The only problem with once in a lifetime experiences is of course the fact that they only come around once in a lifetime. As such, if you find yourself in and around the Turks & Caicos Islands with the intention of organising yourself the deep sea fishing trip of your dreams, chances are you’d like to get it right…and very right at that. Of course, many of the considerations with regard to where, when and how you take your trip come down to simple common sense. But at the same time, there are a great many often-overlooked considerations that can and will make an enormous difference with regard to your enjoyment and success.
So for those considering breathing life into their deep sea fishing dreams in the near future, here’s a quick rundown of five essential considerations to ponder before going ahead and securing that final booking:
Boat Size and Speed
Is size the most important thing in the world? Of course not. Will speed alone determine how successful your trip is? Of course it won’t. That being said however, there is much to be said for selecting a fishing charter trip where the boat you’ll be taken out on is of a solid size and it can at least outrun the average human being. This is because larger vessels tend to be considerably more stable when out at sea than their smaller counterparts. So even if you don’t suffer from seasickness, you’ll have a much easy time fishing from a nice, smooth and stable deck. In terms of speed, this basically comes down to the fact that every minute and hour spent traveling to and from the choice fishing spots is a minute or hour you could have spent fishing. Or in other words, the faster you can get there, the better.
Private or Party?
There are so many instances where individuals, families and groups alike book themselves on the fishing charter trips of their dreams only to be disappointed when they realise they have to share the boat with other people. The simple fact of the matter is that it is perfectly possible to book private trips when and where required, though unless it is specifically specified that the trip will be private, you have to assume it will be open to other people. This is something that should be made abundantly clear by reading the terms and conditions attached to the products and services on offer – feel free to get in touch with a service provider should it be in any way unclear.
Something else to consider is the way in which your own fishing philosophy may not be shared by those organising the trip. Think of it this way – if you’re the kind of person who absolutely insists on throwing back every catch due to your relentless respect for the lives of all creatures, you won’t be too happy on a trip where dozens of other anglers are catching, killing and keeping their prizes. Likewise, if your sole intention is to catch a bunch of fish either to cook for the family or sell on, chances are you’ll be pretty miffed if you’re forced to throw back each and every one you catch. So once again, it’s a case of not making the mistake of falling into any assumptions, but instead finding out what’s what.
No Catch, No Pay
Admittedly, it isn’t something of a prerequisite for a fishing charter company to be considered top quality, but if you can find yourself a service provider that offers some kind of catch guarantee, you’re golden. More often than not, this basically means that if you do not happen to catch anything, they will once again take you out on another trip and repeat the process until you do. There are even those that are so confident they will offer full refunds when and where the fish don’t bite, which realistically is extremely rare to say the least. But still, it’s nice to have this kind of peace of mind when booking.
Gear and Goodies
Last but not least, make sure you know absolutely everything about what you can, cannot, must and must not bring along with you on the big day. In some instances, you’ll be looking at a bare bones charter service where nothing is provided but the boat. Others by contrast will offer absolutely everything you need including food and drink, some will provide the fishing tackle but it’s up to you to feed yourselves and then there are those with a variety of different policies on alcohol. There are huge differences from one charter company to the next, so be sure to look into the specifics of the provider you intend to do business with.