Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day deep sea fishing on a boat in the middle of the ocean?
Let’s take a little trip together right now—from the comfort of your couch.
Are you ready for your adventure? Here we go!
Congratulations! A few weeks ago, you booked a private offshore fishing charter for you and three to five of your best buddies, or maybe your family. It’s just the four to six of you, your Captain, and his Mate.
Your trip starts very early in the morning. You’ll get up before the sun (the early bird gets the worm, erm, the fish, you know!), and we’ll leave the dock at sunrise.
The drive (on the boat) to the fishing grounds takes 30-60 minutes, depending on that day’s location, which is expertly chosen by your Captain and Mate. This is a good time to take a little nap, chit chat with your fellow anglers, help the Mate tie up baits, or just enjoy the ride and the amazing view.
The Mate will be getting everything ready for you, so you can start fishing as soon as we arrive at our destination.
You’ll notice that, once we arrive, the boat will slow down considerably. Instead of a running speed, we slow to a trolling speed.
Then we’ll drag a combination of live baits and artificial baits (live means dead and artificial means plastic) behind the boat as we troll.
The fish really seem to bite when the sun is shining brightly. We humans need some protection from the sun, so we’ll find different places to sit on the back deck while we troll. We’ll stay out of direct sunlight and keep cool. We’ll drink water to stay hydrated and reapply sunscreen as we need it.
We’ll troll until you catch your first fish. Get ready. This is the best part!
You’ll be seated in the fighting chair and strapped in. The Mate will hook the fish and give you the rod. And now it’s time for you to reel that fish in!
The fish usually jumps out of the water and puts on a big show. There will be a lot of great photo opportunities to get both you and your fish in the shot. Depending on the species of fish, we will either bring it onto the boat for a posed photo with you or keep it in the water, but bring it alongside the boat for a great up close shot.
We do practice catch and release on our private charters. All fish go back in the water.
Then there are a lot of high fives and whooping and hollering. Everyone’s really excited, and we celebrate with Cokes (or beer) and start telling our big fish stories.
On a good day, this keeps happening over and over again all day long. If we’ve found a huge pod, if there’s a big migration of fish, the day will be action-packed. You could catch 10, 20, 50 or more fish.
You can have up to four lines hooked up at one time which makes the cockpit a very busy place. There’s a lot of yelling and people giving directions. It can be pretty intense, a real adrenaline rush.
On a slow day (that’s why they call it fishing and not catching), you’re spending a good deal of time trying to find fish. There’s an art and science to it. It’s not just go out and get it. We’re fishing for pelagic fish (pelagic species are nomadic and roam the ocean instead of staying in one spot), and they’re smart.
How smart are these fish? Well, for one thing, they know how to play with bait like a cat. Your captain has to know how to feed the bait so the fish takes it. There’s a certain way to do it so the fish will respond and you’ll make the catch. There’s no beginner’s luck here. This knowledge comes with a lot of experience.
Depending on which adventure you booked, you’re either spending 4, 8, or 12 hours out on the sea. When your time is up, your captain drives the boat back to the dock. You say goodbye to your new best friends, your captain and mate. Then you disembark and figure out how to walk on dry land again.
You’re on cloud nine, feeling like you could conquer the world. And you’ve got photos and memories and inside jokes that will last a lifetime—and stories that will get bigger and wilder every time you tell them.
You post your pics to social media, pull them up on your phone wherever you go, and tell all your friends that this adventure was worth every penny, and you can’t wait to do it again.
We’re excited to be part of this amazing experience with you, and we look forward to seeing you soon! Go here to make reserver your preferred dates now!