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
    3 Hour Trip – Evening Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Oct 10 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $600
    A chance to get out on the water for some evening time fishing. Depending on the time of the year, you might experience a sunset on the water. Certain fish species become more active during evening hours. Oftentimes, the winds lay down for a nice calm sea.
  • Private trip
    Evening Fishing Trips - 4 hours
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $600
    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
    5 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $700
    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)
    $700
    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
    Seasonal trip May 5 - Jun 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $700
    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
    8 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $1,050
    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.
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About the Captain

John Alves
Branford, Connecticut, United States
ID & License verified
53 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
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

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
Fully enclosed bathroom
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Ice Provided

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

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 53 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (32)
Half Day AM Trip
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Dana D.
Lake Odessa, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Couldn't have had a better trip!

VERIFIED   Evening Fishing Trips - 4 hours on July 22, 2022
First time family ocean fishing trip, we took a 5h evening trip in the sound. Captain John and first mate Ryan couldn’t have...
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Sandy B.
Branford, CT
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with John

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Trip – Evening Fishing on September 30, 2022
Fine evening aboard the Night Jack. Bottom fish gave us plenty of line tugs, though big guys weren’t around this trip. We’ll...
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Melissa L.
Shelton, CT
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day AM Trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on August 21, 2022
These guys are great! Super nice and accommodating. My only suggestion is you may want to bring something to sit on and enough...
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Richard K.
Branford, CT
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great Experience- Highly Recommend

VERIFIED   Evening Fishing Trips - 4 hours on August 2, 2022
We had just a fabulous time fishing on the Night Jack!! Great for all ages and experience levels. Caught tons of fish (which...
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Barbara M.
Ansonia, CT
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Captain John Alves and Bird are awesome!

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on August 20, 2022
Sturdy and clean FV, very comfortable for our family of 5. Friendly Captain and crew who works hard to put you on hot spots,...
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FAQs about Nightjack Sportfishing

Nightjack Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Evening Fishing (3 hours)
  • $600 per group - Evening Fishing Trips - 4 hours (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (5 hours)
  • $700 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (5 hours)
  • $700 per group - Evening Fishing Trips - 5 Hours (5 hours)
  • $1,050 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
  • Radar

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