Charters – Having a Safe and Bountiful Excursion
Ask any avid fisherman, and he/she will tell you that fishing charters can be an experience of a lifetime. If you are interested in booking a charter for a fishing trip, a few bits of information will help to ensure the safest trip possible. With this peace of mind, you can kick back and enjoy the thrill of the catch Lafitte Fishing.
When choosing a charter company, be prepared with a list of pertinent questions for the Captain, and begin by inquiring about the Captain himself. You may feel most comfortable booking charters on a boat that the Captain both owns and operates himself. Even if he leases his services to a company, knowing that your Captain knows his boat will certainly be a plus. Also often overlooked is the presence of a mate-the second in command on fishing charters. In case of an accident, emergency, or illness, you surely want to know that someone else on the boat can navigate back to the dock. The best way to obtain any of this information is to speak directly with the Captain himself.
You should also inquire about safety equipment available on the boat. Any honest establishment must follow certain safety requirements. The Coast Guard requires that life jackets be provided for each passenger, and though radars and rafts are not required, it is a good idea to only book with companies that go above and beyond safety requirements for the benefit of their passengers. It is also highly suggested that the boat you choose for your trip has two motors in the event of engine failure while fishing.
If you are not an experienced boater, it may be best to book fishing charters on a larger craft. Smaller ones often contribute to sea sickness for those without “sea legs.” Also, ask about the length of the excursion, calculating how much of that time will be spent en route to your destination. Ultimately, a larger, faster boat will get you to your fishing site sooner, allowing more time for the actual fishing. If the ride and motion of the water is the essence of the trip for you, time may not be an issue, but the serious fisherman will certainly want to inquire about transit time.
Once you have determined the safety of your trip, it is time for strategy. A boat that goes out every day with the same Captain has inside information to plentiful waters. He can tell from the previous day’s experience and success where the fish are most likely to be. Charters that run only on weekends or those that have a sporadic host of crew members will not carry the same experience when it comes to finding particularly active spots to fish. Again, the true fisherman will want to know that the catch will be bountiful, while someone who is fulfilling a bucket list may not be as picky about the haul.