What do I need to bring? Food and beverage of your choice. Hat, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen lotion (no spray stuff). If it’s raining or cold, bring a jacket.
Where can I get food for our trip? The Trading Post at Mile Marker 81.5 on the bayside is a great local grocery with a terrific deli. You can even pre-order sandwiches the night before and pick them up the morning of your trip (they actually prefer that). I’ll probably see you there!
Do I need a fishing license? No. My boat carries a license for up to four anglers (not including me – I have to have my own!)
What if I need to use the restroom? If you’re a guy, it goes without saying….pick the downwind side of the boat and let it fly! For the ladies, though, we have options depending on how ‘salty’ you are! Either way, don’t worry – we’ll work it out.
Will I get seasick? Most of the places we’ll fish will be either calm or ‘choppy’ depending on the wind. Rarely do I find us in rolling seas that promote seasickness. However, if you feel even the least bit uncomfortable, we’ll move to a different location immediately.
Do we fish if it’s raining or windy? Safety is a priority. If there are severe storms in the area or if the wind is out of control, I’ll suggest we delay or try to reschedule the trip. There’s no sense in going out and being uncomfortable, and I will never put us in danger. But if it’s just a little rain, let’s go – the fish are already wet!
What should I wear? Dress for the weather. Most of us who live and work on the water tend to wear quick-dry clothing knowing that at some point during the day, we’ll get wet. A hat and polarized sunglasses are also prerequisites, especially for sight fishing. Non-marking or boat friendly shoes are also recommended – you can always take them off!
Where are you located? My boat lives at Worldwide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina in the heart of Islamorada – 81576 Overseas Highway (or Mile Marker 81.5 on the bayside).
What forms of payment do you accept? I have a Square reader on my phone which enables me to accept Visa, MC, Discover & Amex. I’ll also accept personal checks and of course, cash!
How much should I tip? Gratuities are never expected but greatly appreciated. If you think your captain did a good job, and made every effort to make your trip as enjoyable as possible, you might consider rewarding those efforts. 15% – 20% is standard.