Meet the Captain
Within minutes of first meeting Captain Chris Valaskatgis you will quickly recognize his passion for guiding anglers to a trip they will remember forever. With 20 years of experience of fishing the Merrimack River and Jeffrey's Ledge out of Newburyport, his knowledge is surpassed only by his effort to get your lines tight on the fish of a lifetime! You will enjoy engaging fishing styles and his love of teaching the art of fishing. Obviously, the fishing is fantastic; but also the scenery, biology, history, camaraderie, and the stories that come along with all of it. Our main objective at Manolin Charters is to give our clients an exhilarating experience and to share lifestyle of a fisherman on the Merrimack River. Capt. Chris's fishing philosophies are directly related to his experiences - he is no one trick pony - and has developed various techniques to adapt to the existing conditions. Years of experience have allowed him to tweak enough styles to get fish to bite and is constantly improvising his skills to master any given situation.
Capt. Chris started fishing the Merrimack River since he was eight years old on his family's center console boats, the "Outta Line" where he learned about running a boat and keeping an efficient deck. As time went on, he fished and mated with some of the best captains Massachusetts from Maine, as well as establishing a close network of anglers. He is very much in tune with the situation on the water.
In Winter of 2015, Chris was a speaker for George Poveromo's Salt Water Sportsman National Fishing Seminar at Regis College as an expert in the Merrimack River fishery.
You can rest assured knowing that the Capt. will be forth his best effort every trip to give you an experience of a lifetime! Everyone is welcome to join him in a saltwater fishing adventure!
Capt. Chris is a USCG OUPV licensed operator with CPR and First Aid Certification. While we want you to have a trip of a lifetime, safety is our #1 priority. As a USCG licensed captain, he is also part of a random drug testing program. You can trust Capt. Chris with the safety of your party. In the offseason he is a math teacher in Newburyport. He is also a member of the Northeast Charterboat Captains Association.