Do I need to be an experienced angler to book a charter?
Do I need fishing gear and/or a license?
We provide the rod, reels and a Florida fishing license as part of your charter fee, so you don’t have to worry about traveling on vacation with your gear. We do allow angler’s to bring their favorite rod, but we highly recommend using our equipment.
Do I need to buy bait?
We do provide dead bait, but if you’d like to fish with live bait, you must buy your own, or you have the option of fishing for it. Live bait is purchased on the boat as it leaves the pass. If you’re going to use live bait during the charter, we recommend you do buy it from our vendor, rather than spending an hour of your fishing time trying to catch it.
What do I need to bring on my Charter?
Though we provide licenses, bait and all fishing gear, in order to enjoy a day of fishing, it’s important to come prepared. Please check out our list of “What to Bring” found here.
Do I need to bring food and drinks?
Yes. You should be sure to bring all the snacks and drinks you’ll need for your charter. We have no galley facilities on our boats. Be sure to bring more than you think you’ll need, as nothing ruins a great day fishing like a hungry or thirsty angler.
What should I wear?
Florida weather can be unpredictable any time of year. A hot and sunny day can turn cool in the afternoon after an unexpected rain shower. Think “layers” when planning your attire. It’s never a bad idea to bring long pants, a hoodie and/or a wind breaker to change into at the end of the day. And always be sure to bring a hat to protect your head from the Florida sun and wear non-skid footwear. Open-toed sandals or flip-flops are not recommended.
What happens if it rains?
The Florida coast has inconsistent weather patterns. It’s highly possible for rain to be falling where you are, but not at our dock. However, if we do have to cancel your charter due to inclement weather, we will contact you at the phone number you provided when you made the reservation and happily reschedule your charter if possibly or fully refund your deposit.
What happens if the fish don't bite?
Our Captain is a seasoned angler and very experienced. He aggressively pursues target catches using state-of-the-art technologies, finding the most likely fishing grounds for success. That being said, even the most experienced anglers get skunked now and again, that’s the thrill of fishing—sometimes the angler wins and sometimes the fish. We do our part, knowing the season and the Gulf, to provide you with the best chance possible to catch fish, but we can’t guarantee success.
How far offshore will we go?
The distance to the fishing grounds is dependent on the length of your charter and the type of fish you wish to catch. Near shore charters are usually within a half mile of shore with the coastline visible during your trip. Deep sea charters are fish-dependent, but generally we travel within 30 to 40 minutes of the dock.
Do I need to bring a life vest?
No. All of our boats carry Coast Guard approved life vests for every person on the boat, along with other safety gear. The Captain will go over all safety procedures during your fishing charter.
Will I get seasick?
The Captain makes every effort to give his passengers a smooth ride. However, conditions of the Gulf of Mexico can be unpredictable. If you are prone to motion sickness or this is your first fishing charter, we recommend taking medication early enough (please read label directions) to be sure it is working prior to departure. If you or anyone in your group begins to feel queasy, please talk to the Captain or one of our crew and we will try to help.
Is gratuity included?
Gratuity is not included with the price of a ticket. Our crew strives to make your charter easy, relaxing and above all—fun. If you enjoy your day on the ocean, we always appreciate gratuities.
Is alcohol allowed on the charter?
You may bring alcohol with you, provided everyone drinking is of legal age. For your safety and that of other passengers and our crew, we ask that you consume alcohol responsibly and not overindulge.
What do I do with my fish?
Depending on the type of fish you are catching, you may choose to catch, photo, and release or bring them home with you. We have a system on board for storing your day’s catch until we dock. We recommend you bring a cooler and leave it in your car if you want to bring fish home. For a nominal per-fish fee our crew will clean your catch and a few of our local restaurants will also prepare your fish in their kitchen for a small fee.
Are there bathroom facilities aboard the boat?
No. We do have facilities on the dock, but there is no toilet onboard.
Is smoking allowed on the charters?
No. For the comfort of other passengers and our crew, we ask that you not smoke while we are enjoying the ocean air and Florida sunshine.
May I bring my dog?
For the safety of your pets and our crew who need to move freely around the deck helping passenger, we do not allow dogs on our charter boats. However, if you have a service dog, we do welcome them aboard provided they are wearing a Coast Guard approved life vest.