Blue Bandit Charters is a locally-owned-and-operated company, run by Captain Jim Ikovich and his experienced crew. Most of the team is Cape Cod born and raised, and all of them share a passion for putting you on a fish that you will tell your grandkids about.

Capt. Jim offers specialty charters for all of Cape Cod’s top species. Choose between Sharks, Stripers, Seabass, Fluke, Haddock, Pollock, and even Bluefin Tuna. And that’s just the half day trips! Stay out for a full day, and you can go after giant Bluefin or split your day to bring in both Tuna and Bass.

Whatever you’re chasing, you couldn’t ask for a better boat to do it on than Capt. Jim’s 27’ Cape Horn center console. The boat was built in 2011 and can carry up to six anglers on most trips, or four when going after Tuna and Sharks. She cruises at a respectable 35 knots and is equipped with a full battery of marine electronics to make sure you’re always fishing in the right place.

All trips come with rods, reels, lures, and licenses – everything you need to catch fish. You will fish for bait at the start of the trip (kids love doing this) and anything you want to take home will be cleaned and filleted for you free of charge.

The Blue Bandit team is here to create great memories as well as great fishing. They will match your trip to your group and your priorities and will work themselves to the bone to make sure you have a great time. This is their job, their hobby, and their passion, so going the extra mile is a no-brainer for these guys!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Striped Bass
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 15
    $625
    Fine-hour Striper charters are great for families or people just wanting to test out Cape Cod's fishing. The departure is also possible at 10:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Haddock & Pollock
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jun 30
    $900
    Spend the morning fishing for delicious groundfish like Haddock and Pollock in the deep structure off Cape Cod.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Striped Bass
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 15
    $925
    Spend the whole day fishing for Striped Bass and bring in some real cows! This trip is great for experienced anglers looking to land their personal best but can be great fun for beginners, too. The departure is also possible at 10:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Sharks
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Oct 15
    $1,150
    Take on some of the ocean's top predators like Thresher, Blue, and Mako Sharks in this half-day heavy tackle adventure!
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip - Bluefin Tuna (MAX 4)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 25 - Oct 20
    $1,250
    Looking to land this season's biggest Bluefin? Spend the whole day fishing for these monsters and you may at least get a sight of some giant Tuna. You'll certainly catch your limit if the bite is good on the day.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip - Bass & Tuna (MAX 4)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 25 - Oct 15
    $1,400
    With a full 10 hours on the water, you can go after two of the Northeast's top gamefish. Comb the shallows for trophy Stripers then head offshore for monster Bluefin Tuna. What more could you ask for from a single fishing trip?

About the Captain

Jim Ilkovich
Truro, Massachusetts, United States
ID & License verified
26 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2018
Captain Jim Ikovich has born and raised right here on Cape Cod and spent his childhood fishing the waters around Orleans, MA. Capt. Jim has been working on charter boats since he was 12 and has over a decade of experience as a captain. Fishing is his passion and nothing gets his heart pounding like that first strike of the day. He also loves getting the chance to meet new people and learn about different parts of the world from clients traveling to fish with him.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Flounder Flounder
Haddock Haddock

Boat specs

Cape Horn (Center console) originally built in 2011. Powered by 2 250HP Yamaha 4.2 V6 engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 42 knots.

Length
27 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Private
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Caught by customers at the beginning of the trip
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
10-20% tips are appreciated
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Minimum age is 7, life jackets provided
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 1% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 8 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
75%
Appropriate for children
75%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Shidong X.
Boston, MA
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5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Striped Bass on May 13, 2022
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Jeffrey B.
Jerseyville, IL
Excellent
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Half day trip with Captain Jim

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Striped Bass on May 20, 2021
We had a really great time catching Flounder and Striped Bass with Captain Jim!
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Jelle A.
Falmouth, Maine
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Great fishing trip with captain Jim

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Sharks on October 7, 2019
Nice boat and friendly captain and crew! A lot of fun going fast with the speedboat! They know how to fish and have good local...
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Kristina K.
Milford, CT
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Striped Bass on August 21, 2020
Was a great experience! Our captain was knowledgeable of where to find fish and how to catch them. Would love to book this...
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Sherryl K.
Ellington, CT
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Striped Bass on August 15, 2020
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FAQs about Blue Bandit Charters

Blue Bandit Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $625 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour Trip – Striped Bass (5 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Haddock & Pollock (8 hours)
  • $925 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Striped Bass (8 hours)
  • $1,150 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Sharks (8 hours)
  • $1,250 per group - 10 Hour Trip - Bluefin Tuna (MAX 4) (10 hours)
  • $1,400 per group - 10 Hour Trip - Bass & Tuna (MAX 4) (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Blue Bandit Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Private
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Blue Bandit Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Caught by customers at the beginning of the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (10-20% tips are appreciated)
  • Fishing License

Blue Bandit Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Blue Bandit Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Blue Bandit Charters include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Flounder
  • Haddock
  • Pollock
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Blue)
  • Shark (Thresher)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)