How to Pick an A-List Fishing Charter
Selecting the right fishing charter can make a tremendous difference between a fantastic adventure with the ocean and sheer frustration. That’s why you have to take your time doing some research so you end up with a great fishing experience at a reasonable cost. Everywhere on the coasts, you will hear and see adverts for charter trips. Don’t mind them one bit. They may be good charters, but ads are not how you choose a charter.
First things first, decide on the kind of fish you’re interested in. Charters may target various species, so be sure to choose one that will most likely meet your expectations.
Next, ask those around you for referrals of good charters they know. Once you have a list of names, go online and start researching them. What have you learned about them from the reviews? Are they too expensive or perhaps too cheap? Do they have an overall positive reputation? As you do your research remember that cheap isn’t automatically good, and neither is cheap. The idea is to be reasonable. You don’t want to spend a fortune when you can get the same quality for so much less.
After learning more about them online, go visit them personally. The best time is when they’re coming in, which is generally in the afternoon. You will be able to witness the results with your own eyes. Which charters had the most and the least catch? Use this chance to also speak to the anglers about their experience.
When checking out the charters, don’t dwell too much on the boat’s size or quality. Those who drive the boat are the most important factor to consider. Speak to the captains and tell them about your plans and expectations. Also ask them about their experience and what makes their charter different from the rest. Know the equipment and techniques they use. While talking to the captains, get a feel for their enthusiasm towards fishing and providing a good experience for their customers.
When you visit the charters personally, you can also see for yourself which ones have a lot of work and which are barely busy. If they have all set out except for one particular charter, maybe you should avoid it.
Lastly, don’t think you can make plans to go fishing today and actually be fishing the day after. Of course, that is perfectly possible, but experts wouldn’t recommend it. You need to give yourself time to explore your options, compare one over the others, and then make your final pick. Very importantly, be sure to ask as many relevant questions as you can! Otherwise, you will be tempted to decide based on price alone, which isn’t the best way to choose a fishing charter.