The vastness of the sea pooling around you for miles and miles, the novelty of trying a new method, and the fun you'll have making new memories made are all reasons to book a deep-sea fishing trip this year.
Deep-sea fishing charters are great for family or friend trips, corporate outings, and team building. It's thrilling to try something new if you've never gone before, but it's just as exciting if you're a seasoned fisherman. If you've got the itch to do something novel or revisit a cool life experience outside the norm of your day-to-day routine, then going on a deep-sea fishing charter may be just the thing. Here are three reasons why you should book a deep-sea fishing trip this summer.
1. Try Something New
Upon setting foot on the charter boat, the sheer vastness of the ocean might make you feel small. Revel in that. Nature is big and powerful. Waves could be taller than your head. What better way to experience the awe-factor than to put yourself right in the middle of it? Imagine being 50-plus miles off the shore and the only thing around you is water and the vast sky. Awesome!
Another amazing thing about deep-sea fishing is the many varieties of fish and sea life that you'll encounter. Each one is as different as the last. The deep sea is full of interesting creatures that you might accidentally catch in your quest for fish—so it's a great way to learn more about nature. You could encounter anything, from starfish to sharks, to sea life you've never heard of before. There's sure to be something you won't experience fishing your local pond, and that's all part of the fun.
2. Experience Big Thrills
For mainland anglers that are used to catching 11- or 12-inch crappie, having a 10- to 15-pound snapper on the line can feel like a sea monster. Big, powerful fish bring hard fights—and even the smaller fish provide an incredible angling experience due to the depth of the fishing. Reeling a five-pound fish off the bottom of a 200-foot-deep reef feels like you are reeling in the next record-breaking largemouth. It's not uncommon to be a little sore after reeling in fish all day, so don't be surprised if your muscles feel tender after a day out on the water.
That said, don't let feeling nervous about not knowing what to do hold you back; many fishing charters provide coaching and guidance during the trip. They want you to enjoy it (and catch a lot of fish), so they usually try to be as helpful as they can.
3. Eat Tasty Fish
Many anglers say that nothing beats cooking a delicious meal from a freshly caught wild fish. Plus, there is a wide variety of deep-sea fish that can be targeted and caught on a trip like this. Many saltwater species are tasty when baked, grilled, or pan-fried. Don't be afraid to try different new recipes with your catch. Saltwater species tend to not only be really tasty, but very versatile.
How to Book a Deep-Sea Fishing Charter
If you are planning on going on a deep-sea charter this summer, there are three steps you need to cover before your trip: researching, planning, and booking. All three of these things are imperative to having a good time.
First, research fishing techniques that interest you and the fish species that you would like to target. Also, look into the different seasons and best times of year to fish for your target species to make sure the timing of your trip is appropriate.
Second, start planning your trip in terms of dates and logistics. Find a reputable charter online and call them to get your various questions answered. Pick a trip date, whether it aligns with a vacation or is a trip all on its own. Then you can assess how much time and money you need to put aside.
Finally, book your trip. This needs to be done soon to ensure you get a desirable date this summer. You can try to account for weather, but coastal weather is unpredictable—so consult your captain for the best odds.