JSYK - Just so you know

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    It is mackerel time and and this time of year we start our family fun mackerel fishing trips full on! These 1.5hr trips are long enough to get out and catch some fish but not too long as it can be a challenge being out on a choppy sea for any longer. These trips are great for family and friends to share some quality time aboard a quality boat doing a quality family activity. #familymemoriesmadehere

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    It is about this time of year when the main 'run' of sea bream arrive. And what a joy they always are.., plucky fighters and a super fun bite combine to make them a choice catch. We love to see them and this particular fish is a real beauty. Its a male fish and you can tell that by its iridescent blue markings. This angler was well chuffed with his catch and well he should be as it is not only a wonderful fish but a wonderful supper ahead!

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    Epic fishing trips; fun for all the family. Whether you are a group of Dad's and son's, mums and son's, sisters and brothers or Grand Parents you are all welcome on an Epic fishing trip. All are always made to feel welcome, get a short safety brief on departure and when we reach the fishing grounds are given a short, fun and informative fishing demo to get you up to speed and catching fish. All you need to do is wind them in! Oh and light the BBQ :)

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    Big Tope Shark on an Epic Fishing trip = NIIICCEE. Tope season or as its known in angling slang, 'toping' is in full swing and anglers are having a ball. Tope are the most aggressive fish we target, hard fishing shock and awe beauties and we love 'em. There is only a couple of weeks of the season left for Tope and its vital that you keep an eye on our social media for sudden upcoming spaces. slots can crop up for a myriad of reasons and despite being fully booked out as I write, I wouldn't be surprised if something became available. www.facebook.com/epicfishintrips & www.instagram.com/epicfishingtrips

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    Shocker! We don't always catch fish on an Epic fishing trip. Odd claim you might think? It is very much a fact on some trips we catch no fish and on other trips we catch other species that frequent the wonderful Cardigan Bay, such as this lovely Cuttlefish. We often get asked what is the strangest thing we see caught and its not always an easy question to answer, one mans strange is another's normal; But a Cuttlefish must be right up there in the odd stakes.

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    June is Tope time and we are now busy running Tope fishing trips. Its all part of the way Epic runs its business, fish for fish that are in season. Tope season, go Tope fishing. This years trips and charters are all fully booked out at the moment but keep an eye on ours social media, Facebook & Instagram etc., for news and updates because sometimes slots do come up to grab.

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    Its Mackerel time.. Yeeeee :) we love Mackerel time. From now on and right through to the end of the season, it is all about these wonderful fish. Great to catch, scrappy fighters and one of the best eating fish that swims; now is the time to catch Mackerel. So as of today our family fun trips are 1.5hr Mackerel fishing trips. Now that is something to celebrate! Trips are up and available online and things a booking up for the Bank Holiday weekend. It is worth getting your places booked and joining us on an Epic mackerel fishing trip.

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    We are often asked, 'what are the unusual catches that we see?' It is not always an easy question to answer as what might be common to us can be very unusual to the person asking. So here's one - the Octopus. Yup we catch a lot of these fellows and they are always a welcome sight. Fun on the deck, with their instant colour and shape changes. They are an odd mix of being utterly compelling and yet also, slightly intimidating. Whatever they are, they are always a fun catch that gives customers a story to tell. If you fancy catching your own then May is a great time, both because now is the time but also because we are continuing to bottom fish with bait. That changes towards the end of may when its all about Mackerel. So come Octopus fishing now :)

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    Did you know that May is the perfect time of year to hook up on big Bull Huss? Well you do now.. This fish in pic is a cracker but they come bigger than that and when they do, you don't half know it because boy do they pull! They are a Cat Shark - that's 100% shark - and their proper name is the Greater Spotted Dog Fish but we like the name Bull Huss better - it feels meaner and that kinda suits the fish. They are mean predators and once on the boat just want to bite. This all makes them a special catch and luckily here in Cardigan Bay there is a strong population of them. So if you haven't caught one.. please come and give it a go. Shhhaaarrrk on!

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    We love the early May Bank Holiday. Why? We hear you ask. Well, the fishing is generally very good and the weather is generally warm. What a perfect combo, good fishing and good warm weather! These days always fill quickly with bookings and it is worth considering getting you places booked in advance to beat the rush. We can only carry 12 customers per trip and this can be an obvious limitation. We can not remember whether this lady booked early but she sure caught a great fish!

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    At this time of year the Mackerel have not arrived. We have heard whispers of some being caught in and around south Wales (which is good news as they are on their way) and never say never but really its too early for Cardigan Bay. It is all about the environment here. It is such a shallow sea, it gets very coloured with sediment all winter long due to wind and wave action. Mackerel will not feed in coloured water - well not if given the chance - they'll swim off top somewhere clearer. So just in case you are wondering; we are not fishing for Mackerel yet, at least until the water clears. Come late May and that story will change. Well, at least we are saving you having to buy charcoal for the BBQ as yet :)

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    And we are off and running! Trips are up and available online (just hit the BOOK NOW button) and we are out and fishing. Delighted to say that its all going well with plenty of fish and happy fishers. April is a fun month because it is the time for the big female spur dog sharks. They are always a fun catch and put up a huge scrap when hooked. Amongst them come the whiting and codling which are the prime eating fish for this time of year. Now that would be a fun way to enjoy a few holiday hours, prepping your own whiting fillets and chips...YUM!

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    Right now we are running our two hour bait fishing trips and they are proving to be a as much of a hit as they always do. It is bait fishing but it is done well as we do all the messy bits for you. Yup that's correct, we put all the bait on the hook and take the fish off. All you have to do is haul them in and plan your feast for later on that day. There are some lovely big whiting coming up at the moment and a whiting makes a great meal. A delicate fish with a taste similar to Cod. Worth catching and definitely worth eating :)

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    Have a look at 22nd June! We are running a share boat 8hr reef and rough ground fishing trip on that day and booking is now live. Spaces are limited with only maximum nine persons aboard. Tackle is provided if required and its a great time of year to see many different species. So hit the book now button, search 22nd June and get yourself an 8hr fishing trip sorted!

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    Fancy doing this...? Its a social media post to end all social media posts and one to make all of your friends and family green with envy. After all how many people do you know that have cuddled a shark? If you are not in a group where you could consider chartering the whole boat and fancy joining a share boat trip with others, well now is your chance. If you hit the BOOK NOW button and search under 9th June and 15th June you'll find two trips available. These trips are with limited numbers and with our target species the enigmatic Tope shark in peak season, we'd be hopeful of a successful trip. We have some of the best Tope fishing to be found in the UK here and you'll miss a great opportunity if you don't grab your space. We'll look forward to seeing you for some shark cuddling action.

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    Ever wondered what it might be like on an epic fishing trip. Well this pic is taken from the wheelhouse roof of Legend of New Quay and clearly shows her deck space aft of midships. Big roomy and stable with no smelly diesel engines, there is no better fishing platform to enjoy anywhere on the west coast of Wales. Deep sea fishing trips are available from 1st April on our online booking system so why not grab a bit of boat fishing action with the best in the west!

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    Cuddle a shark moment? Ever needed to impress your friends with a shark cuddling feat? Well now is your chance; well June will be your chance because that's the time for 'them there' sharks. Do please get in touch using our email enquiry for if you have a group of 4 to 9 friends or family that fancy a shark adventure of a lifetime!

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    As of the first of April 2023 we will be running our fab 2hr deep sea fishing trips. One of our fav trips these as one never knows what is going to come up. As in the case of this Scorpion Fish. A cheery little fellow, never getting much bigger than this one pictured but boy does he know how to make is presence felt. They get all puffed up and angry and we love 'em for it. So if you fancy the chance of getting up close and personal with a fish with attitude, then come on an epic deep see fishing trips. These run from 1st April right through to end May.

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    Our booking diary is filling up rapidly for our famous Tope shark trips. We would love to claim that there is so many customers wanting to book that we are simply overrun but the truth is that's not the case. Odd thing to say? The issue is that the Tope season here on the west coast of Wales is a notoriously short one and is condensed into six prime weeks. Late May, through June and into early July. And with limited time availability we inevitably get heavily booked up. So I guess in a way we are overrun with Tope customers after all. Having said that some dates do currently remain free in the diary so please do get in touch soon if its a Tope shark that you are after.

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    Its 2023! And you know what that means? The new fishing season will not be long in arriving. We love this time of year; a fresh new feel of excitement builds as we anticipate all the great fishing trips to come. Season 2023 will start close to 1st April and possibly in late March if the weather is fair. As always we will start the year bait fishing for the myriad of fish species that inhabit our waters. Fish or should we more properly say; shark, like big bull Huss are a common catch. And they make an impressive catch! Trips are already available online, simply hit our book now button.

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    Who would have thought that bluefin tuna swim in our waters? In actual fact they always have; once upon a time there was a commercial tuna fishery (known locally as tunny) up and down the coast of the UK, with it's heart in the north east. So tuna have migrated around our coast line forever but this year for the first time in many years it is now legal to fish for them on a catch and release basis. Epic Fishing Trips were delighted to be one of only five boats to be granted this permission in Welsh waters. Well, that's Epic!

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    Whilst the fishing season is far from over - we will continue running our fab fishing trips well into October; we thought it opportune to have a quick review of the summer so far. And what a beauty its been! Great weather, great fishing and most wonderful of all, great customers. Its been an absolute pleasure welcoming both returning and new customers aboard Legend of New Quay throughout this warm and dry summer. We were truly blessed with a lovely summer season and fingers crossed it continues well into the late Autumn. If you fancy a trip but can't find what you are looking for online then please do get in touch using our online email form found here on our website.

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    Long did she reign; long will she be remembered. We wish to express our sincere condolences on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was, in every sense of the word, Epic.

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    Sometimes we catch 4 fish at once, sometimes 3, often 2 and mostly 1. But just like this lad, whose smile betrays it all, one is enough to make all the difference; equals, a happy fisher and holiday memories made. Here at Epic Fishing Trips we specialise in making holiday memories. Our trips are the most interactive and stimulating boat trip on the west coast of Wales. Perfect for families - mum please come too, you will love the fishing and likely get to watch the dolphins at the same time! Now that really is Epic.

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