Preparing for Sea Fishing Trips

One of the most beneficial things you can do when searching for a charter for your deep sea fishing trip that will meet your needs is to speak with the captain ahead of time about what they offer. You certainly don’t want to waste your time and money on an expedition that is not suited to your needs. After you decide what type of specific experience you want, you should determine how much you are willing to pay for the charter.

For smaller boats (that typically hold between two to four people, prices typically start at around $200-$400. To hire a bigger boat for an all-day fishing excursion, you’re looking at between $900-$1,200. Another important factor to consider is the reputation of the charter. While most charter services are operated by experienced, quality individuals, there is the occasional shady character that may try and sell you their services.

One way to check into the reputation of a particular charter service is through asking around and getting recommendations from some of the locals. This can mean visiting local marinas, bait shops, or simply visiting the docks. Another option is to check with the hotel where you’re staying – often they have charter services they typically use. Finally, you can interview potential fishing charter captains. This can help you see for yourself what type of person you will be spending a day on the boat with.

Once you have selected a charter, you can contact the captain or the company to find out what particular gear you will need to bring. Most charter services supply all the fishing rods and reels, though many allow you to bring you own gear on certain types of trips. They also supply bait and tackle, which includes artificial baits, live bait, frozen bait, and chum. The charter service also typically supplies ice and a fish box to store your catch, though you will need something to carry your catch home in.

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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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