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3 Tips to Ensure Your Fishing Trips Go Succesfully

Posted by on August 21, 2013 1 Comments Category : Fishing Blog

Chartering has taken me on quite a few impressive fishing trips over the past few years. There was the trip in Page, Arizona early on that really opened my eyes to how much enjoyment getting out on the water can bring to people who are typically landlocked, and let’s not forget that epic day of striped bass fishing off the waters of Long Island sound. My methods have gotten more streamlined over the years, but none of these trips would have been a hit without a fair amount of planning.

Fishing TripsLαin / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Ensuring that your fishing trips go smoothly is all about proper planning. If everything is in order before you leave the dock, your patrons are much more likely to have a safe and enjoyable experience than if you were to simply throw caution to the wind. By keeping a few important tips in mind, you’ll have a good chance of becoming one of the best-known captains in your area.

Get All Proper Licensing Put in Place

In order to take people out on fishing trips, you’ve got to have the proper licensing. Many people think this is as easy as filling out a little paperwork, but there’s actually quite a bit more that goes into gaining the right licensing than this.

In most states, getting your captain’s license requires taking classes and passing an exam. You can also expect to have to pass a drug test, and some states have additional requirements on top of these. Once licensed, be sure that you have the proper insurance and any other paperwork completed before you even think about taking someone out on your boat.

Buy the Right Boat

If you don’t already have a boat and are in the market for one, you should do whatever possible to find an adequate vessel to get the job done. The size and build of the boat you end up with can vary dramatically depending upon how many people you plan to bring out at a time.

A 30-foot boat would of course be ideal, but will be outside of many peoples’ price range. Scaling things down a bit isn’t a terrible idea, especially if you intend to start small. If you’re buying a used boat, be sure to have it looked at by a neutral third party who is an expert on boat safety to ensure that everything is in line with your needs.

Know Where to Go for Repairs

Going out on long trips can be somewhat scary, especially if you are traveling to a body of water with which you are unfamiliar. This being the case, it’s always important that your boat is in tip top shape when it hits the water.

The best way to do this is to make a list ahead of time of locations that you’ve found either through word of mouth or online, and have them categorized by geographical area. For example, you could contact a Page boat repair shop if you were in the Page, AZ area (a life-saver during my last stint in Page), or Gowen Marine if you’re boating in or around Portland, ME. Having someone on your side who can help with repairs will ensure that both you and your patrons have a smooth experience each time you make a trip out.

Running a charter boat can be a great deal of fun, but it requires a lot of responsibility. If you have everything in order, however, things are bound to go well.

If you love fishing and enjoy traveling, please consider leaving your fishy reply!

1 Comment

  1. John Brown - Deep Sea Fishing Charters Expert on Sep 23, 2013

    Great post! I’m sure people who love fishing will actually find this very useful. Well, you can actually miss out on getting the most out of a fishing expedition, if you don’t prepare well. In every activity, preparation is the key. If you don’t prepare well, you can actually mess up in the end. No one wants that. So, this blog post can help beginners and at the same time inform experienced ones before opt for deep sea fishing charters.


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