The Top 9 Things to Think About When Choosing Your Fishing Charter

Choosing the right fishing charter can be a tough decision – there are so many things to think about! But don’t worry; we’re here to help. This blog post will cover the top 10 things you should keep in mind when choosing a fishing charter. We’ve got you covered from price to location to what kind of fish you want to catch. So read on and learn more about how to choose the perfect fishing charter for your next trip.

1. Choose the Best, Not the Cheapest:

When selecting a fishing charter, it’s important to remember that you get what you pay for. While price can be a deciding factor, quality should also be taken into consideration as well. Paying just a little extra initially may not only provide better service but could save money in the long run. Before booking your charter, research the company’s reputation and ask questions: What type of boat will you be on? Is it powered with modern equipment? How much experience does the crew have? Asking these crucial questions can help ensure that you not only get your money’s worth but also make the most out of your fishing expedition.

2. Look Into the Boat:

It’s best to do your research and get familiar with the type of vessel you will be fishing on. Knowing what kind of boat you’ll be on can make a huge difference in how enjoyable your experience is. Whether it’s a small Boston Whaler or a large party boat, size, engine power, facilities and features should all be taken into consideration.

3. Choose the Best Captain:

When selecting a captain for your fishing expedition, it is important to find someone who has a great deal of experience navigating boats, finding the best spots for fishing, and keeping those on board safe. A seasoned captain will be able to use his knowledge and expertise to ensure that he knows the best route to take in order to locate fish, (Just like Captain Des and his team of Captains!) as well as ensure everyone is properly outfitted with the necessary safety equipment while they are on the open water. Furthermore, they can provide tips and advice that can help you become a more experienced fisherman. It’s always reassuring if you feel like the captain knows what he is doing and can provide guidance with enthusiasm – so make sure to do your research beforehand. With an experienced captain at the helm of your boat, you are sure to have a successful and enjoyable fishing experience!

4. Look Into the Fishing Locations:

In order to make sure your fishing trip is successful; you want to make sure that the area you’ll be visiting has plenty of fish. Researching the types of fish in the area as well as their migration patterns, can help give you a better idea of what type of fish you can expect to catch during your trip. Knowing the types of fish in the area can also help you determine which lures and bait will be most effective for catching them.(Of course, when fishing with Celtic Quest we handle all of this for you!) Additionally, paying attention to weather forecasts is essential as this can have a significant impact on where and when fish are located.

5. Check Licensing and Insurance:

When selecting your fishing charter, it is important to ensure that they are properly licensed and insured. A fishing charter should have both liability insurance and boat insurance in order to protect you as well as the crew, passengers, and vessels while on the water. Additionally, if they are operating a fishing business, they should also have a valid business license and all necessary permits. Checking up on the credentials of a charter prior to booking can help protect you from any potential issues that could arise down the line.

6. Check Online Reviews:

It’s a good idea to check online reviews to gain an understanding of what other people have experienced with the charter. Checking reviews can give you an idea of the quality of service, safety standards, and other aspects that potential customers have experienced. With this information, you can make a more informed decision about which charter will meet your needs and provide you with a successful and enjoyable fishing experience. (Our reviews are amazing! Check Google and Facebook)

7. Ask About Food, Drink, and Gear:

It’s important to ask about what food, drink, and gear will be provided on the trip. Some charters may provide snacks or meals throughout the day, while others may require passengers to bring their own food and drinks. Additionally, it’s important to ask about the types of gear that will be provided. Some charters may provide rods and reels for each passenger, while others may allow you to bring your own gear. Asking these questions beforehand can help ensure that everyone is properly outfitted for a successful fishing trip.

8. Ask If They Allow To Catch and Keep Fish:

It is important to ask whether the charter will allow you to catch and keep your fish. Some charters may have the size or catch limits that need to be followed in order for passengers to keep their catch. Additionally, some charters may also require passengers to bring their own cooler to keep their fish fresh until the end of the trip. Asking whether you can keep your catch beforehand can help ensure that you are properly prepared to take it home with you at the end of the day. (At CQ we handle all of that for you!)

9. Confirm Pickup and Dropoff Locations:

Confirm pickup and dropoff locations with your charter prior to departure. Knowing where exactly they will be picking you up and dropping you off can help ensure that your entire group arrives on time and is ready to start the fishing trip. Additionally, it’s important to ask about any parking options, if available, in order for everyone to get back home safely after the excursion.


We here at Celtic Quest know we are top notch on all of these 9 criteria and considerations, and we hope you choose to book your charter with us! We are equipped with all the necessary licenses, insurance, and safety equipment to give you a safe and enjoyable experience. We provide top-quality gear, customer service, some food and drinks, (but we recommend you bring your own) and fishing trips tailored to your individual needs so that you can have the best fishing day possible!

We hope this guide helps you in choosing the perfect charter for your next fishing trip!

If you ever have any questions give us a call: 1-631-928-3926 email us: Or check our FAQ.

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