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Your Favourite Whitby Charter Skipper

Please vote for your favourite Whitby Charter Skipper using the pole below. The poll lists all the members of the Whitby Charter Skippers Association and some non members.

Anyone voting should also use the comments section (at the very bottom of this page) to tell us who they voted for and why.


This poll is for your favourite skipper. Any problems with charter trips should not be reported here and should be taken up with the individual boat skipper.

Who Is Whitby's Number One Charter Skipper

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Site Administrator Glenn Kilpatrick has a passion for all types of sea angling. Past winner of the Whitby Sea Anglers fishing club on 2 occasions, Glenn now mainly focuses on summer fishing with bass and pollack being his favoured target fish. Glenn now also prefers Kayak Fishing over any other type of Sea Fishing.


  1. John Howard March 19, 2009 at 8:47 am - Reply

    My vote went to Paul Kilpatrick on Sea Otter 2. I have now fished with Paul for nigh on 15 years doing about 4 trips per season. Paul is always helpful and a true gentleman. We have seen the fishing at Whitby evolve over the years with new methods and tackle coming onto the scene. Paul has always helped us to acquire the skills to catch some decent fish every time we come to Whitby. We will continue coming to the port for the foreseeable future and we will continue to use Sea Otter 2 because you always catch fish with Paul.

    • one eyed phil November 16, 2012 at 1:20 am - Reply

      you can not vote for two thats worse than seagull poo. both top lads remember, before you get out of your beds these two boys are in a cafe plotting a course for the days best fishing, where to head best tactics etc sea otter 2 man very good you got the mistress girl they always never far apart. remember if it will fish well onshore you will see both about somewhere!

  2. simon bowes March 19, 2009 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    ive voted for john wilford 2 doggs he always looks after us (boulby mine crew) we book 5-8 trips per year and always finds the fish last year we had 1 haul ov 90st ov fish on board excellent fishing and a top skipper!

  3. Fazbats March 19, 2009 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    It’s Paul Eddon for me too ( Got to say that as I’m out with him tomorrow :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:) Top man, Helpful, Good for a laugh Always puts you on the fish ….OOOPPPPS Hope that’s not put the jinks on me

  4. Bait Pump March 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Got to be Paul skippering Sea Otter Two Top guy went off with him Tuesday this week one hell of a day will post report later had to go away Wednesday morning just got back so will put report up in a while. I’ve been travelling to Whitby for over twenty years and been on a number of boats and can’t recall a “bad trip” and top skipper really has to be the one that sends you home smiling so its hats off to them all from me

  5. Ivan Bell March 20, 2009 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Mike has not set up in Whitby it is rather unfair to list him yet.
    However I have voted for him after a test charter out of Hartlepool.
    Mikes experience, confidence and understanding of anglers made for a very good trip
    Alans enthusiasm also shows in how the Wildcard is fitted out.
    Roll on this April

    However I have always had pretty good trips from Whitby and must mention Paul (Sea Otter) Richard ( Shytorque) Rus (Lone Shark) and George (Chieftain)

  6. Alan Jackson March 23, 2009 at 9:07 am - Reply

    I’ve just voted for Paul Kilpatrick. He’s putting his anglers on the fish and revealing what’s catching them.

  7. Jack Jameson April 5, 2009 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    I voted for Rich Ward the skipper of Shytorque. His record as a charter skipper will not be bettered. He has help anglers on his boat catch cod in excess of 40 pounds. Rich Ward is surely the number 1 Whitby Charter Skipper this is for sure.

  8. chris wake kilnsey April 9, 2009 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    all the skippers work hard for their respective anglers but i think rich just has the edge always trying to put us over fish and a decent bloke too

  9. ste evans April 14, 2009 at 10:11 am - Reply

    sad to say ive only been on one trip in my life but paul sea otter was very good and patient needed to be with novice like me

  10. dean ross April 24, 2009 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    i’ve just voted for mike freeman/ alan jackson. they made a trip very enjoyable after it was unsuitable to anchor on a large wreck due to weather and tide conditions. mike worked his socks off to find wrecks which kept the fish coming over the gunnels so fair play to them! i know there are some quality skippers operating out of whitby at the moment that i have’nt tried but i dont feel i need to change from wildcard if they continually put the effort in to find the fish, which sadly is’nt the same story from the bridlington charters barring dave brown’s lizzard. best of luck, dean

  11. Kev Davies (Chesterfield) June 15, 2009 at 10:23 am - Reply

    My vote goes to Malc Pitman, very friendly skipper of the Sea Spray who caters for all skill levels ,been going out with Malc for over two years doing 5/6 trips per year both uptiding and wrecking.Malc works extremly hard to keep you on the fish and is always on hand to help out the less skilled, when the curse of the new multiplier that you have just bought kicks in.Malc himself is a dedicated fisherman and will always have a rod in his hand,to me this is always a good sign, knowing the skipper also enjoys fishing and is not just out to take your money, unlike some skippers from further down the coast who i have been out with,who just drop anchor sit in the wheel house and the next you hear from them is bring em in time up(sad) . we will continue to charter Malc and the Sea Spray for the foreseeable future

  12. Neil D June 27, 2009 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Got to be Paul Eddon for me as well. Top guy and a great help with all things fishing. Would highly recommend him and his boat.

  13. Dom O June 28, 2009 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Paul Eddon for me – what he doesn’t know about fish isn’t worth knowing.

  14. Mick Dunn June 28, 2009 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    I voted for John after he took us out for our police compo on his boat never can tell a.
    Worked hard drifting backwards and forwards over wrecks and i have to say it has been one of my most enjoyable boat trips. Lost a corker of a fish and john uttered the immortal words which will be in my head till the day i die “it would have won the compo if you had got that up”.
    cheers John for a good day out.
    Mick Dunn.

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  16. Brian Edwards July 9, 2009 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    John Wilford, Two Dogs very helpful to a team of novices, made sure we all got fish

  17. phil heslop July 26, 2009 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    12 of us from work went out with kevin buick and malcom on heartbeat 25th july 09, most of the lads have never been out sea fishing before and everybody caught and had a very good day out, malc was as helpful as you could ever ask for, he was always there to help people whenever they needed it (which was quite a bit haha).
    plenty of fish were caught 55 cod , plus mackrel and the odd whiting and a ling, afterward we were talking to a few lads who were out on other boats and they said they didnt do half of what we had.

    everybody enjoyed it that much they all want to book up again soon thanks to kev and malc

  18. dunk sunderland August 6, 2009 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    its got to be rich for me tries hard decent bloketakes no crap of anyone

  19. Andy Baxter August 24, 2009 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    I voted for Rich Ward.
    A great skipper who’ll do his best to help you catch fish. When in the pub for the fishermans tales he can drink like a fish too!
    Thanks for the great days fishing. Sharking soon.
    Andy Baxter

  20. Frank Walker August 29, 2009 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Have been on Malcolm Pitman ‘s boat on a good few occasions, with different clubs and individually. He will search all day long to get you onto fish plus he is a very helpful person guiding you on the best ways to target the fish you are after.
    Thank’s for some great days fishing Malc,
    regards Frank Walker.

  21. mike September 8, 2009 at 8:17 am - Reply

    frommike i have fished with paul on trot on for many years we have had some very good days as have a lot of the boats paul always give 100% keep up the good work mate rgds mike

  22. bill storey October 16, 2009 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    ricks as a skiper you could not fault, works hard to get results, and gets them! i think of rick more of a friend, its a pleasure to be in his company, looking forward to many more fishing trips !!!.

  23. wayne taylor May 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    iv gone for jhon whitton,,iv been fishing with jhon for the last 13 years every time iv been with him we have all had good days,good fish-good fun-nice bloke-top skipper,, and most of all trys his best every time,, looking forward to the summer festival!!!!

  24. May 26, 2010 at 2:05 am - Reply

    Voted for “Rich Ward Shytorque”

  25. mark seaman August 24, 2010 at 11:10 am - Reply

    My vote goes to Jim Metcalf from the Charisma, top bloke with the paitence of a saint especially as us (6 novices) boarded his fine vessel. Hope to be a regular on his boat in the future. thanks jim!!!

  26. gary from doncaster September 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    my vote is for john on 2 dogs wot a guy always haveing the crak and takeing the pis-
    lov talking to your mam when booking for a fishing trip. thankyou for introducing us to pollack fishing all the best john

  27. Tom Connor July 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    I voted for Mick Leonard, We’ve been out with a few skippers over the years & found Mick the best, he’s allways helpful knows where the fish are & trys hard all the time.

  28. stuart rice November 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    john.2dogs.looks after anglers and danglers.finds fish,and is a great guy.

  29. brian jackson from BRADFORD. March 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    My vote goes to Paul Kilpatrick. Top skipper.It must be nine years since my mate and I went out with him, we used to go once a month usually friday. Will always remember when there was only me and my mate and he still took us out, terrible day 50yds vision in fog flat calm I think it was October November 2002. He put us on the fish and the biggest and my personal best a twenty five and a half pound Ling.
    Then there was the new years day trip one year.there were four of us, the boat the first Sea Otter (”now sea spray”)was covered in frost about an inch thick,comments were ”we must be mad”but we all had a great day out,I think we were the only boat to go out that day.
    Don’t really now why we stopped, I think it was pressure of work. Now I have retired and am moving to Whitby soon will hope to take up where I left off on sea otter 2. Thank you Paul for all the superb fishing.

  30. Lee Roberts September 27, 2012 at 12:20 am - Reply

    I voted For Rich Ward one of the best blokes you could ever meet, always very helpful, fishes himself if anyone has had a bit of a slow day he gives the fish he has caught to them , i havent fished on his new boat yet but thats only because of my wifes ill health, but cant wait to get aboard for another great days fishing with Rich ! see you soon i hope.

  31. simon glenn November 16, 2012 at 1:48 am - Reply

    My vote went to paul on sea otter. When i first started fishing in whitby it was paul who took the time to show me the ropes and has helped me to catch cod to 13 lb and ling to 16 lb. I have found that things are never to much trouble for him and he never stops trying to put fish in the boat for his party, i will never make him rich as i may get out with him 4,5 times a year, but he has always tried his best, and in the 6 or so years that i have fished with him i can only remember 2 days that the fishing was poor. I also like the fact that he is a bloody good angler, as when i fish with him i always try to beat him and i feel it makes me fish harder. P.S i have never won

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  33. jack barker October 23, 2015 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Kev Marseden on the Jean K always goes the extra mile to get the fish

  34. jack barkley October 23, 2015 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    The skipper of the JEAN K (Kev Marseden) is the best skipper around in my book he never stops helping the guys on board all day long.

  35. Andy bettison January 23, 2016 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Rich Cope – Mistress one of the hardest working blokes I’ve met, always had a great day out

  36. Sarah January 24, 2016 at 11:41 am - Reply

    it’s just got to be paul (killer) all the way….
    He has helped me so much, as a female entering a mans domain it’s a little daunting yet paul has been brilliant with me and guided me to catch some wicked cod… One been the ladies section winner of last years summer festival…. For me there is no other x

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