There’s no question that wherever you travel in the world, there is likely a spot with some absolutely insane reef fishing available.
The specific species of fish available change depending on where you’re going – but if there’s a big reef nearby chances are you can find some incredible sports fishing, as well as some good shark fishing if that’s your thing. After all, plenty of baitfish near the reef to attract them in!
However, not every professional charter is created equal, and it’s not like there’s a governing body to decide which charters are really professional and which ones aren’t. If you have a business and a boat, you can call yourself what you want, but that doesn’t make you one of the best options. That’s part of the reason finding a trustworthy and experienced fishing charter is so important!
Do Your Research
If you’re anything like us, you just can’t wait to get out into the water, but there’s a reason you need to start by doing your research before hitting the docks. You want to make sure you are really going out with experienced professionals who know the local reefs, know the waters, and have a track record of happy clients thrilled with their fishing results. Make sure they have a charter fishing license.
With so much information online nowadays, you should be able to get ratings and reports on charters that even don’t have a website or social media (though that’s definitely a red flag). Look around and see which names keep coming up as outstanding providers and find the charter guides who consistently get really high scores.
Get an Idea of What You Want to Fish
There are so many options in the area, and the experience you have with one sport fishing charter can be completely different than the one you have with another as a result. You can chase the giant trophies that weigh several times more than you, go after the little buggers who hit above their weight, or catch strings of delicious fish that fry up as good as anything around here.
Or on a perfect day maybe you get to do all three, especially with an all-day tour. Get an idea of what experiences are most important to you and base your starting outing on that.
Remember the Cost Is Variable
There are some basic costs that come with any charter but remember that the prices can change based on the number of people or the number of hours out on the water. Some charters are the only setup for a quick 4-hour outing while others line up for a full 8 hours of blissful reef fishing…hopefully without much of a slog at any point.
Many charters also offer executive packages for cleaning the fish, providing a lunch, or taking care of other odds and ends. Never be afraid to ask.
If you’re ready to get off the screens and get out to the reefs for some truly unforgettable sports fishing, then it’s time to give us a call and get on board with the sport fishing charter who knows these reefs like the back of their hand!