On The Side Charters

On The Side Charters operates out of the historic town of Newburyport, MA, offering a variety of fishing trips from 3 to 10 hours. The waters around Newburyport are teeming with a wide range of species, and On The Side Charters makes the most of this fact, by offering trips targeting anything from Mackerel and Flounder in the shallows, to huge Sharks and monster Bluefin Tuna way out into the ocean.

The boat you will be spending the day on is a 29’ Webbers Coast downeast with room aboard for up to 6 guests. She’s powered by an impressive 280 HP General Motors engine, meaning you will waste no time getting to the best fishing grounds offshore, and comes equipped with everything you will need for some awesome fishing.

The vessel features all-new Simrad electronics, with CHIRP sonar to allow the best possible view of what lurks beneath you. Once you’re locked in on your catch, a choice of realistic lures and live bait fresh from the tank will be too tempting for any fish to ignore, and the vessel’s tournament grade tackle will give you the best chance of landing whatever you sink your hook into.

Captain Jonathan Carey takes pride in offering one of the best selections of trips around, welcoming clients aboard for anything from 3-hour stints after work catching tasty Striped Bass for dinner, to 10-hour offshore adventures doing battle with giant Bluefin Tuna. In order to be productive targeting so many species, he offers a choice of light and heavy tackle, with the option to troll, spin, jig, and pop, as well as to drift, fly, and kite fish.

Even if fishing is not your thing, On The Side Charters have the perfect trip for you, taking in the Newburyport waterfront on a 2-hour sunset cruise. No matter what trip you choose, Captain John will work with you to make sure it is exactly what you are looking for. On offshore trips, all large Bluefin are kept by the boat, but Captain John will give you a 10% discount on your next trip.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    10 hour Trip - Bluefin & Sharks
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1
    $1,300
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This is what fishing is all about - heading way offshore in search of giant Bluefin Tuna. If a big Tuna is caught, the boat retains the catch and clients receive 10% off their next booking.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip - School Tuna
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1
    $1,200
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Head offshore in search of School Tuna, fishing on both light and heavy tackle.
  • Private trip
    8 hour Trip - Sharks
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1
    $1,100
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This trip will see you fishing for various shark species offshore.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Bass (Afternoon)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    The boat is yours for the afternoon, so get out there and catch some great Striped Bass!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Bass (Morning)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1 (Sat, Sun)
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Spend the morning targeting big Striped Bass on this 4-hour fishing charter.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip - Evening Bass Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $375
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Unwind after work fishing striped bass in the evening sun.
  • Private trip
    Sunset Harbor Cruise
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1
    $200
    up to 6 persons
    For the non fishers or romantic, come for an evening sunset river cruise in historic Newburyport can be extended $100/hour
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About the Captain

Jonathan Carey
Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States
20 Fishing Reports
5 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since June 2017
In addition to being an experienced captain in my own right, I have mated for and learned from some of the best old time captains in the area. I bring to the table over 20 years experience fishing from Provincetown Cape Cod to the Gulf of Maine out to Georges Bank chasing Striped Bass to Bluefin Tuna and everything in between. For the last ten years, I have been a commercial Tuna and Bass fisherman. My experience covers commercial, charter, and head boat fishing. As a lifetime angler, I enjoy both fresh and saltwater fishing. My passion, however, is definitely saltwater. This transition occurred after my first experience catching a Bluefin Tuna....I can still hear that drag screaming!!! If you are a life long angler like myself or a begginer, let me share my love of the ocean and fishing with you and your group. I guarantee you will not only leave with a memorable experience but also new knowledge, and most likely some dinner! We are now offerong corporate charters on our 37' Duffy.

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Targeted Species

Bass (Striped)
Bluefish
Dogfish
Flounder

Mackerel (Atlantic)
Shark (Blue)
Shark (Mako)
Shark (Porbeagle)

Shark (Thresher)
Skate
Tuna (Bluefin)

Boat Specs

Webbers Cove (Downeast) originally built in 1994, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 280HP GM 350 engine.

Length
29 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Crew Keeps Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Christina B.
Durham, North Carolina
 5.00
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Captain Jon and us aboard The Alchemist

July 28, 2017
After scheduling a 10 hour Tuna charter, we ended up out on the water for 13 well spent hours.  We travelled 30 plus miles...
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Scott H.
Newburyport, MA
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3-hour afternoon with Captain John

VERIFIED   July 12, 2018
Group of six had a great time with captain John!
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Steve P.
Salisbury, Massachusetts
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Fishing with Jonathan

VERIFIED   August 26, 2018
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Bob B.
Exeter, New Hampshire
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Full day trip with Captain Jon

August 14, 2017
We fished several areas off of Newburyport. Very exciting day with plenty of fish for dinner!!!
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3 Hour Trip - Inshore (Morning)

VERIFIED   July 29, 2017
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