Bell 8 Charters

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 three 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.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2.5 Hour Trip - Weekend & Holidays
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 1 (Vie, Sab, Dom)
    $500
    price breakdown
    $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)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 1 (Lun, Mar, Mie, Jue)
    $400
    price breakdown
    $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.
There are 4 people looking at this charter.

About the Captain

John Fairburn
Old Lyme, Connecticut, Estados Unidos
Angler's Choice
1 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
30 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since Agosto 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
3 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

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

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (16)
4.94
out of 5 stars from 30 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Best fishing trip ever!!
Best fishing trip ever!!
Best fishing trip ever!!
+13
Angler Rating
29
1
0
0
0
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
72%
Sort By:
Featured  
Showing:
5 of 30 reviews
Jacqueline H.
SPFLD (LONG), MA
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Great way to spend 4th of July!!!!

VERIFIED   Julio 4, 2020
Captain Jack was a wonderful guide. It was a perfect trip for our family. Beautiful scenery, great guided tour, and we caught...
Jacqueline H. recommends Bell 8 Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  John Fairburn Captain replied

Jason D.
Granby, MA
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Fishing with John

VERIFIED   NEW  Julio 15, 2020
Jason D. recommends Bell 8 Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  John Fairburn Captain replied

Zeke H.
New York, New York
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

October fishing trip

VERIFIED   Octubre 6, 2019
Me and my daughter Rainey had an amazing time fishing with captain Jack. He is great with kids, perfect father daughter day...
Zeke H. recommends Bell 8 Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  John Fairburn Captain replied

Stephen C.
Centerville, PA
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Best fishing trip ever!!

VERIFIED   Mayo 27, 2020
Captain Jack is the best!!! Book a trip, you won’t be disappointed!!
Stephen C. recommends Bell 8 Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  John Fairburn Captain replied

Joelle C.
Meriden, CT
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

July fishing trip

VERIFIED   Julio 10, 2020
Joelle C. recommends Bell 8 Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  John Fairburn Captain replied