How To Pick The Right Charter Guide

  • Safety is of the utmost importance when selecting a charter. Make sure there are life jackets and fire extinguishers, and look at the general appearance of the vessel. If the boat looks beat up and in shambles, more than likely it isn’t up to coast guard standards. Also a good tip is to be aware of your surroundings at all times! Know where you are and where you are going in case something were to happen.
  • Know the reschedule and cancellation policy! Understand up front what the cancellation/ rescheduling policies are beforehand so you know what to expect if weather doesn’t cooperate, because trust us it happens more than you think!
  • Know your fellow anglers and what they will need for the trip! If your wife needs a boat with a bathroom- make sure you find a boat that can accommodate your needs! If someone coming on your trip has problems with nausea then maybe an inshore/nearshore trip is what you need to be looking for!
  • Are you looking to keep a ton of fish? Are you looking to release the fish you catch? Are you looking for fly fishing vs conventional rod and reel fishing? Some guides are better at certain types of fishing than others, and certain guides only offer catch and release, so make sure you know what type of trip you are getting into.
  • Know what to bring on your charter trip! Dry gear (waterproof gear) is a must for any charter trip! Waterproof (wintertime) or water shoes (summer) or flip flops (summer) are also highly recommended. Check the weather forecast before the trip and bring the appropriate clothing, and always bring an extra pair of clothes just in case as well as a waterproof bag to keep all your belongings in! A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen (NOT THE SPRAY KIND) are also highly recommended. 
  • Know what your charter provides on the trip! Is there food, basic drinks and water? If not, pack appropriately! Bring the smallest portable ice chest you can find for your drinks/ food if not provided. 
  • A general rule of thumb is that the cheapest fishing charter isn’t usually the best fishing charter. Everyone has a budget, but charter fishing usually isn’t cheap, and be prepared to spend the appropriate amount of money to have the best possible fishing experience. 
  • ALSO, REMEMBER THAT JUST LIKE AT A RESTAURANT A 20% TIP IS CUSTOMARY FOR YOUR CAPTAIN OR DECKHAND. Charter fishing is hard work, and the margins are tight. A tip goes a long way in showing your appreciation at the end of your trip. 

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