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South Coast Pollock Fishing





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By David Elliott

There are still some nice sized Pollock coming off the wrecks off the South Coast of Newhaven.

The anglers have been using ‘rhubarb and custard’ sidewinder lures.

If you fancy a trip out, call Dave on  07966 377145 or visit for available dates.

Corporate Angling Trips



By David Elliott

Corporate angling trips are available aboard Newhavens Ocean Warrior 3.  We can offer your business or company a day of team building while sea fishing on our corporate angling trips off the south coast.

Jewsons building merchants booked up one of our corporate angling trips this month.  We went out on an offshore fishing trip.  We had a lovely day and they caught some Cod, Pollock and Conger eels up to 62lb.  This is Nick Pelling with the biggest eel of the day which was 62lb.

Everyone on the corporate angling trip thoroughly enjoyed themselves and so much so that some of the clients that came out have rebooked for another trip already for their clients.  We also have rod/reel hire with tackle available, so all you have to do is show up to enjoy your corporate angling trips.

We offer inshore and offshore sea fishing on our corporate angling trips, which also offers a great variety of fish to catch.  If you are looking for an easy days fishing on your corporate angling trip then try out inshore fishing where you can catch some great Plaice, Black Bream, Bass and Smooth-hounds etc…  This can offer some great fishing using light gear.

We are moored in Newhaven Marina which is well placed on the South Coast for some great inshore and offshore fishing.  There is free parking within the marina and there is also a café, convenience shop, bakery and a tackle shop for any last minute purchases if required.  So if you are looking to take out your business friends, colleagues or clients book up one of our corporate angling trips for a fun day out at sea.

Check out and our latest news page which has got more information on Jewsons corporate angling trips.




Conger Fishing


Ocean Warrior 3 has been conger fishing off the south coast of sussex for many years now.  We have managed to find some really good conger wrecks offshore. The best  months for Conger fishing on the wrecks are April to November.  When we go offshore wreck fishing we anchor the boat up tide and fish big baits such as mackerel flappers or cuttlefish.  The tackle we use would be 1lb to 2lb lead attached to a boom and snap swivel.  I like to use a trace of 300lb mono with a size 8.0 hook.  The conger can bite very gently or they can just bend the rod straight over, it depends on how hungry they are on the day.  Fishing the deep water wrecks still gets you going even after all the years at it!  My biggest Conger off Newhaven was caught by Andy Matthews back in 2003, and it was a staggering 103lb.  We returned it to sea alive to go and get bigger and we hope to catch it again another day!   I find that even the smaller wrecks out in the English Channel area can hold a lot of eels.  Especially the unchartered wrecks and are in the deep water areas.  When fishing the smaller Conger eels  we normally t-bar them off at the side of the boat. (a t-bar is what we use to turn the hook the opposite way so that the weight of the eel unhooks the fish)  The bigger Conger such as 60lb upwards, we get into the boat using a long net made for eels.  We then photograph the fish, weigh them and then release them unharmed.  If you want to take Conger eels then Ocean Warrior 3 is not your boat as we return them all back to sea, to preserve the stocks of Conger as they give such great sport to anglers.

This is Ryan Matthews when he was just 9 years old with his Dad, Andy Matthews with his own personal best Conger of 79lb, which was only a few pounds short of the junior world record.

If you fancy a days Conger fishing aboard Ocean Warrior 3, call Dave on 07966 377145 or visit my website to view some of my Conger fishing videos.  You can also check us out on youtube under Ocean Warrior 3.

South Coast Wrecks


Ocean Warrior 3 enjoys fishing the wrecks off the south coast.  One wreck in particular is the ‘Mira’, which is a big wreck that lies off of the south coast of Newhaven.  She is a British oil tanker which was built in 1901 and was sunk by a mine on October 11th 1917.  She was laden with fuel and weighed 3,700 ton.  During the summer months Ocean Warrior 3 likes fishing this wreck for big Bass by drifting over the wreck with lures.  When the tide is in full flow, she throws up a large boil and a big scour on the east side of the wreck.  The wreck lies on her starboard side and is 345ft long with a beam of 47ft.  It is also a popular dive site and a good Bass wreck. This is just one of the thousands of wrecks to fish throughout the English Channel, especially in the Newhaven area.


If you fancy joining us for a day out wreck fishing, check out my website for more information.

Eastbourne Wreck Fishing


Here is Chalky with a 28lb, caught in February.  It was caught on a wreck off of Eastbourne, while fishing with a sidewinder lure.

We will start looking for the big Cod in mid January and this will continue through February and March.

We are taking bookings for next year and we still have some spaces left during the Christmas and New Year period.  If you fancy a days fishing, call Dave on 07966 377145.

Newhaven Marina Port Record Conger


Newhavens Ocean Warrior 3 biggest Conger of 103lb (and Newhavens biggest eel) was caught by Andy Matthews back in August 2003.

It was caught on an offshore wreck fishing mark.  Andy caught this massive Conger on a 30lb class rod using 30lb braided line.   It was weighed and photographed and the best bit of this is that Andy put the Conger back alive.  Ocean Warrior has had great pleasure in returning all our congers back to sea alive to preserve the stocks and to give more great fishing to other anglers.  I wonder how big this eel is now…..

Newhaven Marina Fishing News Report


Don and Andy Matthews crew with a good days Congering on board Newhavens Ocean Warrior 3 in the summer with 60 Conger up to 65lb.  They were all caught using mackerel flappers and cuttlefish baits on a deep offshore wreck off of Newhaven.  Totally awesome days conger fishing – this was the best conger trip this year.

South Coast Sea Fishing aboard Ocean Warrior 3


Ocean Warrior 3 continues to catch some big Cod on the open ground, off the south coast of Newhaven.
Stuart Cross had the biggest one this week so far with his Cod of 17lb 4oz, caught on cuttlefish as bait. There are still plenty of Whiting showing, with quite a few Cod around the 14lb mark this week.
We have still have spaces mid-week for part/full and individual bookings, so if you fancy a good days fishing off the south coast give Dave a call on 07966 377145.

Getting some more nice Plaice off Brighton


Robert Lenton with a good Plaice of 3lb 12oz.

There are still some good sized Plaice coming up off Brighton.  It has been a great year for them, along with some nice Black Bream on the wrecks.  Still some Cod on the drift but starting to slow up now.  Also had some nice Plaice while fishing off Shoreham area.

Fishing for Plaice off Brighton on Ocean Warrior 3


Another nice Plaice of 3lb 10oz caught by Jason Pitt, fishing off the coast of Brighton.

There are still some Conger upto 60lb showing at the moment along with some good Bass on the wrecks.  Next month will be inside for the winter Cod starting to show along with the Whiting as the wrecks will start to slow up in October.

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