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"Flamingo was all you said and more! I can't believe my first Redfish was so big! Can't wait to do it again!" V. Grant

 

 

FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions to help
you with your planning.

Do I need a fishing license to fish on a charter
boat?

No. We supply the proper fishing license for our anglers.

What should I bring with me on the boat?

Polarized sunglasses -  Copper with the green lenses, color is best, but they all work.  I use Costa Del Mar sunglasses.
 
Sun screen – Non-greasy please!  Remember Florida is the sunshine state even in the winter time you will get a sunburn. 

Lip balm- Good idea with the sun and wind.
 
Breathable clothing-  Long sleeve shirts, pants and jackets are a good idea for chilly mornings and overcast days and are also good for sun protection. 
 
Fishing hat- A hat will help protect your head and face from the sun and a dark under side brim will aid to your ability to spot fish.  I always keep a spare in my truck and boat in case you forget yours.
 
Docksiders/Boat shoes/Sandals/ Crocs-  Please, no dark soled shoes as they tend to mark up the boat.
 
Video camera/ Camera-  I practice catch and release, so a few pictures are a great way to remember your experience and they are always fun to show your friends and family. I have been known to bring my own camera ;)
 
Food /drinks/snacks-I will provide a cooler with ice, so please do not bring one. I try to keep clutter on the deck to a minimum.  I will also have bottled water for you. Although we try to keep everything to a minimum for weight purposes it gets hot out there during the summer months, you want to keep hydrated. Although I believe in catch and release, If you would like to keep a couple of fish for dinner that is perfectly ok and you might consider bringing a small cooler to keep in your vehicle for the trip home.
 
Breathable raingear- I keep a spare set on board in size large, so you might want to bring your own to insure a proper fit or if your bringing a guest. 
 
Your own tackle- I have high quality tackle that you are welcome to use at no charge.  But feel free to bring your favorite rods and reels that you are accustomed to.  I will be glad to look them over, if you like, to make sure they are up to speed and adequate for the task at hand.

Is the boat safe for me and my family?

Yes. I am federally licensed by the United States
Coast Guard. Also, my boat has the latest
safety features and I will brief you at the beginning
of the trip about where to find life jackets, first aid
kit, and fire extinguishers. I also carry an Epirb since most places we fish will be out of range for cell phones. You can enjoy the trip knowing that you are
safe and secure with a professional captain that believes in safety first!

Do we still fish on rainy days?

Yes we normally fish on rainy days. Some of our best days catching
fish have been on rainy stormy looking days. I do make every effort to avoid inclement weather and make our fishing trip as pleasant as possible.
Depending on weather; high winds, thunderstorms and lightening there is always a chance we may have to cancel. Safety always comes first!
 I will call the evening prior to the trip to confirm the weather
conditions. If I am unable to reach you I will leave a message for you.

Why is the boats capacity limited to 2 people?

Due to the type of fishing we do and the technical skiff needed, we need to limit our weight so we can still fish effectively. I feel this is the right number of passengers that can fish the boat effectively.  If you have more people… I do offer multi-boat charters for larger groups. I would be glad to set up two or more boats utilizing professional captains with boats comparable to mine,
to take your group fishing. It also makes for a great day of friendly rivalry.

What are the chances of a successful charter?

Extremely high, although I cannot guarantee the fish
will bite, the areas we fish provide us with great opportunities.
With extensive knowledge about the waters we will be fishing;
it’s my goal to make your trip the best fishing outing you’ve ever experienced. Depending on the weather, wind and tidal conditions I will discuss with you the best options for a productive trip outlining which species of fish we should target. I will always try to accommodate your requests for specific fish or locations as long as our safety is not compromised. I also want you to know… Fishing is supposed to be fun! There is no pressure on my charters. If you miss a cast or spook fish, I understand it can happen to anyone. I will continue to do my best and get you on more fish. That is what I am there for!

What type of fishing can I expect?

I specialize in extreme inshore light tackle fishing.
We use artificial baits as well as live bait or tipped jigs. I love sight casting to fish!! It is an amazing feeling to stalk the fish,  spot it, cast to it, watch it eat, then holding on while listening to that wonderful sound of the drag!  We target mostly Snook, Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish but we always strive to keep active and have fun! I will recommend what types of fishing I feel will be most productive for that day or week, but do everything possible to tailor our fishing to your needs or desires. I am here for you to have a good time. I don’t let my ego get in the way. If you want a Barracuda or Shark(nothing wrong with them, lots of fun)I will work for you!

I want to catch Big Fish… Can you help me?

Targeting big fish is my area of expertise and passion, but keep in
mind that targeting only big fish can limit the total
numbers of fish caught. What this basically means is
we may do more fishing than actual catching as the
big ones don’t cooperate as freely when you want them
to. During late spring and early summer we have
tremendous success on large Tarpon, Snook,
Redfish, Bonefish, Permit, and Sharks… ask me when you
inquire.

Do you practice catch and release?

Yes I do.  I encourage this practice because it saves one of our most valuable resource… the fish.  Most of our inshore and offshore species have bag and size regulations and under no circumstances will an illegal fish be kept. However, if you desire to keep a couple for dinner that night that’s perfectly ok.

How do I know if the boat is available for the
date I want?

You need to call to reserve your day or days. We cannot reserve your date until we receive your deposit. If I am booked on a certain day, I will be happy to make arrangements to accommodate you on another quality charter. The sooner you make your booking the better.

What is the deposit and cancellation policy?

I require a $200 deposit on MasterCard, Visa or you can mail me a check to:

Extreme Inshore Fishing, Inc.
4000 NE 168 St. Suite 111
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

You can cancel any trip 3 weeks prior to your date and pay no fee. All trips cancelled after the deadline will be charged a $100 cancellation fee. If you fail to show up for a fishing charter, your deposit will not be returned. If the captain cancels the trip due to weather or another reason, your trip will be rescheduled at no cost to you. If your trip was cancelled due to weather and you don’t want to reschedule you will be charged a $50 fee.  The remainder of the money is due at the ramp in the morning before we leave.

I've never done this before. How should I get
started?

Give me a call or send an email giving me the best times to contact you along with a daytime, night time and cell phone number and I’ll call you at my first opportunity, normally, the same day. If I do not answer or call back on the same day it is most likely because I am fishing Flamingo on a day trip or multi day trip. I do not get cell phone reception in the park. I am very professional and will always return calls or answer emails when I am able to. Ask me any questions you like. I’m always willing to help you choose the right charter package.

Does the boat have a bathroom on it?

No, although, I do have alternative methods for women passengers and if needed we’re usually not too far from a beach, landing, or flat if you desire. I do carry toilet paper on the boat.

I heard you can camp out at flamingo, Is this true?

Yes some of my clients choose to do multiple day trips and camp out at flamingo. It truly is a great experience. But beware of Mosquitoes and no see-ums during the summer months, they can become overwhelming if you are not prepared. The park charges $16 per night per campsite. Let me know if you are interested and I will give you more details.

Is gratuity expected and how much?

Gratuities are never expected but greatly appreciated. If the captain did a good job, made the trip enjoyable and you had a good time you might consider rewarding those efforts. 15%-20% is standard.