Fishing trips can be an enjoyable way for family, friends or co-workers to spend time together. When organizing a fishing excursion, some people choose to charter a fishing vessel. That said, those contemplating such action are encouraged to carefully consider several important factors including:

The Base Of Operation

Location of the charter’s base of operation is often an important consideration. Docking points that are situated closer to where the majority of the trip’s participants will provide a greater sense of ease and convenience. Equally important, is the proximity of the docking point to the fishing location. For example, if you are planning a trip to the gulf stream for an offshore excursion, the distance from a departure point in North carolina could be as much as 40 miles closer vs. a similar point in South Carolina. Depending on your vessel, this could easily cut an extra 2 hours (or more) from your fishing time. 

The Size Of The Group 

The extent of the party matters. For example, group size will play a significant role in which entity is chosen. Some companies only cater to larger groups. Other entities might only charter outings for smaller gatherings. Before exploring options, group size must be established. 

The Type Of Fishing

The type of fishing the trip’s participants wish to engage in is another significant determining factor. The specific body of water, the type of fish the party might be looking to pursue, the time of day and how far offshore the party wishes to travel are all questions that will need answering before a specific charter can be identified and chosen. Speak with your prospective captain about what fish are typically in season around the date of your trip and how you would be targeting them (ie trolling vs. casting etc.) If everyone in your party isn’t proficient with casting for example, that won’t be the trip for you. 


The amenities contained on or inside the vessel could be an important factor to certain members of the party. Suitable restroom facilities will be mandatory for some people. However, extras like a kitchen, refrigerator and resting quarters might be necessitated on longer trips. Additionally, sojourners might wish to conduct business with companies that provide optimal and updated safety equipment. 

An Experienced Captain

The captain has the responsibility of not only guiding the vessel but should enthusiastically provide the services the passengers are paying for. Prior to booking a charter, experts suggest meeting with the captain and obtaining information about this person’s professional and safety record. Moreover, the captain should be someone the travelers in question will enjoy spending time with and feel comfortable around. 

You will also want to make sure the captain has enough experience to put you on the fish! Check the reviews etc. in advance. There is nothing worse than spending a lot of money for a charter only to get skunked! 


Costs can vary depending upon several different factors. It is imperative for prospective sojourners to establish a firm budget and be willing to shop around. Certain charter companies might offer deals or specials. Don’t forget to factor in the tip for the captain and the first mate when applicable!