How big and safe is
Your boat, A.B.'s Office, is the
charter fishing boat on the St. Lawrence River. It is the only annually
Guard Inspected and Certified fishing boat in the 1000 Islands.
carry up to 15
passengers, for everyone's enjoyment we like to limit trips to 12
people. All other fishing boats are legally restricted to carry no more
than six passengers.
Is fishing gear provided?
Yes, we provide
professional quality Shimano fishing
tackle, designed for our local fishery. Live bait is included
on Mixed Party trips and at a small additional per angler cost on
boat have a toilet?
(AKA: Drift Fishing Trips) $70
Yes, but on a
boat it is called a "head."
bring beverages & snacks?
Yes, you can bring snacks and canned or
plastic bottled beverages
and a personal
or group size
cooler, depending on your group size. Glass and boats are not a good
How do I
make a reservation?
require advance reservations and a deposit. Please call us at
315-686-2381 between 9 A.M. and 5:30 P.M. to insure
availability for your day of choice, give us information we need and
get deposit information. You can review our deposit /
reservation / cancellation information on our website.
Can we pay
with a credit card?
Unfortunately, we can't process cards on the boat
but there are ATMs at both of our local convenience stores and all bank
branches where you can get cash prior to departure
for payment when you
board. Where possible, we
provide your final boarding payment amount in your confirmation email.
Do you go rain or shine?
we sail rain or shine. Don't rely
Weather Channel for an accurate
forecast for river weather. The weather on the river is different than
even five miles inland. Like a wood splitter, storms coming downstream
from Lake Ontario to the river usually deflect north and south, away
from the river.
the boat leave from?
The boat departs from the
downtown Village Docks in Clayton, adjacent to the
public rest rooms/observation deck and Dock Master's office, across
from the Clayton Opera House and River Bottom Bar & Grill. You can
within 20' of the boat if you need to drop off anglers or on
private charters, bulky items, and then park your vehicle.
provide free, secure off street
parking. We will explain parking when you finalize your
Is a passport
You do not need a passport on any of our trips. Only on 6 hour Private
Charters do we occasionally fish in Canadian waters, but we do
not land. But
on any international waterway it's always a good idea to bring
along some form of identification, such as a picture driver's license.
sickness ever an issue?
Seldom is the water rough on the river and on those few occasions it is
only minutes from the dock to the fishing grounds, sheltered by the
islands. Where it is a very common occurrence for our counterparts on
Lake Ontario, in 42 years we have only had to cancel three days due to
high winds. Waves on inland waters are much different than on Lake
the ocean, where most people susceptible to
motion sickness have issues.
Is the boat handicap accessible?
deck can easily accommodate
a wheel chair but not the head, which is three steps down from the main
Do you have afternoon
We do not schedule any afternoon trips
because fishing is best in the morning and that is when people want
to go. Morning trips also allow you time for a leisurely lunch and free
afternoon to visit area attractions, enjoy outdoor activities or
touring our area. We can do them on a private charter basis, if our
What about fishing licenses?
your trip, we will
discuss the options when you finalize your reservation.
Can a person come just to ride
along and not fish?
that the trip is a fishing trip and not a boat tour, on occasion single
"ride-alongs" are permitted. But they are expected to pay the same per
person rate as the rest of the group and we do have to have at least a 24 hour prior request.
What is the
cost and how do they work?
Half Day & 6
Trips cost $70
p/p for everyone on board, regardless of age and whether they fish or
not, and we need a
minimum of 7 total
people to go. We are currently trying to limit trips to no more than 10 people, including
singles, couples, families and
long are we out?
We board after 7 A.M. and leave at 7:15
A.M., or as soon as everyone is on board,
which ever comes first. Return to the dock is four hours after
Fishing tackle and live bait are included. You are welcome to bring
canned & plastic bottled
beverages and snacks and a personal
What is the
difference between these and Mixed Party Trips?
charters just your own group is on the boat regardless of the size of
your group and length of your trip.
long are we out?
board after 7 A.M. and leave at 7:15 A.M., or as soon as everyone is on
board. Return is four or six hours after departure, depending on the
length of your trip.
How much do
vary based on the number of people
in your party. The more people the lower the cost per person.
Fishing tackle is furnished and live
bait is an additional cost depending on how large the party is.