If you want close to a guarantee that you will return to the shore with a good number of fish, you should consider charter fishing. While many think of ocean cruises when they think about charters, there is some good charter fishing on inland lakes as well. Virtually every place in every state with a big lake and stories of lunker catches will have a charter captain willing to take out a fishing group.
Usually charter fishing is planned way in advance to allow time to gather the necessary equipment for the trip, although if you decide to go on a charter while on vacation, most of the charter fishing services will also have the equipment available to rent or buy. Additionally, all qualified charter boats are in the hands of licensed boat captains, certified by the Coast Guard so you do not have to fear getting lost at sea or in the path of an approaching storm.
How experienced the captain and crew is on your charter fishing excursion is probably more important on a deep sea fishing trip as an inexperienced crew can diminish some of the comfort level you may have. However, the captain has had to pass some tough tests to gain Coast Guard certification and he should also know where the fish are.
Camaraderie Grows With Competition
Unless your charter fishing is filled by family and friends there will probably be a few people on board whom you do not know. The captain will want the boat at capacity before leaving the dock. As the day goes on there will be friendly competition among the participants as to who is catching the most fish and who has the biggest fish.
Being on the open water tends to help people grow closer together as they learn they are part of an experience being shared by only those in the same boat, so to speak. While a charter fishing trip may not foster life-long friendships, for the time they are in the boat together, the participants will grow closer.
If you have never experienced the fun and excitement of having the boat’s captain drive you into the middle of a lake or several miles out on the ocean where he directs you to drop a line, when the fish start biting you will appreciate the time. How long the charter fishing trip lasts will depend on how long you contracted the boat for or until your group catches it limit of fish.