If you’re looking for the ultimate sportfishing adventure off the coast of Connecticut, come check out Starship Charters and let Captain Bill Lopes put you on delicious fish! Your guide for the day is a 100-Ton Master Captain with decades of experience fishing Long Island Sound and its surrounding estuaries and bays.

Capt. Bill invites you aboard his 41’ Hatteras saltwater fishing boat, equipped with state-of-art electronics, fishing tackle, and safety gear. She has downriggers and outriggers for trolling, a fighting chair for battling big game fish, and a flybridge so you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Sound.

The boat accommodates up to 6 guests per trip, featuring a spacious air-conditioned cabin with a kitchen, shower, private toilet, bed, and plenty of space to just kick back and relax. Capt. Bill welcomes families and kids of all ages to join in on the action but asks that parents bring their own kids’ life jackets.

You’ll explore eastern Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, and Gardiners Bay to target a range of delicious species. The list includes Flounder, Striped Bass, Black Seabass, Porgy, Bluefish, and more. Capt. Bill also offers special Shark fishing trips, where you’ll battle against apex predators such as Thresher and Mako!

You’ll be provided top-notch rods and reels made by Penn, as well as live bait and lures. Your fishing license is covered by the boat and after the trip, the crew will offer to clean your catch so you can take it home and throw it on the grill!

All you need to bring with you is warm clothing, snacks, drinks, a camera, and any other personal items you need. Get ready for an incredible experience and book your next adventure with Starship Charters in Old Saybrook, CT!



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 20 - Nov 1
    $750
    Get ready to fish from eastern Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, and Gardiners Bay with Starship Charters! You'll have the opportunity to target Stripers, Bluefish, Porgy, Flounder, Black Seabass, and more! Rods, reels, tackle, and fishing licenses are included in the price. Feel free to bring food and drinks, and make sure to pack some warm clothing and arrive 15 minutes before departure.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip May 20 - Nov 1
    $750
    On this trip, you'll be fishing the eastern portion of Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, and Gardiners Bay, targeting a range of different species. Your target species include Flounder, Striped Bass, Black Seabass, Bluefish, Porgy and more! All necessary fishing tackle and licenses are included, just bring snacks, drinks, an extra layer of warm clothing, and arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 20 - Nov 1
    $900
    Get ready to explore eastern Long Island Sound, Gardiners Bay, and Block Island Sound with Capt. Bill Lopes. You'll target local favorites such as Striper, Black Seabass, Flounder, Porgy, Bluefish, and more! Capt. Bill will supply the rods, reels, tackle, and fishing licenses. All you have to do is cover your own food and drinks, bring some warm clothing, and arrive 15 minutes for the scheduled departure time.
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About the Captain

Bill Lopes
Old Saybrook, Connecticut, United States
69 Customer Reviews
Response time 7 hours
Member since May 2019
Captain Bill Lopes comes from a long line of fishermen and lobstermen and, has been fishing off the coast of Connecticut ever since he was a young boy. He’s been a USCG licensed Master Captain since 1992 and he currently holds a Near Coastal 100-Ton License as well. Before starting his own business, Capt. Bill worked as a captain on other fishing charters and operated private tugboats and barges off of the East Coast. After years of hard work and dedication, he bought his own boat, started running his own charters, and he’s loved it ever since. Capt. Bill invites families and kids of all ages to join him on an exclusive adventure and catch loads of exciting fish with Starship Charters!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Flounder Flounder
Scup (Porgy) Scup (Porgy)

Seabass (Black) Black Seabass

Boat Specs

Hatteras (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1966, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 300HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots.

Length
41 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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

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
American Express
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
94%
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Nathan G.
Norwich, CT
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Half Day Trip - Amazing!!!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 27, 2021
Took the kids and their friends for half day trip before school starts. Trip did not disappoint. Started with Striped Bass,...
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Edison, New Jersey
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Awesome trip!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 3, 2021
We went fishing with Captain Bill and his first mate John and had a wonderful time!  We caught so many fish (Bluefish, Striper,...
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Torrington, CT
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Full day trip with Capt Bill

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 4, 2021
Spent an awesome all day fishing trip with Capt Bill and first mate John. Really knowledgeable of the area, put us in the right...
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Fredonia, NY
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Half day trip. AM

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 12, 2021
This was our fifth time fishing with Captain Bill. Another great trip thanks to Captain Bill and First Mate John. Captain and...
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Alisha F.
Windsor, Connecticut
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Half day bachelorette trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 27, 2021
My best friend had her bachelorette party with Starship Charters. We had 6 ladies on the boat slaying it. Bill and John were...
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FAQs about Starship Charters

Starship Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $750 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $750 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $900 per group - Full Day Trip (7 hours)

When you book a trip with Starship Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Private head )
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Starship Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn )
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (15–20% recommended gratuity )
  • Fishing License

Starship Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

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

Top targeted fish species with Starship Charters include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Flounder
  • Scup (Porgy)
  • Seabass (Black)