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 - Weekdays (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 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.
  • Private trip
    2.5 Hour Trip - Weekend & Holidays
    Just booked! Last booked: 10 hours 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.
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About the Captain

John Fairburn
Old Lyme, Connecticut, United States
Angler's Choice
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
53 Customer reviews
Response time 5 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) Striped Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Flounder Flounder
Scup (Porgy) Scup (Porgy)

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
Lower Connecticut River
Nearshore Fishing
Eastern Long Island Sound
Reef Fishing
Hatchett's Reef, Long Sand Shoal

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Fly Fishing
When winds permit.

Amenities

GPS
2020 Raymarine
Fishfinder
Garmin
Live Bait Well
Life Jackets
Adult and Child

Trip includes

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

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
5+ years old
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
Checks

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 53 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (35)
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
73%
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James B.
Hampton, Virginia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
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5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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Great Experience with Captain Jack of Bell 8 Charters!

VERIFIED   2.5 Hour Trip - Weekdays (AM) on July 6, 2022
Our family of four absolutely enjoyed our early July outing with Captain Jack, owner of Bell 8 Charters. Jack provided really...
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James C.
United States
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Half Day Trip with Captain Jack

VERIFIED   2.5 Hour Trip - Weekdays (AM) on June 23, 2022
This was a perfect trip! I took my 2 teenage nephews and my nine year old son. Captain Jack’s attention to safety, patience,...
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Douglas C.
Rockville, Connecticut
Excellent
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Half day with Captain Jack

VERIFIED   2.5 Hour Trip - Weekend & Holidays on September 19, 2021
If you are looking for a fun filled day of fishing and boating, Captain Jack is your man.  My wife, my 7 year old son and...
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HOWARD P.
VERNON ROCKVL, CT
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Fishing with John

VERIFIED   NEW  2.5 Hour Trip - Weekdays (AM) on August 9, 2022
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Paul G.
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   2.5 Hour Trip - Weekdays (AM) on June 21, 2022
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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
  • Life Jackets Adult and Child

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