ONYER MARKS SEA FISHING CHARTERS has been operating around South West Scotland for over 36 years. The boats we use are identical, purpose-built, Smartliner 21’s with 115 HP engines on the back. They cruise at 24 knots and have a top speed of over 30 knots. The boats are licensed for 4 anglers.

We fish two different regions; the early spring sees us fishing from Crinan in the Sound of Jura for the giant common skate and Luce Bay/Irish Sea for the summer species.


The 6 week skate trips are immensely popular and due to brilliant work by anglers helping to impose a Marine Protected Area in the region we have seen numbers rising year by year. Last Spring, (2023) we averaged over 9 skate per boat per day. The majority of these fish are 180lb females with many going over 200lb.

During the summer months we specialise in fishing for bass, small shark species like tope, bull huss, rays, smoothound and spurdog and light tackle pollack fishing on the inshore reefs.

Species hunts are also popular and often produce 20 species in a day. The evening trips are very popular for both anglers and nature watchers alike. There are an abundant number of different sea birds, including puffins; seals are plentiful and porpoise and bottle nose dolphins are often seen.

Many of the evening trips include time at the nature watching and a short introductory spell to sea angling for mackerel and pollack. The trips are catered for your individual preference.

Our summer fishing trips normally starts with filling up the bait box with mackerel for the shark species and/or launce for the pollack. We will catch tope every week of the season from May to October. At certain times of the season 30 Tope can be expected per day. We had a two-day bonanza last August with over a 140 between the boats. The boats have caught many tope over the years that would have challenged the British record.

A growing market for us is “pollack on the Fly” which has produced many fish around the magical double figures. See Salt Water Fly Fishing. We pride ourselves on working hard to put anglers over fish and unlike larger charter boats we offer a very personal experience. Novices can learn from our experience.

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Inside the site you will find information about the Species we catch, the Tackle and techniques required, as well as information on local accommodation, how to find us etc. We look forward to fishing with you!

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