Fishermen who enjoy taking trips about headboats and party boats have specific needs for a successful trip that ends with a cooler full of fillets.
The Party Boat Fisherman
First introduced in 1954, Grundéns Herkules Bibs are the gold standard in outerwear for the captains and crews of Northeast party boats. The bibs are made of a heavy-duty cotton twill base that’s coated with HDX12 PVC. Sturdy elastic suspenders with quick-release clips now feature Suspender Savers for keeping suspender straps handy and in place when nature calls.
The Jigging World Shogun 7-foot medium-light Jigging rod is specially designed for Northeast bottomfish. The spiral-wrap design makes for smooth handling, and a split grip keeps the rod as light as possible.
The Xtratuf Elite Boot is designed for protection and durability with the comfort needed for long days at sea or long hours on the dock. It’s built with a Spandura-covered 5mm neoprene bootie, which allows it to be comfort rated to -20°F.
The Maxel Hybrid Star Drag Reel combines a compact 1-piece aluminum frame, cold-forged aluminum spool, and smooth drag performance with up to 28 pounds of pressure. These features make up a small, light, but powerful reel perfect for fluke, tog, sea bass, blues, and even stripers.
Made of heavy-duty, water-resistant PVC tarpaulin, the Offshore Angler Boat Bag is corrosion-free because it has no metal parts. Ample storage room allows you to pack along everything needed for a one-day or multi-day trip to the fishing grounds. Easy-to-grip zippers allow for effortless access, even when wearing gloves.
Recommended Local Party Boats
Patriot Party Boats
Take the whole family out on the famed waters of Vineyard Sound & Nantucket Shoals during your next visit to Cape Cod by booking a trip on Patriot Party Boats, fishing out of Falmouth Harbor, Massachusetts.
Children 12 & under $35, Adults $50, which includes free bait, tackle, instruction, & parking
For an above-average shot at doormat fluke, jump aboard a Helen-H Nantucket Shoals Fluke Trip. Captain Joe Huckemeyer fishes the offshore fluke grounds from June to August, where pool-winning fluke routinely top 12 pounds.
$125 (1-day trip) $305 (two-day trip with Nantucket layover)
Cure cabin fever on a Frances Fleet winter cod fishing trip, sailing January through April when cod tend to school up in large shoals south and east of Block Island.
Adults $95, Children $50
Book a family fluke-fishing outing this summer on the Mijoy 747, which fishes out of Waterford, Connecticut.
Adults starting at $50
Fish for giant bluefish aboard the Golden Eagle from mid-May to September. Trips sail daily at 7:30 a.m., returning at 2:30 p.m.
Target tuna, mahi, and bottom fish on the Gambler Party Boat 36-hour Canyon Favorite. This is Captain Bob Bogan’s favorite offshore trip because it allows extra time to target tuna while also providing a shot at mahi and bottom fishing for tilefish, cod, or pollock.