Here is SWFL inshore fishing is absolutely amazing from the variety of species we catch to the pure beauty of the backcountry. For this months fishing report I'm offering up something a little different for guest looking for a fishing charter. Top 5 Things to Know When Booking a Trip.
1. The Company/Captains Reputation
With all the new booking sites available today research a Captain/Company and look for some genuine testimonials. Also research the type of fishing you will be doing from artificial, livebait or fly fishing. Just because someone maybe on the top of the list doesn't always mean they will be a good match for your trip. Don't settle for just one opinion check with local bait shops to local fishing charity events. Ask around.
2. Group Size
The number of people you want to bring with you on your fishing charter will determine the cost and also availability. Most inshore charters typically take between 1-3 guest with the 4th adding to the cost of the charter.
3. Cost "Cheapest is NOT best".
Cost is another important factor you need to consider. There are lots of fishing guides who operate and are not properly licensed or insured which relates to lower prices. Ask for his or her credentials. Also many charters require a deposit or may charge extra when add another guest.
4. Catch and Release / Catch and Keep
It's important to ask not only what you will be targeting but also if you are able to keep your catch. New rules and regulations can permit keeping certain types of species so it's important to ask in advance.
5. Whats Provided.
Every charter is different so ask the Captain what he/she may supply. Some Captains provide water, soft drinks, ice, bait and tackle. It's important to find out ahead of time so the Captain is prepared. Also who is responsible for cleaning your catch. Being prepared is key to an amazing adventure on the water.
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