Q: Are reservations required?
A: We recommend reservations for our shared expense trips. We do welcome walk-ups; however, we cannot guarantee availability. When a reservation is made we require your name, your cell phone number and a credit card number. We will not charge your credit card; it holds your reservation such as when you make a hotel reservation. You can pay for the trip the day of the trip with any form of acceptable payment.
Q: What to expect and why?
A: On a 4–hour or 6-hour shared expense trip, expect the captain to change fishing locations a few times. There are only so many fish at each location and several locations being fished will generally result in the best catch of fish for our anglers. We keep each of our anglers’ fish separated and do not allow fish to be stored in personal coolers. We fish 30 lb to 50 lb tackle, and we have rod and reels that are suitable for our smaller anglers to use available.
Many families ask what age a child needs to be to go on a fishing trip. Our daughter started out at one year of age and continues to go on a regular basis.
We have found that children under 10 years of age will generally need a parent or someone to help them fish.
Q: What types of payment do you accept?
A: We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash, traveler’s checks, cashier’s checks, money orders and company checks.
Q: Is a deposit required?
A: We require a 50% deposit on all PRIVATE charters. If a deposit for a private charter is made with a credit card, we will not charge your credit card; it holds your reservation such as when you make a hotel reservation. You can pay for the trip the day of the trip with any form of acceptable payment.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: We accept cancellations up to 21 days in advance of the scheduled departure date with a full refund. If you cancel less than 21 days prior to the scheduled trip, your deposit will not be refunded unless the trip can be rescheduled.
Q: What if the weather is bad?
A: No one, including the weatherman, can accurately predict sea conditions the day before a scheduled fishing trip. No cancellations because of potential sea conditions will be made before the morning of the scheduled fishing trip. The captain makes the decision about the sea conditions the morning of the trip. If he cancels the trip due to inclement weather, and if the trip cannot be rescheduled, a full refund will be made.
Q: How far offshore do you fish?
A: This all depends on the length of the trip, how the current is running, and what we are fishing for. On our shared expense trips, we average 15 to 20 miles. On our private charters it can be much further.
Q: How is gratuity handled?
A: Gratuity for the mate(s) is not included in the shared expense trip prices and is a customary 10% – 15% of the price you pay to fish. Most of the private charter trips do not include gratuity and is a customary 10% – 15%.
Q: How much does it cost to have the fish cleaned?
A: Fish cleaning is not included in the shared expense trip prices and is .30 per pound, whole weight. Most of the private charter trips do not include fish cleaning and is .30 per pound, whole weight.
Q: Do I need a fishing license?
A: A fishing license is not required.
Q: Do I need to provide or rent my own fishing gear (rods, reels, etc.)?
A: All use of rods, reels, bait and tackle is included in the price of all trips. The cost of any tackle lost overboard will be added to the total charge for the charter (approximate cost of $125.00 to $150.00 per rod and reel).
Q: What are the restrictions on food & drinks?
A: You will need to bring food and beverages as our charter vessels do not have these items available. We do allow beer, but please, no glass bottles. Safety and Coast Guard regulations require that food and beverages be stored in personal coolers on the boat.