How to Pick Good Saltwater Fishing Charters

By: Daniel Eggertsen

When it comes to picking 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.

Essentially, when you want to take a deep sea fishing trip you have two options. You can either rent your own boat or charter a boat. One of the many beneficial things about chartering a boat is that you don't have to worry about getting your own supplies to take on board (fishing tackle, etc.). You'll certainly still want to touch base with the charter company to find out what you should bring, but the preparation isn't your concern. If you do want to bring some of your own tackle and equipment, it's still a good idea to contact the charter company prior to your trip to find out their policy and regulations on bringing your own gear.

But before you do any of that, you need to decide what it is that you specifically want from the experience. 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 part 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 assess your skill as an angler.

There is a vast difference between a charter that caters to novice fishermen and one that is designed for experienced anglers. 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.

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