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What to Expect on a Fishing Charter

What To Expect on a Deep Sea Fishing Charter

If you’ve never been out on a gold coast deep sea fishing charter before, you may be wondering what to expect on the day.  For those of us that are “regulars” on the boats. Part of the allure of going fishing in the ocean versus calm water estuary or freshwater fishing is you never know what might turn up on the end of a line.  

When you first get on the boat, the crew will advise a good spot to stow your gear.  Avoid putting your things directly on the deck.  The deck gets wet, and the crew and other anglers need room to move. Its advisable not to bring large eskies.  The crew will introduce themselves when all passengers are onboard. Once the boat gets underway, the deckhand will come out on deck to deliver a safety briefing.  Pay attention to what he’s saying.  The crew will tell you where all the safety equipment, such as life vests are stored.  Furthermore they will explain how to use it in the event of an emergency. The deckie will give you an idea of what to expect for the day. If you don’t catch all of it, don’t hesitate to ask a crew member. You will also be required sign in on the ship’s manifest.

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Weather conditions

Our skippers constantly monitor the local weather conditions. We do not go out in unsafe conditions. Most days are relatively calm. We sometimes go out in moderate conditions. Its advisable to bring a suitable wind and water proof jacket during the cooler months.

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Travelling Out To Sea

On a half day trip, expect the trip out to take 20-30 minutes. On a full day generally the boats travel further to sea expect 30-45 minutes or more to get to the fishing grounds. During this time, a deckhand will ensure all the fishing gear is set up and bait is cut up. Depending on the season. Lures might be trolled out to the fishing grounds. Feel free to ask questions during this time, or if you prefer, just take in the scenery and get some great pictures.

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Once you arrive at the fishing grounds, remain seated. The skipper will sound around the area to locate the fish. Expect the deck hand to do a fishing briefing. Firstly its important to pay attention. Listening closely will help you catch more fish and avoid tangles with your fellow anglers. Secondly you will learn the basic techniques and methods required and the relevant safety procedures.

Find an open spot on the railing and wait for the Skipper or deck hand to say it’s time to drop lines.  If you drop early, more often than not, the boat is still settling into the spot and you’ll either get tangled up or will need to wind up and reset on the bottom anyway. It is advisable  to be patient and wait for the greenlight.

The crew wants you to catch fish and have fun, so it’s in your best interest to listen and act accordingly.  When you catch fish during the trip, a crew member will come and remove it from the hook for you, if your catch is legal size it will be cleaned and placed on ice and bagged up for you at the end of the day.

Fishing Different Spots

During the course of the charter we may fish just one spot if the fish are biting. Where as some days the boat might fish a few different spots. The skipper will let you know when they plan to move, and the deckhand will call lines up. Our goal is to get you as many fish as possible in the allotted time frame.

Those are the basics.  Obviously, there is much more to learn, but if you listen to the crew and follow what they say, you’ll do just fine.  Enjoy!

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What Will I Catch On A Deep Sea Fishing Charter? 

You will target and catch a variety of species depending upon the season. Common catches on local charters include Snapper, Teraglin, Cobia, Mackerel, Marlin, Tuna, Venus Tuskfish, Wahoo, Cod, Sharks, Kingfish and many more.

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Top Tips:

– Listen to the captain and crew
– When fishing with bait, check your bait often
– Maintain the right attitude.  Not every time out is going to result in catching the fish of a lifetime.  Even experienced anglers get skunked.  Enjoy your time on the water.
– If you have a good time, leave the operator a great review.

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