for dinner!

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    At the moment we are running our family fun 2 hour deep sea fishing trips on a daily basis. We catch all sorts of fish on these trips and one of the main 'take-home' fish is the whiting, as seen in this photo. Who doesn't like some freshly caught fish, pan fried in butter with a squeeze of lemon? Yummy! These exciting trips are suitable for all ages and great fun for the whole family. And don't worry, we do all the messy bits for you. You just haul the fish in! Come and give it a try and create some great holiday memories....

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    Its Easter Hols - hurray holiday's here. And what better way of having some family fun time together than on an Epic fishing trip with our team aboard our wonderful boat 'Legend of New Quay'. There is a huge bonus to doing so as our resident population of Bottlenose Dolphins - did you know that they grow to over 4.5 metres in length; that's bigger than the average family car! - are back in New Quay Bay. We see them almost every day whilst on our Epic fishing trips. Now how is that for a perfect family trip out? Fish for tea and Dolphins to see! Don't just take our word for it but look at our recent reviews at https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1093682-d4012180-Reviews-Epic_Fishing_Trips-New_Quay_Ceredigion_Wales.html

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    The last time we saw this species of fish was four years ago. They have been absent from the bay since then until suddenly, this year, they are back. It is a very welcome surprise as these are stunning fish. Truth be told they are not fish at all but one of Great Britain's many shark species. The Spurdog is an anglers favourite as it swims strongly and is a rare catch. Bare in mind too that at 15lbs in weight this particular fish is only 2lbs off the British shore caught record. Simply Epic! If they are true to form they will stay around these waters until the end of April whereupon they will vanish as quickly as they arrived. So now is your chance and they should be here for Easter. Shark on!

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    Hoping to start the next Epic fishing trip season next week. If the weather forecast is true to its word then we will move the wonderful Legend of New Quay back from Aberystwyth to home here in New Quay. Its an exciting time right now. Having done all the prep; like making sure the rods and reels are refreshed and where necessary, replaced and ordering loads of top quality bait ready to use. This is Huss Shark time and the lad in this picture had a great catch with this whopper shark. He was brave too, holding onto the tail like that. Mind you Skipper Tim was just out of shot ready to pounce should the shark decide that it fancied a mouthful of small child! If you fancy giving your family the chance of an extraordinary adventure then please get in touch. Whatsapp us now on 07989 496 526.

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    The rock group Europe coined the lyric 'It's the final countdown.....'. I'm humming it as I type and I'm showing my age! The reason these words are in my head is the absolute fact that in fishing terms we are on the final countdown to the start of season 2019. We are ready, 'Legend of New Quay' is ready, her fishing equipment is ready and the freezer is full of quality blast frozen bait. In short it is time to go sea fishing. Right now we are aiming at a mid March start. This is always a flexible date as the weather can intervene but that's the target at the moment. So if you fancy Pan Fried spring Whiting, served with Jersey New Potatoes, butter and a squeeze of lemon juice then its time to drop me an email to tim@epicfishingtrips.co.uk and book a trip. For it will be Whiting time when we get going and I for one, can't wait!

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    Here at Epic Fishing Trips we pride ourselves on having fun. We like to use the 'tag line' - Modern, Clean, Professional and Fun: And we make sure that we are all of these things but there is always emphasis on the Fun. And why not? Going on a fishing trip is all about having fun and it matters not whether you are six or sixty, or whether you catch monsters or minnows we will always do our best to make your time aboard 'Legend of New Quay' a fun time. After all you are paying us your 'hard earned' and you should expect value for it. A quick scroll across our TripAdvisor Reviews, our Facebook Reviews and our Google Reviews will clearly show how much we try and how much our customers enjoy being aboard 'Legend of New Quay'. It is no fluke that we are now the highest rated exclusive fishing trip business in Wales. Come and try an Epic Fishing Trip and we are sure you'll love the experience.

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    One of the many wonderful things about running fishing trips out of New Quay, Cardigan Bay is that you never know what is going to come up. It often seems that everyday is filled with surprises. The look of awe on this lads face as he comes 'nose to nose' with a Scorpion Fish says it all. These aggressive little bottom feeders are to be found in amongst rocks and weed, exactly the kind of habitat that many of the other fish species we hunt frequent. So its always good news when we see one; not only to you get to meet one of the biggest fishy attitudes that swim these waters (we adore these lovely ugly fish) but we know that we are fishing in exactly the right place. That means that any moment a rock cod or a big pollack is going to bite! Quickly drop your bait to the bottom again.....

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    Here on the west coast of Wales the fishing is very seasonal and consequently it changes throughout the year. One of our favourite times of year is early season through late March and early April. Its the Easter time fishery and it is when the dog sharks (proper name lesser spotted dogfish) patrol the deeper reefs hunting crustaceans. We target them using strips of squid. Its a meal they seem unable to resist and when they are really in the mood some huge catches can occur. Good news for father and son teams as in this picture. Dog sharks can be a reliable catch and a reliable catch is all an 8 year old needs!

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    The Government have recently announced the Bass catch and release measures for this year 2019. And its good news for lovers of sea food as for the first time in 3 years you will be able to take a bass home for dinner (minimum size limits applies). To be specific between 1st April 2019 and 31st October 2019 customers of ours will be able to keep one sea bass each day. Epic news! Not only do we get to take home some of the freshest and nicest tasting seafood in the world but we can do so safe in the knowledge that we are fishing a sustainable population of fish. We are the only professional fishing trip company offering a very real chance of catching a beautiful sea bass here on the west coast of Wales. Why not come and have a go?

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    Oddly some people like to kiss their catch. No issue here, its up to you. However Luke risked 'life and limb' to cuddle this monster shark. Tope shark season here in Cardigan Bay is always the best time for an Epic Fishing Trip. Generally it coincides with the nicest weather of the summer and pretty much can be nailed down to May and June. So if you fancy kissing (or at least cuddling) a shark this coming summer then we would recommend that you get your trip booked soon, as the best tides and dates are filling. Yup its a true fact that many visiting teams of shark hunters book year on year and well in advance. After all we have only got one 'Legend of New Quay'.

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    It's the first day of 2019. Happy New Year! These Epic folk braved 7 degree C water this morning for the annual New Year's Day swim in New Quay Harbour. The team at Epic Fishing Trips were there to cheer a large group of hard core swimmers into and quickly out of the sea. The water is at its coldest now but the good news is that it will warm slowly through spring and into summer to a maximum of around 18 degrees. This all bodes well for lots of fishy fun on our Epic Fishing Trips this year. Season 2019 will start with our first trips on or around mid March departing from the big pier in New Quay Wales. We hope to see you there!