When it comes time for your next fishing charter adventure, the possibilities are endless. And once you’ve decided on your ideal location, have your gear packed, and ready to go, it’s time to find your boat. Read on to learn more.
When it comes time for your next fishing charter adventure, the possibilities are endless. And once you’ve decided on your ideal location, have your gear packed, and ready to go, it’s time to find your boat. Renting a boat, while an easy process in general, can only prove difficult due to the number of options available to paying fishermen. Before ordering the first service you come across, it might help you temporarily get low on what you are going to pay for. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of finding your perfect boat.
Steps to Follow
Step 1 – To get started, you will want your boat to be booked at least two weeks in advance. Most of the better boats are generally well ordered in advance, and as such, ordering in advance is the best way to go. While you are definitely free to test your luck and pray for last minute cancellation, it is always great to have your itinerary set for you and know that your next trip is booked and waiting for you. Look at at least three different boat services before making your first choice.
Step 2 – Contact each company and find out what type of fishing they specialize in. Where some will offer bottom fishing, others will offer trolling and others will specialize in both. Find out what to expect in terms of the price and length of each trip. What kinds of fish are you most likely to find with each trip? Is there a deposit?
Step 3 – You will also want to find out how many people there are generally on each trip. Many of the boats that offer bottom fishing are party boats, while trolling boats usually take between 6 and 8 people.
Step 4 – Are food and drinks offered as part of the package? If not, you have to prepare to bring your own. You may also want to find out if alcohol is allowed on the trip. Knowing everything about your trip will help eliminate unnecessary surprises.
Step 5 – On the day of your trip, make sure to arrive early. You never know what kind of traffic you will hit, and if you happen to arrive late, you might fall behind and be out of the deposit.
Step 6 – Is fish care offered after the trip? Several companies offer cleaning services for their customers to feed them freshly cleaned fish. Some companies charge a fee, others are included with the package price.
Step 7 – At the end of your journey you must tip your captain. This is common practice on charter ships, and will be shared between the captain and crew. The tip rule generally applies – generally 15-20 percent if you’ve enjoyed your experience.
Now that you are fully ready for the journey, it’s time to move on. Have fun and enjoy!