Frequently Asked Questions Page

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What is a private trip?

A private trip is a small group of people who have elected to charter a boat for themselves and do not want to be surrounded by stangers.  In my opinion is the only way to go fishing in my opinion as you are in control of who goes fishing with your family.  There are head boats around if you are looking for that type of fishing but we do not put groups together!  Ever!

When is the best time to go?

We fish all year long with the Summer months being the busiest time due to family vacations. The fishing is pretty good, and the weather is usually hot but more predictable providing less cancellation.   The Fall, Winter, and Spring are the best fishing that we have to offer however the weather can be more challenging during these seasons but, we do have a mild climate and do get to make most of our charters. 

Why does your pricing say from 1 to 10 people?

It is just a flexibility option that we can offer to you since our boat is so big and diverse. Click for more information on this

Do you offer walk-on trips?

NO - All of our charters are private meaning only you and your group will be on the boat at the time of your trip. There are smaller boats in town and offer reduced rates in comparison to us.

When do we need to book?

The urgency of booking a charter depends on you and our availability. Summer months, Holidays, Weekends and Fishing Tournaments create our busiest times.  The people who get they days that want will always plan way ahead for vacations or weekend getaways to ensure they get the dates needed for them. Fishing is the same way; you need to book early, so you get the date of your choice.

How long of a charter do we need?

There are a lot of factors involved in this process.   Our offshore trips range 6-hour bottom fishing trips for Red Snapper, Triggerfish, etc. Our overnight to multi-day Tuna and Marlin trip are for those anglers who want to experience something unique. 

The full day (10 and 12 hours) bottom trips are for those who want to be on the water all day and or, keep a few fish in the freezer. 

Overnight trips are for the more adventure oriented and groups that want to fish for more prominent species of fish that live further offshore. If you have kids or you have never done it before, you might want to start with 6-hour trip, but we have more and more first timers venturing out on the full day and multi-day excursions too. If you have been deep sea fishing before, I would suggest the longest possible trip you can.

How far offshore will we go?

Offshore fishing or deep-sea fishing is one of those things that the distance traveled is directly relevant to the overall length of the trip.  A shorter trip usually stays near shore for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia and Winter Redfish or within sight of land. But its always dependent upon the fish bite, for example, Yesterday we were catching fish right off the beach. Tomorrow, we may have to go further out to get them. These fish swim in schools and move around. 

6-hour trips will usually get you from 12 to 18 miles offshore and catch Red Snapper, Triggerfish, and Mackerel. 

Full day trip (10-12 hour trips) will get you 20 to 40 miles offshore, and those are the trips where you can target Grouper and Amberjack. 

Overnight trips will get you from 60 to 100 miles out.

 Multi-day or 3-day trips can get you out as far as 150 miles.

How long do we get to fish?

As a rule of thumb, bottom fishing in Gulf Shores consists of a ride from the port to the fishing reefs and back. This ride can be as short as an hour or longer, depending on the length of the trip.  There is also time spent driving between reefs that count as riding. We try to troll between spots that are further than 3 miles apart. However, most charter boats high-speed troll while heading offshore as high speed trolling can produce big fish frequently during the late Spring, Summer and Fall months.

 

Do we offer lodging?

We do not offer lodging, but there are plenty of hotels, motels, condos and beach houses that you can rent.  I do recommend going to a condo rental agencies like  Kaiser Realty to ensure a great stay.

We have kids. Do you have life jackets for them?

All boats must have life-saving equipment on board. We carry children's life jackets that are USCG approved for children.  Alabama law requires children eight-years-old and younger to wear a PFD while onboard. If you have your own life jacket that is more comfortable for your child, you may bring it as long as it is USCG approved.

Do we have to buy a fishing license?

You do not need to buy an Alabama Saltwater Fishing License to fish with us. The state of Alabama offers charter boats a blanket fishing license for all anglers. If you plan on fishing from shore or a dock, you do need to purchase a license from a local tackle shop or go to the State of Alabama's Outdoor website here and purchase a license online.

Will I get seasick?

Motion sickness is real and affects about 10 to 15 percent of all saltwater fishermen. Some people choose Dramamine, but it can make you sleepy. If so try non-drowsy Dramamine or Bonine over the counter medicine and take as directed. Some people get a prescription patch from your local doctor as this is the very best you can do to prevent this from happening.

Are the boats safe?

The charter boat is safe, and safety at sea is paramount. Fishing is not an exact sport then you mix in sharp hooks, fish with sharp teeth and needle-like fins it can be a handful, but we deal with every day. We fish in the open water of the Gulf of Mexico where waves may cause you to hold on while moving around.  Make no doubt about it; we care about your safety. We do not want you to get hurt in any way.

Do you have restrooms?

We have two private, air-conditioned restrooms with real commodes. One located in the v berth and the other is outside with easy, quick access while fishing

May we bring our tackle?

Sure you may bring your fishing tackle. However, saltwater fish fight hard and your gear may not be suited to handle the battle We will not be responsible if your tackle fails.

Do we offer a catch and release program?

Yes, we do offer catch and release. We promote catch and release as part of our program, but not all species are catch and release friendly. However, we do have a lot of species that are a lot of fun to fight, photograph and release.

If I catch a beautiful fish, can I get it mounted?

Saltwater fish mounts are replicas which means you can either keep your fish to eat or release them to fight another day. All we need is a 50% deposit, length to get your order started.

Do I have to pay for a rod if it breaks or I lose a lure or bait?

We use new tackle and well-maintained fishing gear. If a rod and reel fail on its own, it won't cost you a dime. If you drop one overboard, you will be expected to replace it and current market value which can range from $200 to $1500 depending on the tackle.  Now, we do lose lures, hooks, and gear all of the time but that's just fishing and business expenses on my end

May we bring alcoholic beverages? Can we smoke?

Yes, you may bring your favorite beverage with you but no glass bottles. We ask that you drink in moderation as excessive drinking and intoxication may lead to accident or injury and termination of your trip without refund. I am USCG licensed and will go through extensive safety training and will always brief with you before we leave the dock and expect you to adhere to all safety rules and regulations. You may smoke outside in the cockpit area only.  Any use of any illegal drug will not be tolerated, and the authorities will be notified immediately.  They and my escort us back to the dock at their discretion. 

What do we need to bring?

Depending on the length of your charter, you need to bring the basics such as non-slip shoes (preferably not flip flops), food, drink, snacks, hand towels, protective clothing (hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain gear, etc.) and camera.

Do you fish in bad weather or high seas?

We do fish in the rain, but we do try and avoid it if possible. I do not like fishing in rough seas or high winds and will advise you of that before the trip. We try to stay away from lightning storms at all times whenever possible The charter boat has state-of-art live satellite color radar on board to see storms coming. This boat is massive and can handle any weather, but we always air on the side of safety

Do we have to keep the fish we catch?

Not! In fact, most people on Vacation do not keep a fish! You can release all that you catch, keep just a few for dinner or whatever the will law will allow. The choice is yours, just let the mates know during the trip. As we never like to waste such a valuable resource


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