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Deep-Sea Fishing Questions You Should Ask Your Charter Captain


Deep-Sea Fishing Questions You Should Ask Your Charter Captain 

If you're looking for a great deep sea fishing experience, it's important to know what questions to ask your charter captain. You want to make sure they are knowledgeable about the area, have a track record of success, and will work hard to ensure you are having fun. Here are some questions to consider before you agree to a charter.


1) What do I need to bring?

Bring your fishing gear and clothing for any kind of weather. What do we mean for any kind of weather? Wear loose-fitting breathable clothes and dry-fit material works best for any season. For colder months, we advise bringing hoodies Some vessels don't have much space so if you plan on bringing your own, it's best to check with them first. Just DONT BRING ANY BANANAS. Back in the 1800s, many shipwrecks were discovered with only bananas floating among the wreckage. Sailors learned to associate bananas with bad luck, but the roots of the myth also make mention of vermin, pests, and fish-repellant fermentation. Remember to check with your captain if their superstition extends to foods with bananas in them or products with bananas in the name! If you plan on taking any Dramamine for Sea Sickness, plan to take it a couple of hours before you head out. This gives your body time to absorb the medicine BEFORE you get seasick.

2) How many people are on board?

It varies from charter to charter depending on whether they're private or not, but generally, there will be no more than 10 people on board at one time

3) Where is your favorite place to fish?

It's always important to know where your charter captain likes to fish. Captains can have preferences for certain areas, periods of time, and bait. Most captains will bring you to where fish are biting or have been busy but remember this is fishing so there’s always a chance of coming back with nothing. However, your captain will do their best to help you reel in some fish.


4) When is the best time of year to fish Destin?

When is the best time of year to go deep-sea fishing? Depends on what you want! Some people prefer summer because there are more schools of fish around, while others enjoy winter because it is easier to find whales. It really comes down to what you're looking for in your experience. Every year since 1948 we have a fishing rodeo, usually in October that brings in fishers from all over and all ages.


5) What types of fish will I catch?

Well, we are the luckiest fishing village in the world so the answer to that is EVERYTHING. But to name a few, you’ll likely catch drum, mackerel, mahi-mahi, grouper, snapper, and even sharks! Depending on the season and the sort of fishing you’re doing, Destin-Fort Walton Beach, FL offers some of the best fishing in the world. Bottom fishing almost guarantees you success by dropping a line on a wreck and pulling in a bounty of grouper, snapper, and triggerfish. For first-time boat charters, this is a fun fishing experience because trolling makes it more difficult to predict where fish will be. There is also inshore and offshore fishing which will bring you different varieties of fish depending on how far out into the Gulf that you go from Cobia, Bluefin Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoos, and Tarpon.

5) What is the difference between inshore and offshore fishing?

When chartering, it is important to find out what type of fishing will be done. Inshore fishing is taking place in waters close to shore, while offshore fishing takes place further out into open water. Inshore fishing tends to be more suitable for those who are not strong swimmers. Generally speaking, inshore captains use smaller boats and tackle that are used for trolling rather than baitcasting or jigging.

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