The boat leaves the dock at the scheduled time. Example: If you reserve the 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. trip, the boat leaves the dock at 8 a.m. and returns at noon. Please arrive approx. a half hour before departure to give yourself enough time to park and check-in. Specific spots on the boat are on a first-come, first-served basis.
What should I wear?
Dress appropriately for the weather. It is a good idea to bring along a sweatshirt or light jacket in the spring and early summer even though the air is warm the water is still cold and could get chilly. If there is a chance of rain in the forecast bring along a light rain slicker. Old sneakers are a good choice. Open toe shoes or flip flops are not.
Do I need a fishing license?
No, all customers are covered under our license. But if you fish on your own, you are required to register for a free saltwater license through the New York State Department of Conservation.
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
You may bring along your own equipment but if you do not want to or do not have any, we include all bait and tackle on every trip. Tackle includes hooks and sinkers. Fishing rods are available for a small rental fee.
Can I bring food and drinks on the boat?
Yes, you may bring along a small cooler to pack your foodstuff in. We do have a snack bar on board Angler III and Angler IV that serves food, snacks, and beverages.
Can I bring beer or alcohol on the boat?
We are a family-oriented, kid-friendly business. Therefore no hard liquor of any kind is allowed on board. But a few beers are ok. If you show up with a large cooler filled with beer you will be asked to put it back in your vehicle.
Do I need to make a reservation?
Reservation are highly recommended. Although we do take walk-ons, a reservation secures your spot on board. Summer weekends almost always fill up. And sometimes a weekday may be too light. By making a reservation your information gives us the ability to contact you in case of a cancellation. We do not want you to make an unnecessary trip down to the boat.
Does the boat always go out?
No, we do have a minimum number of people we need to go. We determine the number of people we get from our reservation system the evening before a morning trip and the morning of an afternoon trip. If we do not reach our minimum number of people to go we contact those that did make a reservation and cancel.
I made a reservation and I have to cancel, what do I do?
We have limited space on our boats and a reservation is a commitment to attend a trip. If you need to cancel please do so 24 hours in advance which gives us enough time to fill the spot that you took up. If you fail to show without notifying us, we reserve the right to charge your credit card for a full paying fare(s).
Please call to cancel or reschedule. If you get our voicemail please leave the name in which the reservation was made, the date, trip time, and number of people in your party: (718) 659-8181.
How do I pay for a trip?
We take cash as payment on the boat. When you make a reservation a credit card is required only to hold your spot and will NOT be charged unless you fail to show.
What if I am running late?
The boat leaves the dock at the scheduled time and cannot wait. Plan to arrive early and give yourself extra time for unexpected traffic. If you miss the boat we reserve the right to charge you for the spots you take up.
What if it rains or there is bad weather? Does the boat still sail?
Passenger safety is always our #1 priority. The captains of our vessel have many years of experience and will cancel a trip if necessary but not very often. For the most part, we sail regularly even if the weather is a bit turbulent. Summertime showers usually come and go quickly. If a shower does arise we have plenty of covered areas to stay dry. It is never a bad idea to bring along a slicker top or rain jacket. Check the local weather so you may keep abreast of the latest weather.
What if I have never fished before?
Don’t worry, we cater to all levels of fisherman from beginners to seasoned experts. We are a family-oriented business. We have an excellent crew that explains what you need to do and when you have to do it.
Will I catch fish?
There are many variables in “catching fish.” Just because you go fishing does not mean you are going to catch. There is some skill involved and some luck. One day can be great and the next can be just ok. That is fishing. The more you go the better chances are that you will catch fish. Our crew shows you what you should do, how to present your bait, and how to fight a fish. And as in most things in life, practice makes perfect.
What is the difference between a charter boat and a party (head) boat?
A charter is where the whole boat gets rented for one particular group. A Party or Head Boat, also known as an Open Boat, are where individuals fish with the public. We provide both types of trips. A charter must be booked more than one week in advance and our Open Boat trips can start to book within seven days of any trip.
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We provide parking free of charge. Our designated parking area is towards the rear of the lot head in facing the water. Please park close enough to cars as to not take up too much space.
What type of fishing equipment is needed?
Winter Flounder: 12-20lb light action spinning or boat rod
Summer Flounder (Fluke): 12lb-30lb braided line spinning or boat rod depending on how much drift (wind) there may be.
Tautog (Blackfish): 12-40lb braided line spinning or boat rod
Bluefish: 30-40lb mono line spinning or boat rod (no braided line)
Striped Bass: 30lb-40lb mono spinning or boat rod (no braided line)
Scup (Porgy): 12-25lb braided line spinning or boat rod
Black Sea Bass: 12-25lb braided line spinning or boat rod
Are there restrooms on board?
Yes, we have heads (toilets) on board that we keep very clean.
Will I get seasick?
Probably not! Each person has a different reaction to the motion of the boat. If you feel you may be susceptible to motion sickness, inquire with your doctor about an over the counter or prescription medication that will alleviate the problem prior to sailing, so be sure to plan ahead if you are prone to seasickness.
What do I do with the fish that I catch?
A couple of things. You may take the fish home whole, or have the crew fillet them. Of course, you may also practice catch and release. We offer bags for the fish.
Are there fish cleaning services on board?
Yes, the deck hands are available for fillet services in the stern of the boat on the return to port.
Should I tip the deck hands?
Absolutely, deck hands depend on their tips to supplement their livelihoods. Gratuities are not included in the regular fare or in the fish cleaning. The customary tip for the mate on boat trips usually ranges from 15% to 20% of the chartered price of the boat or the price of an open party boat ticket. Mates work very hard to assist anglers throughout the day and they are on board the boat hours before departure and spend hours after arriving back at the dock in order to clean the boat and provide a comfortable ride to everyone.
What is the mate doing for you?
Assist anglers on board and make their trip more enjoyable
Provide fishing rods and reels to customers needed
Collect the fares and the pool money
Rig up all the rods for fishing (sometimes for a variety of different species) and change or re-rig if necessary
Provide tips on catching more fish
Take out tangles and birds nests in the reels
Keep the fish fresh by adding frequent water
Weighing up the pool fish and distributing the pool money
Expert fish cleaning and bagging of fish on the ride home
Keeping up on a fresh supply of bait for all customers and distributing the bait
Netting, gaffing, measuring, and the releasing of fish (all fish must be to New York State regulations)
To assist everyone in disembarking safely
Making sure the boat is clean inside and out on each and every trip
Engage customers in polite conversation
What do I do with the fish while I'm still fishing?
Buckets are provided. You may bring along a bucket or cooler to keep fish fresh. Ice is available at the dock prior to departure and upon return.
If we have missed anything please e-mail us and we will try to answer all your questions!