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COMMON CHARTER FAQ’S

FAQ: Do I need a Connecticut Saltwater Fishing License?

  • No, you do not. Fishing from a Charter Boat like ours, you are covered under our license.
  • We fish in RI/NY/CT/and FEDERAL waters.
  • Ultimately our catch cannot exceed CT regulations but we also need to abide by the area we fish in.

FAQ: What Type of Fish do you catch and how many can we keep?

  • We strive to keep fish populations as sustainable as possible. Catch and release is always encouraged for what you won’t eat.
  • For current Connecticut size and possession limits when we land at the dock, CLICK HERE
  • To get a better idea of which trip is best for your group, Call us! (860)962-0103

FAQ: What should we Bring?

  • Bring rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, warm clothes, jackets, food and beverages. (Especially WATER)
  • Small Coolers are fine and a good idea to keep your fillets fresh for the ride home.
  • We keep the fish fresh until filleted and then they are bagged and iced in a cooler on board.

FAQ: Are Tips Customary for the Mate?

  • Yes. Your mate will work hard for you all day. Rigging, setting baits, landing and filleting your catch.
  • A customary tip for the mate is 15-20%.

FAQ: What is included?

  • We include a fun experience on the water!
  • We provide all the rods, reels, tackle, bait, and experience to put fish in the boat.
  • Your mate will setup the rods and lures, instruct you, land, bleed fish, and fillet. Sit back and relax!
  • We typically “skin” your fillets. “Scaling” of fish is not permitted.
  • Also due to DEEP regulations, we cannot dismember carcasses (i.e. Cut heads or tails off).

FAQ: What is NOT included?

  • Food and Beverages*.
  • *Please note, hard liquor is not a good mix on our charters. Stay on land if intoxication is your priority.
  • Beer and Wine (in moderation) is permissible. Remember to stay responsible.
  • DON’T BRING ILLEGAL DRUGS ON THE BOAT. (per USCG Regulations)
    • This is grounds for terminating a trip and returning to the dock.
    • (Includes vapes and edibles), just don’t do it!

FAQ: What if the forecast is poor the night before?

  • Some of the best fishing will occur as a storm front is moving in or out.
  • Wind is the primary reason for us to reschedule a trip. Both for your safety and the experience of the group.
  • In the event that the weather is turning poor, we will call you the night before to discuss.
  • We will give our recommendation.
  • If we recommend rescheduling there is good reason!

FAQ: What if someone in the group is prone to sea-sickness?

  • We suggest taking an over the counter remedy the night before such as Dramamine or Bonine.
  • This is a great link on the motion sickness.
  • Coffee and Orange juice are not recommended the morning of for those who get queasy.
  • Seasickness happens. We ask that you if you have to “purge “, please do so over the side, not inside.

FAQ: Which state’s waters you do you fish in?

  • Our fishing grounds overlap three States. (CT, RI, and NY) as well as federal waters.
  • We abide by each area’s regulations while fishing in their respective waters.
  • Ultimately we cannot exceed Connecticut’s catch regulations.
  • If we fill our quota for one species we will target another the remainder of the trip.
  • Catch and release is strongly encouraged. If you don’t plan on eating your limit, let the rest go.

FAQ: What if a member of the party has health issues?

  • PLEASE let us know in advance! We will make sure to accommodate their needs.
  • Our staff is trained in first aid and CPR in the event of an emergency.
  • Any emergencies beyond our scope will result in calling in the Coast Guard.

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Petrel fishing charters
Charter Fishing Long Island Sound
9 1st Street
Waterford, Connecticut
06385
US
Phone: (860) 962 0103