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Choosing a Deep Sea Fishing Charter

Dec 12, 2007
When it comes to selecting a deep sea charter, there are numerous factors to consider. Not only do you want to find a charter that is reputable and professional, you also want to look for one that will meet your individual needs. This means that before you even make preparations to spend a day on the open water, you should decide what it is that you specifically want from the experience.

Your first priority should be to decide what type of experience you want. Do you want to try reef and wreck fishing? Do you want to try inshore fishing? Or are you interested in finding a charter that specializes in targeting a specific type of species (such as tarpon, billfish, etc.). Some of these factors will depend on what type of the world you are fishing in. For example, if you are going to be fishing off the gulf of Mexico, your options will be different than if you were seeking a deep sea charter off the coast of northern California.

Next, you should think about what level you want to fish on. There is a vast difference between a charter that caters to novice fishermen and one that is designed for experienced anglers. However, 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 different options they offer. As a result, you can determine which type of charter is the best fit for your individual 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. Often, this is the part of the process that exposes some of the less reputable charter options.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best saltwater fishing information possible. Get more information on saltwater fishing charters here: http://www.asksaltwaterfishing.com
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