Half Day Fishing FAQs
How long do the trips last?
Half day fishing trips are 4 hours in length. Occasionally, we arrive a little later if the fish decide to bite late in the trip.
How far out do you go?
1 to 15 miles on half day trips. We range from Boon Island, ME to the Isles of Shoals, along the shore at Plum Island, and all the way to Rockport on Cape Ann MA. Travel time is usually between 25 and 45 minutes each way.
What kinds of fish do we catch?
In the late spring/early summer we catch Cod, Pollock, Haddock, Cusk and Mackerel. Later in the summer we switch to Flounder for a period and finish up with Bluefish in the second half of the summer into the fall.
What is provided on the trip?
Your ticket includes all bait and terminal tackle (sinkers, hooks, leaders) for your personal fishing rods. The rod rental fee is for the use of one of our rental rods.(If you do not have your own.) Bait is included in the ticket price for all onboard.
Is there someone to help me when I mess up?
Absolutely! If you are a novice, our knowledgeable crew is available to teach you in the proper use of the fishing equipment. Dont be shy about asking for help. They have seen and heard it all. We want you to enjoy your trip and come back often.
How old do kids have to be to go fishing?
We like to start the next generation of anglers young! Therefore, there really is no minimum age so long as the accompanying adult tends to the youngsters to protect them from hooks, etc. We have had anglers as young as 3 and 4 years old on our trips with excellent results.
Can I bring a cooler?
Yes, so long as it is not made of metal (to scratch our nice paint job) and does not contain any alcoholic beverages.
Do you still go out in the rain?
The Atlantic Queen II is equipped with a large, comfortable cabin which enables our passengers to escape the weather. Generally, only rough seas (for safety reasons) would keep us in port. The fish bite better in the rain, anyway!
Is fish cleaning available?
Yes, the crew is available for fish cleaning services during the trip home to Rye Harbor.
What about tipping the crew?
The job of deckhand on a party fishing vessel is one of those service jobs where tips are an important supplemental part of the persons income. With that as background, if the service provided by the deckhand is satisfactory, then a tip in the range of 12-15% of the total cost of your trip would approximate the industry standard. Should you desire to over-tip, I am sure there would be no complaints from the crew.
Do you require reservations?
While not absolutely mandatory, reservations are strongly recommended in order to prevent disappointment in the event of a sellout. While we are licensed for 150 passengers, we limit fishing trips to 60 anglers to ensure plenty of elbow room. Also, in the event of very bad weather, we can call you and avoid an unnecessary drive.
What is available on board?
Our galley serves hot dogs, burgers, hot soup, candy, chips, soft hot pretzels, popcorn, cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, soda, and bottled water.
What can I bring aboard?
You are welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Small strollers are allowed so long as they do not block passenger movement in the aisles.
What cant I bring aboard?
The Atlantic Queen II holds a NH liquor license, therefore, you may not bring any alcoholic beverages on board. Beer is for sale in moderate quantities in our galley. Also, any glass containers (juice, soda, etc.) are prohibited for obvious safety reasons in the event of accidental breakage.
What else do I need to know to prepare for my trip?
Generally, it is 10 to 15 degrees cooler on the ocean so a jacket or sweatshirt may be in order. Sneakers or soft soled shoes are best for traction on a moving deck. For those who are susceptible to sea sickness, motion pills should be taken before departure. On those sunny days, sunglasses and sunscreen are always a good idea.