Charter FAQ



Petrel’s most frequently asked questions (Faq’s)

FAQ: What is included with our charter?

  • We include a fun filled fishing experience on the water #1.
  • Saltwater fishing licenses are covered for the entire group that day.
  • A professional mate will assist you every step of the way.
  • Instruction if you need it …or just a net if you don’t.
  • All equipment: rods, reels, bait tackle, technique and experience.
  • Relaxation….just sit back and relax.
  • Comfortable Cabin, Private Head (Toilet) and Prep Galley.
  • Filleting, skinning, bagging and icing your catch is always included.
  • Captains recipes are free. As well as tall stories.
  • “Every fish can be delicious…even bluefish”. Yep, that was me.
  • Bug Spray in August!
  • (We provide a proprietary spray that works ON EVERYTHING!!)

FAQ: What should we bring?

  • Rain Gear
  • Hat(s)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Portable Chargers- We prefer 2B “Screen Free” – So enjoy the view.
  • LOTS OF BOTTLED WATER!- Never enough.
  • Sweatshirt/Jacket
  • Food and beverages.
  • A Small cooler for your fillets, and we will provide the ice.
  • Good sneakers or deck shoes! Flip flops & Barefoot…not so good!
  • A Cash tip for the mate.. (ATM also on site)
  • Mate’s tip?  15-20% is customary.

FAQ: How many fish 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.
  • However…… we don’t want you to starve!
  • For current Connecticut size and possession limits CLICK HERE
  • Not sure which trip/or species is best for you….
  • Go old school and call Capt. Greg (9am-9pm) (860)962-0103

FAQ: What is NOT recommended?

  • We have plenty of “nightlife” within 100 yrds. walking distance. Leave the hard liquor for later. Stay on land if intoxication is your priority. Uber is a smart option also.
  • Beer and Wine is permissible.
  • 3 hour Mimosa tours? We have been there thanks to Shel…..!
  • Don’t bring drugs on the boat. Why?
    • #1 it will terminate your trip and we return to the dock.
    • (This includes cannabis: vapes, edibles, shatter) … get it.
    • Get “high” on fishing.
    • If the USCG boards us….you will get arrested..

FAQ: What about Weather?

  • Some of our best fishing will occur around a storm front.
  • Your safety is always our #1 priority. We know what to look for.
  • Rain happens, T-Storms happen, it’s summer in New England folks.
  • The weatherman is wrong…. so why don’t they get paid on accuracy?
  • We will consult with you if there is a concern.
  • Wind is the enemy… but only depending on speed and direction.
  • If we call you the night before to recommend rescheduling a trip… there is good reason! Otherwise, we are going!

FAQ: What about sea-sickness?

  • We suggest taking an over the counter remedy the night before.
  • Dramamine or Bonine work well for some people but not all.
  • Stay outside, fresh air with a fresh horizon to watch.
  • Coffee and Orange juice are not recommended.
  • Seasickness happens. Please “purge” over the side, not inside.
  • Here is a great link on motion sickness.

FAQ: What about health issues?

Above all and Most importantly: PLEASE let us know in advance!

We will make sure to accommodate their needs. Please let us know in advance the nature of the issue. Awareness is key.

  • 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 for additional support and medical assistance.

FAQ: about Safety Equipment?

For Example:

  • 8-10 certified life preservers with lights on board at all times.
  • USCG Night and Day distress signals are always on board.
  • 3 Fire extinguishers: inspected and fully charged.
  • High water bilge alarm.
  • 4 bilge pumps that are tested weekly for functionality.
  • 3 radios, 2 Radars, 3 GPS Units, and a 2 compasses.
  • We can navigate in fog, storms, heavy seas, and at night.
  • If you would like us to demonstrate any safety equipment, ask!



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