Charter Boat: Sea Urchin IIl

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Boat and Skipper Details

Licensed For: up to 12 passengers
Code Of Practice: 60 Miles - Cat 2 - Yachtmaster Offshore
Hours: 10hr / 12hr / Multiple Days Trips
Type of Fishing: 10 hour Wreck and Reef Fishing Trips from £55 per angler. Full Tackle Hire also available - £17 - includes everything for the day except bait.
Tackle Available: Yes - Contact Skipper
Boat Specification: Launched brand new in 2016 - ProCharter P4, 12m long and almost 4m across, Sea Urchin III has more deck space than any of the other Charter Boats in Whitby. You won't be packed shoulder to shoulder with other anglers. The powerful Perkins engine gets us out to the fishing grounds quickly and being Euro 3 Spec, you won't spend the day inhaling exhaust fumes.
Facilities: Modern, clean flushing toilet, in separate cabin for privacy, which is clean and always available for customer use. Hot drinks also available. Sheltered area with seating to the rear of wheel house, allowing you to get out of the elements when required.
Additional Description:

Launched in 2016, Sea Urchin III is fitted with the latest electronics and a powerful Perkins M300C engine. She can get out to the wrecks fast and outrun the bad weather to get us back in when needed. Onboard, there is a sheltered area to get out of the weather, plus a private flushing toilet to keep things comfortable. The deck space is huge giving everyone ample room to fish. A central area to store tackle boxes and bags, plus bait cutting areas front and rear, keep the deck space tidy. Each angler has a dedicated fish box which is stored in a bespoke drawer system. No more lifting boxes or having them fly around in bad weather. Built for comfort, stability and speed, Sea Urchin III has it all.

Trip Information:

General - Throughout Spring, Summer and Autumn we generally fish the wrecks and reefs out of Whitby for Cod, Ling and Pollock. In addition to the wreck and reef fishing, in Winter we offer uptiding trips for Cod on the inshore grounds around Sandsend, Kettleness and Robin Hoods Bay.

Our trips in Spring, Summer and Autumn usually commence at 07:00 hrs; but please be sure to check with Skipper the evening before (as sometimes we may leave earlier). If the tide level requires the use of the Swing Bridge at 07:00 hrs then we need to be sat on the water waiting at 06:50 hrs. Late anglers can cost the whole party precious fishing time, so if you are late, the boat will not wait for you.

Winter uptiding trips see us leave Whitby around 07:00 hrs and come back in for around 16:00 – 16:30 hrs; Spring, Summer and Autumn trips have us back at the pontoon for roughly 17:00 hrs where you can finish off your filleting, if you haven’t already done it at sea (recommended).

If you are not staying in Whitby the night before your trip, we recommend you arrive early (05:00 – 06:00 hrs) in the morning to get a chance at a decent parking place. It can be particularly busy through the summer months and although the pay and display car park on Church Street has space for around forty cars, it fills quickly (parking for the day in the Church Street park costs £9.00 for 24hrs).

Once you’ve got the car parked, it’s worth a stroll to the excellent Singing Kettle for one of their hearty breakfasts (open from 05:30hrs daily). If you need to grab any bait or tackle for the day, Paula and Malcolm at Hook, Line and Sinker on Church Street, will be pleased to see you, give advice and sort you out with your bait and tackle needs.

Don’t forget to book your dates for the Whitby Charter Skippers Association Festival early so you get the exact date and tide to suit your or your group. Most years, anglers leave it to the last minute and then struggle to get a good tide and space; don’t let it be you this year. You can view the tide heights on the availability page of the booking calendar. Many anglers enjoy a post-fishing pint, with The Fleece and Middle Earth Tavern being popular Church Street pubs, where anglers can always be found discussing their day at sea over a cold beer.

Sea Urchin IIl Skipper Andy Savage's Photo
About the Skipper:

As an Angler and Angling Coach. I have been an avid fisherman from the age of four, my fascination and passion for the sea was ignited by my Dad, who first took me fishing off the Marine Drive in Scarborough for Codling, Dabs and an odd Pollock throughout the 1980's. A twenty five year career in the Armed Forces saw me travel and fish all around the world, for everything that swims, from Sharks to Sea Bass; but the hallowed grounds of the North Yorkshire coast have always stolen my heart.

My first proper "wrecking trip" took place on my birthday in 1992 and having ben told the stories by other Whitby anglers, of boats almost sinking because of the weight of Cod they had caught (three doubles at a time, 20's for fun!!), had me a quivering "wreck" on the day of departure. Two hours later, when I was projectile vomiting like there was no tomorrow and sliding around the deck in a cocktail of fish slime and puke, things didn't seem so glamorous!! However, that was just the start of things to come, and I have boat fished the area around Whitby extensively for most of my adult life.

I am passionate about customer service and will do what is necessary to ensure you have an enjoyable day on Sea Urchin. My goal each day is for all anglers to catch fish and I will put pressure on myself to achieve this. Over the years, on the majority of boats, I have seen little guidance given to the first time anglers (apart from, drop it down there, and wind it up when you get a bite). Everyone starts from somewhere; so if you want to start your sea fishing journey with Sea Urchin, I can guarantee that you will get as much, (or as little) assistance as you require. We all have to start somewhere. There are absolutely no guarantees in fishing, but on Sea Urchin we will never be found lacking.

May 2024

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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: 27-May-2024

Wed 1st May

Fully Booked
Good Wrecking Tide - 4.53m

Tim Little - x 4
Neil Pickard - x 1
Ian Kellock - x 1
Dave Sharp - x 1
Gary Wilson - x 2
Sean O Brien - x 1
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Thu 2nd May

Fully Booked
Good Wrecking Tide - 4.48m

Jeff Turner - x 1
Arturas Jurela - x 4
Steve Ralphson - x 2
Andy Dickinson - x 1
Pawel Perczynski - x 1
Malcolm Gee…
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Fri 3rd May

Fully Booked
Good Wrecking Tide - 4.51m

Mal Hall - Full Boat
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Sat 4th May

Fully Booked
Good Wrecking Tide - 4.75m

Ken Bruce - Full Boat
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Sun 5th May

Fully Booked
14hr Trip

Good Wrecking Tide - 5.03m

Artur Karbarz - x 5
Ian Kellock - x 1
Paweł Perczynski - x 1
Dave Sharp - x 1
Neil Fell-Edwards - x 1

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Mon 6th May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.27m

Joe Clough - x 3
Craig Henshaw - x 2
Malcolm Gee - x 2
Nigel Hughes - x 1
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Tue 7th May

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Wed 8th May

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Thu 9th May

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Fri 10th May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.50m

Krystian Strzelczyk - x 3
Charlie Hewitt - x 1
Soran Barber - x 2
Simon Mulgrove - x 2
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Sat 11th May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.36m

Adrian Staples - x 3
Romas Geringsonas - 4
Aaron, Andy & Brad - x 3
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Sun 12th May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.16m

Mark Heavey - x 5
Keith Pickering - x 1
Darren Mlynek - x 1
Neil Dowson - x 2
John Clarkson - x 2
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Mon 13th May

Fully Booked
Good Wrecking Tide - 4.73m

Peter Burton - x 2
Volker - x 3
Nik Khan - x 1
John Armstrong - x 2
Constantine Borhane - x 1
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Tue 14th May

Fully Booked
Good Wrecking Tide - 4.69m

Alan - 5
Robert Wojnarowicz - x 2
Drew Atkins - x 3
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Wed 15th May

Fully Booked
Good Wrecking Tide - 4.48m

Ian Kellock - x 1
Ian Steadman - x 1
Dave Guest - x 2
Charlie Hewitt - x 2
Martin Novo - x 1
Sean O Brien - x 1
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Thu 16th May

Fully Booked
Good Wrecking Tide - 4.38m

Mark Johnson - Full Boat
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Fri 17th May

Fully Booked
Good Wrecking Tide - 4.21m

Simon Ulyott - Full Boat
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Sat 18th May

Fully Booked
Good Wrecking Tide - 4.32m

Ken Bruce - Full Boat
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Sun 19th May

Fully Booked
Good Wrecking Tide - 4.50m

Jason Shields - x 1
Jamie Britton - x 1
Keith McCance - x 1
Brad Martin - x 1
Mike Dunn - x 1
Keith Lockwood - x 2…
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Mon 20th May

Fully Booked
12hr Trip

Good Wrecking Tide - 4.70m

Alan - Full Boat
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Tue 21st May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 4.87m

Carl Madin - x 1
Ian Kellock - x 1
Martin Novo - x 2
Dave Sharp - x 1
Trevor Chambers - x 1
Gary Wilson - x 2
Keith…
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Wed 22nd May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.02m

Ben Agar - Full Boat
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Thu 23rd May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.14m

Dave & Del - x 2
David Craine - x 2
Paul Marsh - x 5
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Fri 24th May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.21m

Joe Clough - x 1
Malcolm Gee - x 6
Bod - x 3
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Sat 25th May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.23m

Ed Hardy - x 2
Harry Magias - x 2
Paul Shipley - x 3
Ian Smith - x 3
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Sun 26th May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.22m

Eleanor Levett - x 2
Robert Blackburn - x 3
Krystian Pikul - x 3
Andre Szczurek - x 2
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Mon 27th May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.15m

Andras Pinti - Full Boat
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Tue 28th May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.06m

Pete Goddard - Full Boat
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Wed 29th May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 4.94m

Andy Cooper - x 2
Chris Lee - x 3
Barry Brown - x 2
Alistair Hood - x 3
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Thu 30th May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 4.84m

Gordon Blythe - Full Boat
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Fri 31st May

Fully Booked
Wreck & Reef Tide - 4.81m

Nick Gray - x 2
Shane Brooks - x 3
Mario Marczyk - x 3
Stan Matthews - x 1
Jeff Turner - x 1
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Upcoming Individual Spaces on Sea Urchin IIl

Wed 05/06/2024
1 Space Available 12hr Trip Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.24m Tim Little - x 4 Paul Hargreaves - x 5
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Thu 06/06/2024
1 Space Available Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.34m Marius - x 4 Stan Matthews - x 1 Tony Singleton - x 1 Soran Barber - x 3
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Sun 09/06/2024
1 Space Available Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.32m Robert Blackburn - x 4 Ed Hardy - x 3 Andras Pinti - x 2
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Mon 10/06/2024
1 Space Available Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.21m Volker - x 3 Martin Novo - x 2 Krystian Strzelczyk - x 3 Chris Chatham - x 1
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Sun 23/06/2024
2 Spaces Available Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.29m John Armstrong - x 2 Andre Szczurek - x 2 Andras Pinti - x 2 Keith Lockwood - x 2
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Tue 25/06/2024
2 Spaces Available Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.38m Keith Pickering - x 2 Drew Atkins - x 6
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Thu 27/06/2024
6 Spaces Available Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.31m Will sail with 5 anglers. Marius - x 4
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Thu 08/08/2024
7 Spaces Available Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.43m Will sail with 5 anglers. Jeff Turner - x 1 Lucian Timandi - x 1 Stan Matthews - x 1
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Fri 09/08/2024
3 Spaces Available Species Hunt Comp Ian Kellock - x 1 Dave Sharp - x 1 Ian Steadman - 1 Ken Wood - x 1 Tony Barrett - x 1 Neil Fell-Edwards - x 1 Simon West - x 1
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Sun 11/08/2024
1 Space Available Wreck & Reef Tide - 4.99m Will Freeman - x 3 Mark Heavey - x 2 Aaron, Andy, Brad - x 3 Brad Martin - x 1
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Wed 28/08/2024
4 Spaces Available Good Wrecking Tide - 4.54m Tide Peter Burton - x 2 Martin Novo - x 1 Stan Matthews - x 1 Keith Pickering - x 1 Brad Martin - x 1
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Sun 01/09/2024
4 Spaces Available Autumn Festival Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.14m Richard Cunliffe - x 2 Ian Kellock - x 1 Keith McCance - x 1 Gary Woliter - x 2
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Thu 05/09/2024
9 Spaces Available Autumn Festival Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.56m Will sail with 5 anglers. Jeff Turner - x 1
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Sat 07/09/2024
1 Space Available Autumn Festival Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.41m Rob Waterworth - x 1 Keith McCance - x 1 Robert Blackburn - x 3 Kevin James - x 1 Neil Fell-Edwards - x 1 Mark Heavey - x 2
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Tue 10/09/2024
4 Spaces Available Autumn Festival Wreck & Reef Tide - 4.79m Peter Burton - x 2 Nic Morris - x 2 Ian Carter - x 1 Stan Matthews - x 1
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Mon 16/09/2024
7 Spaces Available Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.14m Will sail with 5 anglers. Volker - x 3
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Tue 24/09/2024
5 Spaces Available Wreck & Reef Tide - 5.08m David Craine - x 2 Richard Stubbs - x 1 Jane - x 1 Richard Horner - x 1
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Thu 26/09/2024
5 Spaces Available Good Wrecking Tide - 4.39m Dave & Del - x 2 Stan Matthews - x 1 Mick Spencer - x 2
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Fri 27/09/2024
9 Spaces Available Good Wrecking Tide - 4.43m Will sail with 5 anglers. Jamie Britton - x 1
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Sun 29/09/2024
7 Spaces Available Wreck & Reef Tide - 4.89m Will sail with 5 anglers. Peter Burton - x 2 Neil Fell-Edwards - x 1
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Reviews

Summary:

5-star 48
4-star 0
3-star 0
2-star 0
1-star 0
Reviews Unaccepted: 1
  • 5-star Paul Marsh (20/11/2023)

    Excellent day uptiding,none of us had done it before but with Andy's help and knowledge we all got to grips and caught plenty of fish. As far as skippers go Andy takes some beating. Highly recommend.Thank Andy can't wait till April. Paul.

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks very much for the kind words and taking the time to do a review, I really appreciate it.

    You were all fantastic company and great to have aboard. Look forward to seeing you again next year.

    Many Thanks

    Andy

  • 5-star Mariusz Marczyk (16/02/2023)

    Great trip with fantastic, very helpful skipper. Andy’s knowledge helped us to catch nice fish. Good fun, comfortable, clean boat. Thanks Andy. See You soon again. Big “Thank You” from my dad Jurek��

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks for the kind words Mariusz. I really enjoyed having you and your Dad on board. Hope he’s bought himself a nice new rod after the monster Pouting broke the last one!!
    Look forward to seeing you both again.

  • 5-star peter mccullagh (19/05/2022)

    Good day out on Sea Urchin. Cup of tea to start the day most welcome. Extremely clean and well organised boat with plenty of buckets for bait and washing hands.Very friendly Skipper(Andy) took a lot of care and attention to every body especially the beginers who ,I think enjoyed their day(apart from being seasick but he felt better later) All very happy with the trip. I for one will be back soon...Pouting Pete

    Skippers Reponse: Thank you for the kind words Pete. It’s great having you on board. The new anglers couldn’t have fished next to a better bloke. I saw and heard you offering help and advice when I was helping other anglers. Hopefully see you again soon.

  • 5-star Rob Noble (17/01/2022)

    What a great day out. Andy’s knowledge of the fishing grounds was bob on (always moving to better locations in search of more fish). I’ve been put off charter fishing in the past by various ‘uninterested’ skippers, Andy is not like this, he has a zest for being out and catching fish and will help anyone in need of a few pointers. We will definitely be back very soon! Thanks again.
    Rob

    Skippers Reponse: Thanks Rob.

    It was great having you on board, thanks for the kind words. You were both great company. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Hopefully Sammy will give us a break next time!!

  • 5-star Nick Chandley (09/08/2021)

    A great day out that my son and I had been really looking forward to. Everything fell into place and Andy, Pete and the other people on the boat went the extra mile to help a pair of novices have a successful and very memorable trip. Highly recommended and I’m sure we’ll be back!

    Skippers Reponse: Thank you for the kind words Nick. You both did brilliantly; took on all the advice and fished really well. Looking forward to seeing you on board again soon.

    Best Regards

    Andy

Bait & Tackle

Catch Stats

Latest Catches 782 photos uploaded

Kev Jackson

5 lb 4 oz Cod

25-May-2024
Steve Hardy

5 lb Cod

25-May-2024
Mr & Mrs Fong

4 lb 12 oz Cod

20-May-2024
Tony

5 lb 12 oz Cod

20-May-2024
Jamie Britton

5 lb 8 oz Cod

20-May-2024
Alan Kwok

5 lb 4 oz Cod

20-May-2024
Henry Chang

4 lb 8 oz Cod

20-May-2024
Simon

3 lb 4 oz Coalfish (Coley/Saithe)

20-May-2024
Dave Bewley

9 lb 4 oz Cod

18-May-2024
Gary Townend

6 lb 4 oz Cod

18-May-2024
Dave Bewley

5 lb 12 oz Cod

18-May-2024
Neil Fell-Edwards

6 lb 2 oz Cod

18-May-2024
Andy Savage

5 lb 12 oz Cod

18-May-2024
Will Freeman

5 lb 4 oz Cod

18-May-2024
Bob and Jeff brace shot

7 lb 12 oz Cod

16-May-2024
Bob Nicholls

8 lb 4 oz Cod

16-May-2024

Latest Fishing Reports and News

  • 25/05/2024 Fishing Report by Andy Savage

    25 May 2024 by Andy Savage

    Not the report that I had hoped to post, but you have to take the rough with the smooth and I think context is important. Tell the good and the bad is what I say.

    The last two days have once again been a real struggle caused by what we believe to be May Bloom in the water. May Bloom is common at this time of year, and is (broadly speaking) an algae bloom caused by increased sunlight and rising temperatures, which reduces the amount of oxygen in the water. The fish don’t like it and sport always suffers due to its presence, but a decent bit of wind can break it up fairly quickly.

    With the tides being on the large side, both days were spent on a mix of wrecks and rough ground. On Friday, we left a bit earlier to arrive at a couple of wrecks at slack water, but after trying four wrecks for just a handful of small Codling and Pouting, we moved onto the rough ground. We tried the five mile, seven mile and nine mile areas but we barely took a life.

    Then the Easterly wind lifted after dinner and the lines were streaming so bad, that we called it a day mid afternoon. Bait traces, Shads and squid baited Hokkai’s were all used, but it was a tough gig, with very little in the fish boxes. The lads aboard were all very patient and thankfully there were no “Freezer Fillers” aboard, so spirits were positive all day.

    Today we started on the three mile ground and had a few drifts while waiting for the tide to ease so we could drop on a wreck. Pleasingly, we actually got a few fish each drift, including the first “Scout” Mackerel of the year.
    We fished two wrecks through slack, with the first being terrible. Trying another one near where we started, we took 2-4 Codling a drift for half an hour. Nothing enormous, but a couple around 5lb were great to see.

    After that we fished the three mile, five mile and seven mile ground for very little return. Thankfully the second slack water in the afternoon gave us another dozen Codling to keep, but it wasn’t great. Same baits and tactics were employed as usual and the lads fished well. It’s just a shame the fish weren’t responsive.

    Hopefully the next report will be a bit more positive.

  • 20/05/2024 Fishing Report by Andy Savage

    20 May 2024 by Andy Savage

    After two quite decent days, the last two have been fairly poor by contrast. Sunday saw a group of mixed experience anglers aboard, and with the wind still coming from the Northerly quarter, we planned a similar day as Saturday when we did ok.

    Thankfully, the fog had lifted, so it was nice not to be glued to the radar as we ran North. Starting off on a few wrecks, we had literally an odd Pouting and few undersized Codling and tiny Ling. Jamie Britton managed to trip up a Codling of 5lb 8oz, but other than that it was pretty dire. On the turn of tide, I decided to move us onto some ground marks, running back towards Whitby. We picked up an odd strap Ling and Codling, but there was nothing to shout about. The lads used the regular tactics, but disappointingly it turned out to be a poor day on the fish catching front.

    Today I had Alan and his friends on who fish with me regularly. They had asked for a 12hr trip so we got away just after 0500hrs and with the poor results of the previous day etched firmly in my mind, we ran off to try a couple of wrecks further out. First stop at 12 miles kept us going for an hour or so, with one or two fish each drift. Ling were the dominant species, but they were all straps, so we moved on.

    Thankfully the next wreck was lit up a treat with lots of fish and feed marking, but it took a few drifts to nail down where we could catch them. With that sorted, we had a couple of hours fishing away steadily until we lost the tide, at which point the sport dried up. We had some nice Codling around the 5lb mark and unsurprisingly, with all the feed marks, there were Coalie’s on the hunt!

    Simon was clipping them regularly with the Slow Pitch Jig, but they also came to the squid and Mackerel bait traces as well. The average size was in the 2-3lb range, which isn’t the norm for round here (we usually get a smaller stamp); but was good to see nonetheless.

    Once the Flood Tide came through the drift picked up and finished the day with a few fish off a final wreck and then the last hour on some rough ground. The day wasn’t a disaster by any stretch, but I’ll be honest….I’d hoped for better.

  • 18/05/2024 Fishing Report by Andy Savage

    18 May 2024 by Andy Savage

    Well that was a day of two halves!! When you look at the images, you’d think the pictures were taken on different days.

    I had a group of regular experienced anglers aboard today. With a somewhat “potentially iffy” looking forecast with North Westerly winds, I gave everyone the option of cancelling, but with almost everyone keen to have a go, we left just after 0600hrs with the radar on and headed out into the fog. With four hours of the Ebb tide to fish, we started on a couple of wrecks only 3.5 miles from the pier ends. The first one produced a few Codling, with my cousin Dave Coverdale taking the biggest at a 5lb, but the action died off after 40 minutes or so.

    We hopped to the one next door and whilst this one wasn’t heaving with fish, we took a good sized Codling (along with a few smaller samples) each drift. Dave Bewley took the biggest off that wreck with a nice Cod of 9lb 4oz and Neil Fell-Edwards had a new Pb Codling of 6lb 2oz. For the remainder of the Ebb we fished a further three wrecks and picked fish off all of them. Nothing enormous, but every drift saw a couple dragged up. The usual suspects of muppet traces or Hokkai’s baited with squid or Mackerel did the business as #standard.

    Once the Flood Tide pushed through, we had wind and tide together, which made the drift a bit quick for fishing the wrecks effectively, so we spent the afternoon on the rough ground. The five mile ground looked very green, so after only one drift we moved out a couple of miles and found a bit more water clarity. This also coincided with the fog lifting and a beautiful afternoon spent in the sun.

    That kept us entertained for around 90 minutes taking a few each drift, then we finished up on the nine mile ground. Everyone fished well and the rods ticked over nicely all day, which to be honest far exceeded my expectations. It was another day spent in great company so a big thanks to all the lads….top dangling today

  • 16/05/2024 Fishing Report by Andy Savage

    16 May 2024 by Andy Savage

    It’s fair to say, that today was the most productive day we’ve had this year! Mark Johnson, Bob Nicholls and Jeff Hoggard had the boat booked for themselves and are great anglers and always fantastic company.

    Having looked at the forecast the day before, it appeared that the Northerly wind would begin to lift a bit, late morning which could make for difficult fishing conditions. The lads were all happy to get away early and make the most of the favourable early morning conditions. We departed shortly after 0400hrs just as first light broke, and ran 90 minutes North across a flat, glassy sea…..it was a stunning morning. However, it turned out to be short lived as we ran into a fog bank after 7 miles and spent the rest of the day on the radar!!

    On arrival at the first wreck there were feedmarks everywhere; I’ve never seen that wreck “lit up” so much. I set up the first drift and with the small tide and no wind, we barely moved. Within a minute the rods were buckled over and we had a great three hour stint, clumping plenty of fish. The first half prior to slack water, we had mainly Codling, but a good stamp; with Bob taking the biggest at 8lb and Jeff chipping in with a couple of 7’s along with plenty in the 4-5lb class.

    As we lost the Ebb Tide, the Ling came on the feed and we had a number of fish in the 6-8lb range, then Jeff took the biggest of the day at a very honest 9lb 15oz winning the “Greatest Angler Trophy” that they always fish for.
    Muppet bait traces with Squid or Mackerel dominated, but Bob also did well on a set of Gummimacks.

    We chose to run to another wreck six miles away to finish off the day. The wind had just begun to lift a notch as we arrived, but pleasingly all three rods went in again on the first drift. It fished well for about 45 minutes with a nice mix of Codling and Ling and a couple of Pollock, then gradually as the wind increased and the lines started streaming, sport slowed right down. We took only five fish in the last 45 minutes before calling it a day at 1130hrs and steaming back to Whitby.

    A fantastic day out, with great fishing and great company….see you in July lads.

  • 15/05/2024 Fishing Report by Andy Savage

    15 May 2024 by Andy Savage

    After a long weekend off with pesky South Easterly winds, today we had a nice settled day with a small neap tide. With a group of my regular experienced anglers aboard, I knew we’d have a good day before I even cast off from the pontoon. Everyone was on early, so we got away just after 0600hrs using the last of the Ebb and ran North to have a go on a few of the inshore wrecks, as there are signs that the water is beginning to clear out nicely.

    First stop there wasn’t much tide, but we had half a dozen drifts and picked up a couple of fish each drift. Ian Kellock took the best Codling at just over 5lb. We pushed on after 45 minutes or so and tried a couple of small wrecks, for very little return. The drift line of the boat had us running straight out to sea, which I don’t think is the best as we were crossing the small wrecks, as opposed to running along them. I moved us to a bigger wreck to give us more time on the drift and that worked quite well.

    We spent the next couple of hours picking away nicely. We caught plenty on squid baited muppet traces, but we also had a good return on the shads. Just as I was about to move on Charlie Hewitt connected with something a bit better and without incident, he brought up a nice Ling just short of 11lb. We fished a further three wrecks for the day which all produced fish, it was just a lovely day out.

    Sean O Brien hadn’t done much Shad Fishing before, but was keen to have a go and I think he did a great job, catching regularly throughout the day. The lads christened him “Sean the Shad” which made me chuckle.
    Everyone got a fair few fish today, but considering their experience and the small wrecking tide, it didn’t surprise me at all.

    There was a lot of mickey taking and great banter all day. One of my most entertaining and enjoyable of the year. Thanks lads.