Chieftan: Skippered By George Metcalfe
Chieftan is Whitby Charter Skippers Association’s biggest vessel and offers long range fishing trips with levels of safety and comfort unrivalled by any other North Sea charter operation.
The Chieftain is an ex-Royal Naval vessel, which was originally an Aberdovey Class fleet tender called Alnmouth and then operated as a Sea Cadet training ship.
Due to Ministry of Defence cutbacks, she was sold into the private sector in early 1999. Since her purchase by Chieftain Charters she has been extensively overhauled, modernised and re-equipped- resulting in an unrivalled angling vessel for long range North Sea trips.
Trips on Chieftan include 10 & 12 hour inshore trips, mid range 24 hour trips that take you between 30-60 miles offshore, 36 and 60 hour offshore trips of 60-120 miles and far reaching trips that go beyond 120 miles and have durations of between 46 and 120 hours.
The fishing itself is almost exclusively wreck fishing with cod and ling being the main species caught.
Chieftan’s current records for these stand at 44lb for ling and 35lb for cod- big fish by any anglers standards!
While fish of that size don’t get caught every day- you can expect to see a fair amount of double figure fish on a Chieftan Charter with plenty of 10lb’ers and a good amount of fish in the 15-20lb bracket.
The ‘Chieftain’ has a fully-equipped stainless steel galley. Hot and nourishing meals are prepared for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as required. Tea, coffee, biscuits and cold drinks are freely available at all times. Meals are served to anglers in the mess room provided for their exclusive use. Accommodation for our anglers is provided in three separate cabins. Each of the fifteen bunks is made up with sheets, duvets, polar fleece blankets, and two pillows. Spare quilts, blankets and pillows are available if needed. When not eating sleeping or fishing the anglers can relax in a large lounge area and watch a choice of DVD’s.Adjacent to each of the cabins is a bathroom fitted with two washbasins, a flushing toilet and a shower. Each bathroom also contains a large cupboard for lifejacket storage. Another flushing toilet is also located on the upper deck. In the main accommodation area there is a first aid cabinets, linen cupboards and a chest freezer for anglers to use To keep their ‘blue blocks’ frozen
Quoted by Sea Angler Magazine as a chance to “Relive the glory days of North Sea cod fishing”- Chieftan certainly offers anglers the best chance possible of smashing their personal bests.
After all- when was the last time you caught two double figure cod on one drop?
For more information on Chieftan Charters call Des & Linda King on 01642 273 822 or 07778 737 435.
Alternatively visit their website at www.thechieftain.co.uk.