About Myself and White Maiden II
- Les Jones
A commercial Yachtmaster Offshore, working charter sport fishing
trips since January 2006 from Lymington, full time since
2013. White Maiden 2 is my third and probably last charter vessel as you cant get
any better that these boats.
In my first two years I owned and ran 'Due South'. I then
replaced her with ''White
Maiden' a BWSeaCat Classic 995. Since December 2016 I have owned and ran 'White Maiden II'
a cracking BWSeaCat SPEED 11.
don't have to travel huge distances to find the fish. There are plenty of options
within ten miles of the Needles Lighthouse but we can now head offshore, to
the South, East and West, sharking, wrecking and Bassing. We also have some very good
plan B's in Christchurch Bay and the Solent.
Since the age of
five I have lived just a mile from Lepe beach and still do. Lepe and the
mouth of Beaulieu River and the Western Solent is still a great area but my favourite
fishing is now the Needles area and St Catherines.
I fished from the shore and have owned a boat since I was 17.
I qualified as a
'Day Skipper' at 21.
Lymington is a
fantastic little harbour. My pick
up point is at
Lymington Bath Road Car Park
by the Harbour Master Pontoon. I moor up in front of the Ship Inn at Lymington
Lymington harbour gives us
many options, see
more general information about the Town, places to stay and surrounding
White Maiden II is
now my current vessel, since the second week of 2017, I have been running
charters on her.
She is a beauty and in my humble
opinion future proof. Time will tell. She is reasonably frugal on fuel for this size of
vessel, faster and has a much larger
carrying capacity (displacement) than I have had before. Plus I can now take up to twelve passengers
if I want to.
Two Hulls, Two Engines, Two fuel
tanks, nearly two of everything. This makes 'White Maiden II' a safe boat.
II is economical, allowing 'Value For Money' whole boat charters.
She's very comfortable and extremely quiet underway.
Top speed is
around 25knts with a cruising speed around 17knts.
Licensed for 12 passengers + 2 crew.
crews can fish two rods in comfort.
The 4.2m Beam,
11m LOA, provides a very spacious and comfortable
I am qualified with a
'Certificate of Education' through Totton College and Greenwich
University, patience is afforded!
Maiden, my previous boat, now operates as a race start boat called 'Cowes
is a 10m BWSeaCat Classic 995 Motor Cat with a
4.2m beam, built 'local' at Wicor Marine, near Fareham. She is fitted
with a pair of 70Hp Yamaha Outboards, giving an amazing 20 knots top speed and
cruising lovely at 17Knts through the water.
On the right is 'White Maiden' heading up
tide for another drift mid-channel, fishing for Cod mid-summer.
my distant past I was the Club Secretary of Southampton Telephones SAC from
the tender age of twenty. Soon after I became the Boat Commodore (the person that
organises charter boats every month). I did that for 7 years, organising
boats out from Keyhaven with Ray Pitt and others. During this time I was club champion a few times
and caught some great fish, mainly with Ray Pitt on Lady M.
I then started to fish with more competitive clubs like Hardley and District
SAC, Bridge Tavern SAC and as a boat owner I began to fish obsessively for Esso
Fawley SAC (now Ashlett SAC). I was club champion at least once which is no
mean feat and runner up a number of times. We fished for points and
literally a table full of big old silver trophies. No money, hence no cheating,
it was just for pride. I fished national
competitions a few times and some of the big local species competitions but never had a
large enough budget to compete on a level playing field with the best, so I
didn't pursue that.
Since skippering charter boats I am still amazed
just how relaxed some fishing clubs are. It's great to see!
Coaching has always been part of my home and working life. I gained a
Certificate of Education, graduating from Greenwich University in 2000. I
was a Technical Trainer. I coached Junior Rugby for twelve years and was the Fawley RFC Director of Rugby and Club
Coach Co-ordinator. The Solent and Christchurch
Bay often provides a convenient and sheltered fishing haven for experienced and
inexperienced sea anglers alike. Lymington is an ideal port.