Cape Cod Charter Fishing

The waters of the North Atlantic and along the Chatham coast teem with a variety of migratory fish species from May through October.  Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals invites those interested in experiencing these world-class fishing grounds to join our experienced captains on their own Half Day Inshore Fishing Charter!

Our fishing grounds extend from Nauset Beach down to the tip of Monomoy Island and into Nantucket Sound.  We primarily target Striped Bass along with hard fighting Bluefish.  “Stripers” and “Blues” are two of the most sought after game-fish on the east coast and represent the mainstay of the Cape Cod charter fleet from June through October.  Shoulder months also offer the opportunity for Black Sea Bass and False Albacore.

Whether you’re an expert or an absolute beginner, rest assured that our captains pride themselves on accommodating all ages and experience levels.  No experience is necessary!  We are happy to tailor each trip to each individual party.

Join us to create a unique and lasting memory of your trip Down Cape!

Our Vessels

Groups of 6 or less passengers will use one of our center console style boats ranging from 27-30ft in length.  Center consoles offer 360 degree fishability and are the most common style of boat in our shallow coastal waters.

Groups with more than 6 passengers will default to Bellamy, a 32ft USCG inspected vessel capable of holding up to 12 passengers offshore.   Bellamy’s design has some limitations for fishing – namely, only 2-3 people can fish at one time.  This lends itself well to family groups, beginner fishermen and those looking to get more than 6 passengers on one boat.

Half Day Inshore Fishing


1-6 Passengers    $1,000.00

7-12 Passengers   $1,475.00

Multi-boat trips can be arranged

Duration:  4 hours

Our goal is to provide the most memorable experience possible for your group.  Experienced fishermen will want to maximize their time on the fish.  Families or groups with beginners may prefer to fish for part of the trip and sightsee for the other.  Our exact itinerary will be tailored to each party and can be as relaxed as you you’d like.

Groups exceeding 6 passengers have two options:

1.  Split your party into multiple 1-6 passenger boats (4 passengers on each boat, for example).  This will maximize how long each individual will get to fish and would be the preferred option for experienced fishermen.

2.  Book as a group of 7-12 to use our 32′ inspected vessel, Bellamy.  While not set up as a traditional fishing boat, Bellamy would allow a larger group to share one boat.  Because of its design, only 2-3 people would be able to fish at one time.  But larger family groups and even bachelor parties may still prefer this option – we refer to it as social fishing!

This is a 4hr private tour – for you and your group only (plus one captain).


  • Please refer to our online calendar for exact departure times and live availability.
  • All fishing charters include the services of a licensed captain, all required equipment and permits, and bottled water.  See the FAQ’s at the bottom of this page to read our food/beverage policies.
  • Catering service is also available through the Wequassett Resort – see menu link below.  Reply to your confirmation email with your order at least 48hrs before departure and we’ll take care of the rest!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your cancellation policy?

For a full refund, a minimum of 7 days notice is required.

Cancellations made less than 7 days in advance – but more than 48 hrs before departure time – will be charged 50%.

No-shows and cancellations made 48 hrs or less before departure time will be charged full price.

What if there is bad weather?

Safety is ultimately our top priority.  We will not operate in hazardous weather conditions such as heavy rain, thick fog, high winds or thunder and lightning.  If severe weather cancels your reservation we will make every effort to reschedule for another day.  Otherwise, a full refund will be issued.

However, no guarantees can be made that every part of every day will be perfectly sunny.  So we will operate as usual in overcast conditions, light fog and in intermittent sprinkles.  Guests should dress appropriately for changeable weather and bring a positive attitude!

The final decision on weather related cancellations rests with the captain and reservations should be considered upheld unless we contact you directly.  

How early should I show up for my reservation?

To leave enough time for our check-­in procedure, we recommend your party arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time.  Leave yourself some margin for traffic or parking related delays, pre-departure bathroom stops, etc.

For Private Charters:

There will be no refunds or credits for customers arriving late.  Trips are scheduled multiple times per day and to ensure that all of our reservations are honored, your tour will still have to return at its regularly scheduled time.

For Group Charters:

Group tours will leave at the regularly scheduled departure time – no exceptions.  There will be no refunds or credits for customers arriving after the boat has departed.

What should I wear? What should I bring?


  • A valid form of ID (only necessary for the person who has made the reservation).
  • If your tour/rental has not been prepaid, you will need to bring a form of payment.  We accept all major credit cards and/or cash.  Guests of the Wequassett Resort can also charge to their room account if they prefer.
  • An additional layer of clothing.  Even if its t-shirt weather in your driveway, always assume it will be cooler on the water.  For shorter tours, a sweatshirt or a light jacket is often enough.  For offshore trips, a water-resistant jacket plus a sweatshirt is ideal.  Temperatures can drop 20 degrees when heading offshore and clothing can quickly get wet if fog is present.
  • Please wear boat shoes, non-scuffing white-soled sneakers or relax and go barefoot.
  • Snacks/beverages.  Please see additional FAQ’s for restrictions.
  • Sunscreen (non-spray only).
  • Polarized sunglasses.
  • Camera


  • Spray sunscreen.
  • Marking shoes or sandals.
  • Hard alcohol.
  • Cigarettes/cigars/vapes (no smoking allowed).
  • Drugs of any kids.
  • Beer bottles or glass containers.  (Wine bottles are fine.  Beer in cans is also fine).
  • Red Wine.
  • Anything that can easily blow away.
  • Dogs or other pets.
  • Large coolers.  Each of our vessels already has a large cooler onboard.  Feel free to bring a small cooler and small bags.
  • Large meals.  It just doesn’t work well on an open, moving boat.  Keep food/snacks simple!

May food and drinks be brought on board?

All of our trips include complimentary bottled water.  Additionally, customers are welcome to bring their own snacks and beverages.

Please remember that you will be eating/drinking on a boat that is moving, open to the wind and may or may not have a table or cup holders (we operate several vessels and each is equipped differently).  Our advice is to KEEP IT SIMPLE and don’t bring anything that you aren’t prepared to eat in your lap.  Smaller snacks and finger foods are easiest and less likely to stain your clothing and our upholstery.

For adults over 21, reasonable amounts of beer and wine are also allowed.


  • Leave the red wine at home.  On a moving boat it will stain clothing and upholstery.
  • No hard alcohol.
  • Please opt for cans and minimize glass containers in general.  Wine bottles are allowed but no beer bottles.  We will provide plastic cups if needed.

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

What happens if my group size changes after booking?

The group size you specify at booking will slot you into a specific boat size.  As long as you stay within the specified range (1-6 passengers or 7-12 passengers), nothing more needs to be done.

If your group size grows into the next range of passengers, please contact us to see if a larger boat is available at your requested time.

If your group size shrinks into a smaller range of passengers, please contact us to see if a smaller boat is available at your requested time.

Do children and infants count towards passenger capacity?

Yes.  Each of our vessels is rated for a certain capacity by the United States Coast Guard and the USCG does not differentiate between children and adults.  A 6 person capacity means six human beings, for example – regardless of age.

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 ocean­-going 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 we allowed to keep the fish we catch?

As a conservation measure, we encourage our customers to practice catch and release.  However, customers wishing to take fish for consumption can have their catch filleted and bagged by the captain – subject to current state regulations and restrictions.  Please let your captain know if you wish to keep your catch and he will outline the current limits.

As a courtesy, guests of the Wequassett Resort may choose to have their catch cooked at one of the resort restaurants (fees apply).

Non-guests should consider having a cooler with ice ready in the car for the drive home.

Do I need to get a fishing permit or bring any equipment?

Down Cape Charters will provide all the equipment you will need for a successful charter.  However, feel free to bring your favorite rod & reel if you’d like.

Your entire party will be covered by our state issued salt water Fishing License.  There is no need to purchase your own.

Are there any age restrictions or physical restrictions?

There are no age restrictions for our Private charters.  We have hosted newborns to octogenarians without issue.  However, given the nature of the ocean, not every day is appropriate for every group.  Please let us know (leave a comment at checkout) if your group includes young children so we can keep a close eye on the weather and adjust accordingly.

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.

Are pets allowed on your charters?

We do not allow dogs on any of our ocean going trips.

However, in certain circumstances, we may allow dogs on some of our motor boat tours.  See our Harbor & Seal Tour, Beachcomber Tour and Sunset Cruise items for more information.

Do you provide life jackets for children?

Yes, 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, please!).

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