Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.See http://www.trinalyn.com/children.shtml
A. Yes, all trips require a pre-paid deposit.
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.
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.
A. We are about 5 minutes from most Hotels, Campgrounds, and Resorts in Old Orchard Beach.
A. Yes, we will gladly fillet and pack any legal size Striped Bass for you at no extra charge.
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.
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.
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.
A. No. The Trina Lyn provides everything you need to fish with.
A. Feel free to bring your own beer. We ask that you leave the Hard liquor at home. Also illegal drugs are strictly prohibited.
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.
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.
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.
A. No. The Captain has been told HE does not look good in a bikini!!
A. The cancellation policy is posted on this page. http://www.trinalyn.com/rates.shtml
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A. Yes, there is a large parking lot at the boat dock, as well as a few parking places on the street.
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.
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.
A. Typically Late May - Early October. The Groundfish are our early season target species, and we finish up usually targeting Striped Bass.
A. Yes, we sell both T-shirts and baseball caps. We also sell sweatshirts, visors, and canvas bags. See: http://www.trinalyn.com/merchandise.shtml
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.
A. You are welcome to bring a small cooler with your snack, lunch, or beverages.
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.
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.
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.
A. Mackerel - no size limit, no bag limit. Striped Bass 28 Inches or greater 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