Choosing a Fishing Charter
Choosing the right fishing charter can spell the difference between a great adventure on the water and plain 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. Charter trip adverts can be seen and heard all over the coasts. Best thing to do is ignore them. 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. Different charters focus on different species, so make sure you go with a charter that is in line with your plans.
The next thing to do is ask for referrals from people around you. With your list of prospects, go to the Internet and run a search on each one. What have you learned about them from the reviews? Are they too expensive or perhaps too cheap? Are they generally reputable? As you continue with your research, don’t forget that the cheapest option isn’t always the best, and neither is the priciest. It’s always wise to go for reasonable. You need not spend a lot of money for something that you can get for less, as long as the quality is the same.
After doing your online research, visit them. Time your visit in the afternoon, which is typically when they come in. You will be able to witness the results with your own eyes. Which charters brought in the most fish? You should also talk to the anglers about their experience.
When you go visit the charters, don’t focus too much on the size or quality of the boat. The one driving the boat is always more important. Talk to the captains and tell them your expectations. Also ask regarding their experience and what their charter offers that the rest don’t, if any. Know the equipment and techniques they use. While speaking to the captains, observe how passionate they are towards fishing and providing an unforgettable experience to 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 most of them had set out and one isn’t booked, maybe it’s best to avoid that charter.
Finally, don’t think you can plan to go on a fishing trip today and actually be on one tomorrow. Certainly, that is possible, but professionals won’t recommend it. It’s best to give yourself time to review your options, make comparisons and then make your final choice. Very importantly, you have to ask questions! Otherwise, you will end up looking at the price alone, which isn’t exactly the right way to pick a fishing charter.