How to Charter a Boat for a Fishing Trip

How to Charter a Boat for a Fishing Trip
When traveling on vacation, you don't always know the best places to go to catch fish. Charter boat services are normally available in areas where there are large lakes, rivers or oceans to help individuals find the fish and offer boat services for those without access to one. Contacting and setting up a fishing trip through one of these services can make your vacation more enjoyable.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Call the charter boat company that you have selected. Charter boat guide services advertise in the yellow pages and on the Internet. You could also go to the dock where the charter companies launch and talk in person. Select a company that specializes in the type of fish you want to catch. If there are several quality fish species in an area, a charter company might concentrate on one type of fish, such as bass, snapper or sailfish.
Step 2
Ask the charter service what is provided during the trip. Most provide equipment such as rods, reels, lures and bait; however, some charters provide more. Anything can be included in the trip, from fishing licenses to snacks. Asking ahead of time will give you an idea of what you need to bring along.
Step 3
Schedule a time for the trip. Most charters offer full- and half-day trips. Some might only have half-day trips in the morning or only at certain times of the year.
Step 4
Obtain a license for the day of the trip if it is not provided, and bring all necessary items such as snacks, sunscreen and rain gear. You never know what the weather might be, so it's best to be prepared.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure the captain of your boat is licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard, so you know you are in good hands.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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