It is the ultimate dream of many an angler to go out on a deep-sea fishing charter. And it is something that each fisherman should aim to experience at least once in their lifetime – the ultimate fishing pilgrimage if you will. It’s one thing to stand on the bank of a lake, or even in a boat on a lake and cast your line and testing to your mettle against freshwater fish. And you can stand on the edge of the dock and try your hand at catching some saltwater fish.
But if you want the ultimate challenge, if you really want to go head to head with the biggest, strongest and wiliest fish, you need to get out onto the open sea. Deep-sea fishing is challenging to say the least, but there is nothing quite like reeling in your first Blue Marlin. You know those old fisherman tales where the fish that got away increases in size with every couple of beers drunk? Forget those – catch your own monster, and you can have actual proof of your prowess and skill.
What You Can Expect
This is going to depend on what you want to get out of it and what packages the charter company offers. If you already know what you are doing, you could just hire a boat and take your own gear along. It’s a less expensive way to go, but piloting the boat does cut into your fishing time, so it is not ideal. We advise hiring a charter company that provides all the gear and a captain for you. It costs a little more, but you are also more likely to get the kinds of results you want. And, best of all, when you are done, you get to take your prize home and leave all the clean up to the crew. A great charter company will have the equipment to track the kinds of fish that you are looking for. The crew will be highly experienced so that you get the best possible results. Make sure they are keeping their boat charged with marine battery chargers.
What is Expected of You?
You are expected to have a good time. Part of making sure that you have a good time is to do what the crew ask of you. There is always a good reason for them to ask you to do something. For example, when they ask you to put your gear away, it is so that it won’t become a projectile on deck in rough seas.
Some companies ask guests to participate in a pool for the biggest fish. Everyone contributes some money, and the person who lands the biggest fish wins the pool. You will be given an orientation when you first climb aboard; it is important to listen carefully. This orientation is where you will hear more about the actual structure of the day and security protocols that you need to know about.
Overall, a deep-sea fishing trip should be at the top of any serious angler’s bucket list. Do your research ahead of time and look for a company that offers a blend of value and experience – you will be sorry if you miss out.