Cricket II – The JAWS Boat

This isn’t just a fishing trip, this is a chance to be a part of a legend. Hop aboard the Cricket II, the very same boat that inspired author Peter Benchley to write the book on which the movie Jaws is based on.

This 45’ boat was built in 1947 and belongs to a different era. She was fully restored and outfitted a few years ago in order to provide free fishing trips for disabled veterans. Certain alterations were made, to make the boat wheelchair accessible. The boat is powered by a 250 HP Detroit engine, features a private toilet, navigational electronics, a fighting chair, trolling gear, tuna tubes, and all kinds of top-notch fishing equipment.

To live up to its legend, this boat will take you to Shark hunting. You can go after Blacktip and Tiger sharks that gather around wrecks. The crew provides Shark tags, so you can also be a part of this species preservation. But there’s so much more. You can also catch Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, and Spanish Mackerel. It all depends on what technique you’re using and which fishing grounds you visited.

All fishing equipment, licenses, and catch cleaning are included in the price. You only need to pack your food, drinks, and bring sun protection. The cost of your trip helps to cover the cost of free trips for veterans.

Enjoy a safe and comfortable adventure on the Cricket II! You don’t need a bigger boat.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $500
    This short adventure is perfect for those who don't have enough time for a full day trip or are just experimenting with fishing. Try it out for a few hours and see what it's all about.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $900
    This full day adventure is also reserved for 4 guests only. You can go after different types of Shark and Tuna, or target Marlin, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, and more. All fishing gear and licenses are included in the price.
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About the Captain

Joseph Dibella​​
Morehead City, North Carolina, United States
ID & License verified
19 Customer reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since February 2021
Captain Joe Dibella worked on this boat as a mate in its glory days. Although he didn't have trips as dramatic as the ones in the movie, he did catch a record Great White Shark, weighing 3,427-lb, the largest of any species ever landed with a rod.

About this listing

Targeted species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Shark (Tiger) Tiger Shark

Boat specs

Tiffany Yacht Custom (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1947, and restored in 2012. Powered by a 250HP Detroit Diesel engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 11 knots.

Length
45 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
3 chairs
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
2
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
12 or older
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
We supply Shark Tags
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and avoid unnecessary hassle with carrying extra cash.

No additional fees.
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
Checks

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.5 / 5
out of 5 stars from 19 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.4 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
82%
Friendly captain
88%
Recommend this charter
84%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
88%
Catch intended fish
82%
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Jennifer F.
Bowling Green, MO
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

4 hour trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on June 1, 2022
We really enjoyed our trip. The crew were very knowledgeable about the area and fishing which helped alot because we had NO...
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Barb L.
Lima, OH
Excellent
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Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip on September 3, 2022
Captain and 1st mate were great!  Caught plenty of fish. Nice size boat with plenty of room. We had a great time!
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Jennifer M.
High Point, North Carolina
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day captain joe

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on May 15, 2022
Couldn’t ask for a better captain or First mate! My son celebrated his 16th birthday fishing and had a blast. Caught...
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Greggory W.
Winston-Salem, NC
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
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4 hr trip with Captain Joe

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on April 16, 2022
Captain Joe and James were awesome. Very laid back and super helpful with helping my 5 yr old outfish his 12 yr old brothers!...
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Katie E.
Glen Raven, NC
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on August 11, 2022
We had an excellent morning fishing and we caught more fish than any of the other charters out there!!! Wonderful people, comfortable...
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FAQs about Cricket II – The JAWS Boat

Cricket II – The JAWS Boat offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - 4 Hour Trip (4 hours)
  • $900 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Cricket II – The JAWS Boat, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair 3 chairs
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Cricket II – The JAWS Boat include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (2 )
  • Fishing License

Cricket II – The JAWS Boat offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Cricket II – The JAWS Boat offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Cricket II – The JAWS Boat include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Tiger)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tuna (Albacore)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)