charter fishingThe Complete Guide to Charter Fishing: How to Get Started

You’re probably reading this because you are thinking about charter fishing for the first time. You are in for an adventure! This is the best way to get a line wet. There are still many things you need to know so pay attention. This guide will help you plan your first fishing trip.

Planning ahead and setting recommendations from your captain is key to making your charter a success. Myrtle Beach charter fishing can be very diverse. There are no two charter fishing trips the same. The experience of your first trip out on the water will be different than someone else’s. You will need to consider what type of fishing trip you are taking and what you should bring.

There are certain aspects to fishing that can be applied to all levels of experience. We’ll be discussing how to prepare for your trip, what to do on the boat and some things to keep in mind after you have spent time on the water.

Here are some tips that will make your first charter fishing trip a breeze. Let’s get started…

Before the Fishing Charter Trip

Before you even step foot on the boat, you can put your focus on making your first charter fishing in Myrtle Beach a success. It is crucial to do your research early, from communicating with your guide to packing the right items.


Talking to your captain or guide as soon as possible is crucial. This is the best way for you to set your expectations and find out if you are on the same page. These are the basic questions to ask when you book your trip:

  • For me, what is the most important –  Time spent on the water or aiming for game fish?
  • Which fish should I target?
  • Do I want my fish to be kept or do you prefer catch and release?

These questions will help you choose the charter that is right for you. Your captain will also benefit from your responses. This will allow them to make sure that the trip they have booked is a good fit for you.

charter fishingWhat do you want out of your trip

You probably have some ideas about what you want, even if you have never been on a fishing charter. You could choose to learn a new technique, catch a particular species, or visit a specific fishing spot.

Your captain should know if you have any special ideas for fellow anglers. Let them know this is your first trip to Myrtle Beach. You’ll be able to give them a better idea of your level of skill and they will be more prepared to teach you.

The most important thing to consider is which type of trip you and your group prefer. Do you prefer trolling the marshes or cruising down the intracoastal waterway?

What do you really want from your trip? These are some questions that you can ask to help you get a better understanding of your trip.

Your first leg of the trip will be about getting to the hotspots. It takes time to reach the largest fish. Do you want to wait? If you aren’t, an inshore or bay fishing trip might be better for you. The fish will be smaller but you’ll still spend more time actually fishing.

Do I need to catch lots of fish?

Although “Filling the Boat” is commonly regarded as a sign of a great trip it is not usually the case. What will you do with all those fish you catch? It can ruin a great fishing experience if you have to throw back your catch. However, most anglers who are first-timers will be happy to take home one or two fish to cook and share with their friends.

What amount of time do you really want to spend on the water, and how much?

For some, spending a whole day on the water is an unreal dream. Others may be too sick to go, or they might not want you to spend a full day. How, where, and what species you catch will depend on how much time you have. It’s unlikely that you can expect a large catch if you have only a few hours.

fishing charterHow much do you want to be involved in actual fishing?

Although it may seem absurd, how hands-on would you like your fishing trip? Are you looking to catch fish, set your hook and reel in your catch. Do you prefer to cruise the water and grab your rod when it bites? Also, consider whether you are willing to let your captain do the driving or try a particular technique.

These are just a few reasons why it is so important to discuss these issues with your guide before you leave for the fishing trip in Myrtle Beach.

Your guide will be able to prepare accordingly so that you receive the service you desire.

Your guide will let you know if something is not possible (e.g., a certain fish species is not in season) and you can then agree to fish for another fish species. This will help you to set realistic expectations and avoid disappointment.

Policies and What’s Included

It is important to ask about the “onboard policies” of your guide. Your captain might not allow you to smoke a pipe onboard. Although most guides will allow you to bring snacks or drinks, it is a good idea to check with them.

Check to see if fuel is included in the trip price. If you are travelling long distances, fuel costs can be high. Many captains include fuel costs in the cost of their trips. However, it is important to confirm this with them so that you don’t get any surprises.

Call Captain Smiley Fishing Charters LLC. now if you’re planning a charter fishing trip in Myrtle Beach. We supply the license, fishing gear and experience – you supply the fun!

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Captain Smiley Fishing Charters LLC.
4495 Baker St
Little River, SC 29566
(843) 361-7445

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