Trip Rate information

 

5 Hour Trip | $650 · 7 Hour Trip | $850

Additional Charges: Your mate works for tips. Standard gratuities for the mates are between 15-20% of the cost of your trip.

All trips are by reservation only. Trip times and days are subject to change based on weather conditions.  We have trips available on weekends and weekdays. Check our full schedule and Facebook page for updated information regarding trips.  

Military, Veterans & First Responders Always Save 10%

 

*Your 10% Military, Veteran or First Responder savings will be reflected on your balance due on the day of your trip.

Here you will find answers to common questions. If you don’t find the answer you are looking for then please contact us via our contact page or info@captainsethsportfishing.com.


How do I book my trip?

You can use our convenient online booking system here or you can contact us via this page on the website, email info@captainsethsportfishing.com or call us at 860-885-8425.

How many people are included in the trip fee?

Up to six people are included in your trip. We will not double book groups for any given trip. The trip that you secure is your trip and you may include up to six people on the boat.

what happens after i book my trip?

If you use our online booking system, you will receive a confirmation via email. You can then contact us directly with any questions you may have about your experience.

How do I pay for my trip?

We require $100 deposit for all trips at the time of booking which can be paid through our booking system or over the phone.  The deposit is non-refundable but may be transferred to a new trip date during the current season if you find that you need to reschedule your trip. The remaining balance is due on the day of the trip. We accept cash, check or credit card. Also as a reminder, gratuity is not included for the mate, which is typically 15-20% of the trip.

What if the weather is bad?

If the weather is going to be dangerous or un-fishable, we will contact you to reschedule.

What is your cancellation and/or rescheduling policy?

If you need to reschedule your trip, please contact us to assist you with that. All deposits are non-refundable but may be transferred to a new date during the current season.

What do I need to bring with me on the boat?

Rods, reels and tackle are all on board the boat but you are welcome to bring your own if you would like. We strongly encourage you to bring a cooler aboard for food and drinks (no glass please) and to bring your catch home!  Please check the weather before the trip but we do suggest bringing a warm, water resistant layer as the weather on the water is much different and wet conditions can arise at any time.  Also, we recommend using something to combat motion sickness, regardless of previous experience on the water. Becoming seasick can ruin a wonderful day on the ocean!

What’s your address so we can put it in our GPS?

Pine Island Marina, 916 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT 06340

Do I need a saltwater fishing license?

That won’t be necessary! The boat’s fishing license covers all paying customers.

Can we keep the fish we catch?

Yes of course! As long as they are within the size and bag regulations.  We pride ourselves on providing the best quality fish for our clients. Your fish will be handled with the utmost care, iced and filleted or cleaned to your liking.

How do I cook this thing?

Your Captain is an excellent cook and more than willing to give culinary advice if you ask him!  Otherwise here are some places to start:

Classic Fish & Chips

Fish Tacos

Seared Fish

Do you do anything besides fishing?

Yes, we are available to do general, lighthouse and seal cruises. Special rates apply so please feel free to email or call us.

Do you offer any discounts?

Yes!  Active Military, Veterans, law enforcement and first responders all receive 10% off their trip, please let us know at the time of booking!

 

Below you can learn about all the fish you might catch while fishing aboard the otter!

 
 
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striped sea bass

Stripers are one of the most well known game fish found in saltwater. They frequent all sorts of habitats from rivers to estuaries to beaches to the open ocean.  They range from “schoolie” size 2-10 lbs, up to 80 lbs; with the world record (81.88 lbs) caught in Connecticut waters close to where we fish. Stripers feed on a variety of baitfish, crabs, lobsters and squid.  They are highly prized both for their fighting ability and their firm white flesh at the table.

 
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bluefish

These aggressive fish prowl the local waters from May to November.  They ferociously devour all forms of baitfish and are eager to pounce on anything you put in front of them.  Although given a bad rap by the culinary world, they are delicious when handled well and cooked fresh.


 
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Fluke

The summer flounder, while considered a “bottom feeder”, is quiet aggressive. They are an ambush predator that routinely lies on the bottom waiting to catch unsuspecting prey.  They are adept at the camouflage game which gives them the ability to blend in to any bottom type to catch bait fish and squid. They are typically caught using squid, small fish or strips of fish for bait. The best time of year to catch these flatfish is late May through September and they average 2-5 lbs.  Another excellent eating fish!

 
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seabass

The Seabass seem to be everywhere these days, which is great news for fishermen.  Probably the best eating fish found in the area, they are also very easy to catch.  Find any reef, wreck or rock and there are sure to be seabass on it. Their large bass type mouth means they readily eat anything they can fit.  They average up to 6 lbs, with legal size fish being available on or around most of the fishing grounds. They can be caught all season and really pile up in late summer and fall.  They are caught mostly using clams or squid but don’t be surprised if they hit a jig intended for bass and blues.

 
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blackfish

Known as Tautog as well, these creatures love the rocks.  Eating mostly crabs and mussels, the blackfish inhabit any rockpile or hard bottom from the beach all the way out to wrecks in 200 feet of water.  The best time to fish for them is in late fall when water temperatures drop. They are difficult to catch and experts at stealing bait off hooks. They range in sizes up to 25 lbs., with the average being in the the 3-8 lbs in size.  They have delicious mild flesh and are highly priced for food (a favorite of Captain Seth’s wife).

 
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porgy

Also known as scup, are typically caught between May and October. They range in sizes up to 4 lbs. with the average size from 1-2 lbs. Don’t let their size fool you though, they are aggressive fighters that are always willing to bite a baited hook. A great fish for new anglers and children; they also make excellent table fare.