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Questions and Answers about Hawaii Fishing Charters

With any adventure, tour, or activity that you set out on, there are going to be questions and concerns. Often, we get questions about the specifics of deep sea fishing charters, ranging from the duration of the charter to what happens to the fish that are caught. Here are some answers to the commonly asked questions about Hawaii Deep Sea Fishing Tours, and what you need to know before hitting the high seas.

What is the size of the fishing boat?
Every boat is different, but most are approximately 50 feet long. Some are longer, and some shorter.

Is there a covered part, or inside area?
Yes, each charter features an indoor area or a covered area to get away from the sun. Again, each charter is different and the offerings on board are dependent on the boat.

Is there anything that passengers need, or can, bring?
The captain and crew do not provide anything, other than an experience. It is highly encouraged to bring plenty of food, water, drinks, snacks, sunblock, dry clothes, sunglasses, and a hat. If you have a long sleeve shirt, be sure to bring it, as this is the best protection from the sun.

Do we get to keep what is caught?
Whatever is caught belongs to the boat, though a share of the catch will be cut for passengers. Each boat is different and has its own rules to divvy up the catch. It is important to remember, any fish that is caught is sold to local markets and is how these boats operate their businesses.

Is sunscreen provided?
No, sunscreen is not provided. It is vital to bring your own, and be sure to apply plenty. Aside from the interior of the boat, there is no escape from the sun. Please apply regularly.

What is the difference between Private and Semi-Private Charter?
A Private Charter simply means that you are reserving the entire boat for your party. You are the only group on board and can bring as many as you’d like, up to the max permitted by the Captain. A Semi-Private Charter means you are sharing the boat with another group and the total in the two groups must be under the max allowed by the boat.

What kinds of fish are caught on fishing charters?
Every day is different and not easy to predict, so saying what you will be after is nearly impossible. The Hawaiian waters are filled with many tropical species, including Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Swordfish, and Tuna.

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