- Q. It is just my wife and I, can we share a charter with another group?
A. No. The Trina Lyn is strictly a private fishing charter boat. Therefore we do not arrange or help coordinate mixing groups. You are free to team up with other people at your hotel or campground. However, only one person from the entire party should make the reservation.
- Q. We are interested in booking one of your children’s trips. We have a two kids. 3 and 5 years old. Will they be okay on the ocean?
A. Yes, we have taken children from newborns right up through their teenage years. This is why we created the “hourly children’s trip”. You can book as little as a 1 hour trip and the rest of the time, you can reserve in 15 minute increments
- Q. We would like to pay for our trip in cash on the boat. Do we need to pay a deposit in advance?
A. Yes, all trips require a pre-paid deposit.
- Q. Do you primarily fish in the Ocean or the River?
A. On the Trina Lyn we pride ourselves on taking our clients into the Ocean. We realize that many of our customers come from inland area’s such as Vermont, Upstate New York, Canada, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and many other landlocked places. Being able to get out on the ocean is truly an experience to behold.
- Q. Do you accept Mastercard?
A. YES. We accept Mastercard and Visa. We also accept money orders and travelers checks. Personal checks are also accepted for the deposit if in advance of 2 weeks or more of the scheduled trip.
- Q. We are staying in Old Orchard Beach at a Campground. How far away is the dock?
A. We are about 5 minutes from most Hotels, Campgrounds, and Resorts in Old Orchard Beach.
- Q. Does the Trina Lyn offer Filleting services for our Striped Bass?
A. Yes, we will gladly fillet and pack any legal size Striped Bass for you at no extra charge.
- Q. We have a charter booked for tomorrow, but the weather said there may be Thunderstorms in the Afternoon. Will our trip be cancelled?
A. The Trina Lyn takes customer safety very seriously. If thunderstorms look immanent at the start of your trip the trip may be delayed or postponed. Thunderstorms are frequently predicted in Maine during the summer. However, we usually see less then 10% of those that are predicted. Therefore we do not cancel trips in advance due to possible thunderstorms.
- Q. I have never been on the ocean, will I get seasick?
A. Maybe. Everyone is different, and the ocean affects people differently. If you have never been on the ocean, we strongly suggest that you take motion sickness medication prior to your trip. It is available WITHOUT a prescription at any pharmacy.
- Q. We heard that a new law says we need a license to fish the Saltwater in Maine? Is this true.
A. YES and NO. If you are fishing aboard the Trina Lyn, we have purchased a license to cover all our customers for the entire year. Therefore you do not need a license aboard the Trina Lyn. If you are fishing on your own boat, from land, a dock, or wharf you do need to purchase a license.
- Q. Do we need to bring our own rods and reels? Tackle?
A. No. The Trina Lyn provides everything you need to fish with.
- Q. A few buddies and I would like to book a charter do some fishing. We also like to indulge in a few adult beverages. Can we bring our own alcohol?
A. Feel free to bring your own beer. We ask that you leave the Hard liquor at home. Also illegal drugs are strictly prohibited.
- Q. What is the best time OF DAY to go Striper fishing?
A. Tough Question, and nearly impossible to answer in advance. Tide, wind, weather, play a big role, but things tend to change year to year. Some years the outgoing tide is better other years the incoming works good. Feel free to call during the season, and the Captain will be able to give you a better idea at that time.
- Q. What is the best time OF YEAR to go Striper fishing?
A. Traditionally, any time in July or August is primetime for Striped Bass and/or Bluefish. The past few years, late August through the entire month of September has been really hot.
- Q. We want to be able to bring our catch back to our home state? How long will it last?
A. Like any perishable product it will need to stay cold or be frozen. If you want to eat it fresh, you will need to plan to eat it within 5 days. If you freeze it, it will be good for 4-6 weeks.
- Q. We see a lot of pictures of women in Bikini’s on the web site. Are any of them the Captain?
A. No. The Captain has been told HE does not look good in a bikini!!
- Q. Can we get our deposit back if we change our mind?
A. The cancellation policy is posted on this page
- Q. My Grandfather is in a wheelchair. But he really loves to fish. Is it possible to get him aboard the boat.
A. Usually this is not a problem, and we have taken several wheelchair bound people before and they have had a great time. The Captain will be able to assist in loading most people in wheelchairs onto the vessel.
- Q. Are we guaranteed to catch fish?
A. No. Fishing is well…”fishing”. There are many variables when dealing with mother nature. However, with over 30 years of fishing experience off the Coast of Maine, we are very proud to say we have a better then 95% success rate in catching our targeted species.
- Q. Can we get some lobsters to take home while out on the boat.
A. Yes, usually we can. Captain Todd knows most of the lobstermen in the area and usually we can find a lobsterman who is willing to sell some of his catch. The lobster we buy directly off the boat are usually less expensive as you eliminate the middle-man. Obviously they are also fresher.
- Q. Any chance of seeing a Whale? Dolphin?
A. Yes. There is a chance on all of our trips to see whales or dolphins. Usually when we go on Offshore trips we have a better chance of seeing Marine Mammals.
- Q. What should we wear?
A. Figure the weather to be 10 degrees cooler then on land. Waterproof shoes or sandals are recommended. Also if it is raining or windy, then raingear will be a good idea.
- Q. I tend to get sunburn when outdoors. Should I take any extra precautions?
A. YES! When out on the water you will get twice as much sun as on land. The sun tends to reflect back from the water. We recommend a strong sunblock regardless of your tolerance to sun.
- Q. Is there parking available near the boat?
A. Yes, there is a large parking lot at the boat dock, as well as a few parking places on the street.
- Q. We have a charter scheduled for 10:00AM. How early do we need to be there.
A. It is not necessary to be at the dock more then 15 minutes before your scheduled trip time. However, you should allow yourself time to park, unload anything needed from your vehicle, and walk down to the dock. Also, where we dock our vessel at Camp Ellis is a very scenic attraction in itself. There are a few restaurants, some shops, a mile-long breakwater, as well as some spectacular scenic views. So arriving at the dock area early is time well spent.
- Q. What is the dock address? I want to put it in my GPS.
A. Use – 5 Bay Ave Saco Maine 04072 – Do not use the “mailing address” of 9 Foss Rd. That will put you 7 miles from the dock, as a few unfortunate customers have found out in the past.
- Q. How early in the season do you run fishing charters? How late?
A. Typically Late May – Early October. The Groundfish are our early season target species, and we finish up usually targeting Striped Bass.
- Q. Do you sell T-shirts or Hats?
A. Yes, we sell both T-shirts and baseball caps. We also sell sweatshirts, visors, and canvas bags.see here
- Q. What type of fish do you fish for?
A. Striped Bass are our target species 90% of the time. We also do some Groundfishing for Cod and Haddock. This is usually a Spring-time/early Summer target. In late Summer we take a handful of Shark fishing trips. Also when time allows, and conditions are good we fish for Giant Bluefin Tuna.
- Q. Should we bring a cooler?
A. You are welcome to bring a small cooler with your snack, lunch, or beverages.
- Q. What time do your charters start?
A. During the summer months our half day fishing trips start at 6:00am, 10:00AM, 2:00PM. We also mix in some childrens charters that usually begin between 10:00am and 5:00pm. Exact times depend on advanced booked trips and availability.
- Q. We have 5 people in our party. Can we still book a half day trip on the Trina Lyn.
A. Unfortunately we take a maximum of 3 people on our half day fishing trips. We prefer not to overcrowd our boat to maximize your fishing enjoyment without excessively tangled lines.
- Q. I have been on other charter and party boats, and it takes over an hour to get to the fishing grounds. How long does the Trina Lyn travel before we begin fishing?
A. The majority of our fishing trips are “Near Coastal”, typically fishing for Mackerel, Striped Bass, Bluefish. Therefore our travel time is usually less the 15 minutes. Our Offshore trips for Cod, Haddock, and Shark can take between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on weather and sea conditions.
- Q. What constitutes a legal size fish in Maine?
A. Mackerel – no size limit, no bag limit. Striped Bass 20″-26″ slot OR over 40″, 1 per person. Bluefish – no size limit, 3 per person. Shark 54″ 1 per person. Cod – 19″ 9 per person. Haddock – 18″, 10 per person