Genesis Marine Services

Specialist Marine Charters
Sea Fishing, Diving, Filming, Surveying & Corporate Charter

Rhyl Harbour, North Wales

Genesis Marine Services

Due to the Welsh Government imposed COVID-19 Social Distancing restrictions, we are presently limited to a maximum of 6 clients aboard Genesis. As a result our pricing structure has changed to reflect this - please see new 2020 Pricing panel below.
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    Sea Fishing, Diving, Filming, Surveying & Corporate Charter

    Genesis Marine Services operate 'Genesis', a fast, modern and spacious Evolution 30' vessel from Rhyl Harbour, North Wales. It is fully equipped with the latest electronics and is capable of carrying 10 passengers plus 2 crew. All types of marine charter work undertaken including multi-day operations.

    A powerful, well maintained vessel with a 420 hp Iveco engine that allows a cruise speed of 20 knots and a maximum speed of up to 28 knots.

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    Genesis Marine Services' keen angling skippers are fully trained, assessed and hold commercially endorsed qualifications issued by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). We will endeavour to make your charter a memorable experience.

    • Fully Qualified Skippers
    • MCA Category 2 Vessel
    • Full Safety Equipment
    • Latest Electronics
    • £3M Public Liability Insurance
    • Wheelchair friendly side opening door to the deck allows disabled access

    Our Services

    'Genesis' has a Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Category 2 Coding for 10 passengers plus 2 crew, allowing operations up to 60 miles from a safe haven.

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    2020 Pricing

    Please note the new pricing structure below. Rod hire does not include end tackle for COVID-19 hygiene reasons. End tackle including lead weights and bait may be purchased prior to boarding from the harbour fishing tackle shop.
  • Please also note that NO HOT DRINKS WILL BE SERVED.
  • 5 Hour Charter
    £240 Fishing or Single Dive
    • Full Boat Charter Price
    • 100% Deposit To Book
    • Max 6 Anglers or 6 Divers
    • No Hot drinks
    • Individual £40
    • Rod Hire £5
    8 Hour Charter
    £300 General Fishing
    • Full Boat Charter Price
    • 100% Deposit To Book
    • Max 6 Anglers
    • No Hot drinks
    • Individual £50
    • Rod Hire £5
    10 Hour Charter
    £360 Fishing or 2 Dives
    • Full Boat Charter Price
    • 100% Deposit To Book
    • Max 6 Anglers or 6 Divers
    • No Hot drinks
    • Individual £60
    • Rod Hire £5
    12 Hour Charter
    £600 Wreck Fishing
    • Full Boat Charter Price
    • 100% Deposit To Book
    • Max 6 Anglers
    • No Hot drinks
    • Individual £100
    • Rod Hire £5

    All Charter sailing times are tide dependent and are from our pontoon berth in Rhyl Harbour.

    Genesis Availability

    The availability of 'Genesis' is shown in the calendar below.

    To book a whole boat charter click on the available date required and complete the online booking process.

    To book Individual Angling places please see our Facebook or Twitter pages for availability or phone 07878 591628

    Information Section

    Click the Tabs below for Detailed Information


    Bookings are primarily made through our online booking system, accessed by clicking on an available date in the calendar above. The booking system shows availability and the length of charter that can be booked.

    All full boat charters require a £200 - £300 deposit. See pricing boxes above for the exact deposit required.

    Please note that should a single day charter be cancelled by the hirer within 14 days of the proposed date, then the deposit will be forfeited.

    Occasionally, individual spaces on angling charters become available. These will be advertised on our Mailing List, Facebook and Twitter pages.

    All Individual bookings require a £30 deposit which will be forfeited should the angler cancel within 14 days of the proposed date of the trip or fail to arrive at the vessel by the notified sailing time..

    Please click on Rates & Cancellation Policy tab above for further information.

    Angling Information

    Be on time! Rhyl Harbour is tidal and departures are strictly governed by the tide so adjust your schedule appropriately to arrive in plenty of time. Do not be the person holding up the boat's timely departure. Arriving early is usually fine but when you arrive, please ask for permission to board — the crew may still be preparing for the trip.


    For your own safety and that of your fellow anglers and skipper, it is not permitted to bring any alcohol or illegal drugs aboard the boat.


    Rods & Reels

    Due to the variety and different size of fish that we catch, rod size depends on the target species, for instance, if we are fishing for Black Bream, we would want to use a lighter 12lb class rod and if we were fishing for Bull Huss, Conger Eel or Rays we would want to use a rod in the 30lb class range. However, a 30lb class rod will cover most options. Reels need to match the rod being used i.e. small to medium multipliers loaded with good quality braid or monofilament line, the line breaking strain needs to match the target species so 20 - 50lb breaking strain line would be required.

    Hooks & Weights

    Hooks sizes also need to match the target species and these should be in the size range of size 1 - 8/0, size 1 being a small hook for Black Bream or similar, 1/0 - 4/0 for general bottom fishing and size 6/0 - 8/0 for Conger Eel and large Tope.

    Due to highly variable tidal range in the Liverpool Bay area, weight sizes can vary between 4 ounces and 1 lb, the weight shape recommended is Bopedo.


    Baits also depend on the target species but Squid, Mackerel, Ragworm, Lugworm, Peeler Crab, Hermit Crab, Sandeel and Prawn all work well. Peeler crab is a good for bait for smooth hound fishing. If you are getting your bait in Rhyl, do order it in advance. Rigs & Rods (07785 118135) or Harry's Tackle & Bait (01745 591794) normally hold a good selection of bait.


    A variety of traces can be used depending on the target species. Traces are made up from various lines breaking strains, which can vary from 10 - 150 lb breaking strain. Our general fishing rigs are: Running Ledger, Paternoster, Flowing Traces and Pennel Rigs.


    Fishing methods generally employed on rough ground and banks is anchored fishing and on occasion we may drift fish these areas with lures or baits. The running ledger rig is possibly the most popular for presenting a bait on the seabed, whereas the paternoster rig will present baits just off the seabed. The importance of this is that bait presentation is enhanced to the target species, a Ray for instance would need a bait fished hard on the seabed and a Pollack prefers a bait fished above the seabed.

    TOP TIP 1 

    When preparing Mackerel baits, cut them long and thin to imitate a sandeel and place the hook at the very end of the thinnest part of the bait (usually the tail end), pass the hook through the bait once only!

    Plaice Fishing

    Rods should be in the 6lb - 12lb class range paired with a small multiplier reel loaded with 20lb breaking strain, good quality braid or monofilament line, hook sizes are generally a 1/0 or 2/0 long shank good quality Aberdeen pattern made by the likes of Kamasan and Sakuma.

    Traces depend on where we are fishing, when fishing rough ground we tend to use a short trace no longer than 24 inches in length and when fishing the Constable Bank for Plaice the traces can be longer, Plaice are a very inquisitive species and feed by sight rather than by scent, we therefore use traces and rigs that are made up using visual attractors, these take the form of: coloured beads, sequins, blades and spoons,

    Weights should be in the 4 - 6 ounces range and of the watch, Bopedo and torpedo shape, I do not recommend the canon ball type weights for this type of fishing! The best baits to use can be combinations of the following: ragworm, black lugworm, razorfish, prawn, mackerel strips and squid strips. In my experience, the bigger the bait used, the bigger the Plaice caught!

    TOP TIP 2 

    Don't lock the reel when your bait reaches the seabed, instead stop the spool with your thumb, when you feel a bite from a fish just take your thumb off the spool (free spool) give the fish sufficient time to take all the bait and then lock the reel and lift into the fish.


    Wreck fishing is more expensive than our other trips and the reason for this is quite simple, we tend to travel much further afield in search of wrecks that have feeding fish and as a consequence we burn a lot more fuel, the cost of which has to be covered in our prices, it is not unusual for me to start the boats engine at the start of the day and only switch it off again 12 hours later! The majority of wreck fishing is carried out on the drift, where lures are used on a flying collar and subsequently many anglers tend to lose rigs in the wreckage. Beware Tackle losses can be quite high when drifting over the wrecks so ensure you have enough tackle.

    TOP TIP 3

    To maximise your fishing time on the wrecks, make sure you are well prepared by tying up plenty of spare rigs at home so that when you break off on a wreck you can quickly re-tackle and be up and fishing again in no time at all!

    Anchored Wreck Fishing

    For species such as Conger Eel and Ling we need to use heavier tackle than when we are drifting the wrecks,  We will present large mackerel or squid baits on heavy monofilament hook lengths, I do not recommend the use of wire traces.

    Rods & Reels

    For drift fishing we need 15 - 20 lb class rods teamed up with a multiplier that can hold sufficient line to cope with the deep water and have enough spare so that if we break off in the wreck, we can still fish on effectively, I would recommend 20 - 30 lb breaking strain braid line with a short length of monofilament line attached to the end. For anchored fishing we need 30 - 50 lb class rods teamed up with at least a size 4/0 multiplier loaded with 30 - 50 lb breaking strain braid line with a short length of monofilament line attached to the end.

    Hooks & Traces

    For our drift fishing we will generally use a hook size of around a 4/0 with a monofilament trace with a breaking strain of 20 - 30 lbs, the length of the trace can vary between 4 feet and 10 feet dependant on the tidal run and target species. For our anchored fishing we would use heavier hooks and traces, generally hooks will be in the 6/0 to 10/0 range and our traces will be in the 100 - 250 lb breaking strain range and be of 5 - 6 feet in length.


    For drifting with lures, 8 - 12 ounces should be sufficient depending on wind and tidal conditions. For anchored fishing be prepared to use weights up to 1 lb depending on the strength of the tide.


    There is a bewildering array of lures available in your local tackle shop all of which have a place in your tackle box, some of the more successful and popular ones include: Sidewinders, Red Gills, Jelly Worms and Shads.


    Six inch French wire booms or tube booms with swivels on to attach your traces and lure. Running Ledger for Ling and Conger fishing.


    The main species that we target when wreck fishing are: Pollack, Cod, Bass, Ling and Conger Eel.


    Please help your skipper and keep your fishing area clean throughout your day. Deckhose, detergents and brushes are provided for your use. Thank you.


    You can park in Rhyl Harbour car park but spaces are limited, especially at weekends.

    If you need any further help or advice, please do not hesitate in contacting us.


    Bait IS NOT supplied but is available from Rods & Rigs Tackle Shop at Rhyl Harbour (07785 118135) or Harry's Tackle & Bait in Rhyl (01745 591794) but please DON'T FORGET TO ORDER EARLY.


    • Beverages and food - Sea air makes you very hungry.

    • Sunglasses and a hat.

    • Sun-block… be aware that the sea reflects the sun’s rays.

    • Scissors to cut line, this is much safer than using a knife, you can also use scissors to trim bait.

    • Suitable footwear. If your feet get wet, they will be uncomfortable all day.

    • Warm clothing & waterproofs. Waterproofs can be a god send when it is raining, pop some into a bag just in case.

    • A bag or box to take your catch home. Be careful during hot summer weather as fish left in a black bin liner will go off remarkably quickly!

    Diving Information

    Be on time! Rhyl Harbour is tidal and departures are strictly governed by the tide so adjust your schedule appropriately to arrive in plenty of time. Do not be the person holding up the boat's timely departure. Arriving early is usually fine but when you arrive, please ask for permission to board — the crew may still be preparing for the trip.


    For your own safety and that of your fellow divers and skipper, it is not permitted to bring any alcohol or illegal drugs aboard the boat.

    1. Pack warm clothes. A large, floppy hat keeps the sun off not only your face but also your ears and the back of your neck. If you prefer a baseball cap, be prepared to apply plenty of sunscreen on your ears and neck, and to do it often. Protection against wind, not to mention spray, is critical to staying warm on the way out to the dive site as well as on the way home, so pack at least a windbreaker.

    2. Invest in decent sunglasses and take care of them once on-board — keep them away from weights, bench seats and places where they could be blown or knocked overboard.

    3. Pack a towel. Take a second small towel for wiping your face, your drysuit, your camera and your first stage between dives. You'll use your larger towel for drying yourself after your dives.

    4. Don't forget a dry bag. This means a real dry bag, not a lined pocket in your gear bag or a waterproof bag with a conventional zipper — the zipper will leak. This is a personal-effects bag, separate from your scuba gear bag. Put everything inside it that you want to keep dry: your shore clothes, wallet and a big towel, for example.

    5. Bring drinks and snacks. Hot drinks are provided on board; but pack at least one water bottle, preferably a reusable one.

    6. Seasick? It can happen to anyone, but if you're prone, remember to take anti-nausea medications at least 30 minutes before the boat departs. Train your eyes on the horizon and stay away from the diesel-engine fumes. If you do get sick, get downwind and lean overboard. Your fellow passengers will appreciate it!


    1. Be on time. Rhyl Harbour is tidal and departures are strictly governed by the tide so adjust your schedule appropriately to arrive in plenty of time. Arriving early is usually fine (but when you arrive, ask for permission to board — the crew may still be preparing for the trip). Don't be the person holding up the boat's timely departure.

    2. Set up your dive kit once you've been shown on board. Every skipper has different rules — we prefer that you set up immediately rather than waiting until the vessel is underway when boat motion may cause issues. Either way, once you've set up your kit, check your buddy’s and vice versa.

    3. Locate safety equipment. You will get a safety briefing, but it's always a good idea to make a mental note of where the life jackets, VHF radio (how to turn the radio on), handheld VHF, flares, lights and where the first-aid kit & O2 are stowed.

    4. Before entering the water, remember the diver recall signal in the event of a serious emergency - Genesis’s skipper will rev the boat engine continually.

    5. Water buckets on the deck are usually marked to indicate what they're for — mask rinsing, camera rinsing, etc. Ask the crew if you are unsure.

    6. Stay organized. Don't spread your dive kit out and don’t be a boat slob! Keep your kit neatly organized at your boat position or tucked away in your bag. After you fit your regulators/tank to the BCD, fold in the straps and move in the hoses so that your assembly takes up as little room as possible. Not only is this a courtesy to your neighbour, it will prevent your gear from being damaged. Secure tanks so they do not fall on anyone's feet or on gear. Remember: Dive kit, drysuit underwear, log books, etc., do not belong on the deck. Ask the crew to put them in the cabin - a dry area where you can store small items you don't want to put them away, like sunglasses.

    7. Pay attention to the DO’s/DS’s dive briefing. You'll not only get valuable information about the dive site and conditions, you'll learn how the skipper prefers you to enter and exit the water; remembering to remove only your fins at the ladder before boarding; where the anchor or mooring is located, etc.

    8. Don’t crowd the ladder! As with getting off the boat, take your time and wait your turn at the ladder to get back on board. That means waiting until the person in front of you is on the deck before swimming to the ladder — if you start to climb up before the diver above you is clear, and he or she happens to fall backward, you could end up with a nasty head injury.


    1. Help out if needed. Before getting off the boat, ask the skipper if you can do anything before taking off. Make sure you take your rubbish with you and take a last look around for any items of gear or clothing you may have overlooked when packing up.

    2. Don't forget to settle your bill before leaving.

    3. Courtesy goes a long way on a boat. Follow the tips above and you'll discover that a day on the water is better than any day on land.

    What You Can Expect to Catch by Month

    Our climate and sea temperature varies slightly year by year and in turn the fish movements respond accordingly. The list below is loosely based on previous years’ catches but always expect the unexpected!


    Most catches will be made up of Dab, Whiting, Dogfish with the odd Thornback Ray and Plaice. Towards the end of the month expect to see the first Bass, Bull Huss, Gurnard, Herring, Mackerel and Smooth Hound.


    Fishing normally picks up in May with Dabs, Whiting, Dogfish, Thornback Ray plus the odd Bass, Bull Huss, Herring and Plaice. Greater numbers of Gurnard, Smooth Hound and Mackerel appear towards the end of the month with an early Tope a possibility.


    June sees larger numbers of Mackerel appear accompanied by the early season Tope. There should be decent catches of Bass, Bull Huss, Dabs, Dogfish, Herring, Whiting and Smooth Hound. Black Bream and larger numbers of Tope towards the end of the month. On our Wreck Fishing trips you can expect to see catches made up from Cod, Conger, Ling and Pollack.


    All the summer species start to appear so you can expect to see Bass, Black Bream, Bull Huss, Dab, Dogfish, Garfish, Gurnards, Herring, Mackerel, Plaice, Rays, Shad, Smooth Hound, Spurdog, Tope, Weever, Whiting and Wrasse. Wreck fishing will see the odd Bass with Cod, Conger, Ling and Pollack.


    Summer species now in residence. Expect to see catches made up from: Bass, Black Bream, Bull Huss, Dab, Dogfish, Garfish, Gurnards, Herring, Mackerel, Mullet, Plaice, Rays, Shad, Smooth Hound, Spurdog, Tope, Weever, Whiting and Wrasse. Wreck fishing will see the odd Bass with larger Cod, Conger, Ling and Pollack.


    Still expect to see Black Bream, Bull Huss, Dab, Dogfish, Gurnards, Herring, Mullet, Plaice, Rays, Smooth Hound, Spurdog, Weever, Whiting and Wrasse. Tope along with the Mackerel start to move out towards the end of this month. Wreck fishing will see larger Cod, Conger, Ling and large numbers of Pollack.


    Our summer species start to disappear but normally plenty of Dabs, Dogfish, Rays, Whiting and the odd Bull Huss. Codling also a possibility towards the end of the month. Wreck fishing starts to see less Ling & Pollack but larger Cod and Conger are a possibility.

    Genesis Marine Services – 2020 Rates & Cancellation Policy

    5 Hour Angling Charter / Single Dive Charter - £240

    8 Hour Angling Charter / Single Dive Charter - £300

    10 Hour Angling Charter - £460

    12 Hour Wreck Fishing Charter - £600

    Rod hire is £5 per rod on all trips. Terminal tackle for wrecking trips is sold at cost.

    Multi Day Projects & Extended Projects are subject to discussion before quotation.

    At Genesis Marine Services we aim to keep our pricing as straightforward as possible. We will quote you a fixed price for the complete project. Special packages are also available for multiple day projects and long-term contracts. Please contact us for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your project ideas further.

    Positioning Charges & Travel Expenses

    If the vessel is required to be moored/berthed away from Rhyl, any mooring/berthing charges are to be met by the client in addition to any travel expenses incurred by the crew. Travel expenses will be charged at 50p per mile beyond 10 miles from our office at LL18 6BX.

    Overnight accommodation (if required) charges will be agreed with the client beforehand. Exceptional expenses may be payable by agreement, in advance.

    Multi Day Contract Payment Terms

    Strictly 30 Days with 30% deposit to be PAID IN ADVANCE to secure the project booking. We are happy to provide quotations in writing once we have received a full brief from the client and have been able to discuss the full requirements and expectations of the project.

    An invoice will be raised for our services immediately after the project has been completed and is to be paid within 30 days of the dated invoice.  All payments are to be made by UK bank transfer. A late payment fee of 5% applies to all transactions unless by prior agreement.


    Due to the nature of the UK weather and the schedule of our charters we aim to provide a flexible approach when working with client projects. We look to provide the client with the safest options in the most favourable conditions. This may involve projects taking place outside of normal office hours to take advantage of the prevailing weather conditions. However, this will always be done with the client’s approval.

    Terms and Conditions

    We have tried to keep our Terms and Conditions of Booking as simple as possible, we realise nobody likes the small print!


    “GMS” means the Company – Genesis Marine Services.

    “Customer” means the person, company or organisation booking a trip.

    “Fee” means the cost of the trip as published on the GMS website or otherwise agreed in writing.

    1. BOOKING

    1.1 A booking will be provisional until GMS receives the following:

    a. Deposit or Payment as defined in Section 2 below. b. Customer name, address, telephone number, email address and date of trip, which the customer provides in the online booking system.

    1.2 Upon receipt of the above GMS will confirm the booking by email.

    1.3 These Terms and Conditions of Booking apply to all bookings confirmed to a customer by GMS and by entering into a confirmed booking the customer agrees to be bound by them (unless otherwise agreed in writing).


    2.1 A deposit of £200 - £300 is required for booking the whole boat. The remainder of the charter cost is payable on the day.

    2.2 On the day we can only accept cash as payment for the remainder of the cost, no cheques or credit cards.

    2.3 For Individual Bookings £30 deposit is payable at the time of booking and the balance payable in cash on the day.


    3.1 More than 2 weeks before the booked date then the Deposit or Payment is refunded.

    3.2 Less than 2 weeks before the booked date then the Deposit or Payment is forfeited.

    3.3 If the Customer requests an early return to harbour then the full Fee is payable.

    3.4 The Customer may change the date of their trip with a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice.


    4.1 Due to bad weather either the previous day or on the morning of the trip, the Customer has the option of the Deposit or Payment being refunded or moved to another available date.

    4.2 Due to illness, mechanical breakdown or other unforeseen circumstances, the Customer has the option of the Deposit or Payment being refunded or moved to another available date.

    4.3 GMS cannot be held liable for any consequential loss incurred by the Customer if GMS has to cancel the trip.

    4.4 GMS will await written instruction from the Customer to reschedule or refund the Deposit or Payment if the trip cancelled by GMS.

    4.5 Please allow up to 28 days for the refund of your Deposit or Payment to be processed, especially during busy times when the boat is mostly at sea.

    4.6 GMS can refund the Deposit or Payment without incurring Fees up to 6 months from the transaction date. If a refund is requested by the Customer beyond 6 months of the transaction date a Fee of 5% (five percent) will be deducted by GMS and our payment processor (PayPal) may also deduct a Fee to the customer which is outside of GMS’s control.


    5.1 The Customer MUST telephone GMS the evening before the trip between 5.00 to 7.00pm to check the weather is suitable for the trip to go ahead and finalise details. Telephone 07878 591628.

    5.2 Failure to telephone will be taken as acceptance by the Customer of any decisions made by GMS for the following day.

    5.3 GMS’s decision is final with regard to the weather but we try to get out if possible with due regard to safety and common sense.

    5.4 GMS reserves the right to alter the planned trip with regards to weather and fishing conditions, for example a wreck fishing trip may have to become an inshore trip in the event of strong onshore winds or algae bloom. The Skippers decision is final in these matters.


    6.1 Due to changes in insurance company requirements only a small quantity of low strength alcohol will be allowed on board and always at the discretion of the Skipper.

    6.2 The use of illegal Drugs is strictly prohibited. Drug abuse or excessive alcohol consumption will cause an immediate return to port and GMS may alert the relevant authorities if deemed necessary.

    6.3 Any injury or loss sustained on board must immediately be reported to the Skipper.

    6.4 Children under 14 years old are only taken by prior agreement by GMS in writing.

    6.5 GMS’s Vessel, “Genesis” is licensed for a maximum of ten passengers and two crew.

    6.6 Any medical conditions that might affect a customer during the trip MUST be reported to the Skipper before departure.


    7.1 Anything you catch you can keep if above the legal minimum landing size and not subject to a landing ban. In the interests of conservation, GMS practise the return of all Conger Eels and most Rays.

    7.2 It is illegal to sell any fish caught on board.

    7.3 GMS’s Vessel and Skipper are licensed to operate as required by the MCA – Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

    7.4 GMS maintains £3 million Public Liability Insurance.

    7.5 These Terms and Conditions of Booking and all other express and implied terms of the contract shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England and the parties agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    7.6 Nothing in these Terms and Conditions of Booking shall affect the rights of Consumers.

    7.7 All clauses and sub-clauses of this Agreement are severable and if any clause or identifiable part thereof is held to be unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction then such enforceability shall not affect the enforceability of the remaining provisions or identifiable parts thereof in these Terms and Conditions of Booking.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I drive the boat?

    Unfortunately, no because our Insurance policy would become invalid.

    Can I keep the fish I catch?

    Yes apart from Bass which at present, are limited to one fish per angler. You are also responsible for gutting & cleaning the fish too!

    Can I hire fishing tackle?

    Yes. Rod & reel hire is £5. Due to tackle losses often incurred when wreck fishing, end tackle is supplied at cost on these charters.

    Do you supply bait?

    No however, bait is available at Rhyl Harbour from Rigs & Rods (07785 118135). Pre-booking is advised.

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