Charter Fishing

Charter Fishing for the First Time: The Complete Guide

You’re probably reading this because you want to charter fish for the first time. You’re welcome! This is the best way to wet your line, as any angler will tell. There are still many things you need to know and pay attention to. This guide will help you plan your first charter fishing trip. 

Charter Fishing for Beginners

Setting expectations with your captain and planning ahead is a key part of making your charter a success. There are no two charter fishing trips the same. The experience of your first trip out on the water will be different than someone else’s. You will need to consider what type of fishing trip you are taking and what you should bring. These are some tips to help you organize your trip.

Before the Trip

Before you even step foot on the boat, you can put your focus on making your first fishing trip a success. It is crucial to do your research early. This includes communicating with your guide and knowing what to bring.


Talk with your captain or guide as soon as possible to set expectations and to make sure you are on the same page. These are some questions to ask when you book:

  • What are my goals for this charter?
  • Which fish should I target?
  • Do I want my fish to be kept or do you prefer to catch and release?

These answers will assist you in choosing the charter that works best for you. Your captain can also benefit from your questions. This will allow them to make sure that the trip they have booked is a good fit for you.

These Are Some Questions That You Might Ask

  • How far would you like to travel?

Your first leg of the trip will be about getting to the hotspots. It takes time to reach the largest fish, which are usually found offshore. Do you want to wait? If you aren’t, an inshore or bay fishing trip might be better for you. The fish will be smaller but you’ll still spend more time fishing.

  • Do I consider catching lots and lots of fish to be important?

Although “Filling the Boat” is commonly regarded as a sign of a great trip it is not usually the case. What will you do with all those fish you catch? It can ruin a great fishing experience if you have to throw your catch. Most charter anglers are happy to take home one or two fish to share with their friends.

  • How much time would you like to spend on the water?

For some, spending a whole day on the water is a surreal dream. Others may be too sick to go, or they might not want you to spend a full day. How, where, and what species you catch will depend on how much time you have. It’s unlikely that you can expect deep drops for large species if you have only a few hours.

  • How involved should I get in the actual fishing?

Although it may seem absurd, how hands-on would you like your fishing trip? Are you looking to catch fish? Set your hook and reel in your catch. Do you prefer to cruise the waters and grab your rod when it bites? You should consider whether you are interested in a particular technique or if your captain is willing to take over the fishing.

Whether you are just starting out, or you have fished before, the experienced crew at Salty Knots Fishing Charters can help you with whatever fishing needs that you find yourself in! Our boat is equipped with cutting-edge fishing technology, and the crew will make sure that you are safe and having fun on your trip.