Along with knowing the waterways where you are fishing and the characteristics of the species you are attempting to catch, having the right equipment on hand is the one of the most important aspects of catching fish – and is often easier said than done.
A fishing charter, or a boat captained by a local angler who charges a fee to take an individual or group out on a guided trip, can satisfy anyone from a novice fisherman to one who has fished for many years due to the services and materials they can provide that are necessities to a bountiful day of casting.
Regardless of the skill level of the fisherman, these necessities are typically those that he or she does not already possess. For seasoned fishermen this can mean the knowledge of and experience with local waterways, high tide, terrain and species. For first-timers, this can simply be basic equipment and the know-how of how to use it.
One of these necessities that spans all skill levels and is something captains of chartered boats often have the most insight into is the tackle used to catch fish. For beginners, necessary knowledge of tackle includes what makes up a rod and reel, why a sinker may be used, what types of hooks and bait are used for a certain species and many other basic facts. For more seasoned fishermen, more specific insight into the use of certain specific baits during certain conditions and times of day is an example of key information a guide could provide.
Because of the wide scope of catching fish as a recreational sport, there are many nuances that can define the success of a day on the water. A captain of a fishing charter is often someone who has fished the waters on which he takes groups out on for years. Because of this, he or she knows which types of rods are best for the open lakes, swampy marshes or tree-lined bayous just as well as which types of live or fabricated baits work best to catch the most desirable species that inhabit specific areas.
This type of in-depth insight can be never-ending. For more experienced fishermen, including those who may opt to bring their own equipment on a guided trip, insight into how strong lines should be to support various catches and how thick or jagged the “bite” of a hook should be in order to pull one in is desirable information. At the same time, when to use a sinker or how long of a rod to use is equally valuable to beginners.
No matter your skill level or goals for your trip, a fishing charter will give you everything you need to be successful and satisfied with your experience. All that’s left is to go out and do it.