Chartering a boat

Port Canaveral has many charter boats available for half-day, full-day and nighttime fishing excursions. You can join a scheduled tour or fishing expedition or plan your own party.

For many people, a fishing charter is a new and mystifying experience. Chartering a professional can be the best and most economical way to enjoy Florida’s incredible fishing opportunities.

Chartering a boat is simple with a few important steps. First, make your reservations as early as possible to ensure the desired date will be open.
Most boats require a small deposit, in case of a “no show”, and that will hold your date. Inquire as to what is provided on your charter. Most boats provide the bait, tackle, and licenses. Your food and drinks are usually your responsibility, but may be arranged if needed. Sunscreen, sunglasses (polarized), and a hat are often essential on the water. Second, confirm your trip with the captain and arrange the time and place. Ask your captain how many people he is allowed to carry and do not show up with one more in hopes of slipping him on. Third, if a mate is working for you and has done a good job and been courteous and helpful, a ten to fifteen percent tip is customary. Mates often depend on a tip for their wages. It is fine to tip the captain too, especially if the boat is not his. Listen to what your crew tells you and you can have a safe and enjoyable day out fishing without any of the clean up!