First Light Sportfishing

First Light Sportfishing offers a range of trips out of out of East Dennis, MA. Fish Cape Cod Bay and beyond for anything from Bluefish and Stripers to Bluefin and Sharks. Captain Jeff Penny offers fun, kid-friendly days out as well as some of the toughest sportfishing you can find. He guarantees a great experience for everyone, from complete beginners to seasoned experts.

The “First Light” is a 37’ custom-built Duffy downeaster powered by a safe, dependable 500 HP Yanmar diesel. She has state-of-the-art electronics and a full array of safety gear to make your trip productive and worry-free. The First Light is very well kept with a clean private head (toilet) and a comfortable couch if you want to get out of the elements.

Centrally located in Cape Cod Bay, you’ll be close to the best fishing grounds around. This means more time fishing and less time riding. Inshore trips will have your lines in the water just 20 minutes after leaving the dock. Even deep sea charters don’t usually go more than 25 miles out.

When fishing inshore, your primary target species will be Striped Bass and Bluefish. Head out on a full-day trip and you will either be chasing Bluefin Tuna or wrestling with monster Sharks. Makos, Threshers, Blues, and Porbeagles all hit incredible sizes in these legendary waters.

Capt. Jeff has been running charters on Cape Cod for over 30 years. He’s fished from Maine to Mexico, giving him the skills to adapt to any situation onboard. On top of this, he’s an EMT firefighter, so you can be sure that safety is a priority onboard.

An experienced captain with a well-maintained boat, heading into some of the best fishing grounds on the East Coast – this is the recipe for a very special trip. All the equipment is rigged and ready, so jump aboard and go catch some fish!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip - Sharks
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 15
    $1,300
    Makos, Blues, Porbeagles, Threshers – Cape Cod is visited by some of the ocean's top terrors every summer. This all-day, all-action charter will take you offshore in search of the biggest and meanest Sharks out there. This trip is recommended for seasoned, avid anglers.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip - Tuna
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 15
    $1,300
    Climb aboard and get ready for a full day of epic Bluefin Tuna fishing. These are some of the best Tuna grounds in the country, with huge numbers of school Tuna and some real giants mixed in, too! These trips are not recommended for beginners. Any Tuna over 73 inches will be kept by your vessel as per NMFS rules – you'll be given 10% of the net sales after expenses up to the cost of the charter.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 15
    $800
    With a full 8 hours on the water, you can go after the biggest cow Stripers and gorilla Blues in the legendary Cape Cod Bay.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 15
    $700
    If you're serious about catching big Stripers and Bluefish, 6 hours gives you enough time to hit the best spots 3-8 miles away. This trip is less suited to younger kids but can still be good family fun.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 15
    $650
    That extra hour on the water could be the key to some real trophies on this 5-hour trip which is perfect for children and families.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 15
    $600
    Spend the morning fishing for Striped Bass and Bluefish on this 4-hour charter which is great for kids and families.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 15
    $600
    Enjoy an afternoon of inshore angling for Striped Bass and Bluefish on this family-friendly 4-hour charter.
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About the Captain

Jeff Perry
East Dennis, Massachusetts, United States
67 Customer Reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since July 2018
Captain Jeff Perry started fishing at the age of 12 and has been on the water ever since. He has 36 years of fishing experience and 30 years as a captain. Capt, Jeff started fishing in high school, slowly fell in love with the sport, got a job as a mate, and never stopped pursuing his passion. He's proud to have placed in and won many local tournaments and to have caught giant Bluefin Tuna weighing over 1000 lbs in the past. Capt. Jeff has fished from Canada to Florida and down into the Mexican Caribbean. He's also an EMT Fireman so safety is always a priority onboard.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Bluefish Bluefish
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Shark (Blue) Shark (Blue)

Shark (Mako) Shark (Mako)
Shark (Porbeagle) Shark (Porbeagle)
Shark (Thresher) Shark (Thresher)
Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)

Boat Specs

Duffy (Downeast) originally built in 2011. Powered by a 500HP Yanmar engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 26 knots.

Length
37 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
American Express

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Half day pm trip w\/ Captain Jeff & Kevin
Bluefish are slippery!
4 hour trip with Captain Jeff and his son
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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
94%
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Patti B.
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Bluefish are slippery!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues (PM) on July 31, 2021
Jeff and Jason were incredible hosts to my son, my husband and me. We could hear the various boat captains communicating...
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Michael G.
Dracut, MA
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Half Day Trip with Captain Jeff

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues on June 25, 2021
Outstanding early summer fishing trip with Captain Jeff and his first mate who happens to be his son!  He put us on big fish...
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Nicole S.
New York, New York
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Half day with Captain Jeff and Jason

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues (PM) on June 20, 2021
I booked this trip as a Father’s Day trip for my husband and it was the perfect day!! The weather was beautiful, and Captain...
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Frank T.
Brewster, Massachusetts
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Hard work

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues on August 10, 2021
Today Captain Perry earned his money, a difficult day to fish. None of the boats were boating much and we tried different...
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Rickey S.
Chelsea, ME
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First Saltwater Fishing Experience

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues (AM) on June 22, 2021
Captain Jeff and Tyler made this a memorable experience for my wife and I.  They put us on the fish and kept us busy reeling...
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FAQs about First Light Sportfishing

First Light Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - 4 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - 4 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues (AM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - 5 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues (5 hours)
  • $700 per group - 6 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - 8 Hour Trip - Stripers & Blues (8 hours)
  • $1,300 per group - 12 Hour Trip - Sharks (12 hours)
  • $1,300 per group - 12 Hour Trip - Tuna (12 hours)

When you book a trip with First Light Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with First Light Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (If available)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Customary gratuity 15-20%)
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (For Bass and Blues with prior notice)

First Light Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

First Light Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (For Bass and Blues with prior notice)
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with First Light Sportfishing include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Blue)
  • Shark (Mako)
  • Shark (Porbeagle)
  • Shark (Thresher)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)