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What should you know about deep sea fishing?

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deep sea fishingThese deep sea fishing tips will help you become a master of the sport, no matter if you are a beginner or an experienced fisherman. Some of these tips are only applicable to deep sea fishing in Myrtle Beach. If you plan on fishing elsewhere, keep reading. These deep-sea fisherman tips can be used in all locations.

When North Myrtle Beach deep sea fishing, it is a good idea to research charter options before you go. Consider the pros and cons for each season

Deep Sea Fishing Tips

  • Consider the pros and cons for each season
  • Before you book, check the weather
  • You can check the weather after you book
  • Make sure you have the correct type of sunscreen
  • Research possible extra expenses
  • Take lunch and drinks
  • Don’t bring bananas
  • Avoid hangovers
  • If you feel seasick, sit in the back of your boat.
  • It’s a long trip, so be patient
  • Pay attention to your captain
  • Expect the unexpected

Make sure to research charter options before you go

There are many types of fishing charters and each one offers a unique experience. Private charters will be more tailored to your needs and provide a more personal experience. However, you’ll have to pay more for this privacy. While shared or group charters are more affordable, it means you will be sharing a boat and with people you have never met. Find out more about Sport Fishing Charters, and what you should look for when booking. Sport fishing can be expensive. It is not cheap to buy boats, equipment, maintenance, gasoline, or licenses. Do not choose a charter company with a lower price than others. They may be cutting corners. Do your research on the reputation of the company and the Captain before you make your booking.

deep sea fishingConsider the pros and cons for each season

Even though the weather is gorgeous all year, spring and summer are the best times to deep sea fish in Myrtle Beach. If you are a beginner, don’t forget about the off-season. From October through March, there are plenty of exotic catches. Fishing when there are fewer boats on the water will mean you have less competition. You can often catch a lot of fish in the off-season. You should research the seasonal availability of a particular fish if you have an idea. You might not find a particular fish in an area that is well-known for it.

Before you book, check the weather

Check the weather forecasts before you book your charter. A day without rain or wind is what you want. A calm sea is necessary for deep sea fishing. Windy days can make it bumpy and more likely that you will get seasick.

Check the weather. Unexpected weather can happen the night before you fish. There isn’t much you can do except to be ready for it. You don’t want your clothes to catch on fire. This is true for rain and hot sunny days. Wear comfortable clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat if it’s going be hot.

Make sure you have the correct type of sunscreen.

Two sunscreen ingredients have been banned. They cause severe damage to coral reefs, and the marine environment. You should ensure that your sunscreen doesn’t contain oxybenzone or octinoxate. Sunscreens with Titanium Oxide or Zinc Oxide are recommended as they provide the best protection against sunburn and have not been shown to cause harm to the environment.

Extra expenses

Research tipping and fees for fish cleaning

deep sea fishingEvery charter company has its own policy regarding fish cleaning. This information should be reviewed in advance to ensure you have enough cash on hand for any emergencies. There are different expectations regarding tipping. It is standard to tip your crew between 15-20% and 20%. You can sometimes tip the crew by paying gratuities in advance.

Take lunch and some refreshments. A lot of charters allow you bring your cooler along with you. This is a great way to bring food that meets your dietary requirements and preferences. You can save money by bringing your own food when you are able to. You can store both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in a cooler to keep you hydrated all day.

Don’t bring bananas

Take a lunch with you, but don’t bring bananas. It’s not worth it. Bananas can be a problem on fishing boats. Bananas are a good snack but bringing them on board can cause problems for your captain, and make the trip less enjoyable for everyone.

Avoid hangovers

Hangovers can be magnified once you board the boat. There’s no going back once you’re aboard. Seasickness is enough without adding another risk.

If you feel seasick, sit in the back of your boat.

The boat’s back is much more bumpy than its front. You can get a place at the back if you are susceptible to seasickness. You may also catch more fish from the back. This is often where the fish finder is so that you can see what the captain is seeing.

deep sea fishingIt’s a long trip, so be patient. You must travel to exotic fish to catch them. This could mean long trips from shore. The time it takes for your boat to reach the fish is part of a day spent deep sea fishing. This can be quite daunting for a first trip. The first hour of your day will be spent getting to the fishery. You arrive on your boat ready to catch your first fish. Ask your charter agent in advance if you are impatient or want to know the structure of the day. You can prepare for the journey, then relax and take in the stunning views of the coastline.

Listen to your captain

It is crucial to pay attention when you are on a deep-sea fishing boat. For your own safety and the safety of those around you, pay close attention to the captain’s instructions–especially if it’s your first time. You will catch more fish if you listen carefully to the instructions. Your captain and deckhand are experts on the water and will know where the fish are. It’s important to know if your captain or deckhand tells you to keep your bait close to the surface or near bottom. This is because fish are there. You will be able to catch fish if you follow the instructions.

Bonus Tip: Be prepared for the unexpected

Deep sea fishing is an adventure that is unique and exciting. This also means that you should be open to learning as much as possible. Do not set yourself up to fail by setting unrealistic expectations. There are no two trips the same. There are some days that are more productive than others at catching fish, and there are times when the weather doesn’t cooperate with your plans. It will be a memorable experience that you’ll never forget, no matter how bumpy or great the day was. It doesn’t matter if you are going on a fishing trip for the first time or 10th time in Myrtle Beach, it is important to remain open-minded and be ready for anything.

Call Voyager Deep Sea Fishing & Dolphin Cruises if you’re planning to go on a deep sea fishing trip in Myrtle Beach.

Voyager Deep Sea Fishing & Dolphin Cruises
1525 13th Ave N
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
(910) 575-0111
(843) 626-9500