Frequently Asked Questions
Whether it's your first time fishing with us or an annual trip, here are some frequently asked questions to help get your prepared!
- What Should I bring?
- Can we keep what we catch?
- Should we purchase a fishing license before the trip?
- Does the boat have a bathroom on it?
- What is included in the cost of the trip?
- Do you only pick up at Burnt Store Marina?
- What if there is bad weather?
- What Should I wear?
- When should I book my trip?
- I've never done this type of fishing before!
- Can I bring alcohol?
- Can young children come?
- Should we tip our Captain?
Taking into consideration the length of your trip, you should bring any food or beverages you would prefer. A cooler with ice and water will already be on the boat and at your disposal. Sunblock, hat, camera and a rain jacket are always recommended.
Most of our Captains prefer catch and release, however as long as the fish is of legal length, in season, and the species population is in good standing, they will normally allow you to take a few home for dinner. At the end of your charter the Captain will gladly filet and bag your catch for you. If you know that you would like to catch and keep, please discuss it with your Captain prior to the trip.
No, all our Captains are licensed through the National Coast Guard, as well as the state of Florida. Their license covers everyone on the boat.
No, none of our vessels are equipped with an onboard bathroom. Our Captains do have alternate methods for women passengers and if needed they are usually not far from a public facility.
- Quality fishing equipment
- Bait, lures
- Cooler with ice and water
No, we are able to pick up at other locations that include Pineland Marina, Placida, Boca Grande Guide Docks, Millers Marina and Tarpon Lodge. If you are renting a house with accessible docking, we will gladly retrieve you from there depending on its location. Please discuss this with us during the booking process.
Our Captains monitor the weather very closely. If it appears that there will thunderstorms with lightning or high winds (small craft advisory are issued for winds over 25 knots) then the trip will be cancelled and rescheduled. It is up to our Captains discretion to call a trip due to unfavorable weather conditions. If you are unable to reschedule a trip that cancelled due to weather, you will be refunded your full deposit.
A bad sunburn can ruin a vacation, or at the least make it extremely uncomfortable. Our Captains wear long, light pants, and long sleeve shirts with hats and tons of sunscreen. We recommend the same if you are not used to our strong Florida sunlight. Sunglasses are a must, preferably polarized, to help protect your eyes from the sun and the reflective rays coming off the water. Our Captains wear Costa Del Mar, as they are tailor made for the anglers and outdoorsman.
The sooner the better! Our guides are in high demand, especially for tarpon season (May-July). Some start booking a year in advance, so as soon as you have dates in mind please contact us. We understand that it's not always easy to book that far in advance so your welcome to contact us at any time to find out our availability.
Not a problem! We welcome all levels of anglers. Our knowledgeable Captains are more than happy to assist you in any way they can. Whether it's fighting a tarpon, or reeling in a trophy redfish, our Captains will be there to help and coach you every step of the way.
As long as those consuming it are of the legal age, you are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages. If you have the option between bottles and cans, please bring cans, as they are safer to deal with on the boat. We do ask that you please be responsible in its consumption and conduct yourself in a safe and respectful manner. Our Captains reserve the right to stop the charter and return to the dock if clients become unruly, or belligerent at which point the full cost of the charter will be due.
Yes, we specialize in trips of a lifetime, which many of clients prefer to create with their family. Children are more than welcome to accompany their parents, given that they are well behaved, and that parents provide them with their own coast guard approved PFD if they are age 6 or under. It's always exciting for us to help create the memory of a child's first catch!
Tips are customary for Captains, and are always appreciated. However they are never expected. It is up to your discretion to determine how hard the Captain worked to ensure a memorable trip. 15% - 20% is common.