Frequently Asked Questions
Before You Book (6)
We do not offer split charters. Our trips are the same price no matter the group size. We stick to private charters because we believe it adds value to the experience.
The maximum number of passengers that are welcome on a charter is 6 for deep-sea fishing. This is a Coast Guard limitation for private charters and has nothing to do with the size of the boat. If you have more than 6 people in your group we can arrange for a multiple boat outing.
Seasickness is always a possibility while deep-sea fishing. Unfortunately the weather is outside of our control and everyone has a unique threshold of tolerance for bumpy seas. Some people get seasick in 1-2 foot waves while others are fine in a 6-8 foot sea.
The best way to approach seasickness is to be prepared and understand that it is nothing to be embarrassed about. If you are unsure of your tolerance for motion sickness, It helps to take over the counter seasick medication such as Dramamine. These remedies are best if taken the night before and morning of the charter. If you feel seasick, it is too late to take a pill. In addition, one of the best remedies is the seasick patch. Unfortunately this is only available with a doctor’s prescription. If possible, talk to your doctor before heading on a cruise or deep-sea fishing about possible remedies.
We have over 40 rods onboard and have a variety of different techniques we use based on the conditions and the time of year. In addition, we fish on a daily basis so we always know where the fish are or aren’t. Regardless, there is still only so much we can control and some days are slower than others. During 2018 for example, we ran 290 charters and got “skunked” (didn’t catch anything) on 2 trips. This is less than a 1% chance that we will have a completely unproductive trip. It’s called fishing, not catching but we do everything in our power to stay catching during every charter.
After contacting us to confirm availability, bookings should be placed through our online booking system here: https://www.fishmiamicharters.com/booking Simply choose the date and place the $300 deposit to lock in the trip.
Deposits are nonrefundable within 30 days of the trip with the exception of unsafe weather. Weather cancellations are up to the captain's discretion only.
After You Book (5)
For offshore trips we leave from Dinner Key Marina located at 3400 Pan American Drive Miami, FL 33133. We are located on Pier 9 in Slip 11.This is near where the road bends on the boardwalk near pier 7. It is best if you take the 27th avenue entrance to the marina. Please park near the boat if possible. We have parking passes onboard, which we will issue you. Please arrive 15 minutes before the departure time.
For inshore trips we offer several locations for pickup. Locations and exact times will be discussed and verified during booking.
Payment is due at the end of the day after the charter. We accept cash and all major credit cards. We do not keep credit cards on file. Gratuity of 15-20% is also appreciated for the mate. Our crew never demands gratuity, but it is a nice reminder of a job well done.
We provide most of the necessities for a safe and productive day on the water. Bait, tackle, safety equipment, licensing, insurance, and more are all included. However, we do not include food or drinks.
It is recommended that your party bring food and drinks for the day, sunscreen, and sunglasses. We have a cooler with ice for drinks and a refrigerator for food on board.
Yes, alcohol is allowed. Please keep drinking under control. Belligerence will not be tolerated.
All of the fish we catch is yours to keep. Many charters keep half the fish to sell. This is illegal in the state of Florida. We will filet and bag any fish you would like to take home. On many occasions, our clients choose to take fish to a restaurant nearby and have it cooked after the charter. We will fillet the fish and point you in the right direction if you would like to go this route.
Sometimes we have a large amount of meat at the end of the trip. If you would like to take the fish home, the most cost effective method is to use a bag style cooler and check it onto the plane with dry ice. Be sure to check with your carrier about baggage fees and the amount of dry ice allowed. You can bring a cooler bag down with you or buy one nearby after the charter.
Shipping the fish home is not cost-effective. We do not have commercial fish processing and shipping plants that are common in Alaska for example so FedEx is our only option. We do not recommend this approach because the more fish you ship, the bigger the bill.