- ABC's of Charter Fishing - For many people fishing charter is a new and exciting experience. Chartering a commercial boat can be the best and most economical way to enjoy Florida's incredible fishing opportunities. Chartering a boat is simple with a few important steps. A- make your reservation as early as possible to ensure the desired date is available. Most boats require a deposit, in case of late cancellation or "no show", it may be retained. Inquire about what is provided on your charter. Most boats procide the bait, tackle, and licenses. Your food and drinks are usually your respnsibility. B - Confirm your trip with the captain and arrange the time and place. Ask your captain by regulation how many people he is allowed to carry and do not show up with more in hopes of increasing the number. C - The mate is working for you and a fifteen to twenty percent tip is customary. It is fine to tip the captain too. The crew will help you have an enjoyable day of fishing.
- More Charter Info - Fishing on board a charter boat can be a very interesting and rewarding experience. Listed below are some items you should be aware of to ensure your maximum enjoyment.
Many factors such as the weather and fish's appetite are beyond our control. however, several factors are within our control. in Florida, the sun and its reflection on the water is a major factor during the day of fishing. Some type of sunscreen is highly recommended. Polarized sunglasses, to see fish under the surface, are also strongly suggested. If your charter is for offshore fishing and you have concerns about sea sickness, there are many preventatives available. Taken after the onset of nausea, most medicines are rarely effective, so follow the label instructions carefully.
Don't forget your cameras and video equipment. Inquire with your captain before the trip as to the availability of dry storage. If needed, zip-lock bags provide acceptable protection. Lightweight rain gear is recommended if the charter boat does not provide rain protection.
Footwear is very important. Do not go barefoot. Hooks, fish gaffes, and knives are always present and on occasion a toothy fish may get loose in the cockpit. Deck type shoes are preferred, shoues with black rubber soles are out. Particularly walking and jogging types, as they leave dark prints on the deck, which are extremely hard to remove.
Alcohol; beer is normally allowed, hard liquor is usually not allowed. Check with your captain at time of reservation. Cans are also preferred over bottles due to the possible glass breakage.
Bringing our own fishing rod, reel, and lure is normally acceptable but not encouraged. The captain has equipped the boat with excellent tackle for the specific type of fishing you will be doing. Check with your captain at time of reservation.
Come prepared and maximize the enjoyment of your fishing experience.