A fishing charter can be a fantastic way to enjoy a memorable day relaxing on water with you family or friends, but if you choose the wrong charter your relaxing day can soon turn into a frustrating nightmare that you can't wait to escape. At most popular fishing locations you will find many prominent adverts for fishing charters and knowing which charter to select can seem a daunting prospect. Selecting the right charter can especially be a problem if you are unfamiliar with the area and the boats available.
Price isn't everything
Everyone loves a bargain, and a cheap fishing trip is a tempting prospect but don't be fooled. You can't afford to select a fishing charter based on price alone, if you are offered a charter at a suspiciously low price then the operator is cutting costs somewhere. Are they keeping you close to shore and avoiding the more productive reefs? Is the trip noticeably shorter than some of the other options, are there less facilities on offer?
What boat will be used?
You need a vessel that is seaworthy and that is also sufficiently comfortable. Make sure you check which boat will be used for the charter before you book. Speed isn't normally a critical factor on a fishing trip. A catamaran may get you to the fishing grounds fast but does that speed come at a cost of a bone jarring ride that leaves you in pain long after you get off the boat? In most cases larger boats offer a better charter experience. Not only do larger boats offer a more stable ride they will often have better facilities including walk-in toilets and an enclosed wheelhouse to safely store valuables in a dry environment.
Which jetty does the vessel use?
It can be easy to be so taken up with the conditions on board the boat that you forget about actually getting to the boat in the first place. Many fishing charters leave from commercial marinas which offer great facilities nearby but don't always provide sufficient long term parking. You must ensure that you find somewhere close to the jetty that lets you legally park for the full duration of the charter. You don't want to get back from a great days fishing and find a large fine waiting for you.
If you have any questions about fishing charters and which charter will be most suitable for you then it is best to call the operator and talk to them directly. They will be best placed to answer your specific questions and to advise you on whether their charter can fully meet your requirements.