The first step when embarking on an ocean fishing trip is finding the perfect fishing boat to charter. The internet has made it much easier to find fishing charters close to your home or vacationing spot. The following are tips and guidelines to help you plan and execute the perfect fishing trip.
1. Pick a fishing spot
This will either be near your home or where you're on vacation. The fishing spot also depends on the kind of fish you want to catch. For instance, if you're looking for trophy fish like marlin and sailfish, you're interested in deep-sea fishing, and you'll need a deep-sea charter boat. Most people go tuna fishing, as they make for great game fish and are also very tasty. If you don't know where to start, you can talk to a charter boat captain who will direct you on the best places to look for the fish you want.
2. Find the boat
You can browse online to see interesting boat charters in the fishing area. Call the various charter companies and talk to the captains. You want a friendly, knowledgeable and easy-going captain for the best experience. Prepare a list of questions to ask about, such as their typical catches, any specialties, where to find which fish, among others. Also confirm that the boat provides the necessary equipment, including lines and bait.
3. Confirm party details
If you're carrying a large party, ask for a boat that can accommodate all of you. If you're bringing children on the trip, they should be old enough so as not to get in the way. Ask whether the charter package includes food and drinks. Remember you're not on a luxury yacht, so ask about any particular preferences or allergies in advance. You can pack your own food if you'll be more comfortable. Ask whether you're allowed to carry alcohol on the trip to avoid surprises.
4. Arrive early
Fishing trips should begin very early in the morning, so ensure that you sleep somewhere near the port. If you're new to the place, you can take a visit beforehand so you know the best way to get there. Ask the ship captain for directions and advice on transportation. Prepare food and any packages the night before to avoid morning delays.
5. Plan for the fish
Some charters include the price of cleaning and packing the fish, while others will charge extra. Ensure that you also have a cooler with ice to carry your fish back home. You can ask about rental coolers if you don't own one.