It’s a Party!
Fishing does not have to be an expensive affair. Although procurement of the fishing gear itself is already expensive, there are options not to add to these expenses by securing passage on a party boat. A party boat is an economical option for fishing because instead of paying to rent an entire boat, a party boat only charges a fee per passenger and takes them to different fishing spots in the coast. When on a party boat, expect to be fishing with a lot of anglers. In this scenario, etiquette is of the utmost importance.
Basic Party Boat Rules
Perhaps the most basic and most important rule in party boat fishing is to obey the crew and captain because they only see to the safety and interest of the passengers. Passengers should also be aware of the people around them especially when the time comes for casting. Another rule is to be mindful of local species and local laws and never try to break them. This can cause both the angler and the captain to be fined. Put on the right manners before stepping on to the boat such as patience, kindness and courtesy. There will be many other anglers on board, all vying to fish. To maintain peace, it is best to exercise these values.
What to Bring
A party boat is not a personal boat and so anglers should be prepared when it comes to their own gears and other personal necessities. These can include but are not limited to food and beverage, extra clothing, rain gear, sunscreen and polarized glasses, electronics in zip lock bags, warm and non-slip shoes, waterproof bags, and bungee cords to tie the gears down and keep them from slapping around in the boat.
When all is ready, anglers and other passengers will be transported to different key locations for fishing and sightseeing so it is best to have a good time.