What is included on a fishing charter, so I know what to bring?
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen fishing charters includes a new, fully equipped boat, full time licensed Captain, all required fishing licenses, rods and reels, live bait, artificial baits, tackle, fish box filled with ice and an ice-stocked cooler for your beverages (aluminum cans and plastic bottles permitted. NO glass containers allowed or bananas allowed), and sandwiches and snacks.
What should we bring on a charter?
- Whatever snacks you wish to eat and beverages to drink
- Clothing suitable for weather conditions, boat shoes or white-soled tennis shoes (non-marking rubber black sole shoes are acceptable)
- Hat and Sunscreen
- Phone, Camera or Video camera
- Polarized sunglasses are recommended for spotting fish on the flats.
Do we need to book ahead in advance?
Yes, the best chance for you to get a day that fits your schedule is to call ahead in advance when you know the dates you will be here in the area and available to go fishing. Although calling on short notice a day or two before can also work at times. Contact us to check availability or complete our info request form.
Are you a head boat or party boat?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. Southern Outdoor Sportsmen hosts private charters, which is the captain and your group from 1 to 4 anglers per boat.
When should I book a Tarpon Trip?
Tarpon are migratory game fish primarily, we book our tarpon charters year-round; we begin taking deposits in February prior to the season opening, which runs from April through July. We also book these trips daily during the tarpon season. Many regular clients reserve dates early. It is an unbelievable experience that everyone should try at least once. Deposits for tarpon fishing charters are 50% of the total fee.
Can we bring children on a fishing charter?
Yes, we are a family-friendly charter, and Captain Sean champions youth outdoor sports. The minimum age on our fishing trips is 6 years old and up. Children ages 6-8 need to have adult team supervision with them.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, gift certificates for all occasions are available including Christmas, birthdays, New Years, promotions, anniversaries, graduations, relatives or friends from out of town visiting, corporate appreciation, etc.
Do I need to have fishing experience?
None. We specialize in guiding children and novice to expert anglers to even seasoned professionals. We have a great time, enjoy beautiful scenery and will provide instruction and help you while fishing.
How should I contact you to book a charter?
Please call 727.314.FISH (3474), send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete our information request form.
Do you require a deposit to hold our date?
Yes, we require a $50 deposit on all Adventures. These deposits secure your day on the water and date is guaranteed! Please call a day or two prior to your charter to check departure place, time of departure, updated weather, returning to dock time or any other information you may require. In the event of foul or adverse weather conditions at captain’s discretion (unfishable) and you are unable to book another date, deposits will be returned in full immediately. Payments are made securely through Intuit merchant services using online or credit card payments.
Do you allow alcohol on board? Cigarettes?
Yes, smoking is fine (no illegal substances). Beer and Wine is preferred if you would like to bring alcohol. Liquor is acceptable, but all in moderation. We expect you to drink responsibly and the Captain has the discretion to request a cease in drinking. Aluminum cans and plastic bottles only, NO glass containers.
Are tips included in the charter price?
No, tips are NOT included. If you had a good time, the captain works hard for you and is courteous and helpful. Gratuities on charter fishing trips are customary, appreciated and appropriate and range from 10% to 20% as the norm.
What are your tips for the best day on the water?
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen recommends that you have comfortable, light colored clothing, a hat that protects the sun or shades you, polarized sun glasses, camera, sunscreen and your favorite beverages and snacks on your inshore fishing trip. The clothing will keep you cool and comfortable in the sub-tropical sun. In some of our colder months, warm clothing (layering) may be necessary on some Florida fishing charters. The hat and the polarized sun glasses enable you to see past the glare on the water, as tarpon, snook, redfish, trout and more are often sight fished. Non-marking rubber soled deck shoes will help to protect you against falling on wet decks and also protects the deck surface. Florida flats fishing on light tackle can be quite a thrill and capturing a trophy fish is a team effort. Some days the fish will be abundant and cover the boat, but other days you can’t buy a strike, though this is abnormal. Enjoy the ecological settings of the expansive flats, barrier islands, huge sand bars, beaches and mangrove dotted islands.
Abundance of certain fish can vary with the time of year because of migratory patterns. Should you catch yourself a trophy fish, you can consult your fishing captain or fishing guide. Modern day charter boats use marine taxidermy that incorporates methods that are entirely different than the old style conventional ways of mounting a salt water sport fish. Highly technical resins now available make it possible to create a replica mount for your home, office or den that is virtually maintenance free and will not age or discolor as most skin mounts have done in the past.
It is not necessary to kill a fish in order to obtain a complete replica trophy mount. Most trophy mounts will be a fiberglass replica molded from the same size and species as the fish caught. Your decision to bring on board or kill a fish does not commit you to order a trophy mount. If you decide to mount your trophy fish, I am an agent for Florida marine taxidermy services and can give you all the details and contract when our charter boat returns to the dock at the end of the fishing trip. This method of taxidermy will enable your trophy fish to fight another day, and the thrill of the catch will remain fresh in your memory for generations to come.
Helping others enjoy the passions of fishing and hunting,
Capt. Sean Signore
PS – remember NO BANANAS OR GLASS BOTTLES permitted on the boat!