Nightjack Sportfishing

Nightjack Sportfishing invites you for a day full of adventure chasing fish in the abundant waters off the coast of Branford, Connecticut. Head into the Long Island Sound to peruse some rich and historical fishing waters. The charter is owned and operated by Captain John Alves who has fished since he was a child and loves spending every minute on the water. He enjoys taking new and returning guests out and showing them all the thrills these waters offer.

Capt. John will take you aboard the “Nightjack,” a 32’ Levy downeast, powered by a 330 HP Cummins engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots. She’s a huge Canadian-built boat known as a “Novi.” Known for their size and beams, Novis are incredibly sound and feature a half-enclosed cabin that will protect you come rain or shine, and comes fitted with a toilet. She can carry up to 6 anglers on inshore and offshore trips.

Set sail from the Branford Landing Marina and can head you along the inshore waters of the Long Island Sound and Thimble Islands. Here, you’ll target Tautog, Striped Bass, Fluke, Weakfish, and more. Or, take a trip offshore to find big game fish like Bluefin Tuna. You can also target the frightening Mako and Thresher Sharks, and, during the summer months, go after delicious Mahi Mahi.

Nightjack Sportfishing takes its fishing seriously. There is a fighting chair for you to battle the big fish, a livewell for bait, and all the USCG-approved safety equipment for when the waters get choppy. The whole family is welcome to see what real fishing is about, and Capt. John can’t wait to welcome you aboard again and again. Whichever trip you choose, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $950
    Spend a full day on the water for a maximum fishing experience. Troll, bottom fish, or drift fish to target Striped Bass, Bluefish, Weakfish, Fluke, Black Seabass, and many more. You're in for an exciting day's fishing and a delicious treat to take home.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $650
    Fish the Long Island sound and the Thimble Islands for Tautog, Striped Bass, Fluke, Weakfish, and more. You'll travel around going after the pmost productive spots to catch the ish, getting you acquainted with these rich waters. Departure times may vary based on tides and customer needs.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $650
    Explore the skinny waters of the Long Island Sound and around the Thimble Islands. Head wherever you need to go after the fish. Target Tautog, Fluke, Striped Bass, and Weakfish, or an exciting afternoon on the water and a delicious reward at the end of the day. Departure times may vary depending on weather and tidal conditions.
  • Private trip
    Evening Fishing Trips - 5 Hours
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    $650
    A chance to get out on the water for some evening time fishing. Depending the time of the year, you might experience a sunset on the water. Certain fish species become more active during evening hours. Often times, the winds lay down for a nice calm seas.
  • Private trip
    Tautog AKA Blackfish
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 10 - Nov 10
    $650
    We'll be fishing in close to shore on rock piles for the great eating Tautog. If time permits, we will also fish for striped bass and bluefish.
  • Private trip
    Evening Fishing Trips - 4 hours
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $550
    A chance to get out on the water for some evening time fishing. Depending the time of the year, you might experience a sunset on the water. Certain fish species become more active during evening hours. Often times, the winds lay down for a nice calm seas.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    $450
    This short afternoon adventure provides a great opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy a nice evening! You'll stay close to the harbor to maximize your fishing time. You'll mainly be going after bottom fish, but will also may target larger game fish when the bite is on. This quick trip is perfect for anyone who isn't able to be on the water for an extended period of time, and is also great for kids!
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About the Captain

John Alves
Branford, Connecticut, United States
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41 Customer Reviews
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Member since April 2017
Captain John Alves has been fishing since he was a kid. He's always been passionate about the sport and simply can't stop getting on the water. He promises to try to make his guests happy by fishing using whatever technique suits them best. With all the necessary equipment on board, and more, Capt. John can do whatever you wanr and will do his best to please his guests.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Flounder Flounder
Seabass (Black) Black Seabass

Shark (Mako) Mako Shark
Shark (Thresher) Thresher Shark
Tuna (Bluefin) Bluefin Tuna
Weakfish Weakfish

Boat Specs

Levy (Downeast) originally built in 2001. Powered by a 330HP Cummins engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
32 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
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Branford to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
89%
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5 hour evening trip 4-9 pm

VERIFIED   Evening Fishing Trips - 5 Hours on July 31, 2021
Captain John and mate Brian were friendly and accommodating. The boat was clean and spacious. The tackle was high quality and...
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Manchester, CT
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VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on September 26, 2021
The best charter I have been on, our entire party had a blast. Caught plenty of fish, which were cleaned and ready to cook...
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Cheshire, CT
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Half Day Evening Trip

VERIFIED   Evening Fishing Trips - 5 Hours on June 25, 2021
My friends and I couldn’t have asked for a better time. We caught tons tons of fish and had a lot of fun. We’ll definitely...
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Half day trip with Capt. John

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) on September 18, 2021
First time for my wife and I and it could not have been more perfect!
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VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) on June 27, 2021
Great day! Had a blast! Everyone caught fish 🎣
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FAQs about Nightjack Sportfishing

Nightjack Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (3 hours)
  • $550 per group - Evening Fishing Trips - 4 hours (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (5 hours)
  • $650 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (5 hours)
  • $650 per group - Evening Fishing Trips - 5 Hours (5 hours)
  • $650 per group - Tautog AKA Blackfish (5 hours)
  • $950 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Inshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Nightjack Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Fully enclosed bathroom)
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box (Ice Provided )

Trips booked with Nightjack Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

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

Nightjack Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Nightjack Sportfishing include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Flounder
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Mako)
  • Shark (Thresher)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Weakfish