Charter Fishing Tips
Planning a Deep Sea Fishing Trip or Fishing Charter? Read these Tips before you book…
Let’s review these Charter Fishing Tips that can prepare you and your family for you next on the Water adventure.
Who’s going? Is everyone Fishing?
Find out who in your party is ready for the trip and get a head count. Is everyone fishing or are some just tagging along to get some sun or to watch other bring in the big one. This will be an important question to ask prior to booking the Charter. Note: a Charter runs from 4 to 8 hours on the open Water so for those who have difficultly with the motion of the Boat remember there is no turning back because the others on the Boat paid to go fishing and time is money for the Captain. Get some motion sickness medicine before heading out.
What’s your Budget?
Great everyone is coming! Now we need to prepare for what we are willing to spend. A lot will depend on the type of fishing you plan on doing. Fishing Guides (fish inland and coastal Waterways) can take out one to three people and prices can range from £120 to £550 per day per trip. Private Fishing Charter (fish on large inland Waterways, coastal bays and off-shore) will let you rent the Boat with a full-crew for a half day or full day with prices ranging from £250 to £1200 per day per trip for up to six people at a time. Now the least expense Charter Fishing adventure is in way of what they call a “Head Boat” or a Deep Sea Fishing Boat head off-shore due to there size; can take out 20 to 60 people at a time and charge £30 to £80 per person.
Start Shopping! Guide or Charter?
What type of fishing are you looking for – inland and coastal Waterways or off-shore? A Fishing Guide will be the one to take you out on inland and coastal Waterways including back bay fishing. The advantage a Guide has is there is only 2 or 3 people on the Boat, less rocking motion on the Water then off-shore or large bays and there is more to see and explore. Charter Fishing Captain would be the one to take you out off-shore in the deep blue ocean. The advantage a Charter Rental has is more people with bait in the Water the more opportunity to catch fish, catch larger fish including sharks, off-shore Boats are larger with typically a head (toilet) and beverage bar/snacks, you’ll usually catch a quantity of fish not always quality. Which do you prefer? Go with the one that is right for you.
Once you find a Guide or Charter ask some questions…
This is a sure way of not missing anything and choosing the right Charter or Guide prior to cutting the check and making the commitment.
Is there any cost for someone who isn’t fishing but wants to ride along?
Are you kid friendly?
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Is the boat in compliance with Coast Guard and state safety regulations?
In the event of bad weather, is the deposit (if any) refundable?
Is a fishing license required?
Is a head (bathroom) on-board?
Do you have or sell beverages on-board?
Are cooler allowed with your own food and drink?
Is it catch and release or can we keep a legal catch?
Can you fillet the catch and if so is there a fee?
Can I bring my own fishing tackle?
Quantity or Quality? Inform them of your preference.
Once you write down these responses it up too you on whether a Guide or Charter is right for you. If you don’t feel comfortable with their responses, keep searching for another Guide or Charter.
Congratulations you found the right Charter, now let’s guarantee the date and time. But before you cut the check and make the commitment find out about the deposit and cancellation policy. How much deposit is required to hold the Boat and if you need to cancel or change your date what is the latest you can do this without forfeiting your deposit? Note: most Charters don’t accept credit cards; only cash and some will take a personal check. Ask before showing up at the dock with your plastic; this could be your shortest fishing trip ever!
What to Bring with you…
Charter Boats and Guides will bring the basics such as fishing equipment, tackle, ice and bait and even some will provide food and beverages (check this out before packing for the day) so here are essentials you can be without:
Sunscreen is a must – even under shade the glare from the Water can burn you.
Camera – you must record the big one! And of course the great experience you have.
Weather appropriate outerwear – check the weather forecast before heading out.
Sunglasses & hat or visor – this will help with the glare; try polarized glasses this allows you too see just below the surface.
Food – plenty of snacks and a big lunch to keep the energy up.
Cooler – bring Water but really at the end of the day you need something to bring your catch home.
And just in case – motion sickness medication.
You can even bring your own tackle if you want too. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes (sneakers or croc’s are fine) however most Swimsuit Bikini Model fishing on shore Guides and Private Charters with smaller Boats prefer you to go barefoot; saves the Boats gel-coat (the fiberglass glossy finish).
Catch & Release or can you bring Fish home?
This is entirely up to you. Are you in it for the sport or are you looking for dinner? Which ever you decided the Charter Crew or Guide will provide instructions on how to release the fish properly for its safe return to the depths or to ensure you’re catching the legal size and limit (amount) of the type of fish your hauling in.
Charter Fishing Tips From Buckys Marine Insurance
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