People who tell fish stories are known for exaggerating details and owning too many copies of bass-to-English dictionaries. Take a page from high-seas adventurers with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 toward a group fishing trip from Celtic Quest Fishing, available as full-day trips on weekdays and half-day trips on weekends. All trips depart at 7 a.m. from the Port Jefferson Town Dock. This Groupon can be used by one or more people, granting you access to existing tour groups to avoid the need to corral your own crew.
Running daily Long Island Sound excursions on capacious party boats, Celtic Quest Fishing hooks anglers of all experience levels into challenging fishing sessions. Captain Des O’Sullivan and his enthusiastic crew pride themselves on their tracking abilities and are eager to teach beginners to tussle with aquatic foes. Both adults ($65 for full day; $47 for half day) and kids 15 and under ($48 for full day; $35 for half day) can wield the provided gear and schedule a bout against the nefarious doormat fluke, flounders known for their ovular, flat bodies and inability to stand up to domineering fish coworkers, or they can check back later in the season for future fishing trips, including outings in search of striped bass. After hauling in the day's catch, anglers turn their fish over to the crew for cleaning and preparation. Inspected annually by the U.S. Coast Guard, Celtic Quest Fishing’s boats are impeccably maintained and updated with the latest electronics, fish-finding technology, and torpedoes. After spirited undersea struggles, guests decamp to the sun deck for relaxation soundtracked by the ambient sounds of fellow fishermen.
In addition to appetites for seafaring adventure, Celtic Quest Fishing recommends that anglers bring their own lunch, a jacket or sweater to block chilly breezes, and old shoes that won’t mind a flop or two from incoming fish. A small cooler is also recommended for carrying fresh-caught fish fillets back home. Cameras are encouraged, but Celtic Quest's crew suggests leaving daguerreotypes at home in favor of more portable models.
Celtic Quest Fishing
The man's smile stretches almost as wide as the giant striped bass in his right hand. A novice fisherman, he's snagged his very first catch aboard one of Celtic Quest Fishing's group boats. A crew member snaps a photograph of the triumphant moment. Although it depicts only a moment in time, that photo recounts a much larger story. The man can point to it when he tells friends how he grabbed hold of rod and reel, cast a line, and wrestled with a resilient foe—ultimately pulling the fish up onto the dock.
This sort of experience happens frequently aboard Celtic Quest Fishing's group-fishing boats, which can carry 70–100 people at a time. The company, founded by Port Jefferson native Captain Des O’Sullivan, maintains two of the giant vessels. They carry groups out in search of black fish, fluke, porgies, or any other species Poseidon sends out to defend his honor. Regardless of the targeted catch, Celtic Quest Fishing's expert crew members supply all necessary gear, and they happily teach newbies fishing basics.