Below are some of our most commonly asked questions. Still have questions?

What COVID-19 protocols are you following at this time?
We will continue to sail at a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Masks are still required whenever you cannot maintain a safe distance or have to enter the cabin.
Are coolers allowed?
Yes, a small cooler or bucket for your catch is encouraged. We sell ice at the dock for your convenience. Also, a small cooler for any food and beverage is allowed.
What should I wear?
Dress accordingly for the weather. It is typically a few degrees cooler on the water than it is on land. Don’t forget the sunblock! Open toed shoes are not recommended for safety reasons.
Where Are You Located?
We are located at Captains Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, CT. You can view us on a map HERE
Do I Need A Fishing License?
No, you do not need a fishing license to fish aboard the Middlebank II.
Is alcohol allowed?
Yes, no glass bottles and no hard liquor. Intoxication is NOT tolerated!
I’ve never fished before. Will anyone be there to help me?
Yes! Our crew specializes in instructing first timers on how to properly fish for the targeted species. Our crewman will be on deck with you for the duration of the trip offering assistance and guidance.
Do you have food and drink available onboard?
Yes, we have a small CASH ONLY galley onboard with small items such as chips, candy, soda and water. It is encouraged that you pack a picnic lunch for your trip.
Do you offer private charters?
Yes, we do offer private charters. For more information contact us.


Are reservations required or can I just walk on?
Reservations are required at this time. If there is room once all advanced reservations have been checked in, you may be able to purchase a ticket at the dock. Tickets purchased at the dock must be paid in cash.

BOOK NOW Ticket Policy

Are these trips kid friendly?
YES! We pride ourselves in being a family friendly fishing boat. Fishing is fun for all ages. We recommend if you have little kids and want to test out their sea legs, start with our half day trip. Kids under the age of 5 will not be permitted to fish a rental rod on their own. Parental guidance is absolutely required. Strollers are not allowed onboard.
Will the crew clean my catch?
Yes, at the end of the trip the crew will clean your catch and send you home with fresh caught ready to eat filets.
What is typical to tip the crew?
Much like a waiter, your crew works for cash tips. A typical gratuity is 15-20%. Tips can be given directly to your deckhand.
Why are bananas considered bad luck on a fishing boat?
Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is permitted on the main deck outside. There is no smoking allowed in the cabin, the heads or on the upper deck. Please be considerate of any children or persons who may be bothered by the smoke.
Will I get seasick?
The Long Island Sound is typically a very calm body of water but if we feel like any trip is going to be negatively effected by the conditions, we will take necessary action and cancel the trip. If we are fishing and you become seasick, we will not bring the boat in early. If you are still concerned about sea sickness, we recommend taking Dramamine. Dramamine works best if you take it at least 1 full hour before boarding the vessel. Always check with your doctor before taking any new medications. We do not sell or administer any medications onboard.