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Charter Boat - Duchess II | Published by: Jeff Clarke | Skipper of: Duchess II

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Jeff Clarke

Boat Details

Type33' Aquastar (Fast Fisherman)
PowerFord Sabre
LicenceMCA 60 miles
Persons12 + Crew

Contact Details

Phone01308 425494
Mobile07778 315778

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Duchess II Blog   Updated 20th Apr 2018


Duchess has just had her end of season re-fit and has just passed her 5 year survey with the M.C.A and is all set for 2018.She is an Aquastar 33 fast Fisherman powered by a newly fitted in October 2015 a 280 mermaid turbo plus diesel engine, Duchess has a Flush deck with Cool Box to keep your catch fresh Live Bait Tank plus plenty of room for all your tackle boxes .Duchess is licensed for 12 passengers plus 2 crew, the crew will clean and prepare your fish for you to take home. There is plenty of free Tea & Coffee all day plus a microwave to heat your pies up if required. Duchess also has a fully functional W.C facility.We have parking alongside the boat and have parking permits on board just pop on to the boat and see the skipper.

I am Jeff Clarke I am the Owner/Skipper of Duchess II.

I have been running a charter boat for 40+years of off the South West coast. Starting at West Bay then more recently Weymouth about 20 years ago. I have been fishing on angling boats and the shore for 55+ years as keen angler myself I have a wealth of knowledge to share ..At Weymouth we can offer parking alongside the boat plus solid pontoons for boarding passengers safely ,we can also adjust times to suit customers as there are no tidal restrictions. We can offer free transport from west bay if you are staying there on holidays as we are living there at present.

Bookings are now being taken for 2018. Please call 01308 425494 or you can get me on my mobile 07778 315778.We will try to keep our prices for Reef ,Drift and Wreck & Reef and off shore wreck Fishing prices the same as last year but they will be subject to any fuel cost rises, so ring for details

We are available for charters and individuals beginners and accomplished fishing persons are all welcome aboard Duchess. We can offer all inclusive deals for private groups and can customise any trips to suit your needs Stag parties ,corporate days, light cargo work & a gift voucher system . Why not check out my individuals for availability if you like.ALL INCLUSIVE DEALS ARE AVAILABLE PHONE FOR DETAILS 07778315778.During august and september we will have Reef bank trips available including rods bait and tackle for £35 all inclusive (4hrs fishing, target fish Bream Rays Huss and Conger)Plus 1hr Mackerel trips and 2hr Squid trips are available when in season.



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Caroline 17lb2ozs Turbot caught 6th march 2018 As seen in this months Sea Angling News and Sea Angler magazine

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Dave Pettigrew 15lb 4oz Turbot caught 19th April

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Caroline 16lb Turbot caught on 19th April



This years Flatties Season is now starting to get under way and lets hope it is a good as 2016 which was one of the best flatties seasons we have had with many Turbot Brill & Plaice being caught of the Shambles Bank ,with Turbot well in double figures being caught using a running ledger with a plain trace & 3/0 hook baited with a strip of Mackerel you can catch the Plaice on 1/0 hooks with beads baited with bunched ragworm tipped with Squid , Here Is a cracking Brill caught by Geoff Dyke Weighing 9lb 7ozs caught using a strip of Mackerel on a 4/0 hook using a running leger .


Blog image Bank Fishing.

With the time of year as we draw nearer the Summer the Huss Rays Cod Conger and Smoothound upon us with large baits on the bottom on a pennel or a running ledger you could bag yourself a cracking double figure fish .You also at this time of year of catching a cracking Smoothhounds thats great Sport on light tackle we also Have.The year is marching on and the Black Bream are making an appearance .Here is a great example a brace of Undulate Ray caught by Leah Harris weighing 16lb


Blog image BANK FISHING .

With the wind fresh from the East on the way out to the bank for Whiting Cod Huss and Congers it soon settled down and turned into the fair days weather that was fore cast we were not disappointed with the fish feeding the Cod have been great condition off the reefs this year and well in double figures heres a great example of Cracking Whiting caught by Caroline weighing 5lb 2ozs on the 23rd Dec these are now showing in large numbers.



The year is now starting to march with spring here we soon start to see the Bream start Creep in to the east side of our coast in April they will be ready foe breeding the progress on round the coast to the west and remain until later in year with small hooks size 1 or 1/0 on either a Portland rig or on a paternoster rig baited with Worm and Squid you stand a great chance of catching a bream well up to 6lb ,thy are a hard fighting fish and will give you a good run for your money on light gear.Heres Caroline the first bream from last year.


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As the season rolls it is the best time for the Bass on the many Wrecks & Portland Race to start with on live sand eels then on the Shads they are a greatly prized to many an angler and a great eating fish for your table .With prime fish to be caught using a portland rig or flying collar rig & long trace with either your sand eel or shad ,whilst drifting over the ground using a slow retreive and the Bass will attack like a steam train .Until January is the time for the big bass into double figures .Heres a lovely double figure bass caught Off Shore Wrecking as seen in Sea angling News.along with Pollack Black Bream and Plaice.The Bass are now at there best from now untill the end of the year when the water cools of heres a cracking bass , they has are showing now in a abundance.unfortunately we are now on a Bass ban until further notice so all have to be returned.



The Pollack are now starting to show on the Wreck off shore as the water cools for the winter you stand a chance of a big one using either shads our jelly Worms tipped with Rag Worm ,like this cracking Pollack of 14lb caught by Toby James this was one of many caught of a similar size all caught on Jelly Worm tipped with rag worm on .The pollack cod and ling are now showing in abundance on the wrecks.



Now with the weather getting colder and the winter species coming in it is your chance to bag a biggy on large baits whole Squid tipped with mackerel all manner of fish could be yours from Rays Undulate Thornback Blondes plus Spurdogs smoothounds Conger and an anglers favourite Blonde Ray seen here well in double figures at 29lb caught by Tim Walton


Blog image Bank Fishing.

Summer has arrived and we are still spoilt for fish in Weymouth when the weather allows there are Rays Huss and Cod to be caught, heres a lovely example of a Cod caught of Weymouth weighing 17lb 4ozs on a running ledger with a whole Squid tipped with Mackerel as Bait caught by Dave Pettigrew why not come along and see if you could get a fish of a life time !!!


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Now is the time of year the off shore wrecks really start to produce some cracking new season pollack in double figures they are cracking sport to catch with also the possibility of landing yourself a Ling or Cod we headed out wrecking on days weather to good to miss although we were 4 people down we managed Cod Pollack Ling and Bass here is a cracking 26lb Ling


Blog image Reef and wreck Fishing.

Th Reef and Banks are fishing well at the moment with many Rays Blonde Undulate spotted Thornbacks etc plus Cod Bream Plaice and Tope they give a great fight on light gear. There is plenty to catch on the reef this time of year with Cod being on the menu like this cracking cod caught by we had many Cod and Pollack on the inshore wrecks to the with Cod were mainly around the 5-10 lb. Cod Here's a cracking Plaice caught using worm tipped with squid weighing 5lb.


Blog image Here come Spring

Spring will soon be with us so dust of your beads and spoons ready for the Plaice to arrive with bunched Rag worm tipped with a stop of Squid plus Prawn for extra pizzaz you have the chance of catching a cracking plaice ,with larger baits on 4 0 running ledger traces you could bag yourself a cracking Cod Spurdog Bull Huss like this amazing Smoothound of 18lb caught by Dave Seymour