Finding the Right Charter

I’d love to do a charter for saltwater fish – will they take you if you’re a beginner?

One of the great things about the abundance of charter fishing boats is that there is typically one to suit the needs of any level of angler.  Some charters cater to the beginner and to families, while others specialize in taking more experienced fishermen out to sea.  Many charter services actually offer several options.  Often, captains of charter boats will offer a trolling option, which is geared toward the novice fisherman, families, and children.  For example, many charter boats in the southern Florida area will take patrons out trolling in the spring through fall months, where they have the opportunity to spend six hours hunting for redfish, dolphin, and others.  On the other hand, high speed trolling is a very popular option for more experienced anglers who may not have all of their own equipment to go out on an expedition of their own.  High speed trolling is best done during the summer months, when conditions are optimal to catch larger game fish, such as bull dolphin, yahoo, and sailfish.  One of the best things you can do when searching for a charter that will meet your needs is to ask the captain up front what it is they offer.  You certainly don’t want to waste your time and money on an expedition that is not suited to your needs.  Many charter services are very up front about the differnet options they offer.  As a result, you can determine which type of charter is the best fit for your individual needs. 

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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