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“16 of us on two boats - fantastic!”

Harry May Boat Trips
Ranked #2 of 7 Tours in Lyme Regis
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One hour mackerel fishing trips leave Lyme Regis harbour all day long.Adults £10 Children £8.Come and catch your supper whilst cruising along the Jurassic Coast.Also available are three hour deep sea fishing trips from 830 to 1130am,£25 ahead including rod and bait.
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Like the "hossil funting", the mackerel fishing was something we'd been looking forward to for a long time in advance of our camping holiday in Charmouth. Because we were a large bunch (9 adults, 5 six year olds, 1 four and 1 three), we'd called Harry to arrange things well in advance, and then only had to hope and check that the weather was okay on the day.

Not long after seeing the Marie F and Sunbeam (complete with Jolly Roger) come into the harbour, a nice quick turnaround saw us on board and on our way out. Very excited, we soon had a line each and, with just the right amount of supervision we were carefully feeling for the tell tale tug tug tug tug that means you've got a bite. Everyone hauled in a few beautiful mackerel, and we lost a few at the last moment too, as you need to smoothly haul in and land your fish. Not difficult, though, and all the kids (us big kids included!) had a very genuine and exhilarating sea fishing experience, all the while enjoying taking in the boat, the sun, the good company and the general fun and excitement.

As you can see from the photos, Harry has a following of birds, of course. So it would have been rude not to get some great photos of Harry and one of the braver crew members among us giving them a mackerel taster, straight out of the hand, or even a mackerel head off of the end of one of Harry's fingers (of which there were still 10 when we left him)!

Harry kindly made sure we had sufficient catch for a good lunch before calling ahead to the Beach House Cafe to see whether they were okay to cook up our haul for lunch. Delicious!

The boats are great, mackerel are delicious, and so thanks, Harry & Matt - you are the gentlemen, guides and good fun we hoped you would be.Great stuff!

1  Thank Karen M
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MarieF76, Owner at Harry May Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2012

Hello Karen
Thank you very much for that superb revue, i like to feel everyone enjoys the boat trips we do but you and your party REALLY went for it and its a real pleasure to get that measure of feed back for our customers .
The fact that you went for the full caboodle and went straight round to the Beach House cafe and all sat down and had your mackerel cooked for you then and there says it all, you were determined to get maximum pleasure out of the experience.......... and you did!
Thats the way to do it Karen and Matt and I are delighted you had such a good time.
Very best wishes
Harry

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

We spent a really great hour with Harry, an experienced and friendly skipper, and came back with 11 mackerel, which were delicious! We were lucky enough to have the boat to ourselves and Harry is a great teacher. He also seems to have the knack of finding the shoals of mackerel so you will probably not come away disappointed. Harry even has a pet seagull who rides on the boat and eats the scraps! Great fun. You will love it.

Thank ScaryCanary
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Had a fabulous hour out fishing with Harry today ... lovely day, great fishing and good company! Thanks Harry - we'll definitely be back soon!
PS - just had mackerel for supper - gorgeous!!

Thank KateinLyme
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MarieF76, Owner at Harry May Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2012

Thank you very much for that revue Kate, a pleasure to meet you and Andrew and I know we'll meet again soon.
Very best wishes
Harry

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Four of us went fishing with Douglas & had an awesome time. He was funny, knowledgable & sympathetic to the fact that one of us (me!) was scared of water. He even gutted & filleted mackerel on request so I could have some raw. Would definitely go again.

Thank Leonmpj
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Great time mackerel fishing with Haryy, knowledgeable fun and we caught plenty of fish too, it was my first time and would have no hesitation in recommending Harry to anyone else .

Thank Peter P
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