Great Marsh Outfitters

Great Marsh Outfitters is fly and light tackle guide service targeting primarily Striped Bass, mainly in Ipswich Bay and Plum Island Sound.

Explore marsh channels tossing flies at eager schoolies, or run out to the bay to fish big flies, live bunker, and big topwater plugs for pelagic Stripers up to 50 inches. Your guide specializes in teaching new anglers. Low pressure, high excitement, high reward! You’ll be treated with respect, courtesy, and patience. Success in fishing is 90% confidence, and should always be fun!

Come aboard Captain Erik’s 20’ center console that accommodates up to 3 guests.

Trips usually depart around dawn. At this time, you will have the Great Marsh, Plum Island Sound, and Ipswich Bay largely or entirely to yourself. You can usually find feeding fish within minutes of getting on the boat. Return by 9 or 10 am, when the bite slows down, and the weekend crowds are just finishing their coffee.

There are unique and action-full fishing opportunities year round. Feisty schoolies arrive in late April or early May, invading the great marsh.

Things heat up in May and into June with slot-sized fish feeding on Herring in the sound and rivers. July brings abundance to Ipswich Bay, with the arrival of the bunker schools, and the cow-sized Stripers, schoolie Bluefin, and even whales that come right up to the beachfront to feed. This is world class Striper fishing! If you’re lucky, you might even get a shot at hooking a Bluefin Tuna.

August brings the sand eels in thick on the sandbars and beach fronts of Ipswich Bay. Come September, take your show on the road and target False Albacore and Bonito. These pint-sized Tunas provide intense action on fly rods and light tackle. Through the end of October, you’ll be chasing Bass as they move south in their fall run.

Trips with Great Marsh Outfitters are all-inclusive, so you just need to bring a positive attitude and you’re ready to go!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Albie
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Oct 31
    $600
    Fly and light tackle fishing for False Albacore. Full day trip on Cape Cod, the Vineyard, or Buzzards Bay. Your captain will cover all fishing equipment, licenses, snacks, and drinks. Just pack some sun protection and you're good to go!
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Fly & Light Tackle
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $350
    Morning trip, departing at dawn and returning by 10 am. The best bite window and the best bang for your buck. All fishing equipment is included in the price.
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About the Captain

Erik Christiansen
Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States
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Member since June 2020
Captain Erik has been guiding fishing trips for many years. He specializes in catching Striped Bass and can help you catch a fish of a lifetime.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Bonito Bonito
Cod Cod

Flounder Flounder
Haddock Haddock
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Tuna (Bluefin) Bluefin Tuna

Boat Specs

Dusky (Center console) originally built in 1994. Powered by a 150HP Evinrude engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 32 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
No Alcohol
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Richard L.
Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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Half Day Inshore Fishing - Beginner

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Fly & Light Tackle on July 16, 2021
Took my 10 year son out for his first boat fishing trip and could not have been more pleased.  Erik was excellent, knowledgeable...
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Leipsic, OH
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Fly & Light Tackle on July 20, 2021
I wasn’t even on the boat but my husband and son haven’t stopped talking about this fishing trip and Captain Erik since...
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Mack S.
Newington, NH
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Half Day with Captain Erik

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Fly & Light Tackle on July 28, 2021
Great morning of fishing with Captain Erik. Highly recommended and will repeat.
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George E.
Milton, FL
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Had a Blast!!!

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Fly & Light Tackle on July 24, 2021
Eric was a great guide!!! I will definitely go back with him next time I’m in the area!!!
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Doug F.
Boston, Massachusetts
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Fishing with Erik

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Fly & Light Tackle on July 17, 2021
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FAQs about Great Marsh Outfitters

Great Marsh Outfitters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Fly & Light Tackle (5 hours)
  • $600 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Albie (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Great Marsh Outfitters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Trips booked with Great Marsh Outfitters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Great Marsh Outfitters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Great Marsh Outfitters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Great Marsh Outfitters include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Bonito
  • Cod
  • Flounder
  • Haddock
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)