How to select an offshore fishing charter – what to ask before you book

There are plenty of questions you should ask before you book any off shore fishing charter. The answers to such questions will help you to get a clear picture of what you will be paying for.

What is included?

Always ask the charter what is included. You never want to make assumptions on this point. Some charters include everything you could want including food, drinks, coolers for your fish, bait, tackle, and equipment. All you really have to do is show up and they have everything else taken care of.

There are also charters that supply themselves, the boat, and that is all. You have to bring along your food, coolers for the fish you catch, your own fishing rod and reel, and your own bait. There can be a huge difference in what is offered so you want to come prepared.

What size of boat will you get?

Never assume your boat will be large enough for the number of people in your group. Always take the time to ask the size of it and how many people it accommodates. If you will be going alone, as if there will be other people on the boat too. Sometimes, a charter will sell the other seats to other individuals or small groups. That could be a problem for you if you thought you were getting a few days to fish all alone.

How do I get to the boat?

Transportation can be a tricky issue, and it can result in you missing your charter if you aren’t careful. Always ask how you will be getting to the boat.

If you need transportation it can be set up for you. Many people love being able to be picked up and dropped off at their hotel or lodge each day. If you will be responsible for your own transportation, make sure you can get to the boat without any hassles.

What is the price?

Enjoying any off shore fishing charter is quite a treat. However, you do have to be able to afford the cost of it. Talk about the price to see what the bottom line is going to be. The fishing charter should be able to put this amount in writing for you. If they aren’t willing to do so, then you should see that as a red flag.

Look for promotions and discount codes that can save you money. If you don’t see any, just ask. Sometimes, they will cut a better deal with you if they know you are looking for a certain price range. The last thing they want is you to book your fishing trip with one of their competitors due to the price being a bit more.

What experience do they have?

Anyone can buy a boat and call themselves a charter, so be well aware of that fact. However, you can avoid problems when you ask about the specific experience that someone has. Find out how many years they have been involved with charters.

Ask them how frequently they do them too.

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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