Deep Sea Fishing Frequently Asked Questions
Many of you first time fishermen visiting Gulf Shores, Alabama have questions about your saltwater fishing charter you have booked. On this page, we will show you the most common questions that our anglers ask us prior to your charter.
My children are small. How old should my children be to go deep sea fishing in Gulf Shores?
Most families take children 6 years old and older on their fishing charter. Depending on your child’s maturity, you should be able to handle at least a 4 or 6 hour fishing charter. 8 year-olds and younger have to wear a life jacket while on the boat.
Do you fish in rough seas?
We do not fish in unsafe seas. We do not want you miserable or seasick. We do fish in uncomfortable seas from time to time.
As a rule of thumb, we do not fish in seas greater than 4 feet. Actually, we would rather fish in calm seas but that does not always happen.
If you have small children, we are not going to force you to go out in uncomfortable seas. We are not going to try and take your money either. To tell you the truth, We don't like fishing in rough seas anymore than you do.
How Do I prevent getting seasick when deep sea fishing?
The sad thing about deep sea fishing is that some people are prone to motion sickness. The good thing is that there are over the counter medications such as non-drowsy Dramamine or Bonine. For more severe cases of motion sickness, you may have your local physician prescribe the Scopolamine patch that you wear behind your ear. Regular Dramamine is best for those who you want to go to sleep. Sometimes the cure is worse than the symptom.
What is included in the price of the saltwater fishing charter?
The price you see on our website is the price to charter the boat for the hours agreed upon. This price is for up to 6 people or anglers in your group. We do not charge a per person charge.
The price also includes your license, your bait and the use of the tackle. Fish cleaning is complimentary and is provided free gratis by Lem after we return to port.
Are there any extra expenses that we need to know about?
The tip for the deckhand or mate is not included in the price of the charter. You are expected to tip Lem at the rate of about 20 to 25 percent of the price of the charter after we get in from the trip. He provides complimentary fish cleaning and bagging for you after we return to port.
You will need to bring your own food and beverages. You will also need to bring your small cooler, your own ice, sunscreen, hat, hand towels and non-skid tennis shoes.
May we bring our own fishing tackle?
You are welcome to bring your own fishing tackle with you. However, if a fish breaks it, we are not liable for the damages incurred.
Fly fishermen bring theirs all the time. Their tackle is especially suited for saltwater fishing.
How far in advance should we book our family fishing charter?
Our busiest time of the year is during May, June, July and August and on weekends throughout the year.
You should book your fishing charter as soon as you have your final plans together and you know when you are coming to Gulf Shores. You need to go online and submit your fishing request form so we will know which dates you want to go fishing.
How many charters are there per day?
We offer two reef fishing charters daily. If we do not have the morning trip you want, we may have the afternoon trip available. The fish usually bite just as well in the afternoon as they do in the morning.
We do offer our charters on a first come, first serve basis. The first person to give us a credit card number is the one who gets the first choice of charters.
Do we have to keep our fish?
For those of you who don’t want to keep your fish, please let us know when booking your fishing charter that you do not desire to keep them.
There are a lot of species of fish we can catch and release. You do not have to keep them if you don’t want to.
What time should we arrive for our fishing charter?
During the summer charter season, we like to depart on time to make sure our second trip of the day is on time and those customers get a great fishing charter also.
We usually request that you arrive at the dock and be on the boat 20 minutes prior to departure so we may go over our safety checklist and prepare for departure.
Do you always catch fish on every charter?
During the summer charter season, we normally can always catch you nice fish. Catching a specific species of fish may be rare during different charter fishing seasons. You would not realistically catch tuna on every trip, nor would you catch keeper Grouper or Amberjack on a trolling trip. Bull Redfish are rarely caught during the summer months because they are a winter species for offshore fishermen.
As with any charter fishing, there may be some specialty trips like spring Cobia or winter Redfish fishing charters that may not produce fish.
We will tell you what is biting when you contact us. You may also read our fishing reports or fish stories to see what other anglers are catching.
Can we bring an extra person, even if they don’t fish?
We are a six passenger boat. The coast guard only allows us to take up to 6 passengers on any paid fishing trip. We can’t take a 7th person, no matter the age or lack of participation.
Most of the people, who fish with us, like the one on one attention we offer and enjoy fishing with a smaller group. I understand that you have a larger group and want our services. The sad thing is, I can’t help you unless you keep your group to 6 people.
We do offer an option for those with 10 or 12 people. If you don’t mind, we can put half of your group on one of our friends six passenger boat and we all can fish on the same day, but on different boats. Having a second boat is dependent upon availability.
The earlier in the charter fishing season you book your trip, the better opportunity you will have of getting the date you want.
Aren't all charter fishing boats the same in Gulf Shores?
For those of you who don’t know about Gulf Shores charter fishing, you may think that all charter fishing boats are the same. The opposite is true.
Anyone that holds a captain’s license and has a boat can take you fishing. That does not make them a good captain or even a captain that cares about you and your family. You will probably catch fish. That is easy.
Depending on what you are looking for in a charter, there are always boats out there to serve you. There are expensive boats and there are cheap boats. There are large boats and there are small boats. There are boats with no air conditioning and there are boats with air conditioning. There are boats that are nasty and poorly maintained, and there are boats that are clean and well maintained. The list continues.
Most people choose us because we have a large, 41 foot Hatteras boat that has air conditioning and offers casual elegance for those picky people and is extremely clean.
We specialize in Family fishing and we use light tackle. We are the leader in those categories. We decided not to be everything to everyone. We are focused on customer service and want our anglers to experience amazing fishing charters that are laid-back and stress-free.
Why don’t you charge a deposit like other charters?
Our charter company is different. We have different values than most of the other charter fishing boats. Our corporate past has shown us a better way to do business.
Other charters make you pay a deposit because that is the way it has always been done. I believe it was derived from charter boats needing money to live on during the winter months or off season. It may also stem from dealing with anglers that would not show up. They could have booked that day with someone who would have shown up. It has it’s advantages but we prefer an alternative.
Our charter boat was the first and as far as we know, the only charter in the Gulf of Mexico that has never charged a deposit.
The types of client anglers we deal with are people of integrity and like doing business the way we do business. They have traditional values and like our hassle-free reservations and booking policies.
We simply take a credit card number to hold your date. We do not run the card. You may pay for your charter the day of your trip.