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Sea Fishing in Whitby
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Whitby is probably the premier port in the UK for charter boat fishing and it still holds the record for the heaviest cod caught on rod and line in British waters, weighing in at an incredible 58lb 7ounces! The fish was caught by Noel Cook aboard Stuart Johnson's boat, Sea Trek way back in 1992.
Whitby provides plenty of diversity when it comes to fishing. From fishing aboard the many charter boats hoping for a record cod or ling from the many wrecks that adorn the North Sea, to fishing the Whitby piers, both into the outer side of the piers into the sea or to having a leisurely couple of hours fishing into the harbour for a nice sized Flounder or Plaice.
There are some excellent charter boats plying their trade out of Whitby, skippered by some of the most experienced skippers in the UK. You are always in with a chance of a good catch aboard boats like Sea Urchin 2 skippered by Pete Rose, who has taken over from Mick Leonard. Pete is a local guy and is looking forward to keeping up the success that Sea Urchin has achieved. Sea Urchin is one of the top boats in the Whitby charter fleet and has a great reputation for being able to get you among the fish. Pete offers his anglers the choice to hire his rods and reels for their charter trip, saves having to bring loads of your own gear as he can also supply terminal tackle if needed.
His reels and rods are
Penn multiplying reels and Fladen lightweight rods with no eyes missing or sticky tape holding everything together, end tackle is the same, the best, so please remember this when getting like for like quotes from charters that offer free tackle. It's impossible or simply junk you don't get owt for nowt!
If you prefer sea fishing from a pier or a jetty then look no further than the two piers at Whitby.
One of the reasons I prefer Whitby pier, is that there is normally plenty of room to maneuver about and you can fish at a safe distance from others if you choose.
Whitby is no exception to anywhere else for catching fish, apart from when you fish at whitby you tend to catch more!
People from across the world visit the picturesque town of Whitby based at the mouth of the river Esk every year. It is world famous because of the awesome tale written by Bram Stoker about Dracula. Bram Stoker built his fictional character based on the research that he conducted in libraries in London and found some of his inspiration for Dracula after staying in Whitby. Not forgetting of course probably the most famous seaman of all, Captain James Cook who lodged in Whitby when an apprentice. You can also visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum while out and about in Whitby.
There is plenty of accommodation if you want to stay over for a few days fishing in the winter, accommodation should be quite easy to find.
It is a traditional maritime town, with old cobbled streets, picturesque houses and boasts a sandy blue flag beach. It is a great place to take a holiday or enjoy a long weekend break in the summer, so if you have a family bring them along then and let them enjoy the diverse attractions which includes Pannett Park and Whitby Museum, (
the Pannett Art Gallery and Whitby Museum are both housed in the same building), the Victorian Jet Works, while you enjoy a few hours or a full days trip on one of the many charter boats to catch your favourite species.
Why not come along and enjoy some very good sea fishing in Whitby ?
If anyone wonders why they aren't catching any cod this winter - then please - have a look at this!
Then if that has stirred you up a bit you might want to watch the full programme by hitting the link below.
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