What are some of the questions I should ask before booking a charter?

What are some of the questions I should ask before booking a charter?

Chartering a boat can be a great option for beginners and for experts. You’re right that it%u2019s important to properly research a charter service before employing them. The first question you should think about is how much you are willing to spend. For smaller boats (that 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. I would suggest asking how long they’ve been in business, how busy they typically are, and what types of licenses they have. All of these things will help you find the right charter that best meets your 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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