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Q: What do we need to bring with us on a fishing trip?
A: Food and beverages, suntan lotion and sunscreen (preferably lotion, not oil), sunglasses (polarized lenses if possible), cameras and plenty of film. Your captain furnishes all bait and tackle.
Q: May I bring an observer along as an extra person?
A: No, US Coast Guard regulations limit the number of passengers to no more than 6 people whether they are fishing or not.
Q: Will you guarantee that we’ll catch fish?
A: If there was a guarantee they’d call it "catching" not "fishing"! Our Captain and Mates are trained professionals. Sportfishing is not their hobby, it is their chosen profession. While we constantly produce fine catches there are never any guarantees in fishing. However, the waters off the Carolina coast are famous for their bountiful catches. Chances are you’ll catch fish.
Q: What happens to the fish we catch?
A: All fish caught on a charter are the property of the charter*, that's you, you get to keep the fish. However, we must comply with all rules and regulations of the NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service). Specific size, bag limits and release regulations apply according to the various species. *The one exception is Bluefin Tuna when the General Catagory is Open.
Q: Are fish cleaning services available?
A: Yes, experienced fish cleaners are available to clean and bag your catch upon your return to the dock. The boys will clean your fish for a minimal fee.
Q: If I catch a trophy fish, how do I make arrangements to mount it?
A: Captain Jay can take care of ordering a mount for you. In the event that you catch a billfish (blue marlin, white marlin, spearfish or sailfish) we encourage you to release the fish. It is still possible to have a mount ordered of your trophy. Have your captain estimate the size of your fish; they are all experienced with the procedure.
Q: What is a customary tip for the Mate?
A: Mates depend on tips to augment their income. As a general rule, tip like you would in a restaurant – 15% to 20% of the charter price, more or less depending on the service.
Q: What will we be fishing for?
A: Many species of fish reside off our coast at different times of the year. Check the what we catch page for a rundown on what’s biting when.
Q: Do we need a fishing permit?
Q: Can we buy beer the morning of our trip?
A: North Carolina law prohibits the sale of alcohol before 10:00 AM daily and Noon on Sundays. Buy your refreshments the night before your trip (before Midnight!).