Independent Charters

Independent Charters sails from Clovelly Harbour, North Devons’ historic fishing village, to take you on the voyage of your choice – offering sea angling trips, sea fly fishing, boat charter fishing, reef & wreck fishing and Marine Wildlife & Lundy Island trips in the South Wests’ only Shimano sponsored boat – all equipment provided.

The seas around North Devon offer an opportunity to fish for Pollock, bream, sea trout, mackerel, tope, Porbegle, smoothound, spurdog, dogfish, garfish, pout, whitting, codling, rockling, conger eel, dab, flounder, small eyed ray, blond ray, thornback ray, spotted ray, wrasse, bass, trigger fish to name but a few.

Independent Charters is a family run business. Dave and Doug Walls have been Lifeboat Crew at Clovelly North Devon for over 20 years and have been keen Anglers for over 40 years.

Arriving at Clovelly Harbour at 8.30 am with free parking for the day, departure is at 9.00 am.
Reef, Wreck and Sand Banks fishing – we anchor over the sand banks for raytopethornback, small eyed and blonde. The Hartland and Lundy coastline areas are littered with shipwrecks, which can hold stocks of large pollock, conger eel and other species.  Reef fishing can produce, a good size of pollockbassblack breamwrasseconger eeltope and porbeagle sharks. 

We also fish Lundy Island for large pollock and drift for tope, and the occasional plaice and ray can be found.

  • We can cater for individual Anglers.
  • Sorry no under 4’s

All trips depending on weather conditions.

Arriving at Clovelly Harbour at 8.30 am with free parking for the day, departure is at 9.00 am and we catch our own fresh bait when available.
Sailing within a five mile radius of Clovelly the inshore sand banks and reefs hold a variety of species of fish including ray, bass, pollock, dog fish, bull huss, smooth hound, dab, black bream to name but a few.  Arrive back at Clovelly Harbour for 17.00 pm

Independent charters offers Salt water fly fishing as well as spinning with light tackle for Bass.

We offer a unique experience with light tackle, bass fishing in the surrounding waters off Clovelly which are a perfect habitat for large bass.

Gullies kelp beds and a huge house-size rocks not only make for spectacular scenery but also some heart stopping takes as well, you can expect other species such as mackerelpollockgarfish occasional black bream and sea trout, all prove to be great sport on light tackle.

We accompany the Mitchell 31 Mk 11 mother ship with a 4.3 metre inflatable which is fast and very manoeuvrable and is also fully licensed and insured. The inflatable is used to access the rugged shallows and secluded bays where the bass lurk and where larger vessels dare not go, these areas are inaccessible by shore and rarely fished.

Having the mother ship in close proximity not only provides extra safety but also a platform for the other anglers to fish from and used for refreshments and lunches which you can either bring or we can provide if ordered in advance.

There is a maximum of four persons. This means two anglers can be in the inflatable inshore fly fishing, or spinning and the other two anglers can be fishing off the Mitchell, alternating every two hours.

A typical day starts at the picturesque village of Clovelly where parking is free at the fisherman’s car park at 8:30am and arriving back at Clovelly harbour for approximately 17:30, spinning rods and reels can be hired, which are top of the range Shimano but not fly fishing tackle. Maximum take home is one bass per person and any bass over 6lbs must be returned as to help keep breeding stocks healthy, we also like to use barb less hooks.

All fishing trips are subject to sea conditions and sea states we would ask our clients to phone the night before for an up date on the weather.

For a standard days charter for four persons for fly fishing or spinning the cost is £400.

Lundy is a remote unspoilt Island and has a history as a pirate’s lair.  On land are breath taking views and amazing wildlife.

Independent Charters can take you, sight seeing, bird watching, close inshore Seal spotting or drop you off on land in the morning (9.30 am) and collect you in the afternoon (4.30 pm)

Leaving from Clovelly Harbour and we can either travel west towards Bude (Cornwall) past Hartland PointWelcombe Mouth and Morwenstowe. Hartland Point, is home to an old Light House and a Quay, this journey takes you past spectacular rock formations which are notoriously known as “The Sailors Grave”

If you choose to travel North you will travel past Westward Ho, past the Taw and TorridgeBaggy Point, as far as Ilfracombe. The high cliffs that run along the coastline are almost unbroken all the way to Somerset.

We are accredited ‘Wildlife Safe Operators’ and can take you around Bideford Bay and the Lundy coastline to see the occasional basking shark (they can grow up to 11metres, 35 feet and weigh up to 5 tonnes), plus – porpoise, dolphins, seals with their pups, puffins, guillemots, common terns, gannets to name but a few.

We strongly advise that you bring your cameras and binoculars

  • The boat has a full Galley, tea and coffee making facilities and a proper loo with all amenities.
  • We can cater for individual Anglers.
  • Rod & Reel* Hire available – please arrange when booking.
  • Sorry no under 4’s
  • All trips depending on weather conditions.
  • Private Charter
  • Fishing for Porbeagle Sharks.
  • Hire the boat for the day – fish and sightsee
  • Refreshments are served on board at your request.

*[Shimano Antares rods with Shimano T L D reels] Please Note:
A £50 deposit is required in advance when confirming a trip, the deposit is refundable, should there be bad weather or a breakdown.

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