In order to be a guide and transport paying customers, you must first be licensed by the United States Coast Guard. It’s a long process that requires, among other things, a difficult test, lots of first-aid/CPR training and documented sea time.
When it comes to Insurance, typical boat insurance policies do not cover charter boats. In order to cover your clients, a guide must have proper COMMERCIAL CHARTER INSURANCE. Holding charter insurance requires that I uphold stringent safety regulations and maintain the paperwork necessary to being a safe and legal operation.
Since it’s much more expensive than regular insurance, many captains do not purchase insurance policies. If a guide does not advertise himself as insured, he or she is probably not. I warn anyone from booking a charter from a captain who does advertise their business as insured. Think of it this way: Would you eat at a restaurant that doesn’t have a health inspection?
NO. Both of our boats have valid “blanket fishing licenses” that covers you while you are aboard our boats.
I keep my boat in Atlantic Beach which is only a 15-20 minute drive from most rental properties in Emerald Isle – Atlantic Beach is even closer to Pine Knoll Shores. Most Charter Boats dock in Atlantic Beach or Morehead City – it’s the quickest access to the best fishing!
In the summer months the majority of our clients are staying in Emerald Isle, Pine Knoll Shores, Atlantic Beach or Beaufort. Hence we advertise that we service all of the crystal coast! Down here most everything is quite close and very accessible for the majority of visitors.
That depends on what you want to target because there are fish and options available year round. Every season has its hot fisheries and something to target. Check out fishing information pages to learn more or contact me directly and I will be happy help you find the best time to come to target a particular species or let you know what’s available when you’ll be in town.
Of course! I love having children aboard! One of the greatest things about fishing is being able to pass the love of the sport on to a young one. My dad started me fishing when I was three years old, and I never looked back. I do my best to share my love of fishing with all folks – particularly children.
One of our priorities is making fishing fun for the kids – we want them to have a positive, memorable trip and have them eagerly looking forward to their next trip.
When we harvest fish, it’s really important to me that I know your fish is not only cleaned properly but will be in such a state that it will be well preserved and enjoyed on the table. I always try to make fishing cleaning, if its needed, a part of our day.
Like myself, many of my clients love bringing fish home. I only ask that take what you can eat and not go overboard beyond what can be reasonably consumed.
I am happy to clean my clients catch as long as I consider it a “reasonable” catch, but I consider fish cleaning a courtesy service. If the catch is particularly large (aka – beyond “reasonable) or you or I are in a unusual time crunch I reserve the right to not clean the entirety of your catch. If your day happens to be one of those rare and uncommon days, I will do my best to get you started to make by teaching you how to filet your fish or get you pointed in the right direction.
All I ask is you come prepared by dressing properly, having adequate sun protection, any drinks or snacks you want and, if you’re keeping fish,be prepared to handle your catch at the end of the day.
My website also further answers this question with our handy What To Bring Page
Because Im busy and I spend more time texting, emailing and corresponding with folks directly….but i know many of you want to see more photos and hear about what’s going on.
Hopefully this will change with this new platform that is easier and much simpler to update!