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Where to Fish Guide for Sea Angling in Scotland

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Argyll | Ayrshire | Berwickshire | Caithness | Dumfries and Galloway | Fife | Invernessshire | OrkneyRoss and Cromarty | Shetland


Cruising to the fishing ground in Creag Ard Charters boat.Oban TSMV Gannet offers skate fishing in the waters off Oban. The skipper and owner, David Lauder, has plenty of experience of finding the fish. David Herd took a British record tope of 85lbs in 1999 off Gannet and Darryl Neil had a 238lb skate. The boat takes charters of up to 8 people for up to 8 hours, tackle (Penn rods and reels) and bait is provided as are harnesses and butt pads, a light lunch, snacks and hot drinks are all part of the service, £480 for the day. Call Adrian on 01631 720262 or on the boat on 07720 302727.   

Laura Dawn, Oban, a top common skate boat. A new Offshore 105, COP 60miles licensed for 12 persons run by Ronnie Campbell, call 01631 750213.

Loch Fyne Services operate a Wild Cat 39, So Fyne, licensed Cat 2, 60 miles, from Loch Fyne. Fishing is around the Argyll coast and over towards Northern Ireland fishing for an amazing range of species including blue shark and tuna. Contact them at An Cala, Lochgair, near Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8SD or call 01546 886282.

Loch Long, Arrochar dingies for hire from Tony Hebson, Shore Rd, Arrochar, call 01301 702720.

MV Claudia is a Freeward 35 built for sea angling, 10.7 metres long working out of Oban to fish Loch Lihhne skate and from Tayuilt for general fishing on Loch Etive. Licensed to take up to 12 people, COP 20 miles. Tackle for hire plus free bait and hot drinks, contact Donald Maclean on 01631 720414 or 07775 501658.

MV Heather Isle operating out Oban is a 33 foot boat skippered by Colin Currie taking trips out to the Firth of Lorn and around the Oban area. The target species are skate, conger, ling, pollock, thornback wrasse and mackeral. The boat takes 8 anglers of skate or 10 for general fishing, tackle, bait and hot drinks are supplied, costs £300 per day. Call 01631 562301.

Oberon operating out of Dunstaffnage is a purpose built boat licensed MCA standard area 2, 60 miles, 8 anglers for skate, 10 for general fishing. Their record is impressive with over 150 skate above the 150lb mark and a best of 220lbs in one year. Prices start at £380 per day midweek. Call 07793 120958.


MFV Glorious Girvan, 32ft boat licensed for 12, pollock, wrasse, cod and conger among the main species, call Mark McCrindle on 01465 713219.


Eyemouth, some very good fishing cod, haddock and ling around St Abbs Head. With some wrecks just 10 miles out the combination of deep water close in to the the predominantly cliff and rock shore line and wrecks makes for first class fishing ground. This is cod water with fish in the 20 to 30lb class coming off the wrecks with big pollock likely. Deep water off the shore makes for good fishing mostly for cod up to 10 lbs, small pollock, flatties in clear ground and wrasse. Fishing off the rocks can produce some good cod to 10lbs. Lots of good ground if a bit rough to get to, try around St Abbs Head and Horses head south of Eyemouth.  Contacts:

St Abbs Diving offer charters with their boat Pathfinder. Call Paul O'Callaghan, mobile 0778 098 0179 or  018907 71525.

Selkie, call 01897 71312 or 0770 2687606.

Paul Crowe, boat, Topline. Call 018907 71945 0r 07710 961050.

Jim and Iain Easingwood, North Star, call 01890771676.

Jimmy Dunn, Olympic Star, 01896 50795.

Martin Sprouse, Ocean Maid, 0781 7944776.


Kyle of Durness, Bass fishing in the Kyle from the shore, just in case the trout fishing in the limestone lochs of Durness is off or a few moments.

MV Freedom operates out of Wick fishing in waters favoured by national and international sea anglers. Fishing for turbot, haddock, pollock, bass and ling in this 33ft Aquastar Hardhat holding up to 10 people. Insurance cover up to £2,000,000 for passengers. Contact Colin Richard, Valhalla, Broadhaven, Wick, Caithness, Scotland, KW1 4RF or call 01955 602558 0r 0770 2693245.

MV Stormdrifter II operates from Scrabster fishing for a wide range of fish including cod, ling, pollock, wrasse, portbeagle and spurdog. Licensed for up to 12 anglers. Call 07849 776940.

Dumfries and Galloway

Onyer Marks based in Stranraer have 4 boats licensed for 4 anglers fishing around the Mull of Galloway. They have the knowledge to take you to marks suited to a large range of species (53 at the last count). They can also offer fly fishing for pollock. The boats are Onyermarks, Onyermarks Too, Go West and Riptide, call 017776 840346 for bookings.


Small in stature but with the Tay estuary to the North the Forth to the south and pure North Sea to the east there is a very long coastline along which, especially in the East Neuk, there is a strong tradition of sea fishing. Some very good off shore and on shore marks. For a comprehensive listing of the fishing opportunities all you need to do is log on to this link:



Gael Charters, operate Lady Gael, a Freeward 35, Code of Practise licensed to 60 miles fishing in Loch Linnhe for thornback, spurdogs and spotted dobs, conger, whiting, flatties and pollock. Costs around £275 per day for up to 12 people. Contact Angus Mann on 01397 701567 or 07747 680498.


Orkney offers some of theOrkney Common Skate best sea angling opportunities in UK waters with a range of species from record size skate, halibut and conger to double figure cod, ling and pollock. Then there are turbot, rays, tope and other shark and off course haddock and whiting. Fishing in fantastic locations whether its off the shore or in a boat or fishing the many wrecks, including an entire German naval fleet in Scapa Flow.

Groat Charters operate the 38ft Charles Ann licensed to carry up 12 people out to 60 miles making marks on both the east and west of the Islands available. Contact Harvey Groat on 01856 711254 or 07884 470600.

MV Bounteous Sea is a substantial 72 foot former commercial fishing boat with accommodation for 12 people in 6 twin cabins available for sea angling trip. Call  Mervyn Pirie on 01856 771314.

Out West Charters operates the 300hp purpose built sea angling boat Charles Says taking 8 to 10 people. Specialising in Scapa and the area around Hoy Island. Contact Alister Wellbank 0n 01865 850621 or 07760 293033.

There is some fantastic shore fishing available including locations for taking turbot. For more information on the fishing log on to www.seaanglingorkney.co.uk

Ross and Cromarty

Creag Ard Charters, MV Rebecca Ann, 38ft, carries 12 persons, fully licensed, tackle included (you provide the bait) for fishing around the Summer Isles, Loch Broom and Gruinard Bay. Fishing for skate, cod, pollock, plaice, flounder, and mackeral July to September, other species and big cod at other times of the year. Contact Creag Ard Charters, Camusnagail, Dundonnell by Garve. Call 01854 633380 or mobile 07715075460. £350 per day.


Cycharters, MV Cyfish, 38ft, takes 12, full safety specifications up to category 2. Trips around Foula, Hildsay, Oxna, papa, South Havra, sea angling trips by arrangement. Contact John Tulloch, 1 Broomfield Place, Lerwich, Shetland, ZE1 PW. Call 01595 or 07887 945480.

St Magnus Bay Charters, MV Sceptre, takes 4 to 8 persons fishing for whiting, haddock, ling, pollock, plaice, in spring and early summer, cod and mackeral in the summer. Bait provided on request. Contact, Victor Gray, Vaara, Aith, Bixter, Shetland, ZE2 9ND or call 01595 810378.


Applecross, there is some excellent sea fishing around the coast between Loch Torridon and Loch Broom. Look for sandy bays from August to October and signs of bait fish like sand eels to give yourself a culinary treat by catching turbot from the shore. The scenery is stunning.

Quick Contacts;

Arbroath, Jim Swankie, 01596 765064.

Buckie, Peter Hizzett, 07747 626280

Gairloch, Barry Davies, 01445 712458.

Stonehaven, Ian Watson, 01569 765064.