10 Tips for First-Time Anglers on a Fishing Charter

by | May 6, 2024

Are you gearing up for your first fishing charter adventure? Excitement levels are high, but a little preparation can go a long way in ensuring you have the best experience possible. Here are our 10 tips for first-time anglers:

1. Research Your Charter Company: Not all fishing charters are created equal. Take the time to research different companies, read reviews, and ask for recommendations to find one that suits your preferences and budget. Google and Yelp are my go-to for reviews.

2. Pack Appropriately: Dress in layers and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a waterproof jacket. Make sure your hat fits as snugly as possible so it doesn’t fly off while the boat is driving. The sun’s reflection on the water makes it much easier to sunburn, so long sleeves and pants are good even in the summer months. Long sleeves/pants are also great if the bugs are bad. Don’t forget essentials like snacks, water, and any necessary medications. I highly recommend sunglasses, not only because it might be sunny but also because they’ll shield your eyes from the wind while the boat is driving, and polarized sunglasses can help you see the fish better in the water. A buff is also great to protect your neck from the sun.

3. Communicate with Your Captain: Your captain is your guide to a successful fishing trip. Communicate your goals, experience level, and any preferences beforehand so they can tailor the experience to your needs.

4. Listen to Instructions: Pay close attention to your captain’s instructions on fishing techniques and equipment usage. They’re there to help you have a successful trip.

5. Be Patient and Flexible: Fishing requires patience, and sometimes things don’t go as planned. Be flexible and open to trying different techniques or locations your captain suggests. Your captain might suggest starting earlier or later in the day, depending on the tides, wind, and other weather factors.

6. Respect the Environment: Practice catch-and-release whenever possible and follow local fishing regulations. Never keep more fish than you can eat, even if that’s less than the limit. Respect marine life and the environment to ensure future generations can enjoy fishing, too. Make sure to be mindful of your trash and take everything off the water that you brought on.

7. Stay Hydrated and Energized: Fishing can be physically demanding, especially under the sun. Stay hydrated and energized by drinking plenty of water and eating nutritious snacks throughout the trip. Take breaks as needed. Summers can be hotter than you expect because of the sun reflecting off the water, and winters can be colder than expected because of the humidity on the water.

8. Enjoy the Experience: Take in the beautiful surroundings, enjoy the fresh air, and appreciate the opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends or family. The memories are just as important as the catch.

9. Tip Your Crew: If you had a great experience, consider tipping your captain. They work hard to ensure you have a memorable trip, and a little gratitude goes a long way.

10. Share Your Experience: Share your fishing charter experience with others! Whether through social media, reviews, or word of mouth, your feedback can help others make informed decisions when booking their own trips.

group of people after their first time fishing with their catch

Thanks for taking the time to read my 10 Tips for first-time anglers. For more info on how to prepare for a fishing trip, check out our Fishing Charter FAQ page. We’re approaching summer, and the fishing has been good. The weather is stabilizing and the bait fish are moving in the marshes and stirring up the action. We’ve been primarily fishing for red fish with a couple of trips for trout with lots of success on both species. Spring time fishing was good to us and we look forward to taking everyone out for some summer action.

Thanks everyone for coming out to fish with us, we greatly appreciate y’all!
 “COME FISH A ‘NAWLINS GOOD TIME!” I’m booking trips daily so feel free to give me a call with any questions or to schedule your fishing charter today.

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Capt. Jason Shilling

First time anglers and their daily catch

I’m Captain Jason Shilling, owner and fishing guide of New Orleans Style Fishing Charters. I fish the bayous of Lafitte, Louisiana for red fish and speckle trout. Located just 40 mins south of New Orleans, Lafitte is home to some of the finest inshore fishing the New Orleans area has to offer. I’ve been fishing these waters my whole life and know how to show y’all the true meaning of southern hospitality, good times, and lots of action.