How to Choose the Perfect Fishing Charter

by | Apr 8, 2024

Choosing the perfect fishing charter can significantly enhance your vacation experience, especially if you’re an avid angler like me. As a fishing guide in the vibrant New Orleans area, my passion for fishing is a year-round pursuit, further enriched when I can share these moments with my family. Whenever we plan a vacation, my family and I enjoy fishing in new locations, so we try to set up a charter wherever we go.

In this comprehensive guide, I’ll walk you through the essential steps to selecting a fishing charter that aligns with your expectations, ensuring a memorable and satisfying fishing adventure.

1. Define Your Fishing Goals

Firstly, clarify what you hope to achieve from your fishing excursion. Whether it’s a serene day in nature, the thrill of landing a trophy catch, or a fun-filled day suitable for all family members, your objectives will steer your choice of charter.

2. Explore Charter Options

Initiate your search by scouting for reputable fishing charter services within your chosen locale. Read through their Google and Yelp reviews. Prioritize those with a solid reputation backed by years of operation and positive feedback from previous customers.

3. Verify Charter Credentials

Confirming that your selected charter is fully licensed and insured is imperative. Delve into the captain’s background, focusing on their fishing expertise, certifications, and safety training.

4. Match the Fishing Style

Fishing charters offer many experiences, from adrenaline-pumping deep-sea excursions to tranquil inshore fishing or the finesse of fly fishing. Opt for a charter that matches your preferred fishing style and proficiency level.

5. Inquire About Equipment and Comforts

Read FAQs and ask questions in advance to ensure the charter provides top-notch fishing equipment and maintains a well-equipped vessel. Amenities such as on-board refreshments, restroom facilities, and shaded areas contribute significantly to your comfort during the trip.

6. Discuss Duration and Timing

Clarify the length of the fishing trip and the departure schedule to align with your overall vacation plans. A flexible charter service can accommodate your needs for the ideal fishing timeline.

7. Understand Costs and Conditions

Transparent discussion about the charter fees, including any potential extra charges for gear, bait, or catch processing, is crucial. Familiarize yourself with the booking and cancellation policies to avoid any surprises.

8. State Your Preferences

If you have specific requirements or wishes, such as dietary restrictions, accessibility needs, or targeting certain fish species, communicate these with the charter service beforehand to ensure they can accommodate your needs.

9. Seek Trusted Recommendations

Leverage the power of personal referrals or dive into local fishing communities online to gather insights on trusted charter services. Recommendations from experienced anglers can lead you to high-quality charters.

10. Secure Your Booking

After finding the perfect fishing charter that ticks all your boxes, don’t hesitate to book your slot well in advance. This ensures you lock in your preferred date and time for an unrivaled fishing experience.

In the vibrant fishing scene of New Orleans, where the waters are teeming year-round and the peak season stretches from March to November, the opportunity for an exceptional fishing adventure is ever-present. If you’re in the area and would like to join us for a fun day on the water, “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

Catch of the Day After Perfect Fishing Charter Trip

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.