Size Matters, a familiar sight in south west waters, is available for charter from Plymouth. This fishing vessel originates from Canada and is a regular visitor to the Channel islands and beyond.
Size Matters operates from a secure walk-on walk-off marina berth in the most accessible part of Plymouth's historic Barbican where long-stay car parking is close by. We sail out under the towering walls of the great Citadel built in the reign of Charles 11, the backdrop for over fifty years of charter angling at its finest level.
SIZE MATTERS and the Port of Plymouth offer you the opportunity for the angling experience of a lifetime.
Graham Hannaford - owner skipper
Keen angler since junior days. Obtained Skippers Ticket at 18 and has been in the forefront of charter angling for three decades. Holds current RYA 60 Offshore Certificate and local authority Boatman's Licence. Founder member of Plymouth Boatmen's Association. Life member of the British Conger Club and Shark Angling Club of Great Britain. Former holder I.G.F.A. Line Class Records for Conger. Class angler in own right and captor of many outstanding fish. Keen shark enthusiast and has battled many big blues and porbeagles. Strong advocate for the return of unwanted fish whenever possible in the ongoing quest to preserve stocks for the future.
Built his first boat, a 27 ft Colvic "Selachii" (shark in Latin) with friends Roger Dadds and Bill Hutchings. Learnt his professional boat building skills as an HM Dockyard apprentice and has now constructed many angling boats, each one benefiting greatly from his own ideas and knowledge gained in a practical way. All became head-liners in the competitive world of definitive charter angling at its highest level. "Kaimalino" (calm water in Hawaiian) an Offshore 32 was next to take to Plymouth waters then it was time to enter the league of big boats.
Wrecks and Reefs
There are more than 100 wrecks and a number of great reefs within forty miles of the port . All yield specimen CONGER, LING, POLLACK, COD and occasionally BASS and COALFISH plus many other species.
In 2007, Britain's biggest conger of the year, an immense fish 0f 106½ lbs and many more weighing over 70lbs came writhing over the Size Matters gunwales.
During the bigger tides fishing for BLUE SHARK can provide superb sport and currently a revival of this species in the English Channel gives an excellent chance of 100 lb plus class fish. The much bigger PORBEAGLE often haunts the deep-water wrecks and we are always prepared to do battle when the opportunity comes.
The famous Eddystone Rocks marked by the towering lighthouse and the stump of its forerunner that stands on Plymouth Hoe needs little introduction.
The famous Eddystone Rocks marked by the towering lighthouse and the stump of its forerunner that stands on Plymouth Hoe needs little introduction. Although large shoals of big bass are now less common, a fish in double figures is always likely to attack a live launce being drifted along through the main gully. The Eddystones's greatest ever fish is a 500 lb MAKO SHARK that took 2½ hours to subdue. CONGER and LING are plentiful on the reef's North side and fine double-figure POLLACK are a feature on the pinnacles on its southern flanks. Four miles away is the Hands Deeps Reef where the water is much deeper and great pinnacles of rock claw towards the surface. This is big pollack territory supreme and the initial dive of even a ten pounder is one of angling's greatest thrills. Fish with too tight a clutch and it's a swift goodbye.
East of the Stone
To the East of the Stone as it is familiarly known are the extensive East and West Rutts Reefs. These offer superb POLLACK, CONGER, COD, WHITING and there are often surprises. All these rough grounds are within a mere fourteen miles of the Barbican and the wrecks further out rarely require a journey of more than 2½ hours.
Size Matters - The Boat
Purpose built Guimond 45 Sports Angler.
Length 45 ft. Beam 16 ft.
Built to and above MCA C.O.P.category 2 requirements.
Licenced & insured for 60 miles from safe haven.
Powered by Volvo D12 @ 615HP.
Cruise 14-16 knots. Top speed 20 knots.
State of the art electronics include twenty-four mile colour radar. Two colour navigation plotters with differential updates. Dual frequency colour fish-finder. Auto pilot. Two VHF radios. Sea Fire Automatic Fire Protection System in engine compartment. Two large insulated fish-rooms. Baitwell tank.
Spacious heated wheelhouse able to seat all aboard. 240 volt electrical equipment facility. TV and CD player. Galley features include oven and hob, microwave, fridge, kettle, sink with hot and cold water. Self-contained toilet compartment with
H & C wash facilities. Dry storage for clothing, food and personal items. Hot and cold drinks available. The partly covered deck area gives an uncluttered 300 square feet of fishing comfort. Stern door permits easy landing of those big fish and their release without damage.