Lead Us Charters, based in Oulton Broad, fishes year-round from the historic herring port of Lowestoft in Suffolk with a 20 Mile Code 3 Code of Practice.
Lead Us is a 32ft clinker built Yorkshire Coble skippered by RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and pilot boat coxwain Colin De Block. The Norfolk and Suffolk coasts provide 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 and who knows?
It's not just about the fishing though! There's wildlife in abundance with passing harbour porpoises, inquisitive seals, dancing starlings all regularly seen and 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!
With help, advice and tuition available to novice or more experienced anglers and catering for parties of up to 10 people on a full boat or individual full or half day session, Colin can be contacted on 07803 270798.
Colin De Block, qualified as RYA Yachtmaster Offshore with commercial endorsement allowing him to skipper vessels up to 200 tons, is no stranger to the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline. Having fished commercially and for pleasure for over forty years the last eight years have seen him establish himself as a respected fishing charter boat skipper, passing on his knowledge and experience to thousands of customers over hundreds of trips to sea out of the historic fishing port of Lowestoft.
Colin’s career on the sea is long and varied! Starting in the 1980’s with longshore fishing including lining and trawling out of Southwold and Great Yarmouth, up to forty miles out to sea from the Greater Gabbard in the south to Smiths Knoll in the north he is familiar with seasonal fish movements and the preferred shoaling grounds of the East Anglian coast, grounds which are more familiar still from his work on survey vessels in the area and as far south as the Thames estuary and, as a Coxswain on pilot boats, it’s fair to say he knows what is down there!
Lead us is a 32ft 1980’s clinker-built Yorkshire Coble first registered in Scarborough and is driven by a Ford 4D 80hp fully marinised diesel engine. Moored on Sealake Road, Oulton Broad, with free parking nearby the open sea is accessed through the harbour mouth at Lowestoft via a trip through Lake Lothing, home to many historic vessels including the 1921 Lowestoft Fishing Smack LT472 Excelsior, the last steam-powered herring drifter YH89 Lydia Eva, the last of the Lowestoft Sidewinder Trawlers LT412 Mincarlo, and the first of the Motor Torpedo Boats, MTB 102, a Dunkirk veteran which later took Churchill and Eisenhower to the D-Day Beaches.
Extensively used for operations with the oil and gas industry until recent times, Lowestoft is now revitalised as an important hub for windfarm operations. In wartime it was used as a naval base operating auxiliary vessels and is the spiritual home for the Royal Naval Patrol Service which operated armed trawlers in the defence against German submarines as well mine sweepers and other coastal defence duties and was the home port of local hero Skipper Crisp who won the Victoria Cross for valour.