What is provided?
All equipment, fishing tackle, and bait at no extra cost.

What do I need to bring?
Small cooler with food and drinks (no glass containers), hats, sunscreen, long-sleeve shirt or sweatshirt/rain gear, camera and a desire to catch fish.

What can I not bring?
Bad moods and BANANAS

Can I bring alcohol on the boat?
Yes.  Beer and wine are allowed in a reasonable quantity, however we prefer cans to bottles because of the possibility of breakage.  This is provided you are old enough to drink.

How much should I tip?
Tipping the crew is customary and is based on your discretion.  15-20% of the charter fee is customary.

Is the Helen III licensed?
Absolutely!  The Helen III is a Coast-Guard inspected, and certified to carry up to 20 passengers. Only vessels legally carrying over 6 passengers are Coast Guard inspected, and certified. The Captain has a 100-ton Master license issued by the US Coast Guard. The Captain and crew participate in the Coast Guard drug-testing program. In conjunction with Coast Guard Certification, the Helen III has all state and federal fishing permits.

How many people can we take fishing?
While the Coast Guard has certified the Helen III for over 20 passengers, we try to limit the number of people actually fishing to 15.  This provides each fishing passenger a great experience without overcrowding.

What about bad weather?
The Captain keeps a close eye on the local weather and makes a determination as early as possible if the conditions are appropriate and safe to leave the dock.  If you have any concerns, you may call 860-460-8793 to receive an update.  Please note that you will have a very grumpy Captain if you call at 3:00 a.m.  Please be considerate of your calling time and note that we are on Eastern Standard Time.

What if I need to cancel my trip?
We try to be flexible and work with you to find a solution to changes in your plans.  Our full cancellation policy is located on the contract.

What if the fishing is bad?
The fishing is never bad. On rare occasions, the catching is difficult.  In that case, just remember that "a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work". 

Frequently Asked Questions