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Boat DetailsContact Details
NameMeerkat SkipperRyan Casey
Type11 Metre BW Seacat Phone Not Available
Power2 x 200hp Diesels Mobile07776 182782
LicenseMCA 60 miles WhatsApp Contact Me
Persons12 + crew SMS Text Me

About the Skipper

Ryan Casey

 Here is a little about my history and how I have come to be the skipper/ Owner of Meerkat.

I am a born and bread local lad, I started angling at three years old with my dad down on the piers in Weymouth catching a variety of small species, from these first initial adventures with a rod I very quickly became hooked.

My first trips boat angling were again with my dad on his boat Blue Dart which was based in Weymouth. We used to fish the many reef and bank marks in and round the Weymouth and Portland area.
This began my interest in boats and boating and throughout the years angling and boating developed from an initial hobby to a total passion.

I have been an active member of Weymouth Angling Society from a junior taking part in their monthly shore and boat competitions for many years which has allowed me to hone and develop my skills in all aspects of angling. 

I was very fortunate in July 2014 to be selected to represent England youth in the Shore Home Internationals held in Montrose, Scotland where we were honoured to win Team Gold.

Also in September 2014 I was again selected to represent England Youth this time from the boat and this time in the World Championships held in Weymouth. We were once again honoured to claim Bronze in this event behind a very strong Italian and French Teams.

2015 Saw me represent England again this time at the world shore angling championships in Holland where I was very proud to be a part of a team that bought home a silver medal.

I really hope that some of my experiences fishing at an international level can be of benefit to all who step foot on Meerkat.

I first got into the world of Charter boat angling in 2011 when I was given the opportunity by Lyle Stantiford, skipper of Supanova in Weymouth to lend a hand and pass on some of my knowledge to his customers at weekends and during school holidays. I very quickly realised that this was my dream job and hopefully one day would become a reality.

I continued with Lyle full time on leaving school in 2013, this was when I really began the learning process of how to be a successful skipper. All the time I was asking questions and noting things down, Marks, Tides, where to be and when etc and also at the same time clocking up my sea time and experience to qualify to sit my yachtmaster offshore practical exam.

In the early part of 2015 I successfully passed my Yachtmaster after 11 hours at sea and a rigorous continued assessment of my ability, seamanship and safety at sea.

Whether you are a seasoned angler looking for a 4/5 day channel islands trip, a specimen hunter looking for that new PB or somebody who has never held a rod before and just want a fun day out with friends and family then look no further. I am happy to pass on my knowledge and also learn from you, come and enjoy a day with the future of Weymouth's Charter fleet and feed off my enthusiasm for the job and sport.

Meerkat Trip Information

Hours:   4hr   6hr   8hr   9hr   10hr   12hr   Multiple Day Trips - Contact Ryan Casey for further info.

Tackle Available: Yes - Contact Ryan Casey

Bait Available: Yes - Contact Ryan Casey

Trip Types:   Reef   Sandbank

Meerkat Prices

Individuals: Bristol Channel £70pp Max 8 on boat please allow £15-20pp for worm baits

Whole Boat Inshore Fishing: £540 ideally Max 8 but can take 10

Boat Specification: Boat Specification: Fast, Spacious, comfortable and reliable 11m BW Seacat powered by 2x 200hp Nanni Turbo diesel's giving a loaded cruising speed of 15knts+ Facilities: Toilet for all to use, Microwave, Complimentary hot drinks, fish holds capable of keeping fish fresh on ice for up to a week, All the latest safety equipment and Navigational equipment to make finding those fish a breeze. I am more than happy to gut/fillet any fish you wish to keep for the table, it's all part of the service. During the warmer months I endeavour to keep ice on the boat daily to make sure your prized catch is in tip top condition to take home if you wish. (also good for keeping the odd beer cold!)

Further Info

The Meerkat is an exceptionally stable vessel both at anchor and on the drift,
At 11 metres x 4.5 metres she has plenty of room for all on-board,
Powered by twin 200hp turbo charged diesels she will cruise very comfortably at 15 knots and will achieve 23 knots at sprint speed.

Safe and Stable.
Safety and Stability is the key to a successful days sea fishing, if you feel safe, secure and comfortable you are far more likely to enjoy your days deeps sea fishing, if you are looking for a good day at sea catching some great sea fish then you have come to the right place!

As a fishing platform, she is excellent, she makes very little fuss in the water due to her very fine entry bows and because she makes little fuss she is also a very dry boat even at speed in choppy waters!

The secret to her stability is due to her being a displacement boat instead of an ordinary planning boat, this means she cuts through the waves instead of crashing over them.

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Meerkat charters heading to Portishead

Meerkat is a well known charter boat what has been based out of Weymouth for the past 13 years and with the skipper/ owner Ryan for the past 9 of them years.

This winter 2023/2024 we have decided to have a change of scenery and head to the Bristol Channel to fish for the Cod run and Rays from the 1st of December 2023 till the 26th of March 2024.

With the boat being 36ft long and 13ft Wide we offer a massive amount of deck space what will be able to fish 8 people extremely comfortably. Seats inside and out for everyone to have the option to sit down as we are travelling to the marks or waiting for those bites, Heated wheelhouse to keep ourselves warm on those cold winter days as well.
We will also be offering Hot dogs for lunch plus plenty of tea/ coffee through out the day.

If you haven’t got up tiding gear don’t worry cause we will have 8 full sets ready to go but also the Normal down tide gear works as well. Main bait will be Rag/Lug and squid.

We are hoping there will be free street parking available.

For availability please look on the calendar below or
For more information please contact myself (Ryan) on 07776182782 or

Looking forward to a change

As we can all tell Meerkat is coming to Portishead from Weymouth so this is a massive change of waters with new marks/ tides and style of fishing but we have got this covered. This winter we met up with a very good mate Mike with Teddie Boy charters to show us the general area and to get a few days fishing in ourself whilst giving me the chance to learn the tide and area, what turned into a brilliant few days.

But don’t be concerned about the change Ryan has been fishing since a kid learning many different styles and areas through his years in match fishing,big specimen hunting and of course boat fishing from many different marines so we are looking forward to taking on the Bristol Channel.

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First fish of the day coming to myself on a Lug, Rag and squid combo.

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2nd fish came to a good school mate Luke from snapper whilst up tiding.

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Leaving Portishead over high water to head to the fishing grounds.

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As darkness fell another good looking Cod Appeared.

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Last fish of the session came to Luke, whilst he was bouncing back a 12oz lead rigged with a running ledger.

Available Spaces on Meerkat

Available Boat Charters on Meerkat

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