Do you feel overwhelmed by all the captains available when trying to book an inshore charter? It’s not a bad problem! There are many talented and friendly captains in Florida who would love to take your on an adventure of a lifetime. Before you decide which charter to go with, I will be covering the essential questions.
First, I will discuss the timing of your charter. Inshore charters are far more dependent on weather conditions, lunar activity, and atmospheric conditions than deep sea/offshore charters. Avoid dates that occur during large storm fronts. These storm fronts can alter the atmospheric pressures that fish experience, which can lead to lock jaw. It’s not a good idea to get rained on, so make sure you check the forecast for days when you plan to fish.
Remember that inshore charters are generally run when the tides are strongest to maximize your chances of catching fish. Because they fish deep waters, where the tides are very insignificant, offshore charter captains don’t care as much about tides. The captain’s preference for when the charter runs will depend on what day you are fishing. You should ensure that your schedule is available on the day you wish to conduct an inshore charter.
Two tide cycles are common on most days, with some having only one. A strong tide can last only a few hours. When the tide is strong, the best bite of the day often only lasts a few hours. This means that most captains prefer to run half-day or three-day charters. Inshore charters are very short and the trip to the fishing spot takes only a few hours. This means that you rarely need to fish for more than 4-6 hours. A quality captain will take you on a fishing charter that lasts a day.
Another important factor is the number of people who want to go fishing. Inshore fishing guides typically allow 4 people to fish. Others can take less, as stealthy inshore fishing vessels are usually less than 20ft long. Although the charter boat may be more spacious, too many anglers can take the boat out at once and limit the number of fish that can be caught. To ensure that you are not faced with any problems when you go fishing, make sure you check the maximum capacity of the boat you want to charter.
Not all Pensacola Fishing Charters are the same!!! Make sure you only choose the most reputable and well-established captains in your area. Many of the top captains are active on social media, posting a lot of fishing reports/pictures and their daily catch. You should not be afraid to call them. They will be happy to talk with you and answer all your questions about the accommodations that they provide. They won’t be as friendly on the phone as they are on the boat if they aren’t approachable.
NeverBook a charter using ads on Craigslist! As with many things in life you only get what you pay. Many “no-name” captains who offer charters at bargain prices on classifieds sites are not licensed to operate charters and are therefore uninsured. It is easy to check the insurance of any captain by calling their insurance company. Charter Lakes is the most common insurance company for Florida fishing guides. However, a small number of captains may use other companies. Report fraudulent charter captains immediately to the US Coast Guard and FWC.
Don’t let fishing charter prices discourage you. For a half-day charter, some of the most experienced inshore fishing charter captains I know offer fishing charters starting at $100 per person. Check the maximum anglers that are allowed to charter and divide the charter price by this number. On a new site divideandcharter.com, you can browse hundreds of the best Florida fishing charter captains and request individual seats on their charters so that you are only responsible for paying for your portion of the fishing trip. This information will help you to choose the best fishing charter for your family, friends and loved ones. Keep it tight!