Making sure you hit all of the items on your fishing bucket list can be a daunting tasking when on the hunt for the perfect fishing charter. Here are 4 great tips to help you prepare:
1. Know your group size:
Whether it’s a short fishing trip with all of your friends and family or an all day solo trip, hammering out the number of people you are including is paramount to getting a handle on your trip.
2. Nature Filled or Party Boat?
Some people what a scenic, nature filled fishing trip where they can soak in the quiet and enjoy the day. Other people want a rip-roaring good time with friends and family while the reel in the big catch! Find out what appeals to you (and your group) before looking into you trip.
3. Inshore or Deep Sea/OffShore?
The main difference between the two is the depth of the water at the fishing location. In ocean or seawaters, inshore fishing is within a few miles from the shore. Estuaries and bays are popular inshore fishing spots as well. Offshore fishing is far from the shore, typically 20-30 miles out, in waters hundreds and thousands of feet deep. Boat sizes also vary: from small motor boats and kayaks for inshore to large fishing boats with full equipment for offshore/deep sea trips. Supplies you need to bring will be another varying feature: less supplies needed for a short, inshore trip rather than more supplies for an all day/offshore trip.
4. Know Your Budget:
The price you pay for a fishing charter depends on the points above: on the number of people wanting to go, the length/type of the charter, the size of the boat and type of fishing you want to do. Also take into account if the charter you like has charges for bait (or bring your own), food and drinks, and any miscellanous fees that could pop up. Also, don’t forget to tip your Captain! Those guys work hard, know how to get the catch, and help you have a great time on your trip!