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Hawaii Fishing Charters Q&A

Are you considering whether or not to book a fishing charter during your trip to Hawaii? If you are, you are in for quite the adventure. The feeling of being out on the open ocean, the stunning blue Pacific Ocean surrounding you, with the biggest fish in the ocean on the to do list for the day. There really is noting quite like it, and the chance to get out to sea is much easier than many think.

Before you book your charter, there are many things to consider, choices to make, and questions that you will want to have answers to. Knowing the details of the charter, and what to expect, will help you to decide which is the right fishing charter for you, and give you peace of mind when making your reservations.

Private Charter or Semi-Private Charter
This is one of the decisions that you will have to make. Do you choose the private option, or the semi-private option? A private charter means you are reserving the entire boat for yourself, and will have complete control of the day. Your party will make the decisions on where to fish and when to return, and that’s that. On a semi-private charter, there will be another party along with you, and the decisions will most likely be put to a vote, though the captain has the ultimate say. If you have a group that will take up most of the boat, (4-6 people), consider the private charter.

Do we keep what we catch?
Each charter has their own rules for distributing the catch, but you will leave with a share of the fish. The size of the fish and the other fish that are caught play a factor, and the boat gets their cut as well. You will receive portions of the catch and be able to take some with you at the end of the day.

Should we need to bring anything?
Every boat is different, but you are typically allowed to bring your own food and drinks on board. You will most definitely want to bring water, and for protection from the sun, you will need to bring plenty of sunscreen, a shirt, and even a light jacket, as the early morning hours are chilly.

What if we don't catch anything?
Unfortunately, this does happen. The ocean is an unpredictable place, and you can never be guaranteed to find fish. They are doing their own thing, and may not be biting that day. If no fish are caught, then there is nothing to divvy up, though you will still have had a fun day at sea.

Do you have more questions, or need more information? Give our office a call and ask away! We’re here to help you plan the perfect trip, and if you are ready for an incredible fishing charter, you’ll need to know as much as possible.

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