There are two ways to look at fishing. Successful fishing which includes catching fish and then there is fishing as relaxing time and catching no fish. That’s why, when you are inexperienced, we’d recommend getting your feet wet, literally, by using an experienced fishing guide or charter fishing.
Even if you’ve been casting since you were knee-high to a chum bucket, charter fishing groups give you an instant, insider’s edge for a particular area and usually ensures a successful day on the water.
What time of year
The best time of year to go charter fishing depends upon the wants and needs of the angler. When charter fishing, the fish are usually highly regulated, and the seasons are short. This keeps fish as the priority. Also, the angler needs to inquire about what fish are in season at the time that they’re planning their trip.
Beyond an expert’s edge, charter fishing helps keep everything on the up-and-up. If you are on a for-hire vessel, the vessel has the permit for you and everyone on that boat are included. If you fish from a private vessel or from a friend’s boat, you would have to have a state fishing license.
What you need
All charter boats have their own equipment, such as rods and reels, on board as well; however, if you need special equipment (a left-handed rod or handicapped equipment of some sort) you might want to bring your own.
There are so many places to experience charter fishing and just as many varieties of fish available, that it is almost impossible to sort through all the options. Have you ever considered a fishing charter off San Diego, Hawaii, Caribbean or the South Sea Island? The choice is yours to make.
The cost will often surprise you. It is often comparable to the long fishing expeditions you already take. There are many different business models for charter fishermen, with trips ranging from four hours to four days and beyond.
If money is a big concern, look into walk-on charters. These boats will have anywhere from 15 to 50 people. While they do not offer a premium fishing experiences like the private charters, the advantage is they’re very cost-effective for your first time. In other words, there’s a fishing charter for every budget.
Everyone who fishes in freshwater has a general knowledge of how to fish in saltwater. Often, saltwater fishing requires different angling skills in order to be successful. If you choose to go with a professional guide service, they know how to maximize your opportunities, and you’ll have a greater catch – whether it be quantity or fish or the size of the fish desired.
So, what are you waiting for? Book a charter fishing experience today!
Chef Bobby is a Chef and Cookbook Author. He loves to share his knowledge of cooking and handling of fish with our community.