When is shark season / When’s the best time for a shark fishing charter?

The Shark fishing season in Portland, ME is from mid July to the end of October.  The peak of the season is August.  For the best chance to catch a real prize winner, we suggest booking your shark charter in August.  If you want to know how the sharks are biting right now, reach out to us!

Can my whole family go on a fishing charter?

Definitely, yes! Not every charter is ideal for the whole family though.  We suggest one of our shorter duration charters for family excursions.  Alsom, if you just want to spend time on the water with your family, we do offer Casco Bay harbor tours.

What is your cancellation policy?

The Captain of your charter reserves the right to cancel a trip due to weather conditions at the time of the trip.  If this happens, the customer will be refunded their original $100 deposit. If a customer cancels a trip within 48hrs of scheduled departure they are still required to pay for the trip in full.  If you cancel before this window, we will keep the initial deposit, but you will not need to pay for the full trip.

What's the difference between your different fishing charters?

Our charters vary by what we’re trying to catch.  Different fish live and gather in different areas.  Some charters require fairly long travel times to find a good fishing spot.  This extra time requirement affects their minimum length of duration.  Additionally, some fish require more skill than others to catch.  There is a lot more physicality to catching a shark than catching a Mackerel!

How old should kids be for a fishing charter?

While there isn’t a strict minimum because all children mature differently, we strongly suggest that kids be at least 8 years old for a charter, and that they have some experience with easy, kid-friendly fishing before trying to go out on a more serious fishing charter.

Can I keep my catch?

It depends on what kind of fishing charter you’re booking, but in most cases we practice catch and release.  This is because many of the fish we catch serve important roles in the ecosystem, most especially sharks who are very important to a healthy harbor.  The exception is Ground Fishing where you can keep your catch and are likely to go home with an ice chest of filets.

What should I bring for a fishing charter?

The boat covers all fishing licenses, bait, and tackle, so all you need to bring is food and something to drink.  We recommend bringing along a light jacket on morning trips because it can be surprisingly chilly. Remember, the water is a lot cooler than the land is in summer, and the wind off the water can be biting in the early hours.

What if I want to do a fishing charter that isn't listed?

While we feel the adventures we feature are fantastic, we know there are a lot of fish in the sea! If you are interested in a different charter, please just inquire about the possibility.  There’s a good chance we can accommodate your custom charter idea.  As an example, we often do a combination ground fish and shark trip.