Relax, fish, and take in the scenic beauty of Delaware’s rivers, canals, and bays with Truetolife Outdoors! Captain Dave Houser specializes in inshore and nearshore fishing for all levels of experience, from beginner to expert, and invites you to join him for a productive day of fishing.

You’ll be fishing the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal, Broadkill River, and the Rehoboth, Delaware, and Indian River Bays. Your main target species are Flounder, Striped Bass, Black Seabass, Bluefish, Weakfish, Spadefish, and more! Capt. Dave specializes in a wide range of techniques and will employ whatever is necessary to put you on fish.

On longer 8-hour trips, you’ll experience 2 full tides which increases your opportunities of catching some awesome species. The best time to fish is 2 hours prior to tide and Capt. Dave knows all the best spots to fish from during any time of day. In other words, you can count on him to put you in the right place at the right time! Shorter trips will most likely have you fishing one tide but there’s still a good chance you’ll be able to go home with something nice to grill up.

You’ll be fishing from a 20’ Pro-Line center console boat with state-of-the-art navigational and safety gear. The captain has 2 large live bait tanks and a smaller one for smaller fish. He has an icebox for you to store your catch and a cooler for you to keep snacks and drinks in.

You’ll be provided with top-of-the-line Tsunami rods and Daiwa reels. Live bait is prepared before the trip and is included in the price as well. Your fishing license is also covered.

Capt. Dave will take care of everything else so you can focus on what really matters, which is to experience the true beauty of nature in it’s most pristine form. Book your trip today, arrive 15–30 minutes early, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure with Truetolife Outdoors!



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  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 31
    $625
    Get ready to fish the canals and bays of Delaware on this exclusive adventure with Truetolife Outdoors! On this trip, you'll be fishing at least one tide change. Your main target species are Flounder, Striped Bass, Black Seabass, Weakfish, and Bluefish. Fishing tackle, bait, and licenses are included in the price. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks and get ready to fill the captain's boat up with delicious fish!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 31
    $450
    Get ready to fish the productive canals and bays surrounding Lewes, DE. You'll have a chance to explore the Rehoboth Bay, Indian River Bay, or Delaware Bay to try and land a trophy Flounder, Bluefish, Striper, Black Seabass, and more! Rods, reels, and bait are included in the price, as well as your fishing license. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks and get ready for an unforgettable trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 11:10 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 31
    $450
    Join Truetolife Outdoors for a productive day of fishing the Delaware bays and canals. Your main target species are Striped Bass, Black Seabass, Flounder, Bluefish, and Weakfish. Fishing tackle and bait are included in the price, as well as your license. The captain's got an extra cooler so feel free to bring snacks and drinks, and get ready to create lasting memories in the Delaware Bay!
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About the Captain

Dave Houser
Lewes, Delaware, United States
7 Fishing Reports
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84 Customer Reviews
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Member since May 2019
I've been fishing the Delaware waters since I was a teenager, as my parents had a place in DE. Every weekend we used to head to the Delaware Bay for fishing. Times have changed since then, and so have my fishing techniques! I've kept up with the changes. I also run sea duck hunts out of the same bay, so I am on the water almost all year.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Black Drum Black Drum
Bluefish Bluefish
Dogfish Dogfish

Flounder Flounder
Ray Ray
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Skate Skate

Spadefish Spadefish
Tautog Tautog
Triggerfish (Gray) Gray Triggerfish
Weakfish Weakfish

Boat Specs

Pro-Line (Center console) originally built in 1988, and restored in 2020. Powered by a 115HP 2021 Mercury Pro XS engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Fishing License

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
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

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Customer Reviews

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Good experience
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
90%
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Peter M.
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Family Trip with Capt. Dave

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on July 7, 2021
We had an excellent morning trip with Capt. Dave this week.  It was easy to book and I mentioned that we wanted to catch some...
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Alisha A.
New York, New York
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Captain Dave was amazing

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on June 5, 2021
We were looking for a last minute fishing trip on our way out of town. As we tried other ones with no luck. My son wanted to...
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Jennifer U.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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A nice putter around the canal, plus a big flounder!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on May 28, 2021
I booked a 4-hour fishing trip with Captain Dave for a surprise for my husband’s 40th birthday. We spent a pleasant morning...
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Mars, PA
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Morning trip with Captain Dave

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on July 15, 2021
We booked a last minute morning trip with Captain Dave for me, my 12 year old son and his friend. Captain Dave was great to...
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Half day trip with Capt Dave

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on August 4, 2021
Dave was great, good communication pre-trip with iffy weather.  Once we were there, all was very well handled.  Great boat...
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FAQs about Truetolife Outdoors

Truetolife Outdoors offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $625 per group - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Truetolife Outdoors, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well (2 large tanks and a smaller one )
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Truetolife Outdoors include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Tsunami ,Daiwa ,Lews)
  • Live Bait (Bought before the trip )
  • Lures
  • Fishing License

Truetolife Outdoors offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Broadkill River)
  • Inshore Fishing (Bays, canals, and tributaries )
  • Nearshore Fishing (Up to 3 miles out (weather permitting) )
  • Reef Fishing (Coral beds)
  • Flats Fishing

Truetolife Outdoors offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Truetolife Outdoors include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Black Drum
  • Bluefish
  • Dogfish
  • Flounder
  • Ray
  • Sheepshead
  • Skate
  • Spadefish
  • Tautog
  • Triggerfish (Gray)
  • Weakfish