Charter Boat: Ocean explorer

Boat and Skipper Details

Licensed For: up to 12 passengers
Code Of Practice: 60 mile
Hours: 4hr / 8hr / 9hr / 10hr / 11hr / 12hr Trips
Type of Fishing: Wreck and Reef
Tackle Available: Yes - Contact Skipper
Bait Available: Yes - Contact Skipper
Boat Specification: procharter p4 (wide ) 12m in length and with an empressive beam of 4.36 m Ocean explorer has been tested having been sailed from Kirkwall ( Shetland islands ) with ease also it has a seating area for everyone on board in the cabin no more getting wet through .
Facilities: toilet ,hot drinks and enough room in the heated cabin in case the weather gets inclement .
Additional Description:

Ocean explorer
is the forth in a series of charter boats to be owned and run by Lee the previous boats being the
,Esk star,Maggie May,wandering star and ocean explorer. The pro charter p4 (wide) is 40ft (12) meters length and has a massive beam of 4.36 m The boat is located at Hartlepool marina. The ocean explorer is equipped with all modern electronics and safety equipment required for COP 4. All fishing equipment, rods, reels and tackle also has room for 12 inside the heated cabin with a table to have a snack on .
These trips are for those who do not, or cannot get out for the full day sessions. Good to get out and relax at the end of a working day. The evening trips are ideal for those who are new to the sport, and even better for those who want to take younger members of the family out to get them interested in this outdoor activity, (beats any computer game!). Lotus of Mackerel about, get yourself out for some macky bashing. Ring for details and prices.
Note about booking parties.
In the past some people have booked for a party of 12, and only eight or less have turned up. To that end, if a party has been booked on board and some do not show and not enough notice has been given to fill the vacancy ,the party will still pay the original party size price.

If your after a trip out at short notice, it's better to phone or text me instead of sending an e-mail. I can then get back to you faster.

If you have booked a trip out, ring the day before to confirm numbers and to get an updated weather report.

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Ocean explorer Skipper Lee Deboer's Photo
About the Skipper:

Lee has been working on charter boats for 15 years and counting, his love for sea fishing started at an early age when he was out on boats with his dad John (The Mentor) Hutchinson.
" As a skipper who also still loves to fish, i strive to get on, and keep on the fish. I have built up a base of good local knowledge over the years, happy to give advice and help on all fishing matters."

We are now taking bookings for 2018 book early to avoid disappointment

Rod Hire available ,......also end terminal tackle is available for sale on the boat for those who don`t have any ........ please ask the skipper for more details
We can now supply frozen bait to save you shopping around we can get unwashed squid,blueys,crab cart and mackerel

This Charter has been listed as Suitable for Diving Trips. Contact the Skipper for full details.
This Charter has been listed as Wheelchair Accessible. Contact the Skipper for full details.

June 2018

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N.B. Not all Skippers keep this dairy up-to-date. Always check with skippers before making any plans. Last calendar update: 23-Jun-2018

Fri 1st Jun Evening trip 9 places left Sat 2nd Jun
Sun 3rd Jun Mon 4th Jun 3 places left Tue 5th Jun Wed 6th Jun Thu 7th Jun 7 places left Fri 8th Jun Sat 9th Jun
Sun 10th Jun 9 places left Mon 11th Jun Tue 12th Jun Wed 13th Jun 11 places left Thu 14th Jun Fri 15th Jun 8 places left Sat 16th Jun
Sun 17th Jun Mon 18th Jun Tue 19th Jun Wed 20th Jun Thu 21st Jun Fri 22nd Jun Sat 23rd Jun
Sun 24th Jun Mon 25th Jun Tue 26th Jun Wed 27th Jun Thu 28th Jun Fri 29th Jun 8 places left Sat 30th Jun

Last Minute Bookings



5-star 43
4-star 0
3-star 0
2-star 0
1-star 1
  • 5-star marc vanbaston (29/09/2017)

    Spot on comment from John and really cant add any more, but to say if any body is nervous about getting in contact or how to learn what its all about, then go no further than lee.

  • 5-star Jon Barber (29/09/2017)

    What a great day out on Ocean Explorer. Lee's sole aim was to make sure we caught, and boy did we catch!seriously we all had at least 20+ codling, and I had as many whiting! Lee was great with me as a novice and helped no end, this was my first time proper boat fishing and I will Defoe be up for more! Lee's local knowledge, and contacts, made the day a real pleasure and he was always trying to get us on the fish. The others in the group were a real blast and we all had great fun. Cannot recommend this guy and his boat highly enough. Only issue I had was obviously catching the largest cod Lee went to help landing it and " accidently" knocked it off!i had a fab day and thoroughly enjoyed my self, thanks to Lee and the group I was with! Fish and chip supper tonight!

    Skippers Reponse: Cheers Jon was a pleasure to have u aboard

  • 5-star Wojciech Gasior (09/07/2017)

    Polecam .Mila obsluga ,pomocna.Zadnych problemow z rezerwacja.Wystarczajaco duzo miejsca dla 12 osob.Bardzo dobra znajomosc wod (bardzo dobre polowy).Toaleta i miejsce do siedzenia w kabinie .Excellent service. Thank you

    Skippers Reponse: No problem was a good day hope to see u again aboard the ocean explorer

  • 5-star Wojciech Gasior (09/07/2017)

    Polecam .Mila obsluga ,pomocna.Zadnych problemow z rezerwacja.Wystarczajaco duzo miejsca dla 12 osob.Bardzo dobra znajomosc wod (bardzo dobre polowy).Toaleta i miejsce do siedzenia w kabinie .Excellent service. Thank you

  • 5-star Christopher Pearson (03/07/2017)

    first time aboard this boat on monday 3rd july what a fantastic boat and skipper , everybody caught fish nothing fantastically big but everybody enjoyed the crack really made my day . will definitely be using this boat and skipper every time I fish from hartlepool as long as their are spaces

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks Christopher it was a pleasure having you aboard ��

Bait & Tackle

Catch Stats

Latest Catches 182 photos uploaded


1 lb Tub Gurnard


7 lb Ling (Common)


1 lb Long-spined Sea Scorpion


2 lb Cod


3 lb Cod


4 lb Cod


5 lb Cod


4 lb Cod


15 lb Ling (Common)


9 lb Ling (Common)


5 lb Pollock


8 lb Cod


11 lb Ling (Common)


9 lb Ling (Common)


10 lb Ling (Common)


5 lb Cod


Latest Fishing Reports

  • 12/05/2018 Fishing Report by lee deboer

    12 May 2018 by lee deboer

    Good days fishing today plenty of sport fish upto 3lb fishing the hard ground all lads went home with a lot of cod fillets around 60 cod to keep

  • 21/07/2017 Fishing Report by lee deboer

    21 Jul 2017 by lee deboer

    Hartlepool at the moment is showing a lot of pan size cod with the odd big cod thrown in there has been 16lb and 17lb cod caught on the ground with some decent size Ling aswell 15lb and still loads maki

  • 03/07/2017 Fishing Report by lee deboer

    3 Jul 2017 by lee deboer

    Good days fishing today plenty of ling and cod being caught also mackeral

  • 21/05/2017 Fishing Report by lee deboer

    21 May 2017 by lee deboer

    Cod showing on the ground today good pan size fish with a few ling thrown in also first sighting of mackerel this weekend

  • 12/09/2016 Fishing Report by lee deboer

    12 Sep 2016 by lee deboer

    Good days fishing yesterday biggest 12lb ling and cod upto 4lb the fishing was consistent throuought the day more cod than we have been getting lately