I started out boat angling in Whitby when I was just 7 years old. I fished regularly with skippers such as the lateTut Uttley on North Star, Mick Norden on Tina Dawn and Paul Kilpatrick on Ceedan (now has Sea Otter 2).
I realised early on that I wanted to run my own charter boat.
My father and me started out with a 21ft boat called Sea Spray which my father bought when I was 15.
We had this boat for around 7 years, and learned a lot, regularly landing good catches.
I started working and eventually went to sea and became a Marine Engineer with BP on the tankers. During this time, I completed all the relevant safety courses required.
I also managed on my leave to complete my Yacht Master Offshore qualification, which gave me all the qualifications I required to become a skipper.
Once I qualified my father and me bought the hull for fitting out which later became Growler.
With the speed this boat gave us it allowed us to explore more grounds, quicker, giving us access to even more fishing hot spots.
I became busy with Growler and realised that I would need a bigger boat, and so bought the Mistress, my father saw it as a good time to retire from skippering, he is still a keen angler though and fishes with me regularly.
I have always been a keen angler and I’m keener now than I ever have been! With over 15 years of local knowledge and experience of the wrecks, reefs and fishing grounds here at Whitby.
I am 100% committed to my charters and give 110% effort every time. I’m friendly & patient and always at hand to give guidance, assistance and advice
When I’m not skippering or boat angling I can often be found fishing the shore marks in summer for bass or in winter for cod, you could say fishing is a bit of an obsession with me!