White Maiden II
Licensed for up to 12 passengers and 2 crew, for up to 60 miles
from a Safe Haven in 'favourable weather' and less than 24 hours (MCA Cat
Inshore Day Charter from £400
the spring and summer we have plenty of time and light to test a few marks
inshore or if weather permits too further offshore.
In early spring among other plans we can target big Black
Bream as well as other species like Skate, Bass, Pollock and Hounds on the
banks, reefs and inshore wrecks giving a choice of mixed and varied fishing
within five miles of the Needles Lighthouse.
For experienced crews we can explore further.
Mid-summer we are spoilt for choice. Tope, Brill, Turbot and
Bass all chase the bait fish. We have seen more sharks and dolphins too over
the last year. The Solent, right on our doorstep, offers many different species
varying with the seasons, including Smoothounds and Stingrays. Early June is exceptional for
In the Autumn the Whiting begin to show around the same time as the Cod. The
Solent sees the first Cod while they descend on the local crab population.
During February and March we get our fishing fix with wreck
Congers and the odd Cod, plus Spurs and Blondes on the ten mile banks but we
do need a good forecast for that. Plaice are our target fish inshore during
these months too.
Bassing charter (7 Hours) £490 up to 8 persons
is more specialised as we target specifically
those hard fighting solid 'Bars of Silver' that can be caught on light gear.
We drift with live baits over rocky marks, through Hurst
race, around the Shingles and over inshore banks. Sometimes we use
artificial lures. I like fishing the Needles Bridge with floated live baits.
We can cast or troll lures along the
Shingles the cliffs and caves on the South side but live baits take the
As more Bass are returned to grow bigger and the angling
techniques perfected this type of fishing is often the ultimate for
Wrecking Charter from £720
We can drift a choice of forty plus mainly WW1 and WWII ship
wrecks, within twenty miles of the Needles Light. We catch Pollock, Cod and
Bass mainly. Some months also give up Coalfish, Ling and Black Bream. There
are pirking patches, rips, boiling pots and various banks to test between
the wrecks too.
Half Day Charters - from £300
In the Spring and Summer we normally look for mackerel first then anchor for
black bream, bass, rays and smoothounds etc.
In the Autumn and Winter we will go straight to anchor.
Rods and bait are available if required.
A half day suits beginners and experienced
anglers who feel four hours is enough for them.
In the summer we often
drift for Mackerel, Pollock or a Bass and then normally anchor for Bream,
Rays and Tope.
In the Autumn and Winter we will normally go straight to anchor and using
frozen baits target Cod, Rays, Whiting and Congers.
Evenings from £280
I like to get round the
Needles on the
longer evenings if we can. And of course only if the fishing has been better
there than the Solent and the Bay. We
drift the spectacular white cliffs from the Needles to Freshwater for Mackerel, Pollock and Bass in May, June, July and August.
These midweek evenings see less boat traffic and the fishing can
be very good and the sunsets incredible.
we normally anchor a small wreck or a bank until dusk. When anchored there
are Congers, Rays and Tope plus the obligatory dogs and Pout.
We have some great Solent marks often fished when the weather and tide
allow and also avoids many trips being cancelled. There is still
the odd forecast that won't be suitable for the Solent. In May and June we target rod bending Smoothounds.
Also Black Bream are targeted along with Bass and Skate.
In late July, August and early September on small tides we target Soles and
many other species. From
mid September as the nights draw in, through October and November, on the
neap tides and when the weed is manageable the Cod start to show first,
feeding on crab. There will be times when fishing the Solent is as good as
Between the Needles and the Solent we have Christchurch Bay
and this area can often can give us the odd remarkable specimen plus lots of
Black Bream in the summer.
We also find plenty of Bass, Pollock Smoothound, Plaice, Soles and Rays, to liven up
the shorter trips.