Joy of Ladram fishes with gill nets for hake and trammel net gear for monk and other species. As well as the conventional species, Skipper Jim Mitchell has a strong interest in alternative fisheries and keeps his eyes open for other opportunities and new fishing grounds. Joy of Ladram works with a crew of seven, so that one of the crew can be ashore at a time, and mate Rob Goddard is preparing to be able to sail as relief skipper. The two of them go back a long way, to when they worked a 10 foot punt together, and have worked side by side on a number of boats over the years.

 The 20.40 metre Joy of Ladram was built in France in 1988 as a netter, and was used to fish shark, tuna and sole from Île d’Yeu, including having worked trolling lines for albacore tuna. It was bought by Waterdance and taken to the Macduff yard in Scotland to be refitted for netting on this side of the Channel. A few years later, Joy of Ladram went to Brixham for a more extensive refit, with an extended new stern section fitted containing net pounds and stacking equipment to improve its fishing gear capacity and to make handling more efficient. The net hauler mounted on the port side, instead of to starboard as is traditional in England, is a reminder of the boat’s French heritage.


Method: Netter
Registered Port: Exeter
Home Port: Newlyn
Port Letters: E22
Overall Length: 20.4
Breadth: 6.7
Year Of Build: 1988
Country Of Build: France
Date of Service: 14/06/2013
Skipper: Jim Mitchell
Crew Size: 6
Area Fished:    Area 7 / SW Approaches
Fish Caught: Hake, Monkfish, Turbot, Cod, Haddock, Pollock, other mixed fish


Skipper: Jim Mitchell

‘Hake is our bread and butter, we fish hake most of the time and it’s about picking the right spot and the right time, as well as the time of the year.’

Joy of Ladram still has the original main engine installed when the boat was new, but this has been supplemented more recently with new gensets to power the boat’s hydraulic and electrical systems.

‘Hake is our bread and butter,’ Jim Mitchell said. ‘We fish hake most of the time and it’s about picking the right spot and the right time, as well as the time of the year.’

He said that while hake provides year-round fishing, there are other fisheries other times of the year, such as pollock, and August is the time to look for monkfish.