Common Questions

Q. Will you take our group even if we’ve never fished before?

Absolutely! Our job is to provide you with a fun day out. The crew will not only teach you how to use the rod and reel, but also teach you techniques “that landed the big one.” With a little help you’ll walk off a seasoned veteran.

Q. Will I get Seasick?

The best part of chartering the whole boat is that we tailor the trip to your needs. We get requests all the time for “bay only.” This is the calmest water. Even the tenderest of stomachs have no problem. On the flip side, we’ll also accommodate an old salt with a good “crank” in the ocean if that is their game.

Q. What’s the minimum number of people I need to charter the Fishtale?

It’s not so much a minimum number of people as it is a minimum dollar amount. Each trip is different and we recommend that you call in order to get an accurate price. Fishing /cruising, length of trip, weekend/ weekday, type of fishing are all factors in how much the price will be. Give us a call at 631-766-9578 and we can discuss exactly what you are looking for.

Q. Where do I send the deposit and for how much?

The deposit is $300 and can be made by credit card over the phone (we accept Visa, Mastercard and AMEX) or you can mail us a check to Fishtale Charters, 91 Araca Road, Babylon, NY 11702. Note: To hold the date, deposit checks must be received within 7 days.
Captain’s suggestion: Reserve with a credit card to lock in the date. Should you then prefer to follow up with a check your credit card will promptly be reimbursed.

Q. Is the Deposit refundable?

If the trip is cancelled 30 or more days before the date of said charter then it will be refunded in full in the way it was received (credit card, check). If the trip is cancelled less than 30 days from the date of said charter the deposit will not be refunded unless another charter of equal or greater value is booked in its place. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

Q. How far in advance should I book my charter?

Generally, the sooner the better! Leave yourself plenty of time to get your group together. The average is about 1 ½ months before the charter date. Weekends in the summer tend to book earlier. Occasionally we get customers who book last minute, but keep in mind the likelihood of availability diminishes. Call for advice.

Q. When is the balance payment due and can I use a credit card?

The balance payment is due on the day of the trip. For our corporate clients, exceptions are made, but this must be agreed upon at least 2 days in advance. Credit cards are accepted for balance payments however they will be assessed a 3% surcharge. (Balances only, not deposits).

Q. What happens if it rains on the day of the charter?

Fishing is an outdoor sport! We go rain or shine! So come prepared! A Chance of showers” can also mean “Mostly dry”