The advantages of charter fishing are many for families and individuals. Charter fishing is available on every large body of water in the United States, including the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Charter fishing is often used for deep sea fishing as well as smaller fish such as salmon and trout. A charter will provide the boat, equipment, expertise and a fun environment to make any fishing trip more relaxing.
Not all charter fishing is done in the deep sea. The Great Lakes as well as many large lakes throughout the country have charter fishing available from local experts. There is a different technique to catching salmon than there is for trout and having an expert who knows the difference can be vital. These charter boats fish for a wide variety of freshwater fish such as Walleye, Salmon, Lake Trout and Steelhead. Charter fishing in the Great Lakes takes advantage of the captains’ knowledge of the area and their skill in finding the fish.
Regardless of whether the trip is for deep sea fishing or fresh water fishing there are two types of charters. A public charter is where individuals and small groups pay a fee to go out on a boat together. A private charter is when an individual, family or group hires their own boat for their specific trip. This is usually more expensive, but can also provide the most fun as the captain and crew can spend more time with each person on the charter. A private charter may be more likely to catch a fish as there are fewer people competing in such a small area.
Deep water fishing is almost always done by charter boat. Whether fishing for Sailfish in Florida, Mahi in the Gulf or Halibut in California, a charter boat is an excellent choice. Large fish require a large boat and most consumers do not have the desire or the capital to make that kind of investment. Hiring a charter boat will allow a family the adventure of deep sea fishing at an affordable price. Often a ride on such a large boat is entertaining for kids and families. Before making a final choice verify the boat has at least two motors and a working radio to avoid any unpleasant problems while sailing in the deep ocean.
Another advantage of hiring a charter is the equipment and expertise that comes with the boat. Deep sea fishing requires special equipment beyond a simple rod and reel. With a charter all of the details of planning the trip, packing and preparing are handled by the charter company. The consumer simply needs to show up. Some charters will provide meals and if it is an overnight trip, a place to stay.
The captain of the charter will also know what to fish for and where. This does not necessarily mean a deep sea area. Many charters will take customers to fish off reefs, oil rigs and wrecks. Some large fish such as the King Fish or Yellowfin Tuna migrate and are only available at certain times of the year. A reputable charter business will know the area and the types of fish in it. They will also know how to fish for a variety of catches. Some charters will even price their trips in such a way that they don’t charge if no fish are caught.
Individuals interested in charter fishing should contact the local tourism department for recommendations. Often there are many choices of captains and boats in a popular area. Get recommendations from others who have used the charter service or ask the company for references. The more experienced the captain the better the trip will probably be, as they will know where to find fish. Nothing will destroy a trip faster than a ship that doesn’t work or not finding any fish. Verify the captain is fully licensed and insured as well.
Check the prices and what they include. Will food be available? Most trips last at least several hours and kids will get hungry. Sometimes the trip out to the fishing area takes several hours so ask about this and come prepared if necessary. Will the charter provide any of the smaller necessities such as sun screen in case they are needed? Asking questions is important to ensure there are no surprises.
The advantages of choosing a charter fishing trip are many. This activity can make a vacation more memorable as everyone gets to experience a new adventure.