Lead Us Charters, based in Oulton Broad, fishes year-round from the historic herring port of Lowestoft in Suffolk.
Lead Us is a 32ft clinker built Yorkshire Coble skippered by Colin De Block an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and pilot boat coxwain
Lead Us caters for all anglers from beginners to the more experienced and offers free tuition and advice on boat fishing to those wishing to maximise their catch. Trips are 4 hour half day or 8 hour full days. With the mainstay bait of squid included in the price, other fresh baits are available to order in advance and rods, reels and end tackle are available to hire for those that have none of their own…all this and cups of tea and coffee throughout the day too!
The Norfolk and Suffolk coasts offer an excellent angling experience with catches ranging from the smaller dabs and whiting through the beautifully-marked dogfish and onto the hard fighting Bass and Smoothound; Codling are a staple catch throughout autumn, winter and spring with some of the larger cod appearing amongst the shoals of smaller fish.
A Typical Itinerary
A typical fishing trip will start with you contacting Colin the evening before to confirm the weather will be suitable the trip to go ahead and to finalise times etc. It is important to arrive on time to allow for safe travel through the Bascule Bridge and to take the maximum advantage of tides.
Once aboard you will be given a safety briefing, shown the tackle that you will be using (if not your own) and where you will fish from. Colin will then take Lead Us through the outer harbour and onwards to the chosen fishing spot.
Once anchored, advice on baiting up for the target species is given and, weather dependant, you can expect to fish for the next seven hours on a full day charter or three hours on a half-day…and if Neptune favours your attempts it can be a very busy few hours indeed!
With the anchor raised once more Lead Us motors home, the fish being cleaned and gutted for you before you head home with your day’s catch.
It is important to ensure that you bring sufficient warm and waterproof clothing for the conditions as well as food, water and something to take your fish back in.
The Wildlife and Sights
There's a whole host of wildlife to be seen with passing harbour porpoises, inquisitive seals, dancing starlings all regularly sighted. The historic Lake Lothing, through which you pass en-route to the harbour mouth, is home to many fine vessels reflecting the maritime history of the town; see LT472 Excelsior, a 1921 Lowestoft Fishing Smack and YH89 Lydia Eva, the last steam-powered herring drifter as well as LT412 Mincarlo, the last of the Lowestoft Sidewinder Trawlers and the first of the Motor Torpedo Boats, MTB 102, which carried soldiers off the beaches of Dunkirk and, later, Churchill and Eisenhower on a tour of the D-Day Beaches as well as appearing in the film The Eagle Has Landed!
Coastal Tours and Seal Watching
Lea us also offer coastal tours and seal watching on the famed Scroby Sands, now home to a windfarm, which enjoys a large colony of both Grey and Common seals. Contact Colin for prices and bookings.