Outdoor Recreation Adventures with Sport Ventures
Thank you for your interest in fishing with Sport-Ventures. My goal is to provide you with an enjoyable quality ex-perience.
Time of Departure: Time of departure will vary according to the type of trip and we will be happy to try and arrange times that suit your schedule as much as possible.
Location of Departure: Boat typically departs from Royal River Boat Yard in Yarmouth, but arrangements can be made for pick-up elsewhere. Haraseeket River trips - Freeport Town Landing; Kennebec River trips - Bath Public Landing; Saco Bay - Pine Point, Scarborough; Saco River - Saco Public Landing on Routes 9/208.
Licenses: Maine now requires anglers to register with the Saltwater Registry. All anglers must be properly licensed.
Lodging: Lodging is not provided. We will be happy to provide you with a listing of local motels and campgrounds.
Transportation: We do not provide local transportation but will be happy to assist you in finding some if needed.
What to Bring:
Clothing: Be prepared for anything. Temperatures on the water can be ten degrees or more cooler than on the mainland, particularly in rain and fog. Always bring at least a light jacket or sweatshirt. You could be spending six hours in the sun so bring plenty of sunscreen. You may also want a hat, long-sleeved shirt, and long pants. A good pair of polarized sunglasses will help in spotting fish and protecting your eyes. Waterproof footwear is not essential, but wear something you don't mind getting wet. Passengers are re sponsible for their own food, beverage, cooler and ice. You may also want to bring an extra cooler if you want to keep your catch.
Other Equipment: We will supply all the necessary bait & tackle unless you are flyfishing. However, you are welcome to bring your own. If you have a rod & reel combo you're comfortable with, or a favorite lure, bring them. We are currently not equipped with extra fly-fishing tackle, but will take fly-fishing-only charters or combo trips, provided you bring your own tackle. You should also bring a camera.
The Trip: There is no such thing as an average trip. Each charter is specifically customized to suit the partic-ular wishes of the client, and modified according to fishing/sea/weather conditions on any given day. Let us know what you want, and we will try to arrange a trip for you.
About your guide: Bob Humphrey is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, Outdoor Writer, Registered Maine Guide, and USCG Licensed Operator with more than four decades of salt-water fishing experience. He has fished commercially and recreationally along the Atlantic Coast from Maine to Connecticut, and in Alaska; and written numerous articles on saltwater fishing for several publications including: Northwoods Sporting Journal, New Hampshire Sportsman, Vermont Afield, Massachusetts Sportsman, New England Game & Fish, On the Water and more.
Captain Bob Humphrey has literally spent his lifetime on the water. He was on boats before he could walk and, according to his parents was even conceived on a boat. Early childhood summers were spent on family trips boating up and down the New England coast from Maine to Rhode Island. Beginning in his early teens, Bob served as the mate on his father’s charter boat, the Falcon III, a 38-foot custom-built sportfisherman that ran scuba and deep sea fishing charters out of Salem, Mass. He and his fa-ther, Capt. Hale Humphrey, also fished from Cape Cod to Maine on several different harpoon, handline and rod and reel boats during the seminal years of the New England sport and commercial tuna fishery.
After graduating from UMass, Amherst with a degree in wildlife biology, Bob spent two years in Alaska where he worked in the salmon fishery running a fish tender and gill netting salmon. He then returned to Massachusetts where he began working on his Master’s thesis, while simultaneously serving as Manager of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham, Mass. For the next four years he spent nearly every day on the waters of Nantucket Sound and the outer Cape, fishing, hunting and working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
In 1988, he moved to Maine where he first served as Acting Manager of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve before taking on a consulting position with Woodlot Alternatives. While there, he worked along the coast of Maine from New Hampshire to New Brunswick on a broad variety of projects including writing Maine’s Oil Spill Response Plan for Wildlife and de-veloping procedures for identifying and rating shorebird roosting and feeding areas.
In 1995 he launched his own consulting company, simultaneously becoming a U.S.C.G. licensed Captain and registered Maine Guide. He guided striper fishing on the waters of Casco Bay and the Kennebec River for a number of years, while also intro-ducing his own children to the boating tradition. He also began a side career that eventually turned into a full time job as an out-door writer and photographer, and has since published several books and thousands of magazine articles, and has won multiple awards for his work.
He now resides in Pownal with his wife, Jane and occasionally his grown children, Helen and Ben. He continues to write and do occasional consulting projects.
Contact: Sport-Ventures, 727 Poland Range Road, Pownal, ME 04069 (207) 688-4966 or firstname.lastname@example.org