we are surrounded by amazing scenery and beautiful backdrops. Whether your looking for a great days fishing or fancy an unforgettable days sight seeing, we are here to help you on your way.
TFC Boats is a family run business with Doug and the helm and wife Donna offering support where needed, mainly in the form of cups of tea! We offer 4 boats with cabins or cuddies which are suitable and totally safe for the sheltered waters of Loch Etive. All boats are equipped with maps, fuel, safety equipment and outboard engines.
Boats are available from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm from March until October, and from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm November to February. Booking is essential. Half days bookings can also be arranged. When available, bait and rod hire can be arranged at a small extra charge. This must be arranged in advance.
Loch Etive boasts a wide selection of species thanks to its unique Eco system, At approximately 20 miles long, it is one of Scotland's largest sea lochs. Because of this and the nature of the surrounding geography, the fresh water catchment of Etive is huge. Millions of gallons of water enter the loch, especially over the winter months. The effect this has on the sea fishing is worthy of a wildlife documentary in its own right. As the density of freshwater is less than saltwater, a freshwater layer floats on top of the seawater. The loch reaches depths of over 400 feet in places, hope you've got plenty of line!
Research has shown that there are over 40 species in loch Etive with the most commonly caught ones being; spurdog, thornbacks, dogfish, pollack, pouting, whiting, cod and hake. As the freshwater intake reduces over the summer months, more warmer weather species enter Etive, including mackerel. It is believed that many of the species are residents all year round and some of the species also differ in visual appearance. The resident spurdogs are said to be darker on the back and not entirely white on the underside. With such a fabulous mixture, it is no wonder Loch Etive is so popular. With this in mind we ask that you fish responsibly and, where possible, return your catch.
Bait and tackle
Many anglers have their own theories on the best bait to use, some keeping it a close gaurded secret, but our fail safe suggestion is mackerel and squid. Unless you are targeting a specific fish, you can't go wrong with these, especially if you use them with Hokkai lures. As a general rule of thumb an 8oz weight, or as near as, is your best bet. This is the perfect weight to get the tackle down quickly and to stop the line bowing. When available we can supply frozen mackerel and squid for a small extra charge. Please arrange this in advance.
Please do not hesitate to Contact Us should you have any questions or queries.