Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive about our charters.
Q: What time do you leave/what time is best?
A: We can leave whenever works best for the customer, although we like to encourage early morning departures. This allows for a shot at the fish when they are most active and have seen the least amount of pressure for the day.
Q: How big is the boat?
A: We have two boats we use for our charters. The larger boat is a 26′ Aquasport center console outfitted with twin Honda 150 outboards. This boat is large, stable and can accommodate up to 6 passengers. Our second boat is an 18′ Mako LTS center console flats style boat powered by a 90hp Mercury Optimax outboard. This boat features an ultra-wide beam, and ultra large fore and aft casting decks making it the ideal platform for fly fishing. This boat can comfortably accommodate up to 3 passengers.
Q: How far out do you go? Will I get seasick?
A: Typically, most of our fishing is done inshore. In our experience, those who are prone to seasickness may become ill when they lose sight of land and lose their bearings. As most of our fishing is done inshore, we are never out of eyesight with land and seasickness is rare. While we cannot guarantee you will not become seasick, we can guarantee we will take every measure possible to ensure a safe, enjoyable trip.
Q:What do I need to bring? Is fishing tackle provided?
A: We provide all fishing tackle (rods, reels, lures/flies, etc.) We ask that you dress appropriately for the weather, and encourage customers to wear sunglasses, a hat and sunblock. Food and drink is also welcome on-board.
Q: How many people can go along?
A: We are licensed to carry up to six passengers on our Aquasport. If your party exceeds six passengers, please contact us and we will make special arrangements to split your group onto multiple boats. A larger group rate may be calculated for parties over six passengers.
Q: Do I need a fishing license?
A: A fishing license is not required. You will be fishing with a U.S. Coast Guard certified Captain and registered Maine Guide. You will be covered under their licenses and credentials.
Q: What type of fish will we catch?
A: The main species we target on our inshore striped bass and bluefish trips are of course striped bass and bluefish. In addition to stripers and bluefish, mackerel and pollack are commonly caught and serve well as live bait. Striped bass usually arrive in late May, and the fishing is excellent through mid July. Bluefish start to show up with the warmer waters usually in mid to late July, and are aggressive to the take. Trolling for bluefish is often productive in the heat of late July and August. Striper fishing remains excellent through the end of September, and can sometimes extend into early October if sea and weather conditions are favorable.
Q: Is it ok to bring children?
A: Absolutely! We offer a family friendly charter service that is fun for all ages.
Q: How does a private charter differ from a party boat?
A: With our private charters, the trip is custom tailored to you and your party’s needs. The boat and captain are yours, and you call the shots. Party boats often operate with groups larger than 6 passengers, and can feel cramped. Private charters offer a higher quality experience, less crowding and line tangling and more time on fish!