Capt. Keper Connell


About Captain Keper Connell

Keper Connell has developed a Waterman’s perspective by spending his life surfing, diving, and fishing on the New Hampshire Seacoast, when he’s not traveling the world or working on his double major in Spanish and International Affairs from UNH. For the last ten years, he has captained his fishing company, Clandestino Fishing Charters, which specializes in charters and commercial fishing. His customers migrate to the Seacoast from across the state and around the world – from fishermen in Moultonborough, NH to Tokyo fish markets – to take advantage of the charter fishing option which provides direct access to, and transparency with, an affordable, local, seasonal protein source. Connell explains, “Historically, Portsmouth (and the Seacoast) has been a maritime community based around a protein source. Today, approximately 75% of all local fish that Seacoast residents eat is from Jeffreys Ledge, a highly productive marine habitat that stretches from Portland, ME to Gloucester, MA. By paying to fish, our customers travel to the source – to Jeffreys Ledge – and become the harvesters of the fish. The Seacoast’s charter fishing option – with its ability to access our historical protein source, and to do so transparently, is a critical component of the local food movement. If you want the equivalent of growing your own food, you’re going to want to catch your own fish.” Keper’s customers have come to know him as total professional, and a welcoming host with a great sense of humor.


About our boat

Captain Keper Connell named her Cayo Mio, Spanish for ‘my island’ “Since I spend so much time on the boat, she truly is my island.” Built in 1994, she is a 35-ft Downeast hull, designed by Duffy of Brookline, Maine.  Duffy is known for its craftsmanship and quality within the commercial and pleasure vessel industry.  She came from Rhode Island, where she was a full-time lobster boat.  Powered with a 350 CAT diesel engine, she cruises at 15kts, and can reach 20kts if need be.  With up to date navigation equipment, safety equipment and autopilot, she is a supreme fishing machine.  We can now offer high quality trips with comfort and style.

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