Private Fishing Charters

For those interested in experiencing New England’s premier Striped Bass and Tuna fishing grounds, Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals has partnered with Mahi Gold Charters and Captain Ken Halliday to offer both half day and full day fishing charters.

Fishing Rates:

Striped Bass and Bluefish:
$750 for a half day (4 hrs) or $1,200 for a full day (8 hrs)

Shark or Tuna:
$1,400 for a full day (8 hrs)

Half day trips are loosely blocked at 8am-12noon and 1pm-5pm.  However, departure times as early as 5am are available for any morning departure.

Max of 6 passengers on all trips.  Private trips only.
Multiple boats can be arranged for larger groups.
All equipment, permits, water and soft drinks included.

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PLEASE REFER TO OUR OFFSHORE TRIPS FAQ’S BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS.

  • Striped Bass and Bluefish

    Striped Bass are one of the most sought after game fish on the east coast and along with hard-fighting Bluefish, they represent the mainstay of the Cape Cod charter fleet.  Stripers and Blues traditionally stay in our waters from May through October.  Recommended for both novice and experienced anglers.

  • Bluefin Tuna

    Atlantic Bluefin Tuna are the largest and hardest fighting of all fish in the ocean.  To many, they represent the greatest trophy in all of sport fishing.  The giants generally arrive in mid-July, with August, September and early October representing peak season.

  • Shark

    The waters east of Cape Cod abound with a variety of shark species.  Mako, Thresher and Blue Sharks are common in the months of August, September and October.  Blue Sharks are by far the most common and tend to run larger in this area than anywhere else on the east coast.

Private Whale Watch

Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals offers a unique opportunity for a close­up look at the largest marine mammals living in our waters.  No need to deal with traffic and crowded ferries.  Our tours are private and provide for a intimate encounter as our captain gets you at eye level with these gentle giants.

Depending on the time of year, the most common sightings include Humpback, Finback and Minke whales.  Other sightings include dolphins, porpoise, gannet birds and possibly even a Great White Shark!

Come and create your own National Geographic moment, Down Cape!

DURATION 3HRS, $600 PER TRIP.
DEPARTURES DAILY AT 9AM AND 1PM.

Maximum of 6 passengers per trip.  Private trips only.
Additional boats can be arranged for larger groups.
All equipment, permits, water and soft drinks included.

*While its impossible to guarantee sightings of wild animals, we are proud to have batted 100% for the entire 2015 season.


Offshore Combo

Why choose between fishing and a private whale watch when you can have it all!  Our Offshore Combo includes time spent fishing for stripers and blues, a whale watch and and also a seal tour.  Trips are customized to your group so you can decide how long we spend doing each activity.

DURATION: 4 HRS, $800 PER TRIP
DEPARTURES DAILY AT 8AM AND 1PM

Max of 6 passengers on all trips.  Private trips only.
Multiple boats can be arranged for larger groups.
All equipment, permits, water and soft drinks included.

*Please note that we offer both an Offshore Combo trip and Family Fun Fishing.  As a general guideline, we recommend the Offshore trip for families with kids older than 12 or for those who have a moderate amount of fishing experience already.  The Family Fun Fishing trips are designed for younger kids who are still excited to catch and release the smaller fish found in the bay.  For very young kids, we can even shorten our tour to 1hr and focus on just seals and lobster traps ($250).

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FAQ : Offshore Trips

Do I need a reservation? What forms of payment do you accept?

We require reservations for all our Offshore charters as trips often sell out.  Reservations must be secured by a major credit card – Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

What if I need to cancel my reservation? What if there is bad weather?

For cancellations made 48 hours or more in advance we will issue a full refund.  Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will be charged 50%.  No-shows and cancellations made less than 3 hrs before the trip will be charged full price.  We regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies as a cause for late cancellation.

Rentals will not be allowed out in hazardous weather conditions such as heavy rain, thick fog, high winds or thunder and lightning.  However, we will operate as usual in overcast conditions, light fog and in intermittent sprinkles.  No guarantees can be made that every day will be perfectly sunny.  The final decision on weather related cancellations rests with us and reservations should be considered upheld unless you speak with us directly over the phone.  If weather cancels your reservation we will make every effort to reschedule for another day.  Otherwise, a full refund will be issued.  If weather cuts your rental short, we will prorate the unused portion.

All refunds will be at the sole discretion of Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals, Inc.

How early should I show up for my reservation?

To leave enough time for our check-­in procedure, we recommend your party arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time.  Leave yourself some margin for traffic or parking related delays, pre-departure bathroom stops, etc.  Private charters arriving late must still return at the regularly scheduled time.  There will be no refunds for those arriving late.  Trips are often scheduled multiple times per day and keeping a strict schedule ensures that all of our reservations are honored.

What should I wear? What should I bring?

The only things you need for your charter are a form of payment and your personal items (snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen – preferably not the spray kind, camera).  You will be on the water so you should wear clothes that you don’t mind getting splashed or dripped on, though the overwhelming majority of our customers come back completely dry.  Please wear boat shoes, or non-scuffing white-soled sneakers.  It is always a little cooler on the water so a windbreaker or sweatshirt might come in handy as well.

May food and drinks be brought on board?

Yes, feel free to bring your own food and beverages.  All of our trips include complimentary water and soft drinks.  Additionally, we recommend finger foods (small sandwiches, cheese and crackers, etc) as they are easiest to eat on a boat.  Foods with sauces will stain clothing and upholstery so are not recommended.  For adults over 21, reasonable amounts of beer and wine are also allowed (please avoid glass containers).  No hard liquor allowed.

Any excessive use of alcohol will result in the immediate termination of the trip with no recourse.

Will I get seasick?

The majority of our customers experience little to no symptoms of seasickness.  But whether it is your first charter or you are a seasoned pro, motion sickness is always possible on ocean­going trips.  Fortunately, there are ways to proactively avoid the most common symptoms (dizziness, nausea, vomiting).

Prepare for your charter by being well rested and well hydrated.  Avoid alcohol and large amounts of caffeine until after your trip (including the night before).  During your charter do not lay down, read or play on your phone.  Stay active, breathe deeply and watch the horizon.  Convince yourself you are not seasick – focusing or dwelling on your anxieties will only make you feel worse.

Those with a history of motion sickness might consider one of the over the counter remedies or doctor prescribed medications currently on the market.  Please consult with your physician for suggestions.

Are there any age restrictions or physical restrictions?

There is no age minimum for our offshore trips but we do recommend that groups with younger children consider our Family Fun Fishing trip instead.  Staying within Pleasant Bay reduces the chances of young kids experiencing motion sickness and it makes for a shorter trip back to our dock should the weather change.

Those with mobility issues must be able to walk down the resort dock (which has ramps) and step up into the vessel.  Very rarely is this an issue, but it should be mentioned.  Our team will assist in any way they can to ensure those with mobility issues are comfortable.

Do you provide life jackets for children?

We have life jackets for all shapes and sizes (even infants).  While we recommend that everybody wear a life jacket on our boats, by law only those 12 and younger have to wear one at all times.  Your boat will have enough life jackets on board for everybody in your group.  Younger children are welcome to bring their own life jacket if they are more comfortable, provided it is Coast Guard approved (no arm floaties).

We have a group of 7. Can we squeeze onto a trip listed at a 6 person capacity?

Unfortunately, no.  Each of our vessels is rated for a certain capacity by the United States Coast Guard.  Ignoring that capacity is against the law and it endangers everybody onboard.  A 6 person capacity means six human beings – ­ the USCG does not differentiate between children and adults.

Are pets allowed on your equipment?

We do not allow pets on our rental boats.

How many fish can we keep on our charter?

The current recreational fishing regulations for Massachusetts are:

  • Striped Bass – 28″ minimum – 1 fish per person
  • Bluefish – No minimum – 10 fish per person
  • Bluefin Tuna – 2 fish (27″ to less than 47″), 1 fish (47″ to less than 73″) – per trip.  Tuna greater than 73″ will be retained by the vessel and captain.