Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Charter Wisely

Hiring a fishing boat can be the highlight of any vacation, but how do you know you can trust your charter boat captain?

In other words, how do you know that a boat owner did not simply flip over his vessel's "For Sale" sign and write "Fishing Charters" in order to make a few bucks to keep up with the payments? Is he (or she) licensed, familiar with the area, outfitted with the proper safety gear, etc?

Now we're all for entrepreneurship, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to start a business. We don’t want to see people getting taken for a ride or putting their family in danger when they are just looking to enjoy a few hours of fishing.

Asking the right questions is one way to make sure you are going with a reputable fishing charter company, according to Christy Johnson in an article from the Florida Keys Fishing Examiner. Ms. Johnson is also the co-founder of Sea Squared Charters, a company that is as transparent in their business practices as they are experienced in fishing the Florida Keys. A quick look at their web site (www.seasquaredcharters.com) and you already know all about the captain, the boat and the gear they use, how long they’ve been fishing, and anything else you can think of about their operation.

So if you're looking to do some charter boat fishing and you want to make it the adventure of a lifetime, use these questions as a guide before booking your next trip, and make sure your experience is both safe and fun for the whole family.


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