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White Maiden II

2018 Prices for Charters and Individual

My license is for 12 (passengers) plus 2 (crew) up to 60 miles from Safe Haven in 'favourable weather' and less than 24 hours (MCA Cat 2).

White Maiden is licensed for 12 passengers plus 2 crew but for fishing I often limit numbers to suit the trip. I can take up to TWELVE persons. On most fishing charters I prefer to look after a maximum of EIGHT people but I will take TEN and prepare to work harder all day or get some extra help from a crewman.

Day Charter (8.5 Hrs) 380 up to a 8, or 450 for 10.  Or 55pp on individual trips with a maximum 8.

The following descriptions assist customers to understand my main passion, which is boat angling. White Maiden II can be used for many other types of days out on the sea, from sightseeing and race watching to stag and hen parties. Please call to discuss your ideas.
 
In 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 big Smoothounds.

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 7. Or 75pp on individual trips with a maximum 8.
 
Bassing
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 biggies.

As more Bass are returned to grow bigger and the angling techniques perfected this type of fishing is often the ultimate for many.
 

Wrecking Charter 660 up to 8 (10 Hours) or 720 for 10. OR 80pp on individual trips with a maximum 10.

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 - (5 Hours) 280 up to 8 persons or 350 for 10. Or 40pp on individual trips with a maximum 10.


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 are Boat Charters Only (5 hours) - 280 up to 8 persons.

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.

After drifting 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 anywhere.

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.