Half Day Boat Fishing Trips
Join Snapper Charters for a half day fishing trip from Weymouth. Get out on the water and try your hand at catching a variety of fish from our fleet of modern charter boats, Snapper and Jurassic. All of our trips take place in Weymouth Bay overlooking the stunning Jurassic Coastline. They are great fun and perfect for complete beginners or experienced anglers who want a shorter day at sea.
Book an individual space or charter the boat (or two) for your family or group. This adventurous activity makes the perfect corporate away day or a unique stag or hen do. Children are more than welcome onboard and our skippers will be on hand to provide assistance when needed. Our 4-hour fishing trips are a great introduction to fishing and one of the best family friendly activities in Weymouth.
On half day trips we try for a range of species including Pout, Ray's, Dogfish, Wrasse, Bream and more.
Rods, reels, bait and tackle included. Advance booking essential.
Duration: 4 hours
Price: £40 per person
Maximum capacity: 12 passengers + crew
2023 update - we have expanded and have 2 new boats from the season!
See full trip description and FAQ's below
Beginners Boat Fishing in Weymouth
Our half day boat fishing trips are a fantastic activity for all the family during a holiday in Weymouth. Spend a morning or afternoon in the great outdoors while learning a new skill!
What does the half day fishing trip involve?
Start the trip with a gentle steam along the harbour before emerging into Weymouth Bay. Sit back and enjoy the views as we navigates to the chosen fishing mark, which will vary depending on the weather and state of the tide on the day.
Once you’ve arrived, our skippers will prepare the bait, set the rod up for you and give a demonstration on what to do. We will then be as hands on as you need us to be and can help you bait your hook, net your fish and hold your catch for a photo!
It’s not a problem if you’ve never fished before, we welcome hundreds of complete beginners each summer! Many people catch their first ever fish on Snapper and are ‘hooked’ from then on in!
Family friendly fishing trip
Kids love fishing on our boats, Snapper and Jurassic and we have everything on board to create an unforgettable experience. We love introducing children to fishing and half day trips are the perfect length to maintain children's attention span.
We will answer any questions your little ones may have about the boat or fish - so the trips can be educational too! For added peace of mind we have children's life jackets on board in addition to a full set of adult life jackets. A half day boat fishing trip is one of the best outdoor activities in Dorset.
"Highly recommend for intrepid children"
"Took my two kids aged 9 and 11, they loved it. Luke, the skipper of the boat made sure everyone on board caught a fish before the end. I caught my very first and second fish. Highly recommended for intrepid children".
Mark - TripAdvisor
Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions about our Half Day Boat Fishing Trips aboard Snapper Charters. If you have any further questions ahead of your trip please get in touch.
Will the trip still go ahead in the rain?
Yes, our half day fishing trips will still go ahead in the rain. We will only cancel trips if high winds are forecast. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
Can I bring my dog?
Well behaved dogs are welcome on 4-hour fishing trips with prior permission from the skipper. Please be aware there are hooks and bait around the boat. It can also be noisy and hot in the summer. If you decide to bring a dog it will be your responsibility for the entirety of the trip.
Can I book the whole boat?
Yes – half day boat fishing trips make excellent stag and hen do’s, business away days, parties or multi-generational family days out. To charter the whole boat for your group simply book all 12 spaces on your chosen day. If there are less than 12 spaces available this means there are already people booked on the trip.
Is there a toilet on board?
Yes, there is a toilet on board.
What should I wear?
Please bring a jumper with you even on a sunny day as it can get chilly at sea. If rain is forecast, please bring a waterproof coat. We also recommend wearing a hat and sun cream.
Are half day fishing trips suitable for children?
Yes, we welcome all ages on board as long as they are accompanied by an adult and have purchased a ticket. Please bear in mind our half day fishing trips are 4 hours long.
Can I bring food and drink?
Yes, you are more than welcome to bring your own food and drink to enjoy during the trip.
What is your cancellation policy?
If Luke, the Owner/Skipper of Snapper Charters deems the weather unsuitable for a Half Day Fishing Trip on Snapper or Jurassic or the minimum passenger number has not been met the trip will be cancelled with as much prior notice as possible. You will usually be contacted the evening before when we have access to the latest weather report. You will be contacted on the phone number/email address provided at the time of booking to try and arrange alternate dates. If we are unable to agree upon a mutually suitable date and transfer your booking, you will receive a cancellation email (please keep an eye on your junk mail folder) and full refund of any money paid. If you (the customer) would like to cancel a Half Day Fishing Trip a full refund will be given up until 72 hours prior to the trip commencing. To cancel please click the 'view booking' button in your confirmation email and follow the instructions. It is also possible to transfer your booking to another date up until 72 hours before your trip. No refund will be given for cancellations that occur less than 72 hours before your trip.
Where do we meet you for the trip
Advance booking is essential. Meet us on the pontoon outside Bennetts Fish and Chip shop. Arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. We kindly ask you to wait on the harbour wall until we've finished cleaning the boat/unloading passengers. Please leave plenty of time for parking as it can get busy, especially in the summer. Address: Trinity Road Weymouth Dorset DT4 8TJ Owner/skipper Luke: 07833492948
What happens if we're running late?
Please make every effort to arrive 15 minutes early and ensure you are in the right place and ready to go. We run all of our trips back to back, so it's essential that we leave on time. If you arrive more than 5 minutes late, we are afraid the boat will depart without you and NO refund will be given. We do not want to cut the trip short for the people who have made it there on time.
Is bait and tackle included?
All tackle and bait are provided at no additional cost.
Can a member of my party come on the trip, but not fish?
Yes, but they will still need to buy a ticket in advance.
Is there a chance of catching something to eat?
There is always a chance of catching something to take home and cook/BBQ. We abide by all minimum landing sizes and allowances and it will be up to the skipper’s discretion whether a fish can be taken home. Please note, some species are catch and release only.
About the Snapper Charters Fleet
There are two boats in the Snapper Charters Fleet - Snapper and Jurassic. We specialise in running small group fishing and sightseeing boat trips from Weymouth. Both boats can accommodate 12 passengers + crew.
The boats are wide and stable making them comfortable for longer journeys. There is plenty of outdoor seating and we welcome people to get up and walk around during our trips. Both boats have a toilet on board for your convenience.
A sightseeing trip aboard Snapper is a popular family activity in Weymouth. Many families come out with us year on year.