Bell 8 Charters invites you to join Captain Jack Fairburn for a relaxing fishing trip out of Old Lyme, Connecticut. Capt. has always loved fishing and decided to pursue his lifelong dream when he retired from teaching. These days, Jack guides anglers on the beautiful waters around Old Lyme.

Fishing is good for a variety of species, and depending on what you wish to target and the season, you can visit a number of productive fishing sites. Captain Jack can take you to Hatchett’s Reef, Long Sand Shoal, and the tidal rip off Cornfield Point, depending on where the fish are and the season. Targeted species include Striped Bass, Bluefish, Tautog, Black Seabass, Flounder, Dogfish, Porgy, and more.

The boat is a 21’ Steiger Craft with a capacity for four guests. Powered by a 150 HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 32 knots, this vessel is fast and reliable in getting you to and from the productive fishing grounds. The vessel features life jackets for safety, a livewell for the bait, and a GPS and fishfinder used to locate the schooling fish.

Bell 8 Charters offers short trips that last two and a half hours, which is long enough to put you on the fish. Since Captain Jack is also a Justice of the Peace, he can perform wedding ceremonies on the boat, for a romantic and unique experience. Fishing trips include rods, reels, tackle, artificial bait, fishing licenses, and a fish processing service at the end.



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  • Private trip
    2.5 Hour Trip - Weekend & Holidays
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 1 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $500
    You can fish the Lower Connecticut River, Cornfield Point, Hatchett's Reef, or Long Sand Shoal depending on where the fish are and the season. Targeted species include Striped Bass, Bluefish, Tautog, Black Seabass, Flunder, Albies (in the fall), and more. This trip runs Friday-Sunday.
  • Private trip
    2.5 Hour Trip - Weekdays (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $400
    You can fish the Lower Connecticut River, Cornfield Point, Hatchett's Reef, or Long Sand Shoal depending on where the fish are and the season. Targeted species include Striped Bass, Bluefish, Tautog, Black Seabass, Flunder, Albies (fall only), and more. This trip runs Monday-Thursday.
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About the Captain

John Fairburn
Old Lyme, Connecticut, United States
Angler's Choice
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
43 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since August 2017
I have been boating and fishing on the eastern end of Long Island Sound over 30 years. Having summers off from my teaching job has allowed me to experience the quiet waters during weekdays without most of the weekend amateurs.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Bluefish Bluefish
Flounder Flounder
Scup (Porgy) Scup (Porgy)

Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Tautog Tautog

Boat Specs

Steiger Craft (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2005. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 32 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
71%
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Awesome Trip!

VERIFIED   NEW  2.5 Hour Trip - Weekdays (AM) on July 6, 2021
Best experience ever. Captain John was great for us first time fishers and the children loved it. Especially when they caught...
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Half day on the bay w/ Capt Jack

VERIFIED   NEW  2.5 Hour Trip - Weekend & Holidays on July 2, 2021
Spent a morning with Captain Jack chasing Stripers and Blues inshore before heading out a bit for some Fluke and Black Seabass...
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Great day on the water!

VERIFIED   2.5 Hour Trip - Weekdays (AM) on May 11, 2021
You can tell right from the start captain jack cares about having you enjoy you’re time on his boat. From the moment I booked...
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THE BEST!!

VERIFIED   2.5 Hour Trip - Weekend & Holidays on September 11, 2020
Captain John could not have given my grandson and I a better experience. He was so professional but fun and relaxed at the...
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September fishing trip

VERIFIED   2.5 Hour Trip - Weekend & Holidays on September 12, 2020
Captain Jack was great. The day way beautiful but seas rough. Thankfully not an issue for us. Caught fish just not ones we...
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FAQs about Bell 8 Charters

Bell 8 Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - 2.5 Hour Trip - Weekdays (AM) (3 hours)
  • $500 per group - 2.5 Hour Trip - Weekend & Holidays (3 hours)

When you book a trip with Bell 8 Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (2020 Raymarine )
  • Fishfinder (Garmin )
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Bell 8 Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Client must request ahead of time)
  • Lures (Live bait available at additional cost)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Additional cost)
  • Fishing License (Not required on licensed charter boats in CT)

Bell 8 Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Lower Connecticut River)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Eastern Long Island Sound)
  • Reef Fishing (Hatchett's Reef, Long Sand Shoal)

Bell 8 Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Fly Fishing (When winds permit.)

Top targeted fish species with Bell 8 Charters include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Flounder
  • Scup (Porgy)
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Tautog