Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring?

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.

Can we keep what we catch?

Most of our Captains prefer to 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.

Should we purchase a fishing license before 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.

Does the boat have a bathroom on it?

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.

What is included in the cost of the trip?

A guide, licensing, quality fishing equipment, bait and lures, a boat, and a cooler with ice and water are included in the cost of the trip.

Do you only pick up at Burnt Store Marina?

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.

What if there is bad weather?

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 canceled 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 is canceled due to weather, you will be refunded your full deposit.

What should I wear?

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 outdoorsmen.

When should I book my trip?

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 you are welcome to contact us at any time to find out our availability.

I've never done this type of fishing before!

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.

Can I bring alcohol?

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.

Can young children come?

Yes, we specialize in trips of a lifetime, which many clients prefer to create with their families. 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!

Should we tip our captain?

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.