White Maiden II - 2021
COVID19 - Small party, BIG
Inshore, 8 hrs £340, max 4, 2m
Inshore, 8 hrs £375, max 5, masks stern.
Inshore, 8 hrs £420, max 6, masks.
Bassing, 9 hrs £475, max 6.
Sharking, 9 hrs £600, max 4.
Wrecking, 10 hrs £660, max 6.
Inshore 8 Hrs
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 9 hrs
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 10 hrs
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.