Boat Fishing Guide For Beginners
If you have gone on a deep sea fishing trip in Myrtle Beach, you know that it’s going to be a wonderful experience. But if you are new to fishing, here are some things you need to know. Read on and book a charter fishing excursion after.
When is the perfect time to go charter boat fishing?
The perfect time to go charter fishing will depend on your wants and needs. The fish are regulated and there are instances when the seasons are short. That’s why if it’s your priority to catch fish then you should ask about what fish are present during the season you’re planning to take the trip. If keeping fish is not one of your main objectives and you’d like to catch some fish, then you could go anytime here in Myrtle Beach.
What are the popular fish to catch?
Do I need a fishing license?
If you are on a commercial charter fishing boat, you are not required to have a fishing license. The vessel will have the required license for everyone on board. If you are fishing from a private vessel, perhaps aboard a boat that is owned by a friend, then you need to have a state fishing license.
How long will we be out in the water?
Those offering fishing charter services follow different business models. Some offer fishing trips that range from four hours to as long as four days. Shorter trips last for about 4 or 5 hours, which is a popular option during offseason. You can choose among the available fishing charter service according to their schedule.
How much does a fishing charter service cost?
Fishing charters can be private charters or shared expense charters. You can bring up to six people in a private charter. Only your group will be on board and nobody from outside of your group will join you on the boat expect the deck hand or the captain. However it’s going to be a premium trip, and that kind of trip budgets for fuel so you’ll get out further offshore to a spot where fishing pressure is less. You will have a better chances of catching a bigger fish or different varieties.
Meanwhile, a shared expense trip, also referred to as a walk on charter, where the fisherman pays a fee to get on a boat and join the other anglers. If enough people have signed up for the deep sea fishing trip, then the boat will be sent out.
What do I need to bring?
Fishing charter boats are already equipped with rods and reels. But if you are left-handed or handicapped, you may need to bring a special kind of reel. Most anglers carry the conventional right handed reels but there are some who carry left-handed reels.
Can I bring adult beverages during the fishing trip?
Most fishing charter boats allow adult beverages. However, you may not be able to bring bottled drinks. Hard liquor is also discouraged due to safety concerns. Cold beers are fine but you may have to bring a cooler for your food and drinks.
Can I keep or cook what I catch?
If the fish you catch is not in season, you’ll have no choice but to release it back to the ocean. But if it is in season, you can take the fish you catch home with you.