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How do I book a trip?
Contact Captain Rich Armstrong: 617-233-6090

What kind of boat do you charter?
Boston Fishstix runs a Freedom 22 by McKee Craft completely outfitted for the Northeast. It is a fantastic fly and light tackle platform for both inshore and offshore fishing. The McKee’s ride, range and fish ability will give you incredible confidence on the water. It will be supplied with all fly and light tackle gear you can handle. Click for boat photos.

Who is the guide?
Captain Rich Armstrong, originally from the South, started fishing the Boston Harbor Islands in 1994. He is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain, runs a sponsorship and development consulting business – ultimate metro-neck and host. Richard lives on the South Shore with his family. Basically we know the waters, we love the adventure and we like to share our enthusiasm with our clients, friends and family.

What is your season?
The season runs from May through October, the beginning of the season as our favorite time, “In the spring when they are really hungry, you can pull into the harbor and just have acres of feeding bass.” When conditions are right BFX chases false albacore, small bluefin tuna, which crash big schools of bait in relatively shallow water, making for thrilling action on light tackle. The fall run ain’t too bad either which starts in September.

Where do trips depart? Can we meet at another location?
Trips depart from boat ramps from Boston to Cape Cod. If fishing Boston and need to be picked up at another location such as Financial District, Logan Airport or South Boston Waterfront (basically downtown) prior arrangements will need to be made, but this is not a problem. Captain will text you directions depending on time and area fishing.

What should I bring?
If you wish, your own fly and light tackle gear. Fly-rod tackle: 8wt-10wt sinking and intermediate lines. Spin/Bait Tackle: 7′-8′ med-heavy rods with 15-20 lb test (note: we use all braided line on all reels) Be prepared for the elements – layered clothing for cool ocean breezes and foul weather gear for rain and of course your perfect hot sunny days.  Soft-soled non-marking shoes please. Snacks if you prefer. No Bananas… no kidding!

What does Boston Fishstix Charters provide?
Quality fly and light tackle gear for every possible saltwater scenario. We have a too many flies, lures, soft plastics and even live bait so not to worry. We will have some snacks and drinks.

Speaking of bait… we love gettin’ bait in Boston Harbor?
Herring in the spring, prevalent into fall (rules prohibit us using these but we find the feeds) – Silversides, sand eels, crabs, lobsters and shrimp throughout season – Mackerel in the spring and fall (deeper and cooler water) – Peanut Bunker and Menhaden in fall.

Other BFX friends to check out:
Fish photography and fellow Captain Snap Shot Charters
Saltwater flies by Mud Dog Flies
Website and logo design by Mike Eaton

If you need guide recommendations throughout the Northeast for trip planning we know who to contact from the north to the south.  Remember if you’re too busy to fish then you’re too busy!